President Obama's Potential
as a Marxist Dictator

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        Obama shows great potential — as a Marxist dictator!

        The use of a temporary government shutdown as a weapon.

        Obama resides on the outskirts of the law.

        Obama's Assault on British Petroleum.

        INTERPOL is granted immunity from U.S. law.

        The Swine Flu Panic

        Oath Keepers:  Just say no!

Related topics on nearby pages:

        Obama's henchmen in action.

        Obama spends our money on himself.

        The use of the IRS as a weapon

        Obama is named Gun Salesman of the Year

        Operation Choke Point and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

        Obama's use of HUD to forcibly integrate wealthy neighborhoods

        The use of the Census Bureau as a weapon

        The use of the EPA as a weapon

        If you criticize Obamacare, you will be audited

        All this adulation is a bit much.

        Obama for America / Organizing for America / Organizing For Action.

        President Obama and Gun Control.

        Domestic surveillance.

        The Clamor for Obama's impeachment.

        President Obama's Drones and the Secret Kill List.

        Obama vs the Catholic Church

        Prepare for an Obama Thugocracy

        A Taste of the Obama Thugocracy at the "town hall" meetings.

        Obama fraternizes quite cordially with dictators in other countries

        Taking control of the internet

        The NLRB vs Boeing

        Egypt hits the internet kill switch and Obama takes notes.

        Using public schools as indoctrination centers

        Obama's malignant narcissism

        Homeland Security vs the Right Wing

        President for life?

        Evidently Obama hates America

        Preferential Treatment of the Black Panthers

        Obama vs Gibson Guitar


        The firing of Inspector General Gerald Walpin

        The "Snitch on Your Neighbor" program

        Here a czar, there a czar, everywhere a czar czar.

        The Obama team manipulates the news media

        Obama vs the Associated Press

        Obama vs Fox News Channel

        Obama and the news media versus Toyota

        Using the National Endowment for the Arts as a propaganda tool

        Obama's Culture of Corruption

Obama shows great potential — as a Marxist dictator!

Earlier, I had used the term "Communist dictator" in this spot, but upon further consideration, it is probably more accurate to substitute the word "Marxist."  The distinction is somewhat obscure.  Either way, my point is that President Obama has many disturbing personality traits, disreputable friends and associates (past and present), and millions of poorly educated minions on his side.  His political views are way out on the very edges of left-wing extremism.  The ingredients are in place for a dangerous transformation of our country into something we will all quickly regret.  Whatever he does in this regard must be done before the 2010 elections, when there will surely be a voter backlash and a return to more balanced power in Washington.

I do not use the term Communist lightly.  As a young man, Barack Obama spent a lot of time learning from a man named Frank Marshall Davis, who was a communist.  As an adult, he has surrounded himself with others who share many of the same goals and ideals as Mr. Davis.  As the candy coating wears off in the next few years, my hope is that more people will begin to see how dangerous this man really is.  Barack Hussein Obama, in my opinion, is the most dangerous and one of the most thoroughly dishonest presidents this country has ever had.

Please note that the governors and the legislatures in several states are reacting negatively to President Obama's hunger for centralized power, and many are in the process of passing bills declaring their states' sovereignty under the 9th and 10th Amendments to the Constitution.  More information about such opposition can be found here.

The most disturbing theme, especially since Obama's re-election, is the encouragement Obama gets from his rabid supporters:  The more he uses draconian Executive Orders to bypass the legislature and the Constitution, the happier they are.  The activists on the political left, including a number of elected officials, are pushing the President to single-handedly enact totalitarian gun control, severe environmentalist restrictions on energy production, blanket amnesty for illegal immigrants, reparations for slavery, an unlimited debt ceiling, and so on.  Some even want Obama to be permitted to serve three (or more) terms.  The Constitution means nothing to left-wing activists, because the public schools hardly mention it any more, but Senators and Congressmen should know better than to suggest bypassing the Constitution.

Why They Hate Trump.  [Scroll down]  Obama/Biden was the most activist administration since LBJ, intent on promoting universal abortion "rights," open borders, and globalist policies that weakened the United States, and they used the Justice Department and FBI, along with many other agencies, to persecute those who opposed them.  What they especially attacked was the traditional faith of the heartland.  Hobby Lobby found that out, so expect there to be more Hobby Lobbies under Biden.

From DNC Irony to Parody.  Barack Obama won his Senate race only after the sealed divorce records of both his primary and general election rivals were mysteriously leaked to the public.  Sloganeering like "get in their faces," "take a gun to a knife fight," "punish our enemies," and "you didn't build that," were boilerplate divisive campaign and presidential rhetoric during Obama's two terms.  Obama weaponized — in unprecedented go-low fashion — the IRS, General Services Administration, Justice Department, FBI, CIA, and Department of Veterans' Affairs.  In his final two years in office, he illegally sought to destroy an opposition campaign, a presidential transition, and a presidency itself.

Obama and his Gang of Untouchables.  In the 1987 classic "The Untouchables," federal crime fighters take on legendary mafioso Al Capone and the Chicago mob during the Prohibition era. [...] The term "The Untouchables" referred not to the Chicago mafia but to Eliot Ness' incorruptible gang of cops.  In the Obama era, however, that term is flipped on its head.  It applies to the former president himself and his own sort of mob — a broad syndicate of henchmen, including corrupt cops, who continue to serve their Don and enrich themselves in the process.  Barack Obama still calls the shots and pulls the strings while his goombahs in the news media, federal government, and Democratic Party carry out his orders.  "If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun," Obama said in 2008, cribbing [Sean] Connery's line, during his first campaign for president.  It was a warning that the Chicago-machine raised politician would use any weapon at his disposal to defeat his foes — which is exactly what he did.

Five Times Democrats Didn't Care When Obama Committed Obstruction of Justice.  Listening to Democrats make their "case" for impeaching Trump is like watching a child make excuses for why they should be able to stay up late or not have to eat their vegetables.  It's an endless evolving list of explanations and excuses.  We've seen them allege a quid pro quo, bribery, extortion... basically whatever polled well on a given week.  One fairly new angle they've been pushing is that the mere pushback against subpoenas is tantamount to obstruction of justice — an impeachable offense.  Professor Jonathan Turley destroyed this argument during his testimony this week before the House Judiciary Committee.  "He's allowed to do that; we have three branches, not two.  If you impeach a president, if you make a high crime and misdemeanor out of going to the courts, it is an abuse of power.  It's your abuse of power," Turley said, referring Congress.  "You are doing precisely what you're criticizing the president for doing."

Forget it when journalists and other Democrats stand on principle.  As soon as Obama took office, he showed he had no respect for the law or equal treatment under the law as he violated bankruptcy law to award political supporters over more secure creditors. [...] The Obama administration shook down corporations at Justice, EPA and CFPB and used a significant amount of funds for political purposes and to reward supporters.

Democrat Congressman Reminds You What Life Would Be Like Under Left-Wing Rule.  While there has been some pushback the problem is not one Democrat "doxxing" more Republican donors.  It is much deeper.  The Obama years demonstrated that this is how the Left does its business.  When street thugs like the Black Panthers, BLM, or Antifa can't get it done, find and publish any information you can on anyone.  Send the message.  You could be next.  This is speech suppression, plain and simple. [...] Obama's IRS released Tax information to third parties who then protested and intimidated individuals and companies.  His administration raided and terrorized private business owners.  His FBI and CIA spied on everyone including private citizens, the press, and political opponents.  For one purpose:  to destroy them if the need arose.  It's the sort of thing you'd expect from another Castro family.  The one in Cuba.

How Many Divisions Does Chief Justice Roberts Have?  When Obama didn't like a court order, he ignored it.  In fact, he exceeded the constitutional bounds of his office at least 10 times, notes Ilya Shapiro.  He did it in intervening in Libya without even notifying Congress; in subverting creditors' rights in the Chrysler bailout; in his administration's implementation of ObamaCare; In the political profiling by the IRS; in illegally appointing three members of the NLRB and the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Board when Congress was not in recess; in directing "the Department of Homeland Security to issue work and residence permits" to the so-called Dreamers (Deferred Action to Childhood Arrivals); in assaulting free speech and due process on college campuses; in creating and implementing his clean power plan; in his overly expansive clean water plan to cover water which is not navigable; in adopting a net neutrality rule; in implementing a cap-and-trade rule.

Obama playing dictator-in-exile from a kingly south of France palace?  President Obama is living the life of a former king, vacationing these days at a palatial estate in the south of France.  At what point has he made enough? [...] Why the taxpayers should pay for this via the security guard details, as if the man can't afford any of his own after all the payoffs he's now collecting from speeches and book deals is rather a side issue.  The problem is that this comes as he's engaging in quite a few shenanigans on his own around Europe.  DCWhispers, a pretty reliable blog, reprinted an item stringing together all the Obama spottings around Europe with its leaders, all of whom are of the #NeverTrump ilk, calling it the activity of a "dictator in exile."

Report: Barack Obama's Troubling "Dictator In Exile" Behavior.  Regardless of whether or not you supported Barack Obama as president, what he's doing now should not be supported by anyone regardless of their political leanings because a globalist oligarchy is a threat to the freedom and future of everyone.

It's Time to Question Whether Obama is Running a Shadow Government.  We started tracking former President, Barrack Obama's movements over 4 months ago and frankly, I am a bit worried with what we found.  Most Americans have not had the time nor inclination to make a deep dive into how many federal agencies and employees were involved in the attempted coup of Donald Trump.  Even fewer have considered the ramifications of what such a widespread, inter-agency operation may mean to their own constitutional protections.  They should care because our Republic has been gravely imperiled by these deep state actors.  If they can get away with this level of corruption with the intent to incriminate a president, what chance does an ordinary citizen have once they're targeted?

Trump is the Democrats' white whale, and Pelosi is Ahab.  [Scroll down]  It all began within the Obama administration, most likely with his instigation.  So enamored of himself, Obama was determined to protect his legacy, no matter how unworthy of acclaim, at all costs.  He had made it clear years earlier that he bore a certain contempt for the Constitution as a document of "negative rights."  Obama, like all communists at heart, reveres only documents that dictate what the government must do, not what they cannot.

8 Times Barack Obama Abused His Power To Appease His Base.  President Trump has spent much of the past two years trying to undo Obama's abuses of power — which Obama did, not in the best interests of the whole country, but for the benefit of his base.  Has Biden forgotten Obama's presidency or is he just a bad liar?  Many of these abuses should have resulted in Obama's impeachment.  Unfortunately, Republicans in Congress didn't have the guts to impeach him, but they tried everything they could to reign in his pseudo-dictatorship.  Two pieces of legislation were drafted in order to stop his abuses and force him to follow the law.  Obama threatened to veto both bills rather than risk any limits on his ever-expanding legislative authority.

Forget Trump, Here Are Five Reasons Why Obama Should Have Been Impeached.  [#5] Obama's dictatorial approach to governing would manifest itself many times during his presidency, and any one of them should have had Congress using their check on executive overreach, the power to impeach, but for reasons that can't be justified, it never happened.  One such example is Obama's unilateral writing of immigration law.  It is quite clear that Congress has the power to write immigration law, but Obama decided that since Congress wouldn't act (and by that, he meant to do exactly what he wanted) he'd simply create a law with his executive pen.  When the DREAM Act failed to pass Congress he simply began enforcing it without Congress's consent by issuing an executive order, known as DACA.  It was unconstitutional (even Obama repeatedly admitted that he didn't have to power to create immigration law) and his blatant disregard for the Constitution should have resulted in articles of impeachment being drafted immediately.

For Peace in America, We Must Return to the Rule of Law.  There has always been some corruption and malfeasance on both sides of the aisle.  But in ten years, we went from being America to being "Obamistan":  a high-tech, relatively affluent version of a two-bit banana republic.  There has never been an American president who flagrantly abused his power and flouted the rule of law to anywhere near the extent that we have seen with Obama.  There has never been a president who, once having left office, devoted all of his energies to blatantly undermining his successor.  These facts, combined with the manner in which those who support him have absolutely refused to see his abuses for what they are, and a Democratic Party leadership who seems determined not only to sweep his crimes under the rug, but even worse, to continue with his style of governance, is what has The Rest of Us so [very] angry.

What Trump does not do.  When Democrats lost to a non-politician in 2016, they could not swallow the failure and began to degrade their opponent's victory (by manufacturing "Russia collusion"), insult people who voted for the winner (calling them racist), and assassinate the character of the winner (calling him a dictator).  To make the case for the third act, they invented a story that Donald Trump likes dictators and wants to be one and will not leave office if not elected in 2020.  But his actions show the opposite.  Trump does not want to be a king or a dictator, while his predecessors behaved as if they wanted to be.  To demonstrate this fact, I will provide examples of what Trump has not done and what King Barack H. Obama and King George W. Bush did. [...]

For the Record, Obama Made Mincemeat of the Constitution.  Under President Barack Obama, the Constitution was violated more wantonly than a goat at a Taliban bachelor party, and the faithful cheered every violation.  In early 2014, New Yorker editor and Obama groupie David Remnick wrote about his experience accompanying Obama on a west-coast fundraising tour.  At one stop, when Obama walked out on stage, "It happened again: another heckler broke into Obama's speech.  A man in the balcony repeatedly shouted out, 'Executive order!' demanding that the President bypass Congress with more unilateral actions."  Obama confirmed to the audience that, yes, people did want him to sign more executive orders and "basically nullify Congress."  At that point, wrote Remnick, "Many in the crowd applauded their approval.  Yes!  Nullify it!"  These were not wild-eyed tent-dwellers on Wall or some lesser street.  These were potential donors.

Illusion Or Invasion U.S.A.?  [F]ormer President Obama himself declared 10 national emergencies while in office, including one on July 25, 2011 blocking property of transnational criminals from Los Zetas, one of Mexico's most dangerous drug cartels.  Does blocking property from a drug cartel seem like grounds for a national emergency declaration?  Yet, Congress didn't even flinch over its enactment.  So, Obama can declare a national emergency against a single drug cartel, but President Trump can't declare a national emergency against all of the cartels, human traffickers, and all types of criminals and gangs infiltrating our country right now?  I believe our current president has a far greater basis of national threats than Obama ever did to enact a national emergency.

Why is Trump, and not Obama, the so-called 'dictator'?  [L]et's contrast what President Trump is doing in compliance with laws that Congress wrote with what Obama did while he was in office, when he was supported by almost all journalists and other Democrats.  President Obama repeatedly said the Constitution didn't allow him to unilaterally change immigration laws, but he did it anyway with his executive order on DACA. Democrats not only didn't care that he went around Congress and acted as a dictator, but supported the move.  Obama and the complicit Justice Department decided they weren't going to enforce immigration laws and instead supported sanctuary cities and states as they defied the laws.  While the Obama administration supported cities and states that openly defied the federal law they were sworn to defend, they showed how insincere they were when they went after Arizona for wanting to enforce those same laws. [...] When Obamacare came up short of funds, President Obama didn't go to Congress or declare an emergency.  He just illegally diverted the money and Democratic congressional leaders at the time, such as House speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer, didn't sue or care. [...] After Obama was chastised for illegally diverting funds, that didn't stop him.  He just stole again from low-income housing.  Again, Pelosi, Schumer, and others didn't care.

Pelosi and Warren obviously need a history lesson.  Obama, the authoritarian, couldn't get DACA through Congress, so he dictatorially and unconstitutionally implemented it.  Pelosi didn't care about Obama usurping congressional authority.  When Obamacare came up short of funds, Obama didn't go through Congress for appropriations.  Obama, the corrupt authoritarian, just illegally stole taxpayer money from other sources.  Pelosi and other Democrats didn't care.  The immoral and corrupt Obama and others continually lied to the public to get Obamacare passed.  The authoritarian Pelosi dictatorially told the Democrat minions in the House to vote for Obamacare without reading it.  They wouldn't want the public to see what freedoms the Democrats were taking away.

Five Reasons Obama Is to Blame for Trump Believing He Can Unilaterally End Birthright Citizenship.  For eight years, Obama saw the Constitution as something that got in the way of his agenda, and he repeatedly ignored it.  Obama infamously claimed "We're not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we're providing Americans the kind of help they need.  I've got a pen and I've got a phone" and "We can't wait for Congress to do its job, so where they won't act, I will."  For the most part, he got away with it.  And Democrats, rather than say, "Oh, no you can't," went along with it without objection.  Their agenda was too important, and the risks of creating an imperial presidency were inconsequential to them.

Obama Administration Plotted Election Interference Until the Very End.  From 2008 until 2016, the United States lived under a very scary government where the likes of Ben Rhodes, the Obama whisperer, called many of the shots, despite a lack of any notable qualifications beyond malice and calculated dishonesty.

Obama had secret plan to validate Clinton victory if Trump didn't accept it: report.  Former President Obama had a plan to validate the 2016 election in the event that then-candidate Donald Trump lost and challenged the results.  Obama administration officials told New York magazine that a bipartisan plan was in place just in time for the election to certify the results and reveal the intelligence community's claims that Russian interference supported Trump's candidacy.  Such a measure was devised after Trump said the election was "rigged" and joked on the campaign trail that he wouldn't accept the election results if he lost.

The Top Five Ways Obama Attacked the Free Press.  It's been over a year and a half since Obama left office, but it still bothers me hearing him speak.  Between his trying to take credit for the Trump economy and his claim that he, unlike Trump, didn't "threaten the freedom of the press," it's hard not to get angry when he speaks because virtually everything he says is a lie.  His trying to take credit for Trump's economy was pathetic, but his claim that he was not an enemy of the free press deserves to be called out.  "It shouldn't be Democratic or Republican to say that we don't threaten the freedom of the press because — they say things or publish stories we don't like," Obama said during his speech at the University of Illinois.  "I complained plenty about Fox News, but you never heard me threaten to shut them down, or call them 'enemies of the people.'"  Obama certainly had his issues with Fox News.  Newsweek actually described the conflict between them as "a war."

Six Reasons Why Barack Obama Is the Worst President in History.  [#6] Weaponizing the government against his enemies:  Perhaps the most well-known example of the Obama administration abusing its power to target Obama's political enemies is the infamous IRS scandal.  Over a two-year period leading up to the 2012 election, tea party groups and other conservatives were improperly scrutinized by the IRS. Twelve different IRS offices across the country were involved and the entire operation was orchestrated out of Washington, D.C., and there was also evidence of White House involvement.  The IRS also targeted private individuals critical of Obama, GOP candidates, and Romney donors.  There are also examples of conservative individuals being targeted as the result of gross abuse of power by the Obama administration.  Conservative author Dinesh D'Souza was indicted for campaign finance violations for a crime typically not prosecuted at all.  James O'Keefe of Project Veritas was put on a terrorism watchlist after a video was released of him dressed as a terrorist crossing back and forth over the U.S./Mexico border to demonstrate the lack of border security.

Obama gets too, too cute when he warns of dictators and liars.  Obama ran the presidency as a strongman, starting with his claim that he could rule with his pen and his phone.  He said repeatedly that he couldn't change or implement immigration laws on his own, and then he did it anyway, in the case of DACA and in the judicial rebuke he got on offshore oil drilling.  Judges, the media, and other Democrats now act as though such made-up rulings were the law.  He decided not to abide by the Defense of Marriage Act as well as immigration laws, and the Justice Department followed his ignore-the-law commands.  He ran the Justice Department as a fiefdom.  Taking over at least 15% of the economy through Obamacare certainly indicates an autocratic president, too.  Setting up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which operates without congressional oversight and has a gargantuan budget, is another such instance.

SCOTUS Panic Shows Gov't Has Too Much Power.  Democrats loved it when President Barack "I've got a pen and I've got a phone" Obama utilized executive orders to achieve policy objectives they wanted, like Obama's DACA order on immigration.  But faced with President Trump's ability to exercise that same power (even if just to undo Obama's orders), they scream "Fascism!"  The problem isn't Obama or Trump per se; it is an executive branch that increasingly exceeds the constitutional limits of its power, and usurps that of Congress.

The Unspoken Truth:  It was Obama who Weaponized the Government and the Media who Let him do it.  Given that Barack Obama was an inexperienced Chicago Pol who came from a Corrupt Chicago System and sponsored by an actual terrorist (Bill Ayers) the idea that such a person would weaponize government in the Chicago style is not a surprise and govern as such.  Unfortunately it was also not a surprise that the media was not going to let facts proclaim the 1st Black President a failure [...] or worse a corrupt failure.

Obama single-handedly ruined the FBI and the DOJ.  While the devious machinations of the Deep State are not new, it was the Obama administration, most likely Obama himself, who brought us to this low point, the wholesale corruption of the FBI and the DOJ leadership.  Obama surrounded himself with like-minded globalist elites who thought no laws applied to them:  Susan Rice, Samantha Power, Valerie Jarrett, the Podestas, Ben Rhodes, Jonathan Gruber, and more.  Eric Holder was the most unprincipled attorney general, more even than John Mitchell, who served time in federal prison.  We learned from the I.G. report that Obama lied when he said he learned of HRC's private server from the media.  He knew because he, too, corresponded with her from a private email, just as Comey used a non-FBI email account.  None of these people, not one, respected our Constitution or the laws meant to govern their agencies.  This is what Obama did to America.  He virtually destroyed the FBI, the CIA, and the DOJ by turning them into weapons with which to destroy his opponents.

How Obama became the first communist president.  The use of the state to spy on and infiltrate the campaign of a political opponent is the final proof of the truth that we have averted our eyes from for the last 14 years.  Barack Obama is a communist.  Mild compared to Castro or Mao, but nevertheless a believer in state control of everything.

Top Four Obama Policies Trump Has Reversed.  [#4] The Paris Climate Accord:  Once again, this was another multinational treaty that Obama knew he couldn't sell to Congress, so he didn't even try.

The Obama Legacy Deserves To Be Destroyed.  [N]o administration in memory was stopped more often by courts, often by unanimous SCOTUS decisions.  Whether it was ignoring the Senate in making appointments or claiming to rewrite employment law, Obama tried to function without constitutional restraints.  None of this even breaches the unprecedented regulatory regime Obama built to circumvent the legislative branch.  Even The New York Times characterized his governing as "bureaucratic bulldozing, rather than legislative transparency."  Fortunately, it is also unsustainable.

Here are 1,366 well sourced examples of Barack Obama's lies, lawbreaking, corruption, cronyism, hypocrisy, waste, etc..  [#419] Merchant Dan McCall sells items that parody the U.S. government, such as coffee mugs that say "Department of Homeland Stupidity."  Although such parody speech is protected by the first amendment, the Obama administration sent him a "cease and desist" letter, and threatened to prosecute him if he did not stop selling the products.

Does equal justice under the law exist in America today?  Having two sets of laws — one for the political class and one for everyone else — accelerated under the administration of President Obama, beginning with Obama's pick for Treasury secretary.  Timothy Geithner was delinquent on his taxes to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars, but became Treasury secretary in charge of the IRS.  He paid no price for that behavior.  The Daily Caller discovered from an inspector general's report in 2015 that 1,580 employees of the IRS were found to have not paid taxes over a 10-year period and 61 percent were not fired, but were given suspensions, reprimands or counseling.  Would you or I be treated in the same way?  Revelations coming from House and Senate Intelligence committee investigations have shown how the Obama administration politically weaponized the National Security Agency, State Department, FBI and the Department of Justice.

How The Obama Administration Hid Identity Theft To Support The DACA Program.  There is no doubt that one of the most lawless acts committed by the Obama Administration was the establishment of the DACA program.  This program created an entirely new immigration status which seems to protect illegals from deportation while, at the same time, locking them into a netherworld where they can never become U. S. citizens.  And in order for this to work, the Obama Administration had to indulge in more than some administrative slight of hand.  It had to enlist the federal government in preventing the prosecution of felonies.

7 Times Obama Ignored the Law to Impose His Executive Will.  President Obama — the imperial President, the "I've got a pen and I've got a phone" president who can't wait to show us his "year of action" — once vowed to do exactly the opposite.  ["]The biggest problems that we're facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all.  And that's what I intend to reverse when I'm President of the United States of America.["]  That was candidate Obama back in 2008.  This comment somehow slipped under the radar for the past few years and resurfaced this week.

We Let Obama Defy the Law, and Took a Step Toward Anarchy.  Early in the presidency of Barack Obama, some activists pressured him to stop deporting illegal immigrants brought here as children.  But Obama was a smart lawyer surrounded by other smart lawyers.  He even boasted that he had been a Constitutional law professor.  He had actually just been a part-time and untenured instructor, but he still knew that the president had no authority to ignore the immigration laws.  According to the New York Times and Washington Post, he clearly said so.  In fact, according to the fact-checker Politifact, he said so at least 17 times.  But then he did it anyway.

Levin: Rest assured that Barack Obama was aware of his administration's KGB-style tactics.  On Monday [2/5/2018], CRTV host Mark Levin returned from a short break to explain why President Obama must have known about the FISA warrant application process and the "police state tactics" detailed in the Nunes memo.  "Barack Obama had to know, at least generally, what was taking place for multiple reasons.  And he's the one the Democrats are protecting the most," Levin said.  "He's the one the media are protecting the most."  [Audio clip]

From Conspiracy Theories to Conspiracies.  [Scroll down]  If any of these efforts were undertaken in 2009 to subvert the presidency of Barack Obama popular outrage might well have led to criminal indictments.  If Hollywood grandees had promised to do to Barack Obama what they boast doing to Donald Trump, the entire industry would have been discredited — or given the Obama investigatory treatment.  Indeed, in many cases between 2009-2017, U.S. citizens the Obama Administration found noncompliant with its agendas became targets of the IRS for their political activity or monitored by the Justice Department.  The latter included reporters from the Associated Press and James Rosen of Fox News.  Many a journalist's sources were prosecuted under the Espionage Act of 1917.  In another case, a filmmaker had his parole revoked and was scapegoated and jailed to advance a false administration narrative about the death of four Americans in Benghazi.  Still others were surveilled by using fraudulent documents to obtain FISA court orders.  Everyone should be keen to distinguish conspiracies from conspiracy theories.  The above are real events, not the tales told by the paranoid.

How a Civil War Happens.  Our system of government is based on the constitution, but that's not the system that runs this country.  The left's system is that any part of government that it runs gets total and unlimited power over the country.  If it's in the White House, then the president can do anything.  And I mean anything.  He can have his own amnesty for illegal aliens.  He can fine you for not having health insurance.  His power is unlimited.  He's a dictator.  But when Republicans get into the White House, suddenly the President can't do anything.  He isn't even allowed to undo the illegal alien amnesty that his predecessor illegally invented.  A Democrat in the White House has "discretion" to completely decide every aspect of immigration policy.  A Republican doesn't even have the "discretion" to reverse him.  That's how the game is played.  That's how our country is run.

Evidence mounts of Obama involvement in Dinesh D'Souza's selective prosecution.  Would President Obama have been that petty to target a critic for draconian law enforcement over a movie?  The way the Soviet KGB might have targeted a dissident?  Well, given the common thread of socialism in both, it shouldn't be a big surprise that he would.  It now comes to light that apparently, yes, he did.  Dinesh D'Souza reports that he seems to have been in that unlucky category, targeted for any violation however minor, after making a couple of richly textured, artistically good and very popular critical movies about Obama.  When a minor campaign finance violation was finally found after all that looking, D'Souza got the book thrown at him.

Trump is 'Stalin,' yet Obama actually threatened journalists' rights.  Jeff Flake, John McCain, and journalists from all over the spectrum are ripping into Trump for his threat to the media.  Flake even compared Trump to Stalin.  I have to wonder where they all were when...
  •   Obama continually targeted Fox News (he obviously wanted 100% devotion).
  •   Obama specifically targeted James Rosen of Fox News.
  •   The State Department erased portions of an interview it didn't like on Iran with James Rosen.
  •   Obama's administration spied on Sharyl Attkisson.
  •   The IRS targeted and shut up political opponents.
  •   The Justice Department threatened legal action against those who dared disagree on climate change.
  •   Obama illegally spied on thousands of Americans for years.
  •   Obama spied on a political opponent before an election.
  •   Obama had staff who illegally unmasked people associated with Donald Trump and their conversations.

DACA and the Rule of Law.  First, the parents are to blame.  One can understand and be sympathetic toward their crime, but it is a crime nonetheless.  Failing to deport a minor because the minor himself is not to blame rewards the crime.  Can a nation that professes to honor the rule of law reward those who break it?  Can a nation that rewards the breaking of a law hope or expect its immigrants to assimilate into a law-abiding a society when, through that very process, it demonstrates its disregard, if not contempt for the law?  Second, those Democrats who, for perceived political purposes, facilitated such illegal entries are to blame — as are Republicans who, fearing political backlash, did not oppose such measures.  Given the demands of politics, the role of both in this matter may, like that of the parents, be understandable.  The one who really merits the greatest blame and condemnation is Barack Obama. [...] Obama created a legal status for immigrants, but it was a status that could be removed with the stroke of another president's pen.  Obama surely did not think that would happen.  He surely believed he was creating a situation that, politically, would be hard to undo.  (Indeed, it is.)

Dr. Media examining Trump?  Why not examine Obama instead?  Obama was paranoid, delusional, and a power-hungry autocrat who didn't care about equal justice, his oath to enforce laws, the Constitution, economic opportunity for all, or the safety of the people.  Obama wiretapped James Rosen, threw Dinesh D'Souza in jail, and spied on Sharyl Attkisson.  If you were an opponent of Obama, you weren't safe.  I did not see supporters thrown in jail.  The State Department deliberately deleted embarrassing questions from James Rosen about Iran.  (The media and Democrats didn't care.)  Obama illegally spied on thousands of Americans for years and spied on his political opponent, Trump.  Obama changed the rules so that members of his staff and bureaucrats could illegally unmask people's names and illegally leak conversations to the media.  There was no punishment by the Justice Department, and somehow there were no leaks surrounding Hillary or Obama.

Clint Eastwood:  Obama 'Worst President In Our History; He Looted America'.  Shameless Barack Obama "looted America like a mobster" while running "the dirtiest business in the town" according to Clint Eastwood, who also declared that history will judge Obama to be "the very worst president in the history of the United States — by some distance."  "Nobody would have predicted Obama would turn out to be such a vindictive bully," Clint Eastwood said in London, England, while promoting his new film, 15:17 To Paris, about three young Americans who thwarted a terrorist attack on a French train in 2015.  "The great shame of the Obama administration was the way he looted ordinary Americans, and then put out hit-jobs on anybody who dared to question his White House," Eastwood said.  "There is hard evidence that anyone who filed a formal complaint with the authorities about illegal actions by Obama's administration was hit with vindictive and destructive bullying tactics by Obama's people."  "The Obama administration ruined millions of people's lives.  Go and speak to the thousands of US citizens in New York, Seattle, Dallas, Boston, you name it, who had hit-jobs put on them by Obama and his administration."

Obama Administration Turned FBI into KGB.  For all the calls of President Trump being a dictator and a Nazi, the Left really tell you what Barack Obama was.  And soon, they will no longer be able to hide from that fact.  The more we learn from the investigation by Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller about the inner workings of Obama's Department of Justice, the more we discover the absence of justice.  The FBI undoubtedly helped orchestrate what will soon be called the biggest political scandal in American history.  We now know that the FBI exonerated Hillary Clinton, who was guilty of multiple crimes.  Moreover, the FBI instigated the witch hunt by Mueller that has suddenly turned on the Left.

FBI Plot Against Trump.  Two Trump-hating FBI gumshoes investigating Hillary Clinton's email treachery and alleged Russian interference in last year's election traded crude, caustic barbs about President Trump while they plotted to undermine him, congressional overseers heard yesterday [12/13/2017].  This shouldn't be all that surprising given that Barack Obama gleefully weaponized the FBI, Department of Justice, and various intelligence agencies, and criminalized political differences in the process.  A radical zealot with a desire to fundamentally transform the United States, the 44th president had a limited sense of boundaries.  Obama was more Third World caudillo than president and he was never troubled by hijacking governmental powers to hurt his opposition, as the conservative groups targeted by his IRS can attest.

Finally, the Missing Puzzle Piece.  For those who have, over the years, watched with horror and ire as Obama usurped power and ran the government like a dictator, the latest revelations are not especially surprising.  For in our hearts we always believed that Obama was intent upon destroying this country in as many ways as he could.  Now the facts have been established with incontrovertible evidence and they confirm what we always felt given Obama's unending anti-American stance.  An extremely serious national security breach was permitted under his watch.  But now that the smoking guns are being exposed, we also wonder if the few good people who have the power to effect change will now use that power.

The flimsiness of Obama's 'legacy'.  Virtually all of the things Trump has done to destroy the Obama legacy were actions taken by the previous president on his own initiative without any of the building blocks of legislation or consent of the public that really do ensure a legacy.  Executive orders, treaties, even Obamacare were never executed in any bipartisan spirit or with consideration for the sentiment.  Obama issued the executive orders on his own and did the treaties on his own, and even on the one legislative achievement, Obamacare, he passed the law on a monopartisan basis.  Of course it was an unstable house of cards.  The Obama legacy was never grounded in the institutional framework that could really ensure a lasting legacy.

Trump dismantles Obama's 'imperial' presidency, rescinds dubious orders.  Democrats are attacking President Trump for "dismantling" President Obama's legacy on everything from Obamacare subsidies to immigration amnesty, but nobody knew better than Mr. Obama how vulnerable his go-it-alone agenda would be if Mr. Trump won the election.  Unable to work with a Republican-led Congress for most of his presidency, Mr. Obama did what he could with his presidential "pen and phone," issuing executive orders, rules and regulations that in many cases could be overturned by another stroke of the pen — this time by a Republican president.  Long before Mr. Obama left office, Republicans were accusing him of overreaching presidential authority, and Mr. Trump was vowing to overturn his unilateral decisions.

Trump Must Keep His Promise:  Repeal DACA.  There are three main problems with DACA.  The first is that it undermines the rule of law in a fundamental way.  In signing DACA, President Obama overstepped his authority and violated the division of powers as laid out in the Constitution.  DACA was and is a usurpation of legislative power; it is a knife in Congress's back.  This republic was constructed according to a number of axioms, one being that different arms of government have different parts to play and that each arm checks and balances the others.  Congress is the seat of legislative authority.

Obama Inc.  Planned to Deploy Troops to Polling Places.  This is the sort of thing you expect from Venezuela.  But it almost happened under our last left-wing regime. [...] There is a mention in the plan that it's illegal for armed Federal personnel to set up shop in a polling place.  And any talk of deploying troops around an election would be a Weimar signpost and deeply distrubing.  There is also no concievable call for it.  It's reasonable for the FBI to participate in on-site investigations of hacking incidents.  No amount of hacking would require the deployment of the military unless the goal is to reverse the results of an election.  With all the expected rioting that would occur.  And that does ring some major alarm bells.

State officials fume after leak shows how feds planned to use armed troops.  An organization representing top state election officials is complaining it's being kept in the dark by the federal government after a new report showed the Obama administration was quietly making extensive plans — including the possibility of deploying armed troops — in the case of an election day cyberattack or last-minute propaganda efforts from Russia.  Time Magazine reported on a document it obtained showing the administration's plans, which noted that state and local governments would have the primary jurisdiction, but called for the deployment of armed troops to counter a "significant incident."

Withdrawal from the Paris Accord is a Win for America.  For starters, the Paris Agreement should have never legally been allowed to happen in the first place.  Article II, Section 2, Clause 2 of the United States Constitution says, "[The President] shall have power, by and with the advice of the Senate, to make treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur..."  The founding fathers incorporated this clause into the Constitution because international treaties are legally binding on our nation and future Presidents.  No president should enjoy such a monarchical type power, but it seems that President Obama believed he alone should.  President Obama ignored this constitutional requirement in an unsurprising move, and circumnavigated the Senate by writing the agreement into law through a series of executive actions.  His administration knew that the agreement would not pass with a two-thirds vote in the Senate.

The Devil in One Generation.  As I write this, there is a crowd outside the house of FCC commissioner Pai.  His crime?  He is returning control of the internet to internet service providers (ISPs).  The Obama administration enacted "Net Neutrality" in defiance of a Supreme Court decision.  In essence, Barack Obama seized ISP property because the ISPs weren't serving the public interest.  This was exactly how socialist revolutionary Benito Mussolini defined Fascism:  a system where citizens own private property so long as they serve the public interest.

Republicans Go to Jail, Democrats Run Free.  [Scroll down]  That brings us to the IRS scandal.  This was not just a few rogue IRS agents harassing a few conservative groups, as originally reported.  This was the Obama Administration's organized, concerted effort to intimidate and silence the entire Tea Party movement.  Why?  To neutralize them while Obama ran for re-election.  According to Judicial Watch, IRS agents abused nearly 500 center-right groups and their leaders.  They were swaddled in red tape and pummeled with questions about things as intimate as the books they read and how they prayed.  Most of these groups were kept in limbo, waiting and waiting and waiting — sometimes for years — not knowing whether their applications for tax-free status were approved or rejected.  This sapped their energies, hindered their fundraising, and curtailed their effectiveness before the November 2012 elections.  For Team Obama:  Mission Accomplished.  Many were told, illegally, that they could not engage in policy activity.  This was a lie.

How the Obama Precedent Empowered Trump.  After complaining for years that he was constitutionally unable to grant executive-order amnesties, Obama lost all such scruples after his 2012 election.  His legacy was not so much the number of executive orders that he issued, but rather the unapologetic overreach of them — whether granting blanket amnesties, ordering convenient pen-and-phone non-enforcement of federal immigration laws, green-lighting sanctuary cities, changing the idea of due process on college campuses, recalibrating the order of Chrysler bankruptcy creditors, or delaying the employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act for reelection advantage.

Trump gives land back to Americans.  Presidents use executive orders to declare large patches of lands of limits to development, by designating them as memorials and the like.  For example, Barack Obama declared 1.35 million acres of Utah off limits last December because it is allegedly is an area sacred to a few Indians.  No hearing.  No vote by our representatives in Congress.  Just a lame-duck president with a pen deciding the fate of an area larger than Rhode Island.

Was Obama simply a hoax?  All by himself Obama proclaimed that he did not even need Congress.  He said, "I've got a pen and I've got a phone" — so forget the rules.  So much, then, for the claim that Obama did not have the Constitutional right to wiretap Trump... which is the hot news of the day.  That assumes that Obama as President cared about the Constitution, taught the Constitution, or ever learned the Constitution.  They say he taught it at the University of Chicago.  Who says?  The New York Times.  So that is reason number one to be skeptical.  Has any former student of his ever come forward — a fellow professor to share the pride?  It's the same about his place of birth.  The reason we don't know for sure is because we do not know the media for sure.  They can't be trusted.  They covered up for him from one betrayal to another, from one scandal to the next, and that is why we are in this fix.

A Fair and Legal Replacement for DACA.  President Obama's DACA, issued in 2012 via memorandum, was a patently lawless use of executive power.  After Congress (again) decided not to pass the DREAM Act, granting legal status to illegal immigrants who came here as children, the president abused his "pen and phone" to impose the law's provisions unilaterally.  The administration risibly claimed that this was an exercise of "prosecutorial discretion," implying that the government would be evaluating applications for deferred status on a case-by-case basis.  Unsurprisingly, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officials have reported otherwise; in fact, anyone who appears to be under the maximum deferral age — that is, any illegal immigrant who appears younger than 35 years old — is simply presumed to be eligible for DACA.  Under the policy, about 750,000 illegal aliens have been granted not only renewable, two-year deportation stays, but also work permits, Social Security numbers, access to the EITC welfare program, and driver's licenses.  Functionally, more than 2 million have been shielded from deportation for nearly five years.

Judge: If Obama Wiretapped Trump, It Would 'Destroy Whatever Legacy' He Has.  Judge Andrew Napolitano said Barack Obama's alleged wiretapping of Trump Tower is technically legal but it would destroy whatever legacy the former president has if true.  The Fox News senior judicial analyst was a guest Tuesday [3/7/2017] on "Fox & Friends" discussing whether the former administration would face legal trouble if the wiretapping is confirmed.  The judge said Obama had the power to legally order a wiretap, saying it's directly in the FISA statute that "the president of the United States on his own may conduct surveillance or order surveillance of any person in the United States upon the filing of a certification with the attorney general."

Rubber stamp court:
9,400 to Zero:  For 6 Years, Spy Court Denied No Electronic Surveillance Applications.  In the last six years on record (2010-2015), the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court did not deny a single application out of the 9,400 the government submitted seeking authority "to conduct electronic surveillance for foreign intelligence purposes" under the terms of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, according to reports filed by the U.S. Justice Department.  The last time the court denied an electronic surveillance application under FISA was 2009.  That year, the court denied one application outright and denied another in part.

FISA Court: Whatever Obama Wanted Obama Got.  FISA became a rubber stamp for the Obama administration.  Between 2010 and 2015, FISA did not deny even one of the 9,400 applications submitted by the federal government.  These applications sought "to conduct electronic surveillance for foreign intelligence purposes," according to reports filed by the U.S. Justice Department.  FISA Court, executive overreachWithout any real checks and balances, Obama could say, "I saw Trump drinking a Black Russian one night, ergo let's put him under investigation."  The Justice Department's annual report provides the status of their 2015 FISA requests.  The court denied a grand total of zero government FISA applications from 2010 through 2015.  However, the court did modify some applications that it approved.  And the government withdrew some of those it submitted.

Despite the Hysteria, Trump Is Trending Less Authoritarian Than Obama.  [Scroll down]  Indeed, if you peel back the layer of leftist critiques of Trump's early actions and early hires, they contain a surprising amount of alarmism over the rollback of governmental power.  Education activists are terrified that Betsy DeVos will take children out of government schools or roll back government mandates regarding campus sexual-assault tribunals.  Environmentalists are terrified that Scott Pruitt will make the EPA less activist.  Civil-rights lawyers are alarmed at the notion that Jeff Sessions will inject the federal government into fewer state and local disputes over everything from school bathrooms to police traffic stops.  A president is "authoritarian" not when he's angry or impulsive or incompetent or tweets too much.  He's authoritarian when he seeks to expand his own power beyond constitutional limits.  In this regard, the Obama administration — though far more polite and restrained in most of its public comments — was truly one of our more authoritarian.

Trump's Executive Orders Are Nothing Compared To Obama's 'Pen And Phone' Abuses.  Interest in "executive orders" is so widespread that Google currently has a separate category in its news feed devoted to stories about the topic.  Obviously, it's all been stirred up by Trump's controversial orders.  But Obama issued more executive orders out of the gate, some just as controversial.  Among them, Obama called for closing the Guantanamo Bay detention center and signed three pro-labor union executive orders in one day.  None of these attracted anything like the attention — let alone the fury — Trump's have.  And Obama was only getting started.  It was only three short years ago, remember, that Obama announced — without a peep of protest from the left — his plan to bypass Congress and enact policy on his own if lawmakers refused to bend to his will.

President Obama Declares Record 26th, 27th National Monuments.  Using authority granted the President under the 1906 Antiquities Act, Obama created the 1.35 million acre Bears Ears National Monument in Utah and the 300,000 acre Gold Butte National Monument in Northern Nevada.  This action brings the number of national monuments created or expanded by President Obama to 27, more than any other president in history.  A national monument designation prevents a variety of uses on the land including energy development, mining, and sometimes fishing and hunting.

Obama commutes 330 drug sentences on his last full day as president.  In a last major act as president, Barack Obama cut short the sentences of 330 federal inmates convicted of drug crimes on Thursday [1/19/2017], bringing his bid to correct what he's called a systematic injustice to a climactic close.  With his final offer of clemency, Obama brought his total number of commutations granted to 1,715, more than any other president in U.S. history, the White House said.  During his presidency Obama ordered free 568 inmates who had been sentenced to life in prison.  'He wanted to do it.  He wanted the opportunity to look at as many as he could to provide relief,' Neil Eggleston, Obama's White House counsel, said in an interview in his West Wing office.

In final act as president, Obama commutes 330 drug sentences.  In a last major act as president, Barack Obama cut short the sentences of 330 federal inmates convicted of drug crimes on Thursday [1/19/2017], bringing his bid to correct what he's called a systematic injustice to a climactic close.

CNN Reporter:  Obama Is Freeing Chelsea Manning Because She's Transitioning.  CNN reporter Jeff Zeleny argued on Tuesday that President Obama commuted Chelsea Manning's prison sentence because the former Army private is transitioning from a man to a woman.  "I think the question this president and the White House will have to answer here, will answer, and I think it's an important one, how much was the personal story of Chelsea Manning involved in this," Zeleny said in a panel discussion of the White House decision.  Manning, who was formerly known as "Bradley," was sentenced to 35 years in prison in 2013 on espionage charges for stealing nearly one million classified documents and leaking them to WikiLeaks.

Obama pardons Cartwright, source of Stuxnet virus leak.  US President Barack Obama pardoned 64 people and commuted sentences for an additional 209 on Wednesday [1/18/2017], among them retired Marine Corps four star general James Cartwright, the alleged source of leaked information to the press detailing a cyber attack on Iran's nuclear facilities in 2010.

Obama Frees Chelsea Manning and 273 More Criminals.  President Barack Obama announced his plan to free Chelsea Manning (who changed his name from Bradley) after leaking classified military documents to Wikileaks and being sentenced to 35 years in prison for his crimes.  Once in prison, Manning went on a hunger strike to demand sex change surgery in prison, which was granted by officials at the cost of American taxpayers.  Obama included Manning on a list of prisoner commutations announced late Tuesday afternoon, allowing him to be set free on May 17, 2017.

The Worst Perversion.  Under the Obama administration's watch, the Internal Revenue Service and other federal agencies from the BATF to the NLRB were illegally used to target and harass the president's political enemies.  The IRS targeting scandal was the most high-profile of these, but others are just as worrisome.  Federal investigations and congressional oversight were obstructed, and investigators were lied to outright — a serious crime.  The administration protected the wrongdoers and saw to it that they retired with generous federal pensions rather than serving federal sentences for their crimes. [...] Having an IRS that sorts nonprofits by their political stances in order to facilitate the harassment of political rivals is in real terms far worse than anything Bill Clinton got up to with Monica Lewinsky, and far worse than the shenanigans that Gordon Liddy and the rest of the Nixon henchmen got up to in the Watergate.  The BATF harassment of True the Vote and other Obama-administration enemies is the stuff of which banana republics are made.

Jake Tapper:  Manning Commutation 'Contradicts the Last Eight Years' of White House on Leakers.  CNN's Jake Tapper reacted to President Obama's commutation of Chelsea Manning's sentence by pointing out how the White House has felt about Manning, WikiLeaks, and leakers in general in the past eight years.  Bill Kristol called this "great news for Donald Trump" to start off, because it shifts focus away from him versus the intel community.  Tapper pointed out that Obama has used the Espionage Act to go after leakers a great deal more so than presidents past, and now for him to commute the sentence of "one of the most notorious leakers... certainly contradicts the last eight years of policy in terms of leaking."

Barack Obama transfers $500m to Green Climate Fund in attempt to protect Paris deal.  Barack Obama has heeded calls to help secure the future of the historic Paris agreement by transferring a second $500m instalment to the Green Climate Fund, just three days before he leaves office.  The fund was a key aspect of the Paris agreement signed in 2015, which aims to keep global warming "well below" 2[°]C and aspires to keep warming to 1.5[°]C.  Established in 2010, it is financed by wealthy countries and used to assist developing countries with adaptation and mitigation.  It was widely seen as a key measure to bring both rich and poor countries to the negotiating table.  The US committed to transferring $3bn to the fund.  The new instalment leaves $2bn owing, with the incoming president, Donald Trump, expected to cease any further payments.

Outgoing Obama has granted more commutations than the past 12 Presidents combined.  Barack Obama has commuted the sentences of an additional 209 people yesterday — meaning the incumbent President has granted more commutations than the previous 12 Presidents combined.  With less than 72 hours left in the Oval Office, Obama announced 209 commutations and 64 pardons in an unprecedented decision as he prepares to step down as President.  He has now commuted the sentences of 1,385 people, including 504 life terms — more than any President in US history.

Obama administration forgives $558 million in student debt.  Education Department officials have approved thousands more requests for loan relief from borrowers who claim they were defrauded by the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges and ITT Technical Institutes.  "The department is making continued progress with adjudicating borrower defense claims and processing closed school loan discharges for impacted borrowers," officials said in a statement Friday afternoon [1/13/2017].

Goodbye, Obama.  [Scroll down]  Throughout his second term, Obama increasingly governed by executive fiat.  "I've got a pen, and I've got a phone," he bragged, and he proceeded to use them to, among other things: pressure schools throughout the country to adopt national curriculum requirements Congress never authorized; promulgate new rules that nearly quadruple the number of workers eligible for overtime pay; force American power plants and, ultimately, electricity consumers to bear billions of dollars of costs in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, despite the fact that Congress has never voted to treat CO2 as a pollutant; issue regulatory "guidance" documents purporting to make the rules for nearly every school and workplace bathroom in the United States; and unilaterally amend the Affordable Care Act by ignoring clear statutory mandates and deadlines.  During his efforts to rewrite the Affordable Care Act on the fly, Obama even invented a presidential "power of the purse" and ordered the disbursement of billions of dollars in "cost-sharing" subsidies that Congress never appropriated.

Obama set for pardon frenzy as he leaves office.  [President] Obama is fielding pressure from all sides to grant unlikely pardons or commutations of sentences to people whose supporters say have been unjustly sentenced or sought out by the justice system.  Among them is Bowe Bergdahl, a US Army sergeant held captive for five years by the Taliban before his release in a prisoner swap, who is due to be court-martialed for desertion.  Leonard Peltier, a Native American activist convicted for the 1975 deaths of two FBI agents in what his supporters say was a setup, is also hoping to enjoy Obama's good graces.

America to Obama:  Stop now.  You lost.  Since November, Obama has conducted a flurry of actions and issued executive orders that have not just irked Trump voters, but also many Democrats.  His list of last-minute political maneuvers is impressive.  He gave an order to the EPA to proceed with its controversial Stream Protection Rule that even further curtails the coal industry; designated the majority of government-owned Artic lands closed to drilling; commuted the sentences of more prisoners than all of the last six presidents combined; sped up the refugee resettlement process; permitted the United Nations Security Council to pass a resolution declaring all Israeli settlement activity to be illegal; and designated over 1.5 million acres for two new national monuments, Gold Butte in Nevada and Bears Ears in Utah.

Obama Still Doesn't Get America.  For Obama, the US Constitution is just an obstacle to be circumvented or simply ignored.  A few weeks ago he told us that the Electoral College is "outdated" apparently because the American States are now largely under the thumb of the Feds. [...] Obama still wants to be King, and he wants it by hook or by crook.  He therefore continues to pose an ongoing danger to the American Republic, and will for the remainder of his life.

Pressure on Obama to grant last-minute pardons, commutations.  Under increasing pressure to free convicts as a last act, President Barack Obama is planning at least one more batch of pardons and commutations before leaving office in two weeks, but don't expect many famous offenders to make the list.

The game's over Mr President - and your team lost.  End your Trump temper tantrum and show some dignity.  Obama's spent the past few weeks charging around like a guy who's watching the clock tick down and is desperate to snatch some semblance of victory from the jaws of a crushing, humiliating defeat.  Since the election, as the New York Times reported, he's banned oil drilling off the Atlantic coast, named over 100 people to a range of senior government jobs, created new environmental monuments, commuted the sentences of 232 inmates and pardoned 78 others, protected funding for Planned Parenthood clinics, ordered the transfer of detainees from Guantanamo Bay and blocked new Israeli settlements.  As some critics sneer, it's more governing than he's done in eight years.

Obama is sabotaging Russian-American rapprochement.  Obama loves power, and the only thing better than a lot of power is more power.  That is his reason for being, and the end of his term has seen him getting more and more irritable and depressed.  That's how he is.  Now he has found the solution.  The Obama of the future is going to be President-for-Life, maybe by running Michelle (Bill Clinton did it that way), or some other stooge, or maybe he will finagle a way to become President of the World by getting nominated to be Sec Gen of the UN.  Which is why he is publicly shafting Israel today, knowing that this moment will be celebrated by all the Muslim throwbacks in the world.

The Lame Duck Restraint Act.  The American presidency has historically been accorded a unique place in national and international politics.  The office combines the head of state with the head of government, which no other major nation has done.  Moreover, we have retained the "Lame Duck" period between national elections, again something that no other major nation has done.  Finally, Congress has granted (I would argue beyond its power to grant) effective quasi-legislative powers to the president through a variety of means.  Americans today see, in the hands of an infantile and dumb man like Barack Obama, just how dangerous that can be.  His recent designation of various areas as protected from exploration for energy and other mineral wealth after his party lost all power in Washington is evidence of the need for immediate change.

Obama seizes yet another 1.65 million acres of American land for the feds.  In a bold rebuke of Utah's entire congressional delegation, President Obama seized nearly 1.35 million acres of land in southeastern Utah to create the Bears Ears Monument in San Juan County, Utah, this week.  Obama also claimed 300,000 acres in Clark County, Nev., as the Gold Butte National Monument.  For months, Senator Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Congressmen Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah and Rob Bishop, R-Utah were vocal in their opposition to President Obama unilaterally designating over a million acres of their state's land as a national monument, without any input from any elected officials.

What if Obama dropped Hillary's email bombs?  Obama is a major narcissist who always wants to expand his personal power.  Being president has not satisfied his power-hungry ego; nothing ever will.  For months he has been talking about running for a third term, and he's back at it today.  Washington speculation has long focused on Obama's ambition to become SecGen of the U.N., an office he could try to expand into a genuine power center to achieve the utopian fantasy of the left, a world order in which everything is "properly" controlled from a dictatorial center.  This is consistent with the worst kind of Marxism, but it is also the dream of jihad:  world conquest.  Obama has shown time and time again that he is a sort of Marxo-jihadophile.

Obama's Historic Land Grab: 553 Million Acres For 'Conservation'.  President Barack Obama decreed two more national monuments from his vacation home in Hawaii on Wednesday [12/28/2016], taking 1.65 million more acres of Western land for management by the federal government.  The new Bear Ears Buttes monument includes 1.35 million acres of Utah and the Gold Butte monument includes about 300,000 acres in Nevada.  That makes a total of 553 million acres of national lands and waters that Obama has repurposed for conservation and protection using the 1906 Antiquities act, more than any other president, according to the New York Times.  More than 80 percent of Nevada and about 65 percent or Utah is owned by the federal government, according to National Public Radio.

Oath, Shmoath.  For much of American history, Congress and the president frequently torpedoed legislation they considered unconstitutional without outsourcing the question to the courts.  For vexatious reasons, we now think that the court isn't merely the final word on the Constitution, but the only word on the Constitution.  It is a corruption of republican principles.  What Obama is doing is different.  He said over and over again that he doesn't have the constitutional authority to do what he is doing.

Obama circumvents Constitution with 'signing statements' after blasting Bush.  President Obama said Friday that the annual defense policy bill Congress sent him violated the Constitution — but he signed it anyway.  Instead of a veto, Mr. Obama issued a statement saying he would modify the law in its execution so he carries it out the way he thinks meets constitutional muster.  Mr. Obama promised during the 2008 campaign not to engage in issuing signing statements.  He said that kind of behavior was a dark spot on the presidency of George W. Bush.  But in the years since, Mr. Obama has become a regular practitioner, issuing more than 20 signing statements purporting to alter the way Congress wrote laws.

Obama Quietly Signs Bill Declaring War On Independent Media.  The human wrecking ball that is Barack Obama is refusing to be a good lame duck and just go away.  In a flurry of blows to America and a key Middle East ally, Obama stabbed Israel in the back at the United Nations and set the conditions for a total war on independent media.  The fiendish Obama waited until the Christmas weekend to quietly sign off on the creation of a new federal entity to combat "Russian" propaganda and target websites deemed to be sources of fake news.  Snuggled warmly within the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to fund the military was a nasty and secretive provision that thanks to Congress, creates an Orwellian Ministry of Truth.

Obama urges Trump to resist executive action, then goes it alone on Arctic oil ban.  During a Monday [12/19/2016] interview with NPR, President Obama urged his successor to avoid relying on executive action.  The next day, he did the opposite, unilaterally closing millions of acres of the Atlantic and Arctic oceans to oil exploration.  The episode offers a primer on the Left's double standard on presidential power.  While Obama urges President-elect Trump to work with Congress, he's acknowledged another set of rules for his own actions.  Whatever is not expressly forbidden — and more importantly whatever a Democrat president can get away with — is permissible.  The drilling ban at once solidifies Obama's legacy as an environmentalist as well as an imaginative and overreaching executive.

Scott Walker's Call to Arms.  With the active collusion of congressional Democrats, President Obama's presidency has been one long series of body blows to the separation of powers that has protected our democracy since the founding.  The results have been stark.  Never has a president trampled so much on the prerogatives of Congress.  Obama's executive orders, suspending parts of our immigration laws and even his own prized Obamacare, have been sheer usurpations, going far beyond even the breathtaking delegations of legislative authority granted by the brief Democratic supermajority in Congress in 2009-10.  Sad to say, Obama's trampling on the prerogatives of state governments has been even more unprecedented, and potentially far more damaging.

Gun Control President Reduces More Sentences For Violent Felons Convicted Of Gun Crimes.  This week President Obama defended his record of most pardons/commutations of any president in the modern era by issuing 231 pardons and commutations.  Forty-nine of these offenders were convicted on charges of felony use or possession of firearms.

Obama pardons 78 felons and commutes 153 more as White House boasts of 'greatest number of individual clemencies in a single day'.  President Barack Obama has pardoned 78 people and shortened the sentence of 153 others convicted of federal crimes, the greatest number of individual clemencies in a single day by any president, the White House said Monday [12/19/2016].

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Clemencies and pardons and commutations are usually applied sparingly, because one assumes the criminal justice system has bad people in prison for a reason.  Mr. Obama is taking the wholesale approach.

Full list of names of offenders granted commutation Monday by Obama.  [Mostly people convicted of possession of methamphetamines, cocaine and marijuana.]

Man Who Loves Executive Orders Warns Next About Using Same.  The crazy thing here is that Obama seems sincere, and does not understand his hypocrisy and silliness. [...] Obama's idea of the legislative process is to write some suggestions on a sticky note with a few ideas he'd like done, then complain, cast blame, and demean Republicans before even discussing the ideas with the same legislative branch.  Then either sign an EO or jam through a rule/regulation.

Obama warns Trump not to overuse executive orders.  With about one month to go before he leaves office, President Barack Obama gave some exit interview-type advice to his successor Donald Trump:  Don't rely too heavily on executive orders.  In an interview with NPR's Steve Inskeep on Thursday [12/15/2016] that aired in its entirety Monday on Morning Edition, Obama said it's preferable to work with Congress.

Obama to Trump:  Executive Action Is Good for Me, Bad for Thee.  Despite his fondness for executive actions in the White House, President Obama recently said he was worried about the American people becoming "impatient with the slowness of democracy." [...] Obama made the remarks a month after Donald Trump won the White House.  Obama did not have such patience in 2014, when he declared multiple times, "I've got a pen, and I've got a phone," suggesting he could use the pen to sign executive orders and use his phone to rally people to his cause when Congress did not act to his liking.

Obama Grants Clemency To More Federal Convicts Than Last 3 Presidents Combined.  President Obama has granted clemency to more federal convicts than his three predecessors combined and more than any single president since Lyndon Johnson.  As he approaches the end of his final term in office, Obama has granted clemency to 1,093 people convicted of federal crimes, including 1,023 commutations and 70 pardons.  That is more than Presidents George W. Bush (200), Bill Clinton (459), and George H.W. Bush (77) combined.  As the Pew Research Center reports in its recent analysis of Justice Department data, Obama has granted clemency more times than any president since Johnson who granted 1,187 convicts clemency, including (960 pardons, 226 commutations and one remission).

Notorious defendants hope to capitalize on Obama's record-setting leniency.  Pressure is mounting on President Obama to grant eleventh-hour mercy in the high-profile national security cases of accused Army deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, exiled NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and transgender military secrets leaker Chelsea Manning.  Lawyers for Sgt. Bergdahl and Manning have written to Mr. Obama in recent days requesting clemency, while a celebrity-studded group including liberal billionaire George Soros is pushing for an unlikely presidential pardon for Mr. Snowden.  While it's common for lame-duck presidents to receive a flood of clemency requests before their term expires, the pleas in these notorious cases are landing on the desk of a president who has set a record for leniency with more than 1,000 commutations, exceeding the previous 11 presidents combined.

Obama claims immunity from lawsuit under 'the king can do no wrong' legal maxim.  Just when you thought the lawlessness of the most lawless administration in history couldn't get worse, the Department of Justice files another legal brief.  In response to a class action lawsuit by as many as 3,500 ready-to-hire air traffic controller applicants whose names were "purged" so the Federal Aviation Administration could hire based on race, federal lawyers asserted that the administration is immune from liability for denying constitutional equal protection because of sovereign immunity.  In other words, they claim protection by the legal maxim rex non potest peccare, which means, "the king can do no wrong."

House Democrats Want Obama To Pardon Illegal Aliens.  Instead of worrying about the middle class, which, really, Democrats rarely do, they're more concerned with people who came to the country illegally, whether they were young or not, over the needs of American citizens.  Democrats do not care about the DREAMers per se, they just want their votes.

Obama reaches 1,000 commuted prison sentences.  President Barack Obama surpassed the 1,000 mark for commutations granted during his presidency on Tuesday [11/22/2016] after shortening sentences for 79 people.  Obama has been granting commutations at rapid-fire pace in his final months in office.  All told, he's commuted more sentences than the past 11 presidents combined, the White House said.

Streisand: Obama should 'appoint' Garland to Supreme Court, ignore Senate.  Hollywood superstar Barbra Streisand is demanding that President Obama ignore the Senate's refusal to consider his pick to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia and "appoint" federal appeals judge Merrick Garland.

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Why does her opinion matter now?  She promised to leave the country if Trump was elected.  Bon voyage.

An Arrogant and Lazy Presidency.  No president has ever announced that he has "a pen and a phone, and I intend to use them if Congress won't act."  Two examples are the bold immigration acts (transparently designed to legitimize illegal immigration and the next-generation of sure-fire Democratic voters whom those illegal immigrants will produce) and presidential EPA appointees who then enact punitive environmental edicts that could never pass through the normal legislative process, for the purposes of helping the administration solidify political and fundraising allegiances with the sympathetic Green lobby while simultaneously inflicting financial damage on "evil" Republican-run capitalistic enterprises.  The champion of all non-legislative "executive actions" was the controversial Iran nuclear agreement.

Post-election thoughts from a 'deplorable'.  For the past eight years, America has been subject to the monarchy of Barack Obama who by fiat and endless executive orders has managed to sink this nation into weakness and economic stagnation.  In her speeches, Hillary Clinton proved that she would continue the president's policies and we simply could not afford this.

Hillary Clinton wasn't the only big election loser.  Because Obama built so much of his record on unilateral executive fiat and partisan congressional votes, much of it seems likely to be swept away by Republican majorities still controlling both houses of Congress working with an adopted Republican president, Donald Trump.  The fact is Obama's two terms will end with his Democrat Party in smoking ruins in Washington and across the country.  But voters — and a fair number of courts — have consistently rejected Obama's record of high-handed arrogance and executive over-reach.  He may have achieved much of what he wanted in the short-term.  But that's made it much easier for any successor, especially one whose party controls Capitol Hill, to erase much or all of it.

Will Obama Unleash A Regulatory Tsunami On His Way Out?  When running for office, Donald Trump promised to reduce the regulatory burden on the economy.  But before he gets a chance to do so, President Obama will likely add to those burdens with a last-minute regulatory rush.  In a memo to her staff, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said that "we're running — not walking — through the finish line of President Obama's presidency."  The memo is indicative of what's come to be called "midnight regulations."

Obama Quietly Signs Executive Order To Advance Global Vaccination Agenda.  So basically, the agenda is to push vaccines and normalize quarantine procedures across nations during outbreaks. [...] Bill Gates provided the CDC with a surveillance tool that helps identify "district-level measles risk" based on immunization records.  What's more, the HHS recently proposed giving the CDC the power to detain and quarantine people without due Process.

Krauthammer: 'Obama's Legacy Is Toast'.  "Obama's legacy is toast," [Dr. Charles] Krauthammer said [11/11/2016].  "Obama's legacy is gone.  Which explains why he's so desperately and unusually in American history campaigns so roughly against Donald Trump.  He knew that so much of his accomplishments had been built on ramming stuff through the House and the Senate with very little consensus, in fact none on ObamaCare coming from the Republicans, on executive orders that are reversible with the stroke of a pen, on regulation that is easily reversible, that it collapses if and when his successor turns out to be a Republican."

Trumpenstroke.  It is actually easier to write about the simplicity of eliminating almost all of President Obama's accomplishments specifically because of the way Team Obama went about constructing them, dictatorial fiat.  DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), Obama's executive action (amnesty) dream act, and DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans), the overreaching executive action blocked by Judge Andrew Hanen and upheld by the Supreme Court, are only one Trump-pen-stroke from elimination.  The rest is simple enforcement.

Obama will ask Trump to keep executive orders in place.  President Obama has described Donald Trump as ignorant, dangerous and unfit to lead the nation, but he'll ask the Republican president-elect Thursday not to wipe out his cherished, legacy-making executive actions on everything from the Iranian nuclear deal to Obamacare.  In a meeting at the White House to prepare Mr. Trump for taking office, Mr. Obama will try to persuade the president-elect to honor what his aides call a "tradition" of preserving executive actions implemented by the departing chief executive.

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When has Barack H. Obama ever cared about American traditions?  This is the guy who lit up the White House in rainbow colors one night to celebrate homosexual sodomy.  Obama might ask for all kinds of things in his last few days in office.  He might try to arrange for his mother-in-law to keep living in the White House at our expense, but it won't happen.  Hit the road, and don't let the gate hit your limo on the way out!

Executive orders, pardons, 'midnight' regulations expected as Obama presidency draws to close.  As President Obama runs out the clock on his eight-year tenure, analysts say, he still has plenty of business left undone, and they expect him to follow the lead of other presidents and issue a series of rules, to add to his list of executive orders, to continue his record-setting pace of commutations and perhaps add a controversial pardon or two into the mix.

It's Gloves Off in Obama's Final Two Months.  Barack Obama has demonstrated great contempt for Rule of Law during his eight years in office.  From the Iran nuclear deal to the Paris climate agreement — and myriad other executive actions and unilaterally enacted regulations far too numerous to list — Obama perennially stretched and breached the boundaries afforded the executive branch.  As a Washington Examiner editorial aptly put it, "Obama's most egregious mistake ... was to govern as though his opinion was the only one worth considering."  That's a mistake the next president, Donald Trump, must avoid.  In the meantime, Obama has two months left in the Oval Office to unleash what's left of his mandate.  For him, now that Hillary Clinton won't be his successor, that means the gloves are off.  For us, that means a slew of unilateral diktats are coming down the pipe.

Executive orders, pardons, 'midnight' regulations expected as Obama presidency draws to close.  Look out for the executive orders, the "midnight" regulations and, perhaps most controversially, the pardons.  As President Obama runs out the clock on his eight-year tenure, analysts say, he still has plenty of business left undone, and they expect him to follow the lead of other presidents and issue a series of rules, to add to his list of executive orders, to continue his record-setting pace of commutations and perhaps add a controversial pardon or two into the mix.

Obama Ramps Up Pardons to Warp Speed.  Have pen, will pardon.  In the last eight days, President Obama has pardoned 170 convicts.  He just needs to pardon 54 more to reach a total of 1,000 pardons during his presidency.

Will Obama Pardon Hillary?  President Obama has the power to pardon Clinton on the simple prospect she could be charged with a crime or handed an indictment by the FBI.  Because the FBI announced in July that they were not going to indict Clinton, there was no need for a pardon to be on the table.  That has since changed.  Which brings us to the question:  Will President Obama pardon Hillary Clinton before he leaves office?

Kerry Praises Obama: 'He Has Been Able to Circumvent Congress' on Climate Change.  In between waxing poetic about the coming climate apocalypse and exchanging no less than two dozen self-congratulatory praises for being such an awesome guardian of Planet Earth, Secretary of State John Kerry rejoiced during a panel discussion on climate change that a great American industry responsible for supporting hundreds of thousands of blue-collar jobs is "now bankrupt."  At a screening of Leonardo diCaprio's new global warming film, "Before the Flood," Kerry lamented that it took this long for coal companies to go out of business — a fate brought on largely by President Obama's aggressive environmental regulations — saying that it would have happened earlier if "big coal" hadn't been so busy buying political support during Kerry's time in the Senate.

Industry [says] Obama [is] unraveling [the] rule of law with Dakota Access stoppage.  The Obama administration may be unraveling the very fabric of U.S. democracy by holding up the approval of the Dakota Access oil pipeline after a federal court said it could move ahead, a coalition of diverse industry groups said in a letter sent Thursday night [10/20/2016] to Attorney General Loretta Lynch and other federal agency officials. [...] The Dakota Access pipeline has become a symbol for the environmentalist movement in recent weeks, where activists and some Democrats have galvanized opposition against the pipeline as an affront to tribal rights and as a way to combat climate change.  But with the pipeline going through two federal courts for review, and both saying it can go forward, it would appear that politics is taking over where the law has left off, say observers.

Barack Obama's Orwellian Farewell.  [Scroll down]  Considering the above examples, it was all-the-more astonishing to hear President Obama lashing out last week in a Pittsburgh speech about citizens needing to "sift through lies and distortions" in the media.  The President looked back fondly to the days before Talk Radio or blogging or Social Media when just three networks delivered what he called "fact-based news" that people trusted.  Mr. Obama — as the hourglass runs out on his time in the White House — added these chilling suggestions:  "We are going to have to rebuild within this wild-wild-west-of-information flow some sort of curating function that people agree to,....  There has to be, I think, some sort of way in which we can sort through information that passes some basic truthiness tests and those that we have to discard, because they just don't have any basis in anything that's actually happening in the world."  One can only speculate as to what Mr. Obama's proposed "curating function" for news could accomplish which the Associated Press is not already doing.

The Imperial President's Toolbox of Terror:  A Dictatorship Waiting to Happen.  As the New York Times concluded, "President Obama, who came to office promising transparency and adherence to the rule of law, has become the first president to claim the legal authority to order an American citizen killed without judicial involvement, real oversight or public accountability."  Obama's kill lists--signature drone strikes handpicked by the president--have been justified by the Justice Department as lawful because they are subject to internal deliberations by the executive branch.  "In other words," writes Amy Davidson for the New Yorker, "it's due process if the President thinks about it."

A Lawless President Made More Secret Deals.  Will Congress continue to accept this lawless erosion of its Constitutional role?  Will they, at any point, stand up and assert that the President must at least obey the laws he himself signs?  If not, what role does Congress intend to serve?  What future is there for the system of checks and balances that once restrained the executive branch from imperial ambitions?  The matter is even more important than that.  The so-called "Iran Deal" has been a manifest disaster for the interests of the United States abroad.  Tearing it up is one of the five most crucial steps that the United States can take right now.

"Post-racial" President Obama to Create New Racial Category.  As if the irony of Barack Obama having been dubbed the first "post-racial president" wasn't thick enough, now the Obama administration wants to create a new racial category -- for people from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).  Just as with "Hispanic," "Arab" and "Persian," the two terms describing most Middle Easterners, refer not to races but ethnicities.  But now the feds want to change this in what USA Today describes as "the biggest realignment of federal racial definitions in decades."  The new category would include Israeli Jews and Coptic Christians as well and would appear on 2020 census forms. [...] Virtually all the people in this new "racial category" would be Muslims, who traditionally had been less than one percent of the U.S. population.  But with more Muslims having been admitted to our nation since 9/11 than during all our history prior to it, this bloc is growing.

Obama commutes 102 sentences, adding to record total.  In what is becoming a monthly routine, President Obama granted commutations Thursday [10/6/2016] to another 102 federal inmates for mostly drug-related crimes.  White House counsel Neil Eggleston said the latest commutations are for people "who have demonstrated that they are deserving of a second chance at freedom."  He said the "vast majority" were serving lengthy prison terms under outdated laws for drug sentences.  Fifteen of the inmates were convicted of firearms crimes — either using a weapon during a drug transaction, or possessing a gun illegally as a convicted felon.

Obama plans to circumvent Congress and bail out big insurance companies.  Most readers will recall that in 2013, millions of Americans received notices informing them that their existing health insurance plan would disappear once Obamacare's major provisions took effect.  President Obama's "if you like your health care plan you can keep your health care plan" mantra was exposed as a lie.  In response, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) agreed to ignore the requirements of Obamacare and allow people to keep their prior coverage.  Insurers could permit individuals who purchased coverage after the law's enactment but before October 2013 to keep their plan for a few more months (later extended until December 2017).

White House wants to add new racial category for Middle Eastern people.  The White House is putting forward a proposal to add a new racial category for people from the Middle East and North Africa under what would be the biggest realignment of federal racial definitions in decades.  If approved, the new designation could appear on census forms in 2020 and could have far-reaching implications for racial identity, anti-discrimination laws and health research.

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Barack H. Obama is attempting to create a new protected minority, bypassing our elected representatives in the Congress.  This demographic will be a new untouchable sacred cow that must have special rights and privileges.  No longer to be considered latent terrorists, they will officially become downtrodden victims.  Barack H. Obama is doing this, I suspect, to protect the thousands of Muslim immigrants he is inviting to the U.S., so they may enjoy a lifetime of food stamps, cell phones and pressure cookers.  Within a few years, any criticism of this new minority will be considered a hate crime.  Of course, there is a way to prevent this:  Congress can remind the President that he is not a king.

Democrats Urge Obama to Bypass Congress to Set Aside 6,261 Acres on California Coast.  California Democrats introduced legislation earlier this year that would have expanded the California Coastal National Monument some 6,261 acres covering five coastal sites.  The bill did not advance, and in February those lawmakers urged President Barack Obama to use his authority under the Antiquities Act to make the land off limits for everything except tourism.

Obama drops 'backdoor' ratification of UN nuke treaty.  President Obama's team gave[9/23/2016]up on an attempt to pass a United Nations resolution on nuclear weapons test bans that might have circumvented the constitutional treaty requirements, earning rare approval from skeptical Republicans in the process.  Obama had considered the endorsement of a U.N. resolution on the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, which the Senate rejected in 1999.  Senate Republicans argued the draft version of the resolution would bar future nuclear tests, in defiance of the Senate.  The U.N. passed the resolution, but only after deleting the language that Republicans viewed as an attempt to bind the United States from testing nuclear weapons.

Obama's Most Flagrant Violation of the Constitution Yet.  President Obama has just committed his most flagrant violation of the U.S. Constitution to date.  He purported to commit the United States to a legally binding treaty without first obtaining consent by two thirds of the Senators present, as required under Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution. [...] China presumably had no problem moving forward to formally join the Paris Agreement.  However, in order to do his part so that the UN could declare the Paris Agreement to be in legal force sooner rather than later, Obama had to find a way to justify skipping over the constitutional requirement of U.S. Senate consent and still cause the U.S. to become bound to a treaty.  The answer was to pretend that what the UN itself regards as a treaty, to which its parties would be legally bound once it came into force, was not really a treaty after all.  It was only an executive agreement, the Obama administration argues, that is within the president's power to enter into without any congressional involvement.

Obama Administration's Latest Overreach Sides with Planned Parenthood.  The Obama Administration continues its abrasive Executive overreach to push its agenda, bypassing Congressional approval and in direct opposition to the will of the American people.  In its latest move, the Obama bureaucracy is trying to push through a new regulation to prevent state governments from redirecting Title X funds away from Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers to community health centers and other health care providers that provide more comprehensive health care for women and family members in need.

Obama's America — transformed indeed.  More Americans than ever now mistrust government.  And although such skepticism can be good, it is not healthy that citizens feel they are neither listened to nor represented by those in power.  Our divided country's rare consensus that Washington can't be trusted has much to do with President Obama.  His failures have taken the hammer to several quaint 20th-century assumptions.  The public no longer believes politicians understand how economies work, or that government has practical solutions to ordinary people's problems.

Obama's 'Pen and Phone' Cost Taxpayers $31 Billion, Study Finds.  President Obama promised Americans that 2014 would be a "year of action."  He said he wasn't going to wait around for Republicans in Congress to get things done, saying "I've got a pen and I've got a phone, and I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward."  But Obama left out one important detail of his "I've got a pen" strategy:  the enormous price tag he'd end up imposing on taxpayers.

Exclusive: 9/11 Moment Of Silence Moved Up Because Obama Was Impatient.  A moment of silence remembering the September 11 victims at a Pentagon memorial service began early in order to accommodate a restless President Obama, a Department of Defense official told The Daily Caller.  A source close to the situation told TheDC that Obama arrived early to the memorial service — which took place at the Pentagon — and wanted to get things started early.  A Department of Defense official confirmed that the moment of silence was moved up a few minutes and that Obama was the one who made the decision, saying the president "moved early."

Obama and the true measure of progressivism.  My sense is that President Obama wanted his administration to be the capstone of a century-long, progressive project.  He wanted to consolidate the federal government's control over key aspects of our lives and prove, once and for all, that the country would be better off.

Obama Will Talk to "Death to America" Iran, But Not "Son of a Whore" Philippines.  An actual American leader should hold the honor of his nation at least as highly as his own honor.  It goes without saying that Obama does not.  That he cares nothing for America's honor, but a great deal for his own.  That he will pursue diplomatic relations with countries that abuse America, but walk away in a huff when an ally that insults him personally.  And there also lies the discrepancy.  Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is under fire by the left because he's fighting drug dealers while Obama frees them from prison.

Commie legislature ratifies climate deal; Obama decrees US ratification.  The Communist legislature of China voted to ratify the Paris climate accords yesterday [9/2/2016], leading to President Xi declaring the agreement now in effect in China.  Meanwhile, President Obama also declared the ratification of the climate deal — but sort of forgot to take it to the Senate to get its approval.  He just waved his scepter, and ratification came into being.

Obama Bypasses Congress to Create 87,500 Acre National Monument in Maine.  In a more than 3,900-word proclamation establishing 87,500 acres of the Katahdin Woods and Waters in Maine a national monument, President Barack Obama bypassed Congress and its power to create national parks — a move that has made some in the state unhappy, including the state's governor, Republicans and an Independent lawmaker in the U.S. Congress.  On the eve of the National Park Service's 100th anniversary on Aug. 24, Obama issued the lengthy proclamation that includes references to glaciers retreating 12,000 years ago, people living there for more than 11,000 years and the end of the logging livelihood there "based primarily on environmental concerns" in the 1970s.

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If I haven't mentioned this before, or even if I have, Obama's constant declarations of more and more areas as national monuments, parks, wildlife preserves and federally protected land are all about preventing oil exploration and mining in as much of the country as possible. He does this to choke off the supply of hydrocarbon-based energy, because he hates America and he hates capitalism, just like his surrogate father, Frank Marshall Davis.

Obama Commutes Sentences of 111 More Federal Inmates.  The White House announced Tuesday [8/30/2016] that President Obama had commuted the sentences of 111 federal inmates, his latest round of record-setting commutations this month.  Obama has commuted 325 sentences this month alone, more than double the amount commuted during the rest of his presidency and more than the past 10 presidents combined, in an attempt to clear out a backlog of more than 11,000 pending clemency petitions.  In 2014, the Obama administration announced a clemency initiative aimed at nonviolent offenders serving time under mandatory minimum sentencing laws that have since been reduced.

Obama cuts short the sentences of another 111 inmates — bringing the total to 325 in just one month.  Barack Obama has commuted the jail sentences of another 111 inmates, more than a third of whom were serving life tariffs.  The new commutations brings his total to 325 in August alone, the most in a single month by any President in history.  Over eight years, Obama has shortened sentences for 673 inmates jailed for largely nonviolent drug offenses, more than the last ten Presidents combined.

Obama Opens the Prison Doors — Again.  President Obama ordered the early release of another 111 federal prisoners Tuesday [8/30/2016], adding to the record-breaking pace he has set during the final year of his presidency. [...] The latest group includes 16 convicted on firearms charges in addition to drug violations on their records.  Steve Cook, president of the National Association of Assistant U.S. Attorneys, said the criminal charges of the clemency recipients offer more evidence that Obama is violating his own criteria of releasing low-level nonviolent drug offenders with insignificant criminal histories.  "It just seems that the list of people benefiting from clemency keeps getting worse and worse," he said.  Five prisoners getting breaks are serving time for participating in a continuing criminal enterprise, "which in plain language is the kingpin statute," Cook said.

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It will be interesting to see how many of these people are arrested again — and how soon.

Obama shortens prison sentences of 111 convicts — White House.  Obama has now granted a total of 673 commutations during his presidency, more than the number granted by the 10 previous presidents combined, as he seeks to reform the criminal justice system, it said.

Communist China's Legislative Body Mulls Paris Climate Accord, As Obama Takes the Executive Route.  The Standing Committee of China's rubberstamp parliament is meeting to discuss formally acceding to a far-reaching climate change agreement negotiated in Paris last year, amid signs that President Obama is preparing to take the same step — but without Senate ratification — possibly within days.  The White House maintains that the climate accord is an executive agreement, not a treaty, and therefore does not require the Senate's advice and consent.

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If it is a non-binding agreement that doesn't cost anything, the President can agree to whatever he likes.  If it is a treaty, he has to go through proper channels, i.e., the United States Senate.

Homeland eyes special declaration to take charge of elections.  Even before the FBI identified new cyber attacks on two separate state election boards, the Department of Homeland Security began considering declaring the election a "critical infrastructure," giving it the same control over security it has over Wall Street and and the electric power grid.  The latest admissions of attacks could speed up that effort possibly including the upcoming presidential election, according to officials.  "We should carefully consider whether our election system, our election process, is critical infrastructure like the financial sector, like the power grid," Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said.

Homeland Security to Take Over Elections.  The Washington Examiner reported that the Department of Homeland Security is considering taking control of elections by declaring them "critical infrastructure." [...] The federal government never wastes a good crisis to gain more power, and this is no exception.  Officials are already talking about speeding up the process in the wake of election cyber attacks:  Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said, "We should carefully consider whether our election system, our election process, is critical infrastructure like the financial sector, like the power grid."

Obama will bypass Senate, ratify Paris climate accord himself during trip to China: report.  President Obama is prepared to enter into the Paris climate accord as early as this week even though Republicans have insisted that the pact must be ratified by the Senate, according to a report out of China.  The South China Morning Post reported that Mr. Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping are "set to jointly announce their ratification" of the ambitious international climate-change pact on Friday, two days before the start of the 11th G-20 Summit in Hangzhou, Zhejiang.  "There are still some uncertainties from the U.S. side due to the complicated U.S. system in ratifying such a treaty, but the announcement is still quite likely to be ready by Sept. 2," an unnamed source told the English-language newspaper.

Obama creates largest ocean reserve, takes heat for new federal decrees.  President Obama, with the stroke of a pen, created the world's largest ocean reserve on Friday [8/26/2016] off Hawaii, days after designating a massive federal monument in Maine — moves that have angered local lawmakers who accuse the president of disregarding the impact on residents.  Obama used a presidential proclamation to expand the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument off the coast of Hawaii by over 400,000 square miles.  The preserve now stretches 582,578 square miles, the world's largest marine protected area. [...] But the decision drew sharp criticism from the fishing industry and even fellow Democrats, as it will drastically expand the area where commercial fishing and drilling is banned.

Obama Decree Targets Gunsmiths and Online Firearm Information.  When Obama vowed to use his "pen and phone" to circumvent Congress and impose his will on America, he was actually telling the truth for once.  In the latest example of lawless decrees coming from the executive branch, the Obama administration is taking aim at gunsmiths and free speech.  Basically, if a recent "regulation" disguised as "guidance" is not stopped, gunsmithing — an American tradition stretching back centuries that was crucial in the War for Independence — will be effectively made illegal, experts say.  Another controversial element of the decree would purport to unconstitutionally criminalize many forms of gun-related speech on the Internet.  If not withdrawn, the illegal Obama decree would purport to shred the rights protected by the Constitution's First and Second Amendments by making it illegal to post any "how-to" information about guns online.  It would also effectively make all gun-related information on the Internet a crime because it could be accessed by foreigners.  However, as has happened with virtually all of Obama's power grabs, opposition to the newest illegal edict is surging — this time among Second Amendment activists, gun owners, industry, and proponents of constitutional government.

Obama to Circumvent Congress and Push UN Anti-Nuclear Testing Resolution.  Last week, Josh Rogin reported for the Washington Post that President Obama will seek a United Nations Security Council resolution that, at the very least, calls for an end to nuclear testing.  According to Rogin, the president's diplomatic gambit is to occur in September — around the 20th anniversary of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), which President Clinton signed but the U.S. Senate rejected during ratification.  By end-running the Senate at the UN, Obama hopes to make good on his promise, made over seven years ago in a major address in Prague, to "aggressively pursue U.S. ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty."  Unfortunately, the move is quintessentially Obama — contemptuous of Congress and utopian as policy.

Obama Administration Set To'Oversee' U.S. Elections.  President Barack Obama is considering plans to allow his administration to take full administrative control over the upcoming presidential elections, citing 'security concerns' as justification.  As various news articles report on the alleged danger to American elections from Russian hackers, there is pressure on the government to allow a federal agency to protect the elections from these hackers.

Judge Napolitano Says Obama Admin.  Is Breaking Federal Law Prohibiting Gov't From Compiling Gun Owner 'List'.  Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano alleged Thursday that the Obama administration is violating a federal law prohibiting the federal government from compiling the personal information of gun owners during an interview Thursday [8/4/2016] on Fox and Friends.  During an interview on "Fox & Friends," Napolitano said that the federal government may gather statistical information about gun owners but must "destroy" any personally identifiable information, such as their names and addresses.  A recent report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives "did not always comply" with the restriction.

Obama to Skirt Congress Again, Push for Nuclear Test Ban at UN.  President Barack Obama has supported a ban on nuclear testing since his earliest days in office, but has been unable to rally support for ratification of a nuclear test ban treaty in the U.S. Senate.  Frustrated with this opposition and facing the end of his second term, The Washington Post reports, Obama will bypass Congress and seek a United Nations Security Council resolution that "would call for an end to nuclear testing" on the 20th anniversary of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.  This is an extremely troubling decision that ignores fundamental concerns about such a ban and is dangerously erosive of the separation of powers outlined in the U.S. Constitution.

Two Priorities of the Government.  Priority 2: Easing the Path of Criminals.  We've just had another record-setting release of criminals.  Mostly, they seem to be released because the President believes that they were just being picked on because of their race.  The 214 felons, including 67 lifers, are already out.  ABC News has an inadvertently funny report:  ["]Almost all the prisoners were serving time for nonviolent crimes related to cocaine, methamphetamine or other drugs, although a few were charged with firearms violations related to their drug activities.["]  Depends on how you define "a few," cupcake.  The lifers were almost all felons in possession; of the others, about 25% of them had a firearms charge, and others had prior violent crimes, although this time they didn't shoot anybody.

Obama commuted the sentences of 214 inmates today:  He has now shortened more sentences than the last nine presidents combined.  President Barack Obama on Wednesday [8/3/2016] cut short the sentences of 214 federal inmates, including 67 life sentences, in what the White House called the largest batch of commutations on a single day in more than a century.  Almost all the prisoners were serving time for nonviolent drug crimes, reflecting Obama's long-stated view that the U.S. needs to remedy the consequences of decades of sentencing requirements that put tens of thousands of Americans behind bars for far too long.

Obama commutes sentences for 214 federal prisoners.  President Obama on Wednesday [8/3/2016] cut short the sentences of 214 federal inmates, including 67 life sentences, in what the White House called the largest batch of commutations on a single day in more than a century.

Why is it necessary to make a statement like this?
White House:  Obama Committed To Smooth Transition Of Power — Even If Trump Elected President.  President Barack Obama is committed to a smooth transition of power of the presidency, even if the winner is Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, White House officials say.  Some raised questions about Obama's willingness to give up power, after he described Trump as "unfit" to serve as president.  But during today's [8/3/2016] White House press conference, Press Secretary Josh Earnest asserted that Obama's commitment to a smooth transition was "one of his top goals" for the final year of his presidency.

Obama will bypass Congress, seek U.N. resolution on nuclear testing.  President Obama has decided to seek a new United Nations Security Council resolution that would call for an end to nuclear testing, a move that leading lawmakers are calling an end run around Congress.  Top administration officials, including Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, briefed lawmakers and congressional staffers this week about President Obama's decision to push for the U.N. action this September, to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, which was adopted in September 1996 but was never ratified by the Senate.

Alphabet Soup Corruption.  [Scroll down]  What do all these scandal and embarrassments have in common? Aside from the fact that many appointees were selected based on their progressive bona fides and that they saw their missions to promote liberal causes, sometimes even at the cost of overriding their own agencies' mandates, there was a widespread sense that the law simply did not apply to them. The President set the tone with a series of executive orders that overrode federal immigration law. He arbitrarily suspended some elements of the Affordable Care Act for fear that they would prove unpopular in the months before the 2012 election, and has bypassed congressional oversight and jurisdiction, whether by sidestepping the Senate's ratification of treaties with the Iran deal or allowing the EPA to create new laws regulating coal plants and water standards that were never ratified by Congress. The ensuing message was that social awareness, fairness, and egalitarianism trumped the rule of law.

Obama Is Too Incompetent To Pull Off A Coup.  Turkey's failed coup, combined with the disastrous disunity and polarization in the United States thanks to Barack Obama, have gotten people talking about whether it could happen here.  For example, part-time law professor and full-time Instapundit Glenn Reynold has recently taken some serious looks at the issue of coups within the context of the American system of checks and balances.  So what if next January Obama and his barely post-puberty band of juice box screw-ups in the West Wing decide they don't want to leave?

Federal Courts:  Emperor Obama's Executive Overreach is [Impermissible].  In another blow to President Obama's flagrant executive overreach, a federal appeals court smacked down an ObamaCare rule requiring all indemnity health insurance plans to meet essential coverage minimum standards. [...] The courts have repeatedly rebuked Obama for extending his executive pen too far.  In May, a federal judge ruled Obama "exceeded his authority" and struck down an Obamacare provision giving billions of dollars to health insurers through subsidies.  Last month, an Obama-appointed federal judge struck down Obama's overreach when it came to fracking regulations. [...] In June, an appeals court ruled Obama had wrongly bypassed Congress on his temporary government appointments. [...] Last year, the Courts blocked Obama's water rule not once, but twice for flexing executive power exceeding federal law.

Obama Wants More Federal Oversight of Cops After Attacks on Cops.  President Barack Obama is harnessing the increasing attacks on police — and the periodic shootings of people by stressed cops — to push his agenda to federalize state and local police forces.

Hacked messages of #BlackLivesMatter leader reveal Obama admin's plan for 'summer of chaos' and martial law.  U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch is coordinating with Democratic activists to so disrupt the upcoming Republican and Democratic National Conventions that martial law will be declared.  That's the stunning discovery revealed in a series of direct messages between three activists.  On Friday, June 10, 2016, someone hacked into the Twitter account of #BlackLivesMatter (BLM) leader and former Baltimore mayoral candidate DeRay McKesson.  McKesson later confirmed the hack to The Baltimore Sun.  On June 11, 2016, a Twitterer who calls himself The Saint (@TheSaintNegro) tweeted a direct-message conversation on June 10 between KcKesson and another BLM leader Johnetta Elzie (Netta), in which the two discussed talking with Attorney General Loretta Lynch about plans to bring on martial law by causing chaos at the upcoming Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, PA, so as to keep Obama in office.

Has the President Usurped the Constitutional Authority of Congress?  On June 16, a Minnesota Public Radio news program held a debate on this timely question:  Has the president usurped the power of Congress?  With the presidential election fewer than five months from now and in light of promises made by both major party candidates about what they will do in their "first 100 days," it is important to review the powers granted to that office by the states when they created the federal government in the Constitution.  Before beginning to offer a brief, constitutionally based answer to that question, Americans concerned about the rise of the "imperial president" may study the words and warnings of our Founding Fathers and their political and philosophical influences regarding the primacy of the separation of powers in a good government.

The entire Constitution is at risk if Hillary wins.  In its 4-4 ruling barring President Obama's executive order on immigration from going into effect, the Supreme Court proved that Obama was right the first time:  He lacked the power to change the law on his own.  As recently as December 2014, the president lectured supporters that the Constitution didn't allow it:  "The notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order, that's just not the case."  Then, a few months later, after Congress again refused to pass the law he wanted, he decided to see if he could get away with it anyway — issuing an order that not only suspended deportation for millions, but also gave them the right to work legally.

What Obama Thinks of Islamism, Communism — and America.  There has been quite a debate recently about President Obama's understanding of Islamism, and his refusal to use terms such as "Islamist terrorism."  But he has given us his view of another significant term:  Communism. [...] The notion that the Communist nomenklatura in Russia or Communist China or anywhere else was composed of people whose main goal was to eliminate poverty is bizarre and hopelessly wrong.  Stalin and Mao were not motivated by reducing poverty; they were concerned with seizing and keeping power.  Mao put it pretty well:  "Communism is not love.  Communism is a hammer which we use to crush the enemy."

Decepticons In Sunlight — Paul Ryan Threatens To Sue Donald Trump Over Temp Muslim Ban.  House Speaker Paul 'Omnibus' Ryan is quoted in a Huffington Post interview as threatening to sue President Trump if he attempted to initiate his proposed halt on Muslim immigration: [...] "I would sue any president that exceeds his or her powers", Ryan says.  That's rather strange, because there's a disconnect.  When President Obama declared his November 2014 "executive action on amnesty" or DAPA, neither Paul Ryan nor any other body of congressional authority attempted to sue the president.  Exactly the contrary is evident.  Through Ryan's Omnibus spending approach, all of President Obama's priorities were fully funded through the end of his entire term in office.

Sessions: 'Dictator' Obama flooding rural towns with illegals.  A chief critic of President Obama's open door immigration policies on Thursday slammed him as a "dictator" who is filling rural towns with illegal immigrants instead of turning them away at the border and telling them to enter legally.  Alabama Republican Sen.  Jeff Sessions said that the administration's plan to ship some 2,000 illegals to his state has been met with the same outrage as other efforts to take undocumented immigrants seized in Texas and Arizona and house them as far away as Massachusetts.

The Editor says...
Wake up.  You're a Senator!  If you think Obama is a dictator, impeach him!

Vox Writer Wants 'Prez' to 'Unilaterally Ban' All Guns.  Dylan Matthews, a writer for the left-wing publication Vox, tweeted out Thursday that he wants to give the president power to "unilaterally ban [all Americans] from buying guns."  It's funny that he specifically says "(hopefully everyone!)" because that phrase alludes to one of the glaring problems with his and other Dems' proposals.  Which is this:  you can be "hopeful" all you want but the bad guys, the criminals, will always get the guns one way or another.

Obama Rewrites the Law.  Obama's transgender diktats are another case of his overreaching presidency, which deserves more attention on the campaign trail.  Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act makes it illegal for employers to discriminate invidiously on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.  And Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits invidious discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities.  In those statutes "sex" identifies a protected class defined only in terms of one's biological sex, male or female.  In its work over the years on other matters concerning discrimination, Congress has never understood "sex" in any other way than the sex someone is born with.  Under Title IX, which permits institutions to differentiate intimate facilities by sex, schools have provided separate toilets, locker rooms, and shower facilities on the basis of sex.  By no means has that been regarded as discriminatory.

GOP sets vote to stop Obama's 'pen and phone' regulations.  Republicans will take on Obama's "pen and phone" executive actions this week by voting on legislation that would give the courts more power to interpret laws and regulations that the GOP say are being foisted upon the nation by an unchecked and "overgrown bureaucracy."  The House Judiciary Committee will vote Wednesday on whether to advance the Separation of Powers Restoration Act, a bill, sponsored by Rep.  John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, who is battling with the Obama administration over floodplain regulations in his home state.  "The endless stream of rules and regulations being rolled out by federal agencies has real consequences for real people all across the country," Ratcliffe said in a statement.  "Unelected federal bureaucrats are not accountable to the American people and can't be voted out of office; yet, they wield immense power to impose regulations that have the force of law."

Burlington College.  [Scroll down]  [H]ow about the coming swarm of transvestites, transsexuals, Tim Curry impersonators, and just general perverts ready to descend on public-school girls' bathrooms and locker rooms?  That comes courtesy of America's own would-be caudillo Barack Obama, who has decided the plight of trannies with an urge to drain the main vein is the civil rights cause of our time.  So urgent, he's decided, that constitutional niceties like the separation of powers and federalism must go by the wayside.  His administration put out a letter to the nation's 98,000 public schools, not a single one of which is run by the federal government, demanding they allow sexually confused boys into the girls' rooms and vice versa.  The letter went even further, resisting any attempt to define eligibility for such treatment — if a boy determines he "feels" like a girl on a given day and demands entry into a girls' bathroom the school shouldn't question his judgement.

Funny Definition of Democracy You've Got There, Mr. President.  Where does the ex-constitutional law lecturer who now serves as U.S. president get off with trying to remake moral policy for a nation of 330 million?  Where does he get the idea it's his business to instruct the 50 states that schools must henceforth allow the transgendered — whatever that curiously concocted word may mean — to visit the school restroom of their choice?  Most of all, where does he suppose he gets the authority to do all this?  Our modern-day Wizard of Oz is blowing and bloviating with glee.  It's time someone pulled back the curtains.

Team Obama thinks it can govern with strongly worded letters.  The authors of the Federalist Papers neglected to explain the fearsome powers that inhere in the "Dear Colleague" letter under our system of government.  It is the instrument by which middling bureaucrats impose their will on the nation, as the assistant secretary for civil rights at the Department of Education and the principal deputy assistant attorney general for civil rights at the Department of Justice just did in the matter of transgender bathroom policy in our schools and colleges.

Obama's Dictatorial Transgender Proclamation.  George Orwell would be impressed.  On Friday [5/13/2016], the Obama administration issued a proclamation with all the force of law, requiring all public-education institutions in the land to allow boys to use girls' bathrooms and locker facilities.  They need only feel very strongly, on any given day, that they are really girls deep down inside.  Of course, the president can't formally issue a law.  This is still a democracy — superficially at least.  So whenever Obama "changes the law," as he likes to brag, the new law usually takes the form of something else.  In this case, the new law took the form of "guidance" in a "dear colleague" letter issued jointly by the Department of Justice and Department of Education to school officials from sea to shining sea.

Texas Governor Vows to Fight Obama Trans Bathroom Policy: 'He's Not a King'.  Texas Governor Greg Abbott vowed Friday [5/13/2016] to fight a recent letter from the Obama administration threatening to pull funding and seek legal action against schools that block transgender students from using the facilities of their choice.  Abbott took to Twitter to accuse President Barack Obama of rewriting the Civil Rights Act to suit his own purposes.

Bathroom decree is Obama at his worst.  There was a time when candidate Barack Obama was still properly in awe of the office he sought, and of the opportunity it offered to uplift Americans by the power of his example.  As Robert Frost might have put it, he was fast approaching a point where two roads diverged, and had he chosen the one less traveled by, what a difference it might have made in the kind of president he has become.

Obama Violates the Law to Push His Climate Obsession.  Whether it's gun control, health care reform, climate change, or a host of other issues, President Barack Obama does not follow the law if it conflicts with his policy preferences.  While Obama is not unique in this regard, he has taken ignoring the oath U.S. presidents take to uphold and faithfully execute the Constitution and the laws of the United States to a whole new level.

A president or a king?  The Supreme Court will decide.  Russian fighter jets violate American rights on the high seas by buzzing as close as 30 feet to American naval vessels.  Three times in the past month, Russian jets have ignored rules every country observes.  Secretary of State John Kerry said that our Navy ships are entitled to shoot down these Russian planes, but President Obama says nothing.  He doesn't want to upset relations with the Russians.  On the other hand, Obama is quite comfortable upsetting relations with the U.S. Congress.  What on?  Deportation of people illegally here and whether or not to do his job "faithfully."

The Men Who Would Be King.  The New York Times has an article describing how Ben Rhodes, President Obama's deputy national security adviser for strategic communications, sold fiction as truth in communicating the president's foreign policy.  Rhodes regarded the deception as a clever way to success.  Like an engineering student who has found a way to cheat on his final exam, or a man astonished to find himself with a medical license by mistake, Rhodes appears to think he's actually accomplished something positive.  He has no clue he's set up a disaster that is only waiting to happen.  Thomas Ricks, writing in Foreign Policy, calls the article "a stunning profile of Ben Rhodes, the [person] who is the president's foreign policy guru."  But it is also a profile of the president.

Sen. Hatch demands secret memo that's aided Obama executive actions.  President Obama's unilateral pen-and-phone approach to governing has been aided by a decades-old secret memo that allows him to avoid economic scrutiny of some of the most intrusive rules and regulations his administration has issued, a top senator said Thursday [4/28/2016].  Now Sen.  Orrin G. Hatch, Utah Republican and chairman of the Finance Committee, has demanded Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew release the 1983 memorandum of understanding and defend the Reagan-era policy that has let Mr. Obama pursue changes on everything from corporate taxes to Obamacare without first giving a full heads-up to Congress.

Surely you don't still believe Obama has had the most transparent administration in history, do you?

King Obama
Obama Uber Alles.  Apparently, President Obama believes it is time to move beyond the constitutional constraint called separation of powers, an idea he considers outdated, obsolete and certainly not progressive. [...] Mr. Obama has a habit of saying one thing and doing the opposite.  Though he said, "I am not a king," as well as "I am not a dictator," he acts as though he is both rolled into one.  He sees no limit to his power and behaves as though Constitutional limits on the executive branch do not apply to him.

The Criminal Constituency.  [Governor Terry] McAuliffe is here following the example of Barack Obama, another chief executive who has attempted to use particularistic powers entrusted him in a categorical rather than discrete fashion, thereby transforming exercises in executive privilege into policy changes that would normally require changes in the law.  In the case of our ever-more-imperial president, the issue was illegal immigration:  The federal government is under no particular obligation to prosecute every instance of illegal immigration — prosecutorial discretion is an ordinary feature of the law — but President Obama's general application of that discrete power amounted to a change in the law (an executive amnesty) and a usurpation of legislative authority.  The matter is going to the Supreme Court; so far, the lower courts have looked upon the Obama administration's policy adventuring with skepticism.

It Begins: Obama Forgives Student Debt Of 400,000 Americans.  Joining the ranks of "broke lawyers" who can cancel their student debt, "Americans with disabilities have a right to student loan relief," now according to Ted Mitchell, the undersecretary of education, said in a statement.  Almost 400,000 student loan borrowers will now have an easier path to a debt bailout as Obama primes the populist voting pump just in time for the elections.

Obama's Gun-control Hypocrisy Called Out by Alabama Senator.  On March 30, President Obama commuted the prison sentences of 62 criminals, 12 of whom were behind bars for gun-related drug crimes.  This was just too much for Alabama's senior Senator Richard Shelby (R), so the next day Shelby sent a stinging letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch.  He asked her about the president's hypocrisy and demanded answers to questions that he posed to her during a committee hearing back in January. [...] During his administration, the president has so far commuted the sentences of 248 individuals, 33 of whom were convicted of firearms-related offenses, more than all of those commuted by the last six presidents.

Obama's Lawless Executive Clemency Putting Violent Firearm Perps Back on the Street.  We've often mentioned that President Obama, despite his insistent shaming of America over its supposed lack of gun regulation, has shown little interest in enforcing the gun control laws already on the books.  But it gets worse.  A lot worse.  Information has now arisen that the Obama administration is granting executive clemency to dozens of felons imprisoned for firearm-related offenses, some whose crimes involved possessing or using a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking crimes.  These criminals will for the most part be released back into the very communities that they exploited and victimized with their offenses.

Obama Claims Power to Make Illegal Immigrants Eligible for Social Security, Disability.  Does the president of the United States have the power to unilaterally tell millions of individuals who are violating federal law that he will not enforce that law against them now, that they may continue to violate that law in the future and that he will take action that makes them eligible for federal benefit programs for which they are not currently eligible due to their unlawful status?  Through Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, President Barack Obama is telling the Supreme Court exactly this right now.  The solicitor general calls what Obama is doing "prosecutorial discretion."

Obama's Abusing His Authority to Try and Stop American Tax Inversions.  The U.S. tax system makes it extremely difficult for international businesses to compete in the global market.  A prominent and recent example of the lengths American businesses will go to escape our anticompetitive system is Pfizer, a large U.S. pharmaceutical manufacturer.  Pfizer recently tried to merge with Allergan and locate the newly formed business's headquarters in Allergan's home country of Ireland.  This is known as an inversion.  By doing this, Pfizer would've escaped from the onerous U.S. tax system that taxes the company on all the income it earns around the world, rather than only the income it earns domestically.  Only six other countries in the 34-member Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) tax companies' income earned outside their borders.  Of these, all of them have much lower tax rates than the U.S., which makes that extra taxation less relevant for their businesses.  The U.S. is an outlier.

Obama Tells Landlords They Must Rent to Murderers, Rapists and Other Felons.  The Obama administration released a warning Monday [4/4/2016] telling the nation's landlords that it may be discriminatory for them to refuse to rent to those with criminal records.  The Fair Housing Act doesn't include criminals as a protected class, but the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) says refusing to rent based on a criminal record is a form of racial discrimination, due to racial imbalances in the U.S. justice system.

Say goodbye to freedom of association.
Obama Admin Tells Landlords They Can't Refuse To House Criminals.  The Obama administration released a warning Monday [4/4/2016] telling the nation's landlords that it may be discriminatory for them to refuse to rent to those with criminal records.  The Fair Housing Act doesn't include criminals as a protected class, but the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) says refusing to rent based on a criminal record is a form of racial discrimination, due to racial imbalances in the U.S.  justice system.

Obama: Not Renting to Criminals is Racist.  Disparate Impact has been the crazed monster living chained up in the civil rights basement.  No administration dared to completely unleash it because of the madness it would entail.  But Obama is releasing the beast.  Recently, Obama's Lynch declared that fines were racist because they had a larger impact on minorities.  Now we move on to renting to criminals.

Germans told 'stay away from windows' for Obama visit.  When US President Barack Obama arrives in Hanover for a visit on Sunday April 24th, residents have been told very clearly what is expected of them: stay away from windows and do not wave.  Local police issued advisory flyers out of security concerns for some 1,800 residents who live near the Congress Centrum and zoo area, where Obama will be meeting Chancellor Angela Merkel for the Hanover Messe, a major global trade fair for industrial technology.  Police strongly advised residents to abide by the precautions so as not to alarm officers, which could result in an inspection of their home.

The Editor asks...
Did these restrictions originate in the German government, or were they Obama's idea?

Selective tyranny:
Obama regulations whack GOP states, go easy on liberal states.  Sweeping and expensive regulations pushed by President Obama have had a lopsided effect on states that voted for Obama's presidential foes, Mitt Romney and Sen.  John McCain, according to a new George Mason University study of the impact of rules and regulations.  The top 14 states crushed the hardest by financial and environmental regulations sought by Obama voted for Romney in the last election and generally trend Republican in other elections.  They include Louisiana, Texas, Indiana, Kentucky and Alabama.

Obama holds his own... Umbrella.  In previous such outings in rain or storm with President Obama, his Secret Service detail were shamefully abused by being forced to hold umbrellas over the heads of Obama and whomever else he thought warranted the cover.  To outside observers, this may not seem a big deal, but to cognoscenti, the use of Secret Service agents for any purpose other than alert protection is unlawful.

Congress Should Prevent 'Midnight Regulations' in Obama's Last Year.  As President Barack Obama's term of office comes to a close, a new issue percolates in Washington:  What end-of-term rules (also known as midnight regulations) will his administration produce?  Given the president's prolific executive lawmaking, will Congress be able to stop them?  "The federal lawmaking process should be simple," says Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., "the legislative branch writes the laws, and the executive branch enforces them" — emphasis on "should be simple."

The Age of Mafia Government.  [Scroll down]  Mafia leadership never directly calls the hits. They imply to underlings what they want done, so if the underlings are caught they can't incriminate the bosses in court.  This leadership style is not just the mafia's.  "A Few Good Men" dramatized how it might play out within a Marine unit.  The direct analogy, of course, is that President Obama never seems to know what's happening within his own organization.  He had no idea the IRS was targeting conservative groups.  He heard on the news about the Veterans Affairs debacle, where vets literally died because the agency managing their healthcare was so corrupt and incompetent, even though in the Senate he had served on the Veterans Affairs Committee and had heard of the problems in 2007.  Rush Limbaugh has played a montage of all Obama's "I'm just hearing about this and I'm so furious" moments:  About the Secret Service scandal, the Gulf Oil spill, when people found out Van Jones was a Communist sympathizer... the list never ends.  Either Obama is the world's best delegator-in-chief, or he knows a lot more than he's telling us.  Nobody will ever be able to prove that, of course.

Foiling Obama's Unconstitutional Climate Treaty Coup.  President Obama claims the recently adopted Paris Agreement on climate change is not a treaty but rather an executive agreement — a pact he can approve on his sole authority, with the stroke of a pen.  Why is he doing this?  Because if he were to follow the constitutional treaty making process, and submit the agreement to the Senate for its advice and consent, the treaty would be dead on arrival.  In fact, as I explain in a new CEI policy paper, the Paris Agreement is a treaty.  That is the only reasonable conclusion based on U.S. historic practice, the Agreement's potential costs and risks, its prescriptiveness and "ambition" compared to predecessor climate treaties, and international protocol including recent instructions from the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat to the Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Obama: I don't get 'a kick out of big government'.  President Obama on Monday brushed off Republicans who say he's in love with big government.  "I do not believe in regulation for regulation's sake, contrary to rumor," Obama told a gathering of the National Governors Association.  "This idea that somehow I get a kick out of big government is just not the case."  Republicans have chided Obama for years for his penchant to issue sweeping regulations on areas where he disagrees with Congress, including climate change, gun control and immigration.

The Editor says...
In a twisted way, Mr. Obama's statement is true:  He doesn't like "big" government, if "big" includes the Congress.  He prefers the convenience of an autocratic government in which he can singlehandedly dictate the government's actions, spend money, and issue new laws by decree.

Our Once and Future Caudillos.  History demonstrates that once caudillos come to power, their most likely successors are other caudillos.  Obama is a caudillo.  And so would be Clinton, Sanders, or Trump as president.

Obama Vows To Sign UN Global Warming Deal Without Senate Approval.  The Obama administration has vowed to sign a United Nations global warming deal in April despite intense opposition from the Senate and a Supreme Court ruling derailing the government's green regulatory scheme.  "We're going to go ahead and sign the agreement this year," Todd Stern, the U.S.'s climate envoy told reporters Tuesday [2/16/2016], brushing aside questions about last week's Supreme Court ruling against the Environmental Protection Agency's key climate regulation.

Time for the Senate to Tell Obama Where He can Put his Phone and Pen.  [Scroll down]  When Obama started stacking independent agencies with radical leftists who could not gain Senate support via abuse of the recess appointment clause, the House exercised their constitutional prerogative not to recess, thus preventing the Senate from recessing (again under the express text of the Constitution.  Obama decided that the sole power to determine whether the Congress was actually in recess belonged to him and him alone, and made a bunch of recess appointments even though Congress was definitely not in recess.  This blatantly unconstitutional action by Obama had absolutely no chance of succeeding, and wasted billions of federal dollars before every action taken by the agencies he packed was nullified by a unanimous Supreme Court.

Somehow, having an Enemies List is all right if you're Barack Obama and not Richard Nixon.  It has become an iffy idea to cross Barack Obama.  After seven years, the president has created a Hugo Chávez-like deterrent landscape, intended to remind friends and enemies alike that he is perfectly willing to use the federal government's vast power to go after those he finds politically inconvenient, while exempting those he understands to be sympathetic to his agendas.  In Freudian fashion, Obama has long joked about using the power of government in a personal way. [...] To have a legitimate disagreement with the president is to be caricatured as either a coward or a bully.

Obama, the fair-weather constitutionalist.  President Obama would like people to think he is being wronged by Senate Republicans who plan to deny him the chance to replace Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.  But the GOP lawmakers are determined to block his nominee not merely because he'd create a majority on the bench whose judicial philosophy is to usurp the democratic process and hand down decisions based on their own prejudices.  It must, rather, be seen in the context of a presidency that has abusively increased executive power, usurping or trampling the proper authority of Congress.  Obama does not respect congressional authority.

Obama orders creation of new national monuments in California.  President Barack Obama on Friday [2/12/2016] set aside 1.8 million acres of Southern California desert for protection, using his sometimes controversial executive power to designate three new national monuments.  In a long-anticipated decision, Obama designated the Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow and Castle Mountains national monuments in San Bernardino and Riverside counties.  "The California desert is a cherished and irreplaceable resource for the people of Southern California," Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said.  The federal government already owns the affected lands, and Jewell noted that "valid existing" uses, including by the U.S. military, can continue.

The Editor says...
How does this action offer any protection to the land?  And since it is already government property, from whom is the land being protected?  Obviously this Obama's means of impeding the production of coal, oil, and gas in the area.  Only those who look below the surface of this story know what it really means.

$12 Billion Obama Plan Would Give Lunches to Poor Children in the Summer.  The Obama administration proposes to provide free lunch to millions of children who lose access to the subsidized meals once the school year comes to a close.  Under the program announced Wednesday [1/27/2016], low-income families who are eligible for free and reduced-price meals during the academic year would receive an electronic benefits card loaded monthly with $45 per child.  The benefit would go toward groceries during the summer months when school is closed.

The Editor says...
Mr. Obama has an annoying habit of announcing expensive programs of his own autonomous creation, without mentioning the source of the funding for them.

A Retrospective on the Obama Years.  [Scroll down]  Remember when the American left's dominant fear was an imperial presidency?  Yet today the silence is deafening as an army of appointed bureaucrats and an imperial executive repeatedly bypass the people's elected representatives.  The National Labor Relations Board has morphed into a wholly owned subsidiary of the AFL-CIO.  This critical regulator has in turn imprinted organized labor's agenda on the private sector, a remarkable turn of events given labor's ever-declining share of the American workforce.  Outside the workplace, Obama's unilateral directive to grant legal status to four million illegal immigrants was unprecedented.  So was the "guidance" to allow non-Obamacare insurance plans to be offered in the private insurance marketplace for an additional two years.  Only the federal courts have stopped Obama's unilateral rewriting of religious freedom protections granted by law.  And the EPA's attempts at expanding the reach of the Clean Air Act are seemingly endless.  Lawless?  No — the courts have regularly narrowed or defeated such end runs.  An imperial mindset?  Yes.

If Obama is treated like a king, he will act like one.
300 Organizations Ask Obama to Grant TPS for Central American Immigrants.  Around 300 organizations sent a letter Monday [1/25/2016] asking U.S. President Barack Obama to grant Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, to undocumented immigrants fleeing violence in Central America's Northern Triangle — El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.  "TPS is grounded in clear statutory authority that was established by Congress 25 years ago to respond to humanitarian crises like we are seeing in the Northern Triangle," said Royce Murray, policy director at Heartland Alliance's National Immigrant Justice Center.

Some Serious Pushback Against Obama's Imperial Presidency.  During Richard Nixon's presidency, Democrats repeatedly excoriated him for running roughshod over the Constitution's limits on executive power — and they were right to do so.  Nixon's view that presidential authority was almost limitless, summed up in his famous statement caught on tape, "If the president does it, it's not illegal," was completely at odds with the Constitution's provisions for the scope of executive power in Article II.  The president does not get to change the Constitution to suit his desires.  At least, he shouldn't.

Obama's Lawlessness Fuels Civil Disobedience and Record Government Distrust.  When Obama entered office, he possessed an overwhelming majority in the House of Representatives, and a filibuster-proof Senate majority.  Accordingly, he could have introduced any among his litany of extremist proposals on whatever issues he wanted — climate change, labor unions, gun control, immigration, closing of Guantanamo, treaties with Iran or anything else.  But he didn't.  Only when his own actions created a backlash and caused Americans to elect Republican House and Senate majorities not seen since the 1920s did Obama miraculously find it appropriate to begin imposing his agenda by extra-constitutional means.

No "Major Scandal" in Obama Administration?  This list just scratches the surface. Executive overreach has become standard fare, whether on immigration or environmental regulations.  The Obama administration's penchant for controlling leaks, a lack of transparency, and a war on journalists has been noted by the likes of former Washington Post executive editor Len Downie Jr. who said "The [Obama] administration's war on leaks and other efforts to control information are the most aggressive I've seen since the Nixon administration leaks," and New York Times reporter David Sanger who said, "This is the most closed, control-freak administration I've ever covered."  James Risen of the Times added that the Obama administration has been "the greatest enemy of press freedom that we have encountered in at least a generation."

Gates: Obama Has 'Centralized Power' More than Any Other President.  [Quoting former Defense Secretary Robert Gates:  "]You know, the president is quoted as having said at one point to his staff 'I can do every one of your jobs better than you can.'  And I think that he has centralized power and operational activities of the government in the White House to a degree that is unparalleled.["]

New House Task Force Considers Push Against Presidential Overreach.  House Republicans have put together a team to address what they consider unauthorized expansion of presidential power.  In coming months, the Task Force on Executive Overreach will explore how Congress can begin to reassert its legislative authority.  But it's not political.  So says House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., who authorized the task force.  The effort is meant to address some of the habitual abuses to the constitutional separation of powers, he said.

Nobody over-estimates Barack H. Obama's intelligence more than Obama himself.
Former Sec Def Bob Gates: Obama Thinks He's The Smartest Person In The Room.  Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who served during the Obama administration, has turned into a harsh critic of the president, saying that Barack Obama always thinks he's the smartest person in the room.  Gates also bashed Obama for bringing on advisers who do little else but constantly agree with his proposals, fostering a group-think environment where dissenting opinion essentially does not exist, The Free Beacon reports.  In other words, there are no "strong" people around the president.  And when there is dissent, Obama tries to crush it.

Obama is upending the role of the presidency.  President Obama has all but declared that he will spend his last year in office acting unilaterally to advance his agenda.  But his basic misunderstanding of presidential power will render his gains hollow, and his excesses will create the very tools to undo his legacy.

Obama, Trump and Executive Power.  As much as Americans are distrustful of politicians as a class, they reserve an even greater disdain for a president who bypasses the Constitution and rules by executive fiat.  Obama's executive amnesty program, his creation of "czars" in the White House, his decision to enter into trade deals and nuclear arms treaties while denying that they are treaties, taken together, amount to an unprecedented abuse of executive authority.  The former Constitutional lecturer in the White House is in fact a Constitutional revisionist.  Even the national media have bemoaned Obama's refusal to work with Congress, instead deciding to make up his own rules as well as his own laws.  The president's job is to "faithfully execute" those laws, not usurp Congress' authority to legislate.

Obama's Executive Orders Longer And More Restrictive Than Previous Administrations.  Since President Obama has taken office, the length of the executive orders he has issued now exceeds the length of the executive orders issued by former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, according to a count from the Federal Register.  Additionally, the executive orders that President Obama has issued includes more restrictive language than previous administrations.

Obama Spies on His Enemies in Congress.  [Scroll down]  Therefore, 92% of Congress may have had their private conversations wiretapped, which might explain why Republicans consistently grant a paranoid Obama unprecedented leeway on things they swear they oppose.  With that said, and although pure speculation, could the majority party's consistent pusillanimous posture be based on their knowledge that America's first black male president blackmails those he considers enemies in Congress?  And didn't Richard Nixon resign for much less?  Based on the seriousness of the spying accusation, if true, Barack Obama should step down or be impeached, which may require the Republicans in Congress to pull up their pants, place concern for self aside, and finally do something that's long overdue — put the survival of America first.

Obama and the Insanity of the Liberal Mind.  Obama took an oath to defend the Constitution.  He has been at war with its constraints since day one, usurping power from the other branches of government and ignoring the laws that he swore to uphold and the security of the country he vowed to defend.  He has chosen to transform the country through a strategy of divide and conquer despite promises of bipartisanship and transparency.  Whether ObamaCare, illegal immigration, or the Iran deal, Obama has reduced Congress to an insignificant thorn in his side. [...] Obama's over-reaching executive actions and regulations are being litigated in untold numbers — because they are unconstitutional.  Whether welcoming illegal immigrants en masse and illegally handing them work permits or rewriting Congressional legislation unilaterally as he did with ObamaCare, Obama does not believe in the Constitutional limits of office.

Obama's Legacy Will Be Executive Abuse.  [Scroll down]  But more consequentially — and this may be the most destructive legacy of the Obama presidency — is the mainstreaming of the idea that if Congress "fails to act" it's okay for the president to figure out a way to make law himself.  Hillary's already applauded Obama's actions because, as she put it, "Congress won't act; we have to do something."  This idea is repeated perpetually by the Left, in effect arguing that we live in direct democracy run by the president (until a Republican is in office, of course).  On immigration, on global warming, on Iran, on whatever crusade liberals are on, the president has a moral obligation to act if Congress doesn't do what he wants.

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I Fully Support This New Kind of Background Check at Gun Shows.  So our benevolent leader Mr. Obama intends to bypass Congress once again to "tighten gun-control laws".  By my count, this is only the 408th time Mr. Obama has rewritten federal statutes, a new Constitutional power he's apparently created out of whole cloth.

Obama Urges Citizens to Stand Up Against the National Rifle Association.  A hallmark of Obama's presidency since his early days in office has been his habit of pitting American citizens against each other:  Democrats vs. Republicans, blacks vs. whites, rich vs. poor, climate change alarmists vs. climate change skeptics, gay vs. straight, etc.  It was shocking at first.  Seven years in, it is depressingly expected of the Community-Organizer-in-Chief.  In his weekly address, released Friday [1/1/2016], Obama vowed to spend his final year in office seeking ways to impose gun control policies via executive fiat, and urged American citizens to stand up against groups like the NRA — which, of course, is made up of other American citizens.

The Left May Come to Loathe Obama.  Unfortunately, the expanded executive authority that Obama carved out for himself sets a precedent that can never be undone.  Obama criticized George W. Bush for using the urgency of the immediate post-9/11 environment to expand the president's powers, but he only built upon that ballooning authority when he occupied the Oval Office.  The next president is equally likely to cite Obama's dubious example to pursue unilaterally the agenda preferred by his or her core supporters.

Our Presidents Are Beginning to Act Like Kings.  As I write, the president of the United States is openly promising to finish off his second term with a flurry of extraconstitutional activity.  By the power invested in his "pen and phone," Barack Obama intends to wield his "executive authority" in order to institute a set of environmental rules that the people's representatives have declined to grant him; to close the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay in direct defiance of Congress's will; and to further circumvent a series of immigration laws that have been on the books for decades.  These are no idle threats.  In his second term alone, this president has rewritten by fiat some of the central portions of his signature legislation, Obamacare; granted a series of unauthorized waivers from the 1996 Welfare Reform Act; and instructed agencies such as the IRS and the EPA to push forward with the enforcement of a series of administrative rules that simply cannot be justified by the texts of their enabling statutes.

President Obama's Top Ten Constitutional Violations of 2015.  Even in his first term, the administration launched a "We Can't Wait" initiative, with senior aide Dan Pfeiffer explaining that "when Congress won't act, this president will."  And when the reelected President Obama announced his second-term economic plans, he explained that "I will not allow gridlock, or inaction, or willful indifference to get in our way."  Accordingly, it hasn't been difficult to point to constitutional abuses; the hard part is narrowing them down to a top-ten list.

Obama's Veiled Threat.  With a year left to go, President Obama is determined to make sure he continues to squeeze the living daylights out of America.  Or as he put it during his year-end news conference:  "I said at the beginning of this year that interesting stuff happens in the fourth quarter — and we are only halfway through."  What "interesting stuff" he has in mind is anybody's guess. [...] What's one man's productivity is another man's tyrannical executive order, after executive order, after executive order.

Politicians Without Borders.  Recently, The Wall Street Journal's Kimberley Strassel used the phrase "no political guardrails" to point out how many of today's politicians seem to lack any constraints, any safeguards against their use of power.  She's onto something.  "Mr. Obama wants what he wants.  If ObamaCare is problematic, he unilaterally alters the law," Strassel writes.  "If the nation won't support laws to fight climate change, he creates one with regulation.  If the Senate won't confirm his nominees, he declares it in recess and installs them anyway."  Hillary Clinton does it too.  In fact, she promises that once she becomes president, that is how she will govern.  If Congress won't give her gun control laws she wants, she says she'll unilaterally impose them.  Likewise, if Congress rejects her proposed new tax on corporations, "then I will ask the Treasury Department, when I'm there, to use its regulatory authority, if that's what it takes."  Whatever it takes.  So far, the public doesn't seem to mind.

The Obama Revolution Enters its Radical Phase.  While the Obama presidency has not been a real revolution, Obama took office with the deliberate intention of "transforming" United States, a process that has been in many ways almost as painful and destructive as a revolution.  That process, like classic revolutions of the past, now appears to be entering its most dangerous and radical phase.  The radical phase of the classic revolutionary cycle comes after a more moderate period, and tends to provoke a strong conservative counter-reaction.  It is driven both by the excesses of leaders who see their power and opportunity waning, and the demands of an agitated constituency that feels let down by the pace of change and wants to push the radical agenda to the breaking point.  We can see this happening in the country today.  It is evident in Obama's increasingly desperate attempts to remain relevant and press his agendas through any means possible, for example through unconstitutional executive actions.

The Man Who Can't Stop Lying.  As predicted, Barack Obama attempted to misdirect the American people during his prime-time Oval Office address last night.  The absentee President's relatively brief addressed seemed more concerned with protecting his view of the nature of Islam than the lives of American citizens, and he quickly pivoted towards asserting that American gun owners were the real threat.  Toward this end, Obama pushed his call to weaponize his enemies list.  He wants to be able to arbitrarily put American citizens that he doesn't like on one of several list, and then strip them of their constitutional rights by executive fiat.

Obama Versus the Separation of Powers.  [Scroll down]  No president has more abused the power of the executive.  Obama was raised in Indonesia during key formative years, a nation that in the 1960s was run as a strict military autocracy.  At the time that Obama was attending school there, the state's founder Achmed Sukarno had just been overthrown by Gen. Mohammed Suharto.  Accompanying this transfer of power had been a nationwide purge that murdered at least 100,000.  (The government shrugged the victims off as communists, but it was a lot more complicated than that).  Afterward, Suharto merrily set about becoming what a number of sources state to be "the most corrupt leader in history," stealing over $30 billion while his family accounted for another $4 or 5 billion.  During the same period he sanctioned further massacres in East Timor and West Irian.  This is the environment in which Obama's consciousness of the world emerged, while sitting in a classroom presided over by a portrait of Suharto in his black songkok.  It's from here, rather than any later encounter with Alinsky or Ayers, that he gets his idea of government.  While his left-wing pals may have poured in the ideology, the jug had been shaped for some time.

Obama Threatens US Intelligence and Military If They Don't Tell Him What He Wants to Hear.  Barack Obama is pretending his ISIS "strategy" is working even though we can all clearly see that it isn't.  The President said during his ISIS presser that he vigorously rejected the idea that he should go further with his war against ISIS, dismissing critics who were playing "political games" or offering "shallow solutions".  He said he's getting advice from the greatest military minds. [...] But in fact, advisors either tell him what he wants to hear or they could face losing their livelihoods.  More than 50 intelligence analysts have confirmed that their work has been altered to say the war against ISIS is more successful than it is.

The man our founders warned us against.  In his assumption of monarchical powers and his accompanying demagogy, Barack Obama is the man our founders warned us against.  That is the thrust of David Bernstein's important new book, Lawless: The Obama Administration's Unprecedented Assault on the Constitution and the Rule of Law.

Jarrett: Obama Not 'Lame Duck,' 'Really Big Things' Coming.  White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett said criminal justice reform that reduces the prison population would make America safer.  Jarrett also said President Obama is focused on tackling the issue along with Congress and is not a "lame duck."  Obama has directed federal agencies to "ban the box," which prohibits them from asking about an applicant's criminal history.  Jarrett said Obama wants Congress to do the same for federal contractors as well, which requires congressional action.  In addition, the Justice Department has decided to release about 6,000 inmates from federal prison who were convicted of drug-related offenses.

37 senators warn Obama to tell the truth about climate deal.  A group of more than three dozen senators are pressing President Obama to tell the truth in talks with foreign leaders on any deal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and explain that the ultimate say is with Congress and not the administration.  Republican Sens. John Barrasso of Wyoming and Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma led a group of 37 senators in sending a letter to the president Thursday night [11/19/2015], saying that any global agreement with "binding" timetables and emission targets, as well as financial obligations costing taxpayers, "must be brought before Congress for approval."

Obama: I didn't appreciate how weak the presidency is until I was president.  One big thing Barack Obama has learned about being president?  The job isn't as powerful as you might expect.  In a new interview with Bill Simmons at GQ, which is well worth reading in full, Obama explains that he "didn't fully appreciate" how "decentralized power is" in the US political system until he took office.  That is, to get anything done, he had to spend a ton of his time trying to persuade other people.

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Mr. Obama is shocked to learn that his job entails actual work!  All this negotiating and deal-makiing cuts down on his imperial power and takes a big bite out of golf time.  I feel so sorry for the poor guy.  Maybe he should retire early.

Obama acting more like a king than president.  Judge Napolitano's Chambers: Judge Napolitano explains how President Obama is acting like a king by forcing once-rejected immigration laws through executive action.  [Video clip]

KERRY: Hey, that UN Global Warming Treaty we signed is legally binding and the Senate gets no say in the matter.  Now, apparently, there's a United Nations global warming initiative that Congress won't even get the chance to vote on.  Secretary of State John Kerry walked back remarks that a future United Nations global warming treaty would not be legally binding.  Now Kerry says a climate treaty would, in fact, be legally binding and not require Senate approval.

Why Obama's immigration plans are still unconstitutional.  President Obama has a penchant for presidential power plays.  He has been following his own playbook since January 2014 when he declared:  "I've got a pen, and I've got a phone" — his promise to do all that he could to bypass Congress — relying on Executive Orders and actions instead of legislation.  Now, a federal appeals court has struck a critical blow against his strategy to unilaterally "change" the nation's immigration laws.  Monday [11/9/2015], a majority of a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit rejected the president's unprecedented and unlawful power-grab.  The Fifth Circuit ruled that President Obama's executive overreach that unilaterally rewrote the law without congressional consent is unconstitutional, unlawful, and violates the separation of powers.

Immigration, President Obama and the rule of law.  Earlier this week, a federal appeals court in New Orleans upheld an injunction issued by a federal district court in Texas against the federal government, thereby preventing it from implementing President Barack Obama's executive orders on immigration.  Critics had argued and two federal courts have now agreed that the orders effectively circumvented federal law and were essentially unconstitutional.  Though the injunction on its face restrains officials in the Department of Homeland Security, it is really a restraint on the president himself.

WH: If Gitmo Closure Ends Up in Court, Blame Congress.  White House spokesman Josh Earnest couldn't say when President Obama will release his "top priority" plan to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but on Thursday [11/12/2015], he did assure reporters it will be "relatively soon," maybe after Obama leaves Washington on Saturday for a trip to Turkey, Malaysia and the Philippines.  The bigger question is whether President Obama will use his executive authority to order the transfer the remaining Gitmo detainees to prisons in the United States.  That would invite a legal challenge from Congress, which has passed a law specifically prohibiting those transfers.

Paul Ryan Warns Obama against Closing Guantanamo Bay.  House speaker Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) warned President Obama Tuesday [11/10/2015] against defying the lawmakers who have voted to prevent him from transferring prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility to the U.S.  "He doesn't have the authority to do it," Ryan told Bloomberg's Mark Halperin last night.  "The law is the law.  It's just that clear."

Leaked DHS memo shows Obama might circumvent DAPA injunction.  A newly leaked internal DHS memorandum produced for an off-the-record agency conclave reveals that the Obama administration is actively planning to circumvent a federal court injunction that suspended part of last November's deferral-based amnesty initiative.  The document, apparently prepared as follow-up from a DHS "Regulations Retreat" last summer, appears sure to re-ignite concerns in Congress as well as federal judges in the Fifth Circuit.

God, Obama and Post-Constitutional America.  [O]ver the past hundred years, with the gargantuan expansion of the executive bureaucracy, the potential for such encroachment has increased in ways unimaginable in earlier periods.  Still, there has been little precedent for the widespread and blatant seizure of unconstitutional authority by President Obama and by the federal bureaucracy under his aegis.  Foremost is the President's own creating or rewriting of federal statutes in pursuit of his policy goals — whether, for example, in the context of implementing Obamacare, or recasting immigration law, or signing off on far-reaching international commitments without constitutionally prescribed Congressional authorization, and even violating the provisions in the watered down Congressional oversight of the Iran deal that had become law only two months earlier.

Obama weighs expanding background checks through executive authority.  In response to the latest mass shooting during his presidency, President Obama is seriously considering circumventing Congress with his executive authority and imposing new background-check requirements for buyers who purchase weapons from high-volume gun dealers.  Under the proposed rule change, dealers who exceed a certain number of sales each year would be required to obtain a license from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and perform background checks on potential buyers.

President Obama mulling expanding gun background checks through executive action.  His royal highness, King Barack I is thinking of issuing a decree to his subjects, ordering more background checks for those wishing to purchase a firearm.  This backdoor gun control would be accomplished by forcing high volume gun dealers to obtain a license to sell guns from the ATF — one of the requirements being to perform background checks on purchasers.

The Most Dangerous Man In the World. neither Russia's Vladimir Putin nor China's Xi Jinping, nor at this time, Ayatollah Khamenei — it's none other than America's Barack Hussein Obama.  This is not because of any aggressive, risk-laden actions he has taken, far from it.  It is because of those he has failed to take at critical times to credibly dissuade strategic competitors and potential aggressors, such as Russia and China, from actions that may suddenly compound into destabilizing confrontations, even war.  When the Middle East cauldron spawned the barbaric ISIS, Obama's indecisive, pusillanimous response allowed this Islamic malignancy to rapidly metastasize, compounding and accelerating an existing refugee problem that will involve America.  Additionally, throughout his tenure, overt actions Obama has taken served to steadily and materially, degrade American military capabilities, while enemies grow stronger.

Ben Carson: 'Hitler' could happen here.  Ben Carson suggested on Wednesday [9/30/2015] that a Nazi-like force could come to power in the United States.  At a campaign event in New Hampshire, Carson noted that many people believe a situation like what took place in Germany in the 1930's and 1940's could never happen in America.  "I beg to differ," Carson said.  "If you go back and look at the history of the world, tyranny and despotism and how it starts, it has a lot to do with control of thought and control of speech."

Carson: Hitler could happen in US.  GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson said Wednesday [9/30/2015] that a government like Nazi Germany's could reign over the United States.  Carson argued during a campaign stop in New Hampshire that a similar regime is possible in any nation that relinquishes its freedoms.

Obama's Global Warming, Syria Push at United Nations Skips Congress.  The Paris accord, like the Iran deal before it, will be strictly an executive agreement, given that Obama wouldn't have the votes to pass anything in either chamber.  Prospects seem to have improved for getting a deal after last week's agreement with China, which has announced plans to implement a cap-and-trade scheme and push for a global accord in France.  Congress, if it gets a chance to weigh in at all, will be via an effort to disapprove Obama's carbon regulations.

How to Create a Banana Republic: Start with a dictator.  Obama's position has been straightforward, at least privately.  He will do whatever he wants and no one will stop him.  He has repeatedly defied Congress and the courts to do so.  While he plays the game of giving speech in which he demands that Congress do X or Y, it's in practice shut out of the process.  Here's how it worked on the Iran Deal.  Obama made it clear to Democrats in Congress that he would implement the deal no matter what.  The Republican leadership by now has gotten the message.  The message is that Congressional voters are irrelevant.  They don't affect policy unless the dictator-in-chief allows them to.

Obama orders federal agencies to hire psychologists.  President Obama on Tuesday directed federal agencies to incorporate "behavioral science insights" into their daily work to improve how federal agencies deliver programs and services, which includes the hiring of psychologists by the government.  "A growing body of evidence demonstrates that behavioral science insights — research findings from fields such as behavioral economics and psychology about how people make decisions and act on them — can be used to design government policies to better serve the American people," Obama said in an executive order issued Tuesday [9/15/2015].

Dozens of spies insist their reports on JV team were altered to please president.  This will no doubt come as shocking news... to Barack Obama and his press secretary.  A new report claims that scores of intelligence analysts (read: spies) have begun talking out of school and are complaining that their reports on major terror groups have been "inappropriately altered" to paint a brighter picture before being passed on to the President and other leaders.  Who could have possibly suspected that this was going on?

Spy Report Book-Cooking Howls For Reform.  Fifty intelligence analysts whose job is to honestly assess what's going on in the Middle East have charged their reports about Islamic State's rise were systematically altered by senior officials to the opposite of what they meant:  "Happy talk" about the terror group being "on the run" and merely a "JV" version of al-Qaida, according to a report in the Daily Beast.  In a letter to the Pentagon Inspector General's Office, the analysts said their reports were corrupted to further the White House's narrative that the Middle East was little more than George Bush's war, and President Obama's premature pullout from Iraq and Afghanistan amounted to "victories."  It wasn't, and they didn't.  The shambles of the Middle East and the surprise rise of Islamic State show that something different was going on, and now we know it had a name:  Obama's Domestic Political Priorities.

Obama Is Removing McKinley's Legacy From Hawaii, Not Just An Alaskan Mountain.  As our first anti-colonialist president, Barack Obama is no fan of McKinley, who practically overnight turned America into a "colonial power."  Winning the Spanish-American War, the Republican leader took control of Puerto Rico, the Philippines, Guam and effectively Cuba, which became a U.S. protectorate.  While none of these acquisitions sits well with Obama, he views McKinley's war-time overthrow of the Hawaiian kingdom as unforgivable.

Obama is accused of constitutional over-reach by renaming North America's highest peak from Mount McKinley to Denali.  A group of Ohio Republicans and Democrats have finally found something to agree on:  they are vehemently opposed to President Barack Obama's renaming of the country's highest peak from Mount McKinley to Denali.  The president is expected to make the long-awaited name change official during his trip to Alaska, where he is expected to arrive this afternoon [8/31/2015] to take part in a climate change summit.

McKinley's Greatest Monument.  It's a mystery to us where President Obama or his interior secretary, Sally Jewell, gets the authority to rename in Alaska a mountain whose name was ratified by Congress a century ago as McKinley.  We can understand the Democratic Party's interest, in that McKinley, a Republican, was a particularly fine President.  He was, moreover, one of four presidents felled by an assassin.  We can understand, too, the sentiments of Alaska, whose legislature has wanted to change the name.  Where, though, does the president come off doing this by fiat?

EPA carries on Obama's contempt for rule of law.  Last Thursday [8/27/2015], property owners across America sighed in relief when a federal judge in North Dakota enjoined the Environmental Protection Agency from putting its new Waters of the U.S. rule into effect.  Federal District Judge Ralph Erickson wrote that a delay to the rule, which redefines the Clean Water Act to dramatically expand EPA jurisdiction, "is in the best interests of the public" because it gives the courts an opportunity to decide the issue on the merits.

The long, slow death of the rule of law in America.  Consider the current debate over the nuclear deal with Iran.  By any reasonable reading, the agreement should have been presented to Congress as a treaty, requiring a two-thirds supermajority in the Senate to take effect.  The White House, however, has refused to classify it as such, leaving Congress to haggle its way into an arrangement whereby the president can have his way with the support of just one-third of either house of Congress.  The Obama administration hasn't even attempted to dress this up as a matter of principle, with Secretary of State John Kerry telling the House Foreign Affairs Committee last month that the deal wasn't a treaty simply "because you can't pass a treaty anymore."

Obama's opinion is the only one that matters.
Spies: Obama's Brass Pressured Us to Downplay ISIS Threat.  [Scroll down]  Reports that have been deemed too pessimistic about the efficacy of the American-led campaign, or that have questioned whether a U.S.-trained Iraqi military can ultimately defeat ISIS, have been sent back down through the chain of command or haven't been shared with senior policymakers, several analysts alleged.  In other instances, authors of such reports said they understood that their conclusions should fall within a certain spectrum.  As a result, they self-censored their own views, they said, because they felt pressure to not reach conclusions far outside what those above them apparently believed.

Barack's Great Gambit.  [Scroll down]  Last week the White House stepped in and attempted to put an end to the work of inspectors general.  It has ruled that inspectors general seeking to investigate their agencies will need permission from their agencies to lay hands on such things as wiretaps, grand justice testimony, and even credit information.  In other words, the agency about to be investigated by its inspector general is free to cooperate or not.  It clearly will render the inspector general toothless.

IRS Scandal: It's Dangerous On Wrong Side Of Obama.  Documents produced by the IRS confirm that being on the wrong side of this administration is a dangerous place to be.  Judicial Watch, which used the Freedom of Information Act to pry the documents from the government's grasp, said Wednesday they "confirm that the IRS used donor lists to tax-exempt organizations to target those donors for audits."  Among these groups was the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  That organization "may find itself under high scrutiny," an IRS official whose name was redacted told IRS attorney Lorraine Gardner in an email.

Veteran Manhandled While Protesting Obama.  A veteran attending the national convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars was manhandled by his fellows when he stood up during a speech by President Barack Obama and lifted a sign in protest.  The sign read, "The emperor has no clothes" and referenced the September 11, 2012, attack in Benghazi, Libya.  [Video clip]

Obama Is Building Massive Databases on Every American.  Some of these databases were listed by the New York Post but I've added some they left out.  The Post article focused on the racially-oriented databases which Obama is setting up for social justice activists to exploit for time to come, but it's not limited to that.  The Housing, Mortgage, Credit Card, Employment, and to some degree the Education Databases will be used for his Marxist reparations-redistribution of people and resources to blend city and suburb until the suburbs are no more and the poor and the criminal gangs live with the wealthy. [...] If this sounds Orwellian, it is.  The government is supposed to be here to serve us, not the other way around.  As you go through the list of databases, imagine a gun registry in the hands of this man.

How A Red Diaper Baby President Is Rigging Future Elections With Illegal Immigrants.  By promoting open door policies, eliminating deportations, protecting sanctuary cities, by not following immigration law, Barack Obama, a red diaper baby, is rigging our future elections.  His goal is a one-party Democrat-Socialist welfare state.  We may not be thrilled with Republicans at times, but this administration wants them and it wants all opposition eliminated.

It looks like Lois Lerner may have also been behind conservative targeting in Wisconsin.  Remember those horrifying police raids in Wisconsin a while back?  With no hyperbole, it was modern-day tyranny that should have incensed the entire nation, regardless of political affiliation or viewpoint.  Instead, very few ever even heard about it.  Why?  Because progressives were the perpetrators and conservatives were the targets.  The raids were part of a so-called "investigation" of conservatives who were supporting Scott Walker.  Well new email evidence suggests that Lois Lerner may have been in cahoots with a Wisconsin official regarding the investigation.

Your town doesn't have enough black people. Obama is going to fix that.  It doesn't matter what kind of neighborhood you want to live in.  Obama will dictate who moves in next door.  Obama will dictate what kind of house you'll be allowed to build.  Obama will dictate where you live, where you shop, where you work, and how you get around town.  It's the culmination of decades of "equality of outcome" nonsense spewed by the denizens of "fairness."  Because it's "unfair" that someone who worked hard all his life has a nicer house than someone who is sliding by on Section 8 vouchers.

Obama moves to reverse two decades of success in reducing crime.  Having empowered Iran's criminal regime and all but ensured its long-term survival, President Obama is turning his attention to doing what he can for American criminals.  In one day this week, he commuted the sentences of 46 criminals, the most presidential commutations in a single day since at least the administration of President Lyndon Johnson, according to the White House.  The president also took the time to write a personal letter to each of the 46 criminals.  He has not, however, contacted the family of Kathryn Steinle who was murdered in San Francisco by an illegal alien and convicted felon who was released from prison earlier this year.

Obama Throws Open 46 Cell Doors at Last.  President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 46 federal drug offenders Monday [7/13/2015].  In his first term, Obama issued one meager commutation; he was arguably the stingiest modern president when it came to the exercise of his pardon authority.  Now, White House spokesman Josh Earnest noted, the president has issued 89 commutations — more than the previous four presidents combined.

Obama Plans Broader Use of Clemency to Free Nonviolent Drug Offenders.  Sometime in the next few weeks, aides expect President Obama to issue orders freeing dozens of federal prisoners locked up on nonviolent drug offenses.  With the stroke of his pen, he will probably commute more sentences at one time than any president has in nearly half a century.  The expansive use of his clemency power is part of a broader effort by Mr. Obama to correct what he sees as the excesses of the past, when politicians eager to be tough on crime threw away the key even for minor criminals.  With many Republicans and Democrats now agreeing that the nation went too far, Mr. Obama holds the power to unlock that prison door, especially for young African-American and Hispanic men disproportionately affected.

Obama Can't Find Victims of 'Mass Incarceration' in Federal Prisons.  On Monday [7/13/2015], President Obama announced the results of his war on unjust sentences and the incarceration of large numbers of low-level, non-violent drug offenders.  Now in the seventh year of his presidency, he has added just 46 federal felons to the list of those whose sentences he has commuted.  The New York Times tried to help, claiming that Obama has now commuted more sentences "than the last four presidents combined."  But the proper category for presidential clemency is the combination of pardons and commutations.  More "clemency" than "the last four Presidents combined?"  That's a misrepresentation: [...]

President Obama Has a Banner Burn the Constitution Week.  Constitutional lawyer and red diaper baby, Barack Obama, obviously rejects the concept of the separation of powers, disdains Congress and its role, and is impatient with the idea that he should have to follow or respect the findings of the courts.  This week's events have proven the point on both climate change, the nuclear deal and even housing.  On July 8th, Senator Sessions spoke with George Mason University law professor Jeremy Rabkin at a congressional hearing who told lawmakers that Obama's unilateral commitment to a U.N. agreement/treaty on climate change without Senate ratification was "a real change in our Constitution."

SCOTUS Rewrites ObamaCare to Save It.  [The Supreme] Court once again rewrote ObamaCare to save it.  And it doing so, it validated a massive power grab by the president, one that allows him to spend hundreds of billions of dollars absent any input from Congress.  Moreover, and far more troubling, a terrible precedent has been established:  a president may now unilaterally alter or suspend any law on nothing more than an unconstitutional whim, solidifying the concept of an imperial Executive as never before.  In short, the nation has entered uncharted waters.

Sen. Rand Paul to sue IRS, U.S. Treasury.  Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul will sue the U.S. Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service for denying his constitutional right to vote on treaties that the Obama administration unilaterally negotiated with dozens of foreign governments, The Washington Times has learned.  The treaties, which the administration calls "intergovernmental agreements," require foreign banks to gather and share private financial information about millions of Americans living and working outside the U.S. — information they would not have to disclose to the U.S. government if they lived and worked in the U.S.

Obama is 'Weakening the Family and Attacking Religious Liberty,' Like in 'Totalitarian Regimes'.  "This administration has grown the government, increased dependency on the government and lessened the self-sufficiency of America's families," said Blackwell during a June 22 interview on the Joe Miller Radio Show.  "So, every day I try to make the case that this rapid expansion of the welfare state under the Obama administration is not unlike any of the welfare state expansions, totalitarian regimes, throughout human history," said Blackwell.  "And those regimes have done two things — again, whether they have been to weaken the family and two, to silence the church."

Why does President Obama criticize the Supreme Court so much?  In his more than six years in the White House, Obama has to an unusual degree — for a serving president — offered strong opinions on how the court's justices should decide cases central to his legacy.  In a few instances, those pointed opinions have sounded a lot like outright criticism.  Obama's willingness to plunge into the court's business reflects his background as a constitutional law lecturer, his irritation with the legal and political wrangling surrounding the landmark health-care law and his view of the court's role in American society.

Obama the Lame Duck: Constitution Rising.  Liz Peek, writing at The Fiscal Times, offers an incisive description of a president at war with the Constitution.  His serial affronts to our precious system of checks and balances are made all the more egregious thanks to an opposition party leadership that is either afraid of conflict or simply crypto-conspirators.

Obama's Unilateral Presidency Crashes Into the Constitution.  It turns out that you actually can't run the country all by yourself, even if you're the smartest fellow in the room.  That's proving quite a shock to our legacy-hungry commander in chief, who is responding to various setbacks with increasing indignation and hauteur.  But, never, ever, moderation.

Obama Prepares More 'Executive Actions' On Global Warming.  President Barack Obama is preparing to unleash a series of "executive actions" aimed at boosting the green energy industry as part of the president's global warming agenda.  Obama is launching a "Clean Energy Impact Investment Center" at the Energy Department to "make information about energy and climate programs ... accessible and more understandable to the public, including to mission-driven investors."  The White House is also ordering the IRS to come out with guidance and rules to get nonprofits to invest in green energy technologies, along with creating more government financing options for small businesses looking to go green.

The Obama Presidency — A Cacophony of Corruption.  [For example,] Executive order abuse — Using these unilateral executive actions to thwart laws against illegal immigration, enact a mortgage relief program, revamp the student loan debt program, strengthen the Federal Drug Administration's power to ration prescription drugs, wreak regulatory havoc through the EPA, undo bipartisan welfare-reform law, and impose Common Core, Obama has acted more as despot than as a president.

Obama Instructs the Court.  No one wants a Captain Queeg in the White House.  But Barack Obama combines his egocentricity with an almost boundless intellectual arrogance.  It is one of the primary reasons his presidency has been so devoid of successes and so filled with failures and disasters.  Only Woodrow Wilson comes anywhere close to being in the same league.  The reason, as Noemie Emery points out in the Washington Examiner, is that men like Obama and Wilson can't learn from their mistakes because they cannot admit, or even conceive, that they can make mistakes.

Firearms Speech Regulations.  Let's cover the list.  No more American Rifleman Magazine (since it has technical data in it), no more descriptions over forums for how to reload or what recipe is best for certain situations, no more tactical training videos over YouTube, no more posting of results of ballistic gelatin, no more gun reviews, no more descriptions of how to field strip and clean firearms, and on and on the list goes.  It won't work.  Obama will be defeated, now and in eternity.  Just like gun control doesn't stop the availability of guns, Obama can't stop the sharing of information.  And for his totalitarianism, Mr. Obama has earned a place in hell on judgment day.  In the mean time, the administration has declared war on you and your freedoms.

What is wrong with Democrats?  Barack Obama has run roughshod over the Constitution and the separation of powers.  Have Democrats in Congress who excoriated Richard Nixon for running an imperial presidency (he was a piker compared to Barack Obama) objected to the many examples of Obama violating important principles enshrined in our Constitution? This should not be a partisan issue and is not in doubt. [...] Senators and representatives take an oath, as did President Obama, to defend and support the Constitution.  They have not.  In fact, they have done everything they can to promote the powers of the President since they assume Democrats have a lock on the presidency.

Obama is in the Process of Repealing the 2nd Amendment By Executive Order.  It has been revealed that Obama is teaming up with Loretta Lynch to repeal the 2nd Amendment, bypassing congress and relying on executive orders.  The variety of new laws and regulations on guns are far ranging and quite unconstitutional.  The measures being proposed are the banning of certain high powered pistols.  I really don't know what the good in that is.  It might make it harder to shoot people from a long distance but most attacks using pistols are from short range. [...] Other new regulations and laws include new rules on the storage of weapons.  "Hey, Mr Burglar, could you wait a moment while I open up my gun safe?"  Then there's universal gun registration, a ban on gun ownership for anyone with a misdemeanor domestic violence charge, like spanking your child, banning gun ownership for anyone who is seeing a shrink or has done so in the past, and expanding the list of people who can never own a gun, which will be done arbitrarily.

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Think like a liberal — or else.  Extra-legal executive orders can help a president bypass supposed troglodytes in Congress and among the public.  Obama granted blanket amnesties, proposed rules that would lead to the closure of many coal plants, and arbitrarily chose which health or labor statutes should be enforced and at what times.  A filmmaker was even jailed on a trumped-up probation charge after making a video about Islam that was deemed unhelpful to the official administration Benghazi narrative.  The IRS hounded nonprofit groups considered insufficiently progressive.

You 'Must be Made' to Obey.  This is an idea older than — and as well preserved as — Vladimir Lenin himself.  How Dear Leader intends to reconcile his scheme to "change how the media reports on these issues" with the First Amendment's Free Press Clause, namely, "Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom ... of the press," is abundantly clear.  He doesn't.  Our emperor-in-chief will force feed his once-free subjects yet another unconstitutional executive decree — a Net Neutrality sandwich with a side of Fairness Doctrine. [...] Whether it's Obama saying government will "have to change how the media reports," or Hillary saying "deep-seated religious beliefs have to be changed," such despotic demands should spike the neck hair of every freedom-loving American.

Obama the Magnificent.  President Obama recently hinted at forcing Fox News to stop disagreeing with him ("we're going to have to change how the media reports on these issues").  Our fearless leader is so deeply fixated that he can't imagine being wrong.  Obama has a Napoleonic mindset, with no real precedent in American history.  But Napoleonic delusions are common enough in one-party dictatorships.

Governing by Executive Order.  [Scroll down]  Now we hear that the White House is considering unilateral action to essentially increase taxes on corporations through executive action.  Besides fighting a Revolutionary War against such tactics, it would clearly be unconstitutional since the only way revenue can be raised is through the legislative branch.  Every single other Executive Order issued in our history never contemplated such an audacious, power-grabbing view.  When money was discussed or implicated, it is always in the context of how to save money for the government through streamlining regulations or strengthening safeguards against wasteful spending.  Not a single one came close to unilaterally changing the tax code without Congressional approval.  If allowed and if unchecked, Obama would be the closest thing to a King that this country has ever witnessed.

The Lynch Filibuster That Never Happened.  The appointment of Loretta Lynch to be the nation's Attorney General won Senate confirmation on April 23, 2015. [...] During hearings leading up to her confirmation, Ms. Lynch was asked about possible use of executive orders by the President to create law, especially law regarding illegal immigrants.  Making law with the stroke of a pen has, of course, always been a violation of the Constitution's very first sentence:  "All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives."  Anyone who understands the meaning of the word "all" would know that no President can make law.  The President's job is to see that laws are "faithfully executed."  The Senate's procedural rules contain the possible use of the procedure known as filibuster.  It allows continued debate about an issue, even dragging on indefinitely, until an objectionable measure is withdrawn.

113 Republicans back lawsuit against Obama's immigration actions.  Top Republicans in Congress on Monday [5/11/2015] entered the court battle over President Obama's latest moves to ease deportations for immigrants living in the country illegally.  Texas and 25 other states have challenged the legality of the unilateral actions, arguing that the president overstepped his executive power with programs halting deportations and granting work permits to certain groups of illegal immigrants.

How Civilizations Collapse — Is U.S. Next?  In the last six years, the enforcement of federal laws has depended on their apparent political utility.  If elements of the controversial Affordable Care Act were deemed politically risky, then their implementation was ignored until after an election.  If the Environmental Protection Agency could not see its agenda passed through Congress as federal law, then it implemented its green policies by fiat.  If the Obama administration reaches a controversial agreement with Iran that will not meet the constitutional test of ratification by two-thirds of the Senate, then it will not be called a treaty and instead be imposed by presidential executive order.

Report: Kerry Told Iran He Wishes 'U.S. Had a Leader like Iran's Supreme Leader'.  Secretary of State John Kerry told his Iranian counterpart that he wished the United States had a leader more like Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, according to comments made by a senior Iranian cleric and repeated in the country's state-run media.  Ayatollah Alam al-Hoda claimed during Friday prayer services in Iran that in negotiations over Tehran's contested nuclear program, Kerry told the country's foreign minister that he "wished the U.S. had a leader like Iran's supreme leader," according to a Persian-language report on the remarks published by the Asriran news site.

Sen. David Perdue: Obama Runs 'Country Without Congress'.  President Barack Obama's abuse of executive power privileges has essentially frozen Congress out of the government for the past six years, leading to foreign policy disasters across the globe and systemic domestic problems, according to Sen. David Perdue (R., Ga.), who blasted the White House's abuse of power during a speech on the Senate floor Monday evening [4/27/2015].  Perdue, in his first wide-ranging speech from the Senate floor, blasted what he said is the Obama administration's unprecedented abuse of the presidency and failure to set America on stable path.

Congress still not specifically authorizing Islamic State campaign.  U.S. forces have now surpassed 2,800 strikes against targets in Iraq and Syria under President Obama's war against the Islamic State, all as part of a conflict Congress has yet to specifically authorize — and amid worries lawmakers won't ever act.  Under intense pressure from Capitol Hill, Mr. Obama finally submitted a draft authorization for the use of military force against the Islamic State in February, but it's since languished, caught in the stalemate between those who want tighter restrictions and those who want the president to have as free a hand as possible.  Now analysts worry that inaction will set a dangerous precedent and leave Congress shorn of its warmaking powers.

Obama's Three Premises.  Obama's worldview is not consistent with the foundational heart of America's founding.  He sees nothing wrong whatsoever in his actions.  Thus, his opprobrium against America continues because we, as a nation, are wrong.  Our values are distorted; our strengths are our weaknesses; our foundations are ill-begotten and need to be dismantled.  His contempt for the nation is the correct reaction for Obama.  And thus, we find Obama will agree to a "phased-in relief to sanctions" for Iran with absolutely nothing in return but empty gestures.

Obama's Republican Collaborators.  The GOP swept to victory in November by declaring that this imperial presidency must be brought to heel, and President Obama's illicit seizures of Congressional power must end.  That was then.  Now is now.  This week, Congress takes up legislation to cede His Majesty full authority to negotiate the largest trade deal in history, the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership, and to surrender Congress' right to amend any TPP that Obama might bring home.

Obama's executive action rollouts increasing in pace.  President Obama never used the words "executive action" until nearly three years into his presidency.  Now announcements of executive actions have become a routine, almost daily occurrence.

WH: No War Powers Request to Congress As It Sends Aircraft Carrier to Yemen.  "Was there any consideration before you sent this aircraft carrier out to the Gulf of Aden to send a War Powers Act request up to Congress?" a reporter asked the White House press secretary on Tuesday [4/21/2015].  "I don't believe so," spokesman Josh Earnest replied.  "But if — let me check with the lawyers on that before I — before I completely rule that out.  My suspicion is that, based on the fact that there are — is already a military presence there, that a War Powers Act would — or notification would be unnecessary."

I, Obama Supplicant.  I don't know if you realize it, but gradually, over his presidency, Obama has become king, and we have for all intents and purposes become his supplicants.  He speaks, and, without congressional oversight or debate, we are forced to obey.  I mean, think about it.  A king speaks the word, and it becomes law.  Obama does the same.  While Obama's decrees may not be legal, they are implemented, with the MSM cheering him on for his compassion and skill at getting around the racist, sexist, and mean GOP.  The GOP appears unwilling to stop him.

Beware the Jury of One.  This week, President Obama suddenly "commuted" — read: canceled, reversed, and summarily ended — the federal mandatory minimum sentences of 22 federally convicted drug traffickers.  Of that group, eight were serving life sentences for their endangerment of the public, others ten years or more, and all likely had other encounters with the law.  Exactly what kind of message is this president sending to America's kids, parents, teachers, mayors, governors — in an old fashioned phrase, America — and what can we expect next?  Three serious questions need to be asked and answered by the White House.  First, what is going on with these 22 offenders?  Specifically, how, why, on what basis, for what compelling reason could such sentences be lifted for such egregious federal crimes — effectively re-endangering the American public?

Obama's UN Ambitions.  Why does Obama do dangerous and irrational things?  By now half of American voters have pretty much figured him out as a power-hungry and self-serving Chicago pol with strange Muslim sympathies, [without regard for] the U.S. Constitution and the law. [...] Obama's eyes have always been on the biggest prize in the world, the virtual Presidency of the Planet.  He has been signaling (the way he always does) to the fantasists of the Left, the people who think world government is the answer.  That's the point of the global warming scam and similar power grabs.  It is also why Obama pretends that the UN can guarantee the Iranian nuclear surrender, rather than the U.S. Senate, as required by the Constitution.

Obama's Chicago Presidency.  Obama in adolescent fashion put it best in the 2008 campaign when he urged his flock, "I want you to argue with them and get in their face," and when he later lifted a Chicago line from screenwriter David Mamet's dialogue in The Untouchables to say to his base, "If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun."  No wonder Obama — despite having once been on the receiving end of a racial slur from Senator Harry Reid — recently praised the outgoing Senate majority leader, whose style and modus operandi were akin to Obama's own.

Obama wants to turn America against Israel.  As most informed Americans know by now, Barack Obama is a man with grandiose visions of himself.  According to Barack Obama, President Obama's accomplishments have vaulted him into the pantheon of the greats:  Lincoln, Roosevelt and Johnson.  His nomination victory speech marked the moment "when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal" according to, once again, Barack Obama.  He was a better political director than his political director and a better speechwriter than his speechwriters, reported... Barack Obama.  The sense of grandiosity is dangerous in any president as is the view that a president can do whatever he wants — the conception of the presidency as held by... you guessed it... Barack Obama.

A List of Obama's Constitutional Violations.  Clearly Obama has not respected or protected the Constitution.  Obama has broken his oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.  Article II, Section 1.  Note:  Executive Orders/Actions by the president were not designed for, nor do they give a president the authority to use as, a means to override or alter legislation or any other Constitutional violation.  Executive Orders cannot defy Congressional intent.

How much do executive orders cost? No one knows.  When President Obama issued an executive order granting civilian federal employees a 1% pay raise last December, the White House did not tell Congress how much those raises would cost.  Instead, White House Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan said in a report that the order "is not anticipated to increase discretionary obligations and outlays overall."  To Rep. Ander Crenshaw, R-Fla., that statement is "ludicrous."  As Congress and the White House battle over whether Obama has the executive authority to halt deportation, delay implementation of the Affordable Care Act or negotiate a nuclear deal with Iran, another skirmish has opened up over the question of how much Obama's executive orders cost.  The answer:  No one knows.

Democrats for a Dictatorial Presidency.  Members of Congress from both parties once jealously guarded its power against the executive branch, but under President Obama, this is no longer true for Democrats.  There are very good reasons Democrats have ceded their power to President Obama and ignored their responsibility to uphold the Constitution the past 6 years — and disgraced themselves in doing so.  Because governmental bodies rarely give up power voluntarily, this historic transition deserves careful scrutiny.

Obama's 'Signature Achievement' Will Be Bypassing The Constitution.  For a guy who's not a fan of certain foreign leaders, Barack Obama sure does place a tremendous amount of trust in the good will of other nations.  For legacy-building purposes, for example, the administration trusts that Iran will police its own nuclear ambitions — or, as John Kerry might put it, we've entered into a nonbinding agreement that is also not based on trust.  The same goes for the Chinese government, whom we will soon have to trust so the president can get his legacy-building global-warming deal.

President is not Commander in Chief of Foreign Policy.  The president is only the commander in chief of "the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the militia of the several states, when called into the actual service of the United States."  This provision was intended to assure civilian control over the military and to serve as a check on military power.  The only people he is empowered to command are soldiers, sailors and members of the militia — not ordinary citizens.  This important limitation on the president's power is highly relevant to the current debate about Congress having the authority to check the president's decision to make the deal that is currently being negotiated with Iran.  The Constitution is clear about this.  The President is not the Commander-in-Chief of our nation's foreign policy.

GOP warns Obama not to try executive-fiat tax hikes.  Congress's two top tax chairmen warned President Obama on Wednesday [3/18/2015] not to claim unilateral executive powers to raise taxes on his own, saying it violates the Constitution and ruins chances for a lasting deal.  Rep. Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, and Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said they were troubled by White House's announcement earlier this month that Mr. Obama is "very interested" in exploring what options he has to raise taxes without going through Congress.

Obama calls for mandatory voting in U.S..  President Obama, whose party was trounced in last year's midterm election due to poor turnout among Democrats, endorsed the idea of mandatory voting Wednesday [3/18/2015].  "It would be transformative if everybody voted," Mr. Obama said during a town-hall event in Cleveland.  "That would counteract [campaign] money more than anything.  If everybody voted, then it would completely change the political map in this country."  Mr. Obama raised the subject during a discussion of curbing the influence of campaign donations in U.S. elections.  The president said he had never discussed the idea publicly before, but said Australia and some other countries have compulsory voting.

Liz Warren: The next Obama.  [Scroll down]  Obama is the most extreme leftist ever to become president.  He has no real commitment to the U.S. Constitution, as he has said himself, but he obviously does have a yen for Islamist extremists like the Muslim Brotherhood and the Iranian mullahs.  Remember, these are seriously delusional people.  They think they deserve untrammeled power over the rest of us, because they, and only they, know how to run things.  They believe that regular Americans are stupid, when they believe in the viability of Marxism, the global warming fraud, and killing off U.S. energy independence.  But they are experts at political deception and manipulation, and the public is still mostly in the dark.

Operation Choke Point is government run amuck.  Operation Choke point is an Obama Administration Justice Department program created in 2013 to intimidate banks into not loaning money to businesses that they simply do not like.  This means that gun shop owners, tobacco retailers, and other companies like this are going to be feeling the stranglehold of government.  Already, they have used the program to block credit being issued to small business owners and have put gun dealers out of business.  They have targeted companies that sell fireworks.  They targeted online gaming companies.  They went after tobacco sellers and dating services.  They have even targeted loan companies if they don't favor the rates and the recipients, such as "payday" loan companies.

Of Course Obama Wants to Take Hillary Down.  [Scroll down]  Obama is not going to disappear into obscurity in two years.  In two years he will be the most powerful leftist in America.  He will still have the ability to raise enormous sums of money (witness the Clintons) and funnel it to the destructive, radical causes he loves.  His Alinsky tactics will be unfettered in destroying opponents, including Democrats not docile enough to his diktats.  Obama's presidency was only the beginning for the socialist, anti-colonialist, anti-white makeover of America.

"We live in constant fear of upsetting the WH [White House]".  The AP recently obtained government emails they requested to determine who pays for Michelle Obama's expensive dresses.  The National Archives and Records Administration blacked out one sentence on every page claiming the part of the law that allows shielding of personal information such as a Social Security number.  They forgot to black out the sentence on one page and it said, "We live in constant fear of upsetting the WH [White House]."  This has been going on for years but grew into a far worse problem in 2009 with a simple presidential memorandum.  The White House memo of April 15, 2009, cited White House Equities — Presidential Privilege — to give itself the power to censor any FOIA requests that might contain "White House equities" — essentially any information involving or referencing communications with the White House — without first clearing it with presidential attorneys.  Anything embarrassing is certainly included.  The vagueness of "White House equities" allows them to frighten agencies into releasing nothing and passing everything imaginable by them for approval like they do in Third World countries.

Obama Is Not Hitler.  What Hitler and Obama do have in common, of course, is their love of socialism.  Obama has given himself unprecedented power through Obamacare via the IRS.  And while America has dabbled in socialism before — i.e., Roosevelt's New Deal — Obama is hell-bent on turning the United States in a National Socialist direction.  Executive orders by the truckload, extra-constitutional czars, warrantless wiretaps, all wrapped under a cult of personality, which is central to National Socialism, mark this presidency. [...] So Obama's socialism results in the expansion of the welfare state, which continues to explode with illegal immigrants and a mix of terrorists.  Add to this a burgeoning expansion of ill- or uninformed Americans as this concoction of dependency expands.

A Better Plan.  Today, we have a constitutional crisis on our hands.  President Obama has decided that because Congress has not granted amnesty to millions of illegal aliens living in the U.S., he will do so himself.  Let us ponder for a moment just how shameless this assertion of power is.

National Archives Tried to Hide Email About Living in Fear of White House.  The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) tried to hide an email about its fear of upsetting the White House from Freedom of Information Act requests by the Associated Press, the AP reported Friday [3/13/2015].  Associated Press president Gary Pruitt reported in an op-ed on government transparency that, during the course of an AP investigation into Michelle Obama's dresses, NARA used a privacy exemption to redact a line in an email that was actually about the agency's fear of the White House: [...]

It's Not Just Iran You Can't Trust.  Though many presidents have claimed (and often been granted) primacy in foreign affairs, this is tradition, not law.  The president must submit treaties to the Senate for "advice and consent."  He has the power to make ambassadorial appointments (again, with the Senate's OK), and he is commander in chief.  He is nowhere designated the sole arbiter of foreign policy.

What Really Upsets Barack Obama About the Letter to Iran from 47 Senators.  The letter infuriated Barack Obama because it told the Mullahs that any deal must include Congress and the president is not the sole decision maker.  It infuriates Obama personally and ideologically to have his power limited.

'L'etat c'est moi': Obama vs. the people.  Indeed, listening to the four liberal justices lay the groundwork for their opinion Wednesday was akin to watching a team of contortionists on "The Ed Sullivan Show" bend themselves into pretzels — all for the sake of avoiding the truth.  It is probably just a matter of time before they vote (with the connivance of Chief Justice Roberts and/or Associate Justice Kennedy) to confirm that the state is whatever Obama declares it to be.  As the Sun King, Louis XIV of France, is reputed to have declared, "L'etat c'est moi."  (The state, it is I.)  Even more relevant in this case is the king's declaration that, "It is legal because I wish it."  That is the position of President Obama and his team of lawyers.  They are arguing essentially that it doesn't matter what the law says.

Obama's Ongoing Assault on the Constitution.  Throughout his tenure in office, Obama has been exercising powers outside the scope of his constitutionally prescribed executive authority.  Democrats have cynically denied his usurpations, saying that he's just doing what other presidents have done, but his abuses have been different in kind.  He has abused his power with premeditation, announcing early on, through his former chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, that he would govern through "executive orders and directives to get the job done across a front of issues."  More recently, he has boasted that he has a pen and a phone — tools that will enable him to circumvent legislative authority.

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Obama to Adopt the Power for Taxation for Himself.  Maybe Obama thinks we're still operating under the Articles of Confederation!  The Articles of Confederation did not grant Congress the power to tax.  Someone needs to let Obama know right away that a constitution has been adopted.  Obama, in response to a letter from Sen. Bernie Sanders (Socialist-Vt.), which I'm sure the White House had nothing to do with, is considering curbing tax breaks that could net the government $100 billion over ten years.

The Constitution has Failed.  Today [3/3/2015], thanks to servile Democrats and feckless Republican leadership, the system has revealed itself as finally and utterly broken. Forget for a moment how you feel about immigration policy.  As it happens, my position is relatively close to the President's.  Nonetheless, the authority to set immigration policy is clearly delegated to the Congress by the Constitution and Congress has spoken — repeatedly and exhaustively — on this subject.  President Obama's Executive Order was not issued in a vacuum in which Congress had not acted, but instead was a direct declaration that the law would henceforth be enforced in a manner completely opposite from the written law on the books.  Each and every person in Congress — Republican or Democrat, immigration hardliner or amnesty proponent, should have objected strenuously to this, if only for the sake of protecting the right of Congress to pass laws that will be enforced as written.

Lex est quod dico.
Obama is Looking into Raising Taxes by Executive Order.  We already knew that President Obama was happy to continue waging war in Libya even after his lawyers told him he needed Congressional approval.  We already knew that he was willing to alter and delay major portions of Obamacare, regardless of the statutory language.  And we already knew that he was eager to indefinitely suspend deportations for millions of illegal immigrant adults — and proactively give them legal work papers, making them eligible for billions in tax credits — despite years of explicitly arguing that he didn't have the authority to do so.

Good news from Josh Earnest: Obama's "very interested" in using executive action to raise new tax revenue.  Look at it from O's perspective:  If you're going to steal lawmaking power from Congress on an important issue like immigration, why wouldn't you also steal power on an issue like taxes that's at the very core of the liberal agenda?  Not only have Republicans in Congress failed to stop his earlier power grabs, they've actively humiliated themselves in trying.  It's pure win for the White House.

Now Obama Claiming He'll Raise Taxes By Executive Order.  President Obama really does think he is a king or an emperor of some type.  Now he claims that he is going to use executive orders to raise taxes on us all.  This arrogant prince thinks he can do anything he wants just by his say-so.  No act of Congress needed.

Valerie Jarrett Says Americans 'Hungry' For Obama to Act Like an Imperial President.  On Tuesday [1/27/2015], White House Senior AdviserValerie Jarrett told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that Americans are "hungry" for Obama to take unilateral action, bypassing Congress wherever he can to get things done, CNS News reported.  "People around our country are hungry for action," she said. [...] Although Obama will prod Congress to act on his agenda, Jarrett said Obama "will make clear tonight that he will take action on his own," bypassing Congress when he sees fit.  "We're going to do what we can, within the president's own executive power, and working throughout the country with those who want to move our country forward," she added.

Is Barack Obama An Imperial President?  During an appearance on the Janet Mefferd Show, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) warned that a provision within Obamacare could create an armed "secret security force".  That force goes by the name "Federal Protective Services" which is a "Federal Police Force."  NOTHING in the Constitution authorized a Federal Police Force.  It appears Obama is setting up his own version of the S.S.  No wonder Obamacare is so important to him.  It gives him his own private army.  WHAT does that have to do with healthcare?

King v. Burwell Is Much Bigger Than Obamacare.  [T]he President conducts himself in a manner utterly inconsistent with republican principles and his constitutional oath.  Obama obviously believes the law is what he says it is, a delusion evidently shared by his party and the press.  He behaves as if he possesses the power to unilaterally change laws and create new ones merely because the opposition party actually opposes his agenda.  [John] Adams characterized such behavior as that of "a despot, bound by no law or limitation but his own will; it is a stretch of tyranny beyond absolute monarchy."

Gowdy: 'If You Weaken (the Law) Today, You Weaken It Forever'.  Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) has a message for those who may approve of — or even benefit from — President Obama's unconstitutional immigration policy:  "Be careful what you do with the law today, because if you weaken it today, you weaken it forever," he told the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday [2/25/2015].  Gowdy said the law is the nation's greatest unifying and equalizing force — "but one person does not make law in a republic."

Illiberal approach to immigration only invites more acrimony.  A federal judge has temporarily blocked President Obama's executive order that overrode existing immigration law.  The result is more acrimony and chaos.  It is a good time to remember that there are more than just two types of immigration — legal and illegal.  There also exist liberal and illiberal approaches to immigration.  Take liberal immigration.  It is governed by laws passed by Congress and signed and executed by the president.  Nearly all Americans accept that no individual can pick and choose which federal statute he chooses to obey, depending on his own perceived self-interest.

This Man Is Dangerous.  [Scroll down]  Not only does Obama believe he can set immigration policy without legal authority from Congress.  Now, he believes he is the only person, the Leader, who sets foreign and defense policy objectives and means.  Yes, this clearly contradicts the Constitution, which places this duty and power in Congress, subject to the President's execution of Congress's law.  But the Constitution is a scrap of paper to Mr. Obama.  No more than a scrap of paper, as is anything that gets in his way.

Speaker of the House: President Has Acted 'Far Beyond His Constitutional Authority'.  As Democrats and even some Republicans blast conservatives for refusing to pass a clean Homeland Security funding bill, House Speaker John Boehner said on Sunday it's important to look at why this is happening:  "But remember what is causing this," Boehner told CBS's "Face the Nation."  "It's the president of the United States overreaching.  And that's not just on immigration.  You know, 38 times he made unilateral changes to Obamacare — many of these, I believe, far beyond his constitutional authority to do so. [...]"

Obama Believes He Alone Is The Law In America.  First, the president issues unlawful executive orders giving illegal immigrants amnesty.  Then, he dares an equal branch of government to vote on his orders' legality so he can veto it.  Is he establishing a monarchy?

Can We Impeach Now?  First Barack Obama decided to overreach and extend amnesty by executive order.  One judge in Texas has told him no and Republicans are hanging their hat on that judge's order.  Then the FCC decided to declare internet a public utility.  They overreached, rushed it through, and committed to as little transparency as possible to make it happen.  Congress did nothing on this front and the FCC decided to replace the Congress on the matter.  Now there are reports that Barack Obama, by executive order and agency regulation, will curtail the manufacture of certain ammunition.  Again and again and again the President of the United States has met the boundaries of his powers and stepped across them.  The Senate is now on the verge of confirming his Attorney General appointee who sees no limits to the power of Octavius Obama.

A Dictator's Dynamic In Obama's Bullet Ban.  The president has ordered the reclassification of AR-15 bullets as a threat to lawmen, effectively banning them.  It's nonsense.  But we see what's going on:  a backdoor bid to ban guns and scrap the Second Amendment.

Kerry: Congress Has No Role in Approving Iran Nuclear Deal.  Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday [2/25/2015] declined to "get into" what negotiators are proposing to the Iranians in the nuclear talks, and defended the president's authority to execute foreign policy, saying he did not believe a negotiated agreement should go through a "formal approval process" by Congress.  "I don't think there ought to be a formal approval process," he told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, adding that the administration was consulting with Congress and that lawmakers would ultimately have to vote on lifting sanctions on Iran.

Emboldened Obama embraces presidential power.  Barack Obama is expected to issue the third and most significant veto of his presidency Tuesday [2/24/2015], embracing raw executive power in the twilight of his administration. [...] On Tuesday he is likely to make good on another veto promise, rejecting a bill pushing for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would bring oil from Canada to the United States.

A Question of Personality.  [Scroll down]  Rather than standing foursquare on a wide, bipartisan consensus, he is ruling from a narrow circle of advisers on the residue of the legitimacy provided by his charisma.  The authority for his actions is increasingly himself.  This happens all the time with charismatic leaders.  Hugo Chavez did it, and it leads to disaster.  Because the day may come when someone may ask, "well where are all these beautiful and evocative short stories you wrote as an organizer?"  Where are all the articles you wrote as President of the Harvard Law Review?  And what was your legislative track record before becoming president?  These questions are all off limits even though they are interrogatories of the most ordinary kind.  And they are off limits for a reason.  They undermine the root of the legend.

Obama is on a rampage.  He can't bring himself to call Islamic terrorists what they are, but President Obama finally said something with which we can all agree.  Speaking of his remaining time in office, he said:  "Two years is a long time."  He can say that again — and did, attaching a scary promise about his plans for the twilight of his tenure.  "Two years is also the time in which we're going to be setting the stage for the next presidential election and the next 10 years of American policy," he told wealthy donors in San Francisco.  "So I intend to run through the tape and work really hard, and squeeze every last little bit of change."  There you have it.  Instead of cleaning up the messes he's created, Obama is hell-bent on making more of them.

Colo. Republicans blast 'King Barack' for latest national monument: 'Land grab'.  Not everyone was thrilled by President Obama's plan to designate another national monument in Colorado, this time a 21,000-acre area around the Arkansas River called Browns Canyon.  While Democrats and environmental groups cheered the pending announcement, some Colorado Republicans were fuming over Mr. Obama's repeated use of the Antiquities Act to bypass the legislative process and create national monuments on his own.

Obama to designate 3 national monuments.  The three sites will bring to 16 the number of national monuments Obama has created under the 1906 Antiquities Act, which grants presidents broad authority to protect historic or ecologically significant sites without congressional approval.

Rasmussen: Plurality of Democrats think Obama should be able to ignore court rulings if it's "important".  A small reminder that Obama couldn't get away with his authoritarian plays on immigration and health care if his party wasn't backing him up.  Turns out, in fact, that they're willing to go even further than he is.  Obama tends to limit himself to summarily rewriting federal statutes, like immigration laws and ObamaCare's employer mandate.  Democrats wonder:  Why not rewrite some federal court rulings too?

A Pincer Movement on Ammunition.  As it wanes, the Obama administration grows bold, and even reckless, on matters that send a thrill up the leg of its most leftward supporters.  Its new attack on so-called armor-piercing ammunition — which is, in reality, a very broad attack on ammunition across the board — is a dangerous and destructive example of the administration's late-days slide into rule-by-decree.

One way for Congress to halt Obama's executive overreach.  President Obama's abuse of his authority is being carried out by government bureaucrats running wild with power.  Executive branch bureaucrats represent a serious threat to our liberty, and the new Republican Congress must pass legislation such as the REINS Act to rein in the excessive power wielded by the executive branch.  Climate change regulations being advanced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers a case study justifying the need for the REINS Act as a way to counter Obama's executive branch of power.

To become UN Sec General Obama must 'Solve' the Existence of Israel.  President Obama is basically a Marxist of the "Third World" variety, which means that he lives in the faith that some elite political minority can rule first the United States and Europe, and then the world.  In Washington speculation is rife that the end of the Obama years is only the beginning of a run for UN Secretary General, a job he can fiddle into real power, using leftist and Muslim regimes from around the world to support him.  Obama's ambition runs his mind and his life.  He can't face the end of power.

Obama Touts "Inclusive Capitalism".  In an interview with Ezra Klein of Vox, President Obama said traditional market forces that used to redistribute income are failing and the time for government to do it instead has arrived.  The interview, which ran today, was conducted January 23.  Touting what he referred to as inclusive capitalism, Obama made the case for what actually sounds a lot like socialism. [...] Capitalism, Obama indicated, is no longer working to get enough money out of the hands of the rich and into the hands of workers.

Obama's Fanaticism.  Americans have been and continue to be deluded by a man who feels he is entitled to a divine right to rule over his subjects, the very subjects whom he reviles and despises, especially those who still value freedom.  In all of Obama's executive orders and unconstitutional actions, one characteristic is abundantly clear and that is the "negation of liberty."  Instead he creates an "ongoing despair" as people work harder and earn less, as people strive for success, but are shackled by ObamaCare lies, excessive regulations, and increasing taxes.

Unfaithful Executive.  When Obama campaigned for the White House in 2008, he joined many other Democrats in condemning President George W. Bush's use of "signing statements" narrowly to construe federal laws touching on the president's powers.  Obama excoriated the Bush administration's efforts "to change the meaning of the legislation, to avoid certain provisions of the legislation that the President does not like, and to raise implausible or dubious constitutional objections to the legislation." [...] But that was then.  After years of controversy over his targeted nonenforcement of federal laws — from "waiving" inconvenient provisions of the Affordable Care Act to disregarding provisions of the Clean Air Act that would render his climate-change program unsustainable — the president announced that he was effectively waiving the federal immigration laws with respect to 5 million illegal immigrants.

President Obama's Amnesty At Any Price.  Is President Obama so hellbent on amnesty for illegals he'll resort to nullifying and even breaking the law?  Based on his moves to delay deportations and his shadow work permits, it sure looks like it.

24 Worst Examples of Emperor Obama's Serial Desecration of the United States Constitution.  [For example,]  [#1] The president's selective targeting of political opponents for harassment and abuse by the IRS and obstruction and corruption of the resulting investigations[.]  [#2] Fraudulent claim that the Benghazi massacre was caused by a film, willfully misleading Congress and the American people, providing false information to Congress, scapegoating an individual instead of taking responsibility for waging a war under false pretenses and inadequately protecting Americans overseas.  [#3] Unlawfully granting amnesty to categories of illegal immigrants, pressuring states by expensive litigation and the withholding of federal resources to not enforce laws against illegal immigration[.]  [#4] Refusal to enforce border security laws passed by Congress[.]

White House Claims Power to Regulate, Tax Internet Without Congress.  The White House dropped a bombshell on Thursday [1/15/2015] by announcing that FCC already has the authority to take over regulating and taxing the Internet without Congressional approval.  Under "network neutrality" proceedings, the FCC could extend its 16.1% fee on interstate telecommunications services and relay fees to the Internet.  The action would more than double the "universal service" revenue it collected in 2014, from $8 billion to $16 billion.

Obama Tells States They Can't Block His Immigration Order.  Obama claims his unconstitutional immigration order is unreviewable.  He has also banned public input.  While we are watching the events in Paris, twenty-five states, that have sued to block Barack Obama's executive order allowing millions of illegals to stay in the U.S., have been told by the federal government that it is above judicial review.  The Dictator is not only ignoring Congress, he is ignoring the courts and he is trampling states' rights.  His goal is to destroy the co-equal branches of government and the constitutional protections against a rogue president.  It is not hyperbole to call him a dictator.  He is dictating.

Reflections on Lawlessness in Government.  If the Legislature is unwilling to do its job and rein in an out of control executive, then the people and the states must step into the breach.  If nothing is done, sooner or later, there will be the establishment of a dictatorial executive branch.  Obama's behavior, ever since he entered the political scene shows quite clearly that this is the sort of government he favors; especially with him occupying the seat of ultimate power.  If he believes he can get away with it he will continue to act unilaterally until he can assure himself that there will be no protest to the establishment of an outright dictatorship.  And if he believes he can get away with it, he will do so.

Roger Stone: Obama Makes Nixon 'Look Like a Boy Scout'.  "Nixon's men only wiretapped one office building ... this president that we have now is wiretapping the entire country," said Stone.  "One of the counts against Nixon is that he used the CIA to tell the FBI to stop investigating Watergate ... this administration uses the CIA to spy on reporters."

Obama Hides Executive Abuses by Calling Decrees "Memoranda".  Since taking office, Obama has issues 198 decrees via memoranda — that is 33 percent more than Bush, the runner up for the record, issued in eight years — along with 195 executive orders.  Among other policy areas, Obama's memoranda edicts have been used to set policy on gun control, immigration, labor, and much more.  Just this week, Obama issued another memoranda decree purporting to declare Bristol Bay in Alaska off limits to oil and gas exploration — locking up vast quantities of American wealth and resources using his now-infamous and brazenly unconstitutional "pen and phone."  "Like executive orders, presidential memoranda don't require action by Congress," reported USA Today as part of its investigation into Obama's decrees.  "They have the same force of law as executive orders and often have consequences just as far-reaching.  And some of the most significant actions of the Obama presidency have come not by executive order but by presidential memoranda."  However, despite the newspaper's obvious confusion on constitutional matters — only Congress can make law, not the White House — the review raises a number of important issues.

Constitution's horrible, no good, very bad year.  [Scroll down]  Accordingly, soon after the 2014 midterm elections, Obama announced executive action to extend legalization for up to 5 million more immigrants, focusing on those who were in the country illegally but whose children were U.S. citizens by virtue of their birth here.  Nearly two dozen times in the past Obama had stated publicly that he could not constitutionally undertake such actions, but he did it anyway.  This immigration end-run creates a class of people who effectively are exempt from the immigration laws, without Congress ever having recognized such an exemption.  It is not prosecutorial discretion but a usurpation of legislative power.

No longer merely on the way, the Revolution is here.  The intent of Obama's Fundamental Transformation of America and those of the Revolutionary Communist Party USA are one and the same.  Both foment for the kind of revolution that will take down America and toss it into the dust bin of history.

White House Says Courts have NO Power to Review Obama's Decision-Making.  Never before in the history of our nation have we been in the severe constitutional crisis as we face today.  Thanks to liberal public education and even more liberal mainstream media, few Americans are aware of it or if they are they just don't care.  Over the past six years, Obama has repeatedly taken it upon himself to decide what laws he would enforce and what ones he doesn't want enforced.  The first ones that come to mind are the Defense of Marriage Act and immigration laws.  Then there are other laws that Obama decided to alter and change on his own.  This would include immigration laws and the Affordable Care Act to name just a few.

Podesta Detailed Obama's Power Grab in September.  On September 4th at Sen Harry Reid's "annual energy conference, where green-tech-industry players, environmentalists, and politicians" meet to discuss their agenda, ongoing or preferred, Center for American Progress founder and White House insider John Podesta blandly presented what may be the greatest presidential power grab in American history, but the media is only getting around to telling people about it now.

Obama issues 'executive orders by another name'.  President Obama has issued a form of executive action known as the presidential memorandum more often than any other president in history — using it to take unilateral action even as he has signed fewer executive orders.

The Obama Rule: Can I Get Away With It?  President Barack Obama did not move forward with his unilateral action on immigration before the midterm elections, because he was worried he would pay too high a price.  Additional congressional Democrats might have lost, and more Democrats would have blamed him for the losses.  He moved forward with his unconstitutional action after the elections because he calculated — correctly — that Republican congressional leaders would let him get away with it.

The Real Barack Obama is Standing Up.  Liberated from campaign politics, Obama is seeking to cement his legacy as the transformational leader he promised to be eight years ago — and in the process he's angering lots of people in Washington.  Where he once looked to Lyndon B. Johnson, a president known for achieving sweeping change through legislation, he's now far more interested in the legacy of the Roosevelts, two administrations that pioneered the strong use of executive power, those who've spoken with him said.

Amnesty fight: Obama admin tells courts they're powerless to stop executive order.  The administration warned a federal judge Monday [12/15/2014] to stay out of the debate over President Obama's deportation amnesty, saying decisions about whom to deport fall squarely within the executive's job description, "which this court lacks authority to review."

Ted Cruz: Obama Is Acting Like a Monarch.  When the Senate on Friday [12/12/2014] was debating the 1,603-page omnibus spending bill that allows President Obama to use money drawn from the U.S. Treasury to implement his unilateral amnesty of as many as five million illegal aliens, Sen. Ted Cruz gave a speech on the floor stating that Obama was acting like a monarch.  Congress, Cruz argued, had a duty to stop the president from usurping its constitutional authority and "subverting the rule of law."

Sen. Sessions Discovers Our Emperor's Plans for a Mega-Immigration Center.  Northern Virginia is targeted by our Emperor to house a mega-immigration processing center with a staff of 1,000 who will give out work permits, Social Security cards and Medicaid to everyone who applies.  Congress has rejected all of this five times.  Obama is breaking the law!  We no longer have illegal immigrants.  We no longer have borders and we are no longer a sovereign nation.  While everyone is looking at the shiny object in Ferguson or New York City, the Emperor Obama is doing whatever he wants.

Obama just tweeted something that is straight up communist.  Three things pretty much can guarantee you won't permanently live in poverty in this country.  Graduate high school, get a job, and don't have kids out of wedlock.  It's not very complicated.  That is what will improve the standard of living in this country.  Not the government being responsible for everybody.  We've seen how well the DMV operates.  Sorry, but those aren't the people I want being equally responsible for my kids someday.

An Open Letter to Republicans in Washington.  We have a president who has made it clear he will unilaterally change laws in a way that will harm America's economy for years to come — whether they pertain to labor, energy, health care, and of course, immigration.  He openly brags about his newfound ability to "change the law," and he is only emboldened to continue building on the lawlessness for the next two years.  This begs the deeply uncomfortable and inconvenient question of our time:  is there anything this president cannot get away with over the next two years?

Liberalism in Ruins.  Obama's immigration legacy will be the juxtaposition of his serial insistence that he was not a king or an emperor, and could not contravene the Constitution by granting a blanket amnesty, with his efforts to do just that when it was no longer politically inexpedient.  I don't think a president has ever quite so habitually warned the country of the dangers that would soon emanate from himself.

Obama continues to expand the president's war powers.  Let's start with the law:  The Constitution gives Congress, and only Congress, the power "To declare war, grant letters of marque and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water ...." James Madison crafted that language at the Constitutional Convention, changing the phrase "make war" in an earlier draft to "declare war."  This change was seemingly aimed at allowing the President to defend the U.S. from an attack, but bar him from entering the country into a war of choice.  Roger Sherman, a delegate from Connecticut, supported Madison's language, saying, "the Executive should be able to repel and not to commence war."

Stonewalled: A Conversation with Sharyl Attkisson.  In many cases, reporters have allowed the government under the Obama administration to bully them into submission.  [Sharyl Attkisson] documents how the Obama presidency has become an enemy to openness and is one of the least transparent administrations in American history.  In fact, after reading what she had to go through, President Obama makes Richard Nixon look like Mother Teresa.

Amnesty is Treason.  In 1986, a Democrat controlled Congress passed the Immigration Reform and Control Act signed into to law by President Ronald Reagan. Democrats in Congress convinced Reagan to sign the reform bill on the condition that it would provide a "one-time" amnesty for an estimated one million illegal immigrants residing in the US at the time, and that all US Immigration and Naturalization laws would be forever thereafter enforced.  Because the Federal Government broke its obligation to the American people by refusing to enforce our immigration and naturalization laws since 1986, we find ourselves facing yet another national disaster and more than twenty-million illegal invaders in our country demanding equality with all "legal" American citizens.  For anyone in the federal government to adhere to our enemies by providing aid and comfort within the United States, granting any degree of citizenship rights to people who have broken into our country illegally with the purpose and intent to subvert our laws and alter the social demographics of our nation, is an overt act of treason.

How Obama blatantly disregards the law.  President Obama likes to claim he's been forced into rogue executive actions, laying the blame on an intransigent Congress.  In fact, his lawlessness is coldly calculated, dating back to his days as a Chicago community organizer.  Consider what he wrote on page 276 of his 1995 memoir, "Dreams from My Father," reflecting on his decision to study law:  "I had things to learn in law school, things that would help me bring about real change.  I would learn power's currency in all its intricacy and detail, knowledge that I could now bring back to where it was needed ... bring it back like Promethean fire."  Obama fancies himself a modern-day Prometheus stealing laws from the oppressive Founding Fathers for the benefit of the oppressed.

Down the Road: Amnesty For Gitmo Detainees.  [I]f you think granting de facto amnesty to millions of illegal aliens was a reach, wait till you see what he might do about Guantanamo.  As is well known, Obama promised on Day One of his presidency to close Gitmo within a year.  But then reality intruded, plus congressional legislation, when Democrats still controlled both houses, blocking him from bringing Gitmo detainees to the U.S.  I'm guessing Obama remains determined to close Gitmo, and the one executive action he could take to accomplish this is simply to declare an amnesty for all of the remaining residents of Gitmo, and releasing them.  If he does this in his last week in office, what could Republicans do?  Impeach him?

A Banana Republic Without the Bananas.  Should U.S. taxpayers be expected to finance millions of the 12 million uneducated, unskilled, and often un-American illegal immigrants?  I can defend the position that we should not finance legal immigrants? With Obama's legalization of at least five million illegal aliens, he will turn America into a banana republic — without bananas.  While many of the aliens covered are decent, hardworking people, many are not.  I think this tragic immigration policy will create political, financial, and cultural anarchy.

The Rule of Memo.  Turn now to the President's "executive action" on immigration.  What did he do?  According to a wide variety of media sources, the President issued an executive order. [...] Wow. Some executive order.  Except there isn't one.  Check the White House web site under the section "Presidential Actions."  The most recent executive order is one from October 17, on consumer financial transactions.  What the President signed on Friday, November 21 were two memoranda, setting up a task force and directing government officials to recommend improvements in the immigration system. [...] An executive order has the force of law.  The Office of the Federal Register assigns it a number and publishes it.  There is a permanent record; a place to go to find it.  None of this applies to the memo.

Who's Planning to Sue Obama Over Immigration?  Five Republican governors are so upset with President Obama's executive actions regarding the nation's immigration system they are ready to take the nation's chief executive to court.  A sixth, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, did not raise the possibility of a lawsuit in her response to Obama's executive actions.  But she did blast the president — whose Justice Department sued Arizona over its immigration enforcement practices four years ago — for "thwarting Congress and the American people."  "Evidently this president must be reminded that we, the American people, elected a president that serves beneath the law.  We did not anoint a tyrannical king that is above the law," she said in a statement.

A Bigger Problem Than Obama.  We have two major parties in the nation now: the Republican Party and the Banana Republic Party, otherwise known as Democrats.  The difference between them is over the rule of law.  When President Obama appointed judges without Senate approval, made environmental law without Congress and rewrote his health law two dozen times, Republicans protested that Obama was shredding the Constitution.  Most Democratic lawmakers turned a blind eye to the Constitution they swore to uphold.  Last Thursday, Obama opted for lawlessness again, dictating broad changes to immigration law.  He made them banana-republic style:  one man ruling with the stroke of his pen.

National Review Editor: Ban Obama From Delivering State of the Union Address.  Congressional Republicans have found themselves completely stymied by President Obama's executive action on immigration.  There's no bill for them to vote down, they lack the votes for impeachment, and shutting down the government never works.  National Review editor Rich Lowry has suggested an innovative new way for Republicans to express their displeasure:  ban President Obama from delivering the State of the Union Address:  "If I were John Boehner," he said, referring to the House speaker, "I'd say to the president:  'Send us your State of the Union in writing.  You're not welcome in our chamber.'"  Well, that is new.  And it could work.

Obama unleashed: Defies GOP election wins, moves in opposite direction.  President Barack Obama has spent November acting with a defiant fury, moving with little regard for the message voters sent at the polls.  Instead of reaching out to Republicans who won control of next year's Congress Nov. 4, he's charged ahead with initiatives that infuriate the victors, prompting critics to label him a "king" or "emperor."  Wednesday [11/26/2014], the Obama administration began an effort aimed at easing smog-related pollution.  Earlier this month, Obama took executive action on immigration and climate change.  The White House has suggested he would block the Keystone XL pipeline.  He's vowed to have the federal government regulate Internet access.

Obama's Indifference to Law Echoes Famed Plot Of the Writer O. Henry.  The phrase "banana republic" was invented by the American fiction writer O. Henry, in exile a century ago in Honduras.  It was a country where laws were changed frequently by petty dictators.  Mr. Obama says he's acting alone because Congress waited too long. But the Constitution vests all legislative powers, including immigration and naturalization law, with Congress.  It doesn't say "unless Congress waits too long."  There's no timetable.

Obama puts the Republic out of its misery.  Obama isn't the first president to abuse executive power — not by a longshot.  But he has to be the first president in American history to overtly and consistently argue that he's empowered to legislate if Congress doesn't pass the laws he favors.  It's an argument that's been mainstreamed by partisans and cheered on by those in media desperate to find a morsel of triumph in this presidency.

No Shame for Obama.  [Scroll down]  And to get to the nitty-gritty, how many millions of illegal aliens will ultimately qualify for this discretionary amnesty and completely overwhelm American hospitals, schools, courts, and other institutions that are totally unprepared to deal with this?  Furthermore, Obama's latest unilateral action will result in the destruction of American jobs.  Obama is directing a self-coup whereby he came to power "through legal means but [is] now dissolving or rendering powerless the national legislature and unlawfully assuming extraordinary powers, not granted under normal circumstances."  In other words, the road to a dictatorship.

America's Eerily Calm Transition to Dictatorship.  Obama's expected plan to grant legal status to as many as 5 million illegal immigrants was hailed as a victory for the powerful amnesty movement and criticized by amnesty opponents as an extra-constitutional power grab by a president who has grown increasingly fond of issuing executive power grab.

Obama: Not Legitimate for Future Presidents to Lower Taxes via Executive Action.  After unilaterally granting temporary amnesty and work permits to millions of illegal immigrants last week, President Barack Obama said it would not be legitimate for a future president to unilaterally lower tax rates.  When asked on ABC's This Week if his successor could unilaterally act to lower taxes if Congress does not, Obama replied, "absolutely not."

Obama is not doing enough to wreck the country.  Potential future Obama executive orders may include: enforcing gun control based on the United Nations Arms Treaty; closing Guantanamo Bay prison; limiting carbon emissions as part of his climate change agreement with the Chinese government; eliminating voter ID laws; expanding pre-kindergarten programs for minorities; issuing a Presidential pardon for himself; deporting the Koch brothers; making the National Cathedral a mosque; inviting ISIS to join NATO; declaring Ebonics as the official language of the United States; establishing a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender SEAL team; inaugurating Al Sharpton Appreciation Day; outlawing common sense, logic and the stating of facts as federal crimes; forbidding all future fundamental transformations of the United States.

Rogue President.  Asserting a legal and constitutional authority he himself said he did not have, President Obama is going rogue, issuing an executive amnesty to 4 to 5 million illegal aliens.  He will order the U.S. government not to enforce the law against these 5 million, and declare that they are to be exempt from deportation and granted green cards.  Where did Obama get his 4-5 million figure, not 2-4 million, or 5-7 million?  Nowhere in law, but plucked out of his own mind, as to what he can get away with.  Barack Obama just felt it was about right.

King Obama betters the tyranny of King George.  Mr. Obama has exterminated American citizens not accused of crime without due process of law on his secret say-so alone.  He has initiated wars against Libya, Syria, and the Islamic State without congressional authorization.  He has imprisoned persons indefinitely without accusation or trial at Guantanamo Bay — even detainees whom the military has found to be innocent of international terrorism.  He has used military tribunals in lieu of independent courts for the prosecution of civilian offenses.

Greg Abbott: Obama Feels 'Completely Unconstrained By The Constitution'.  Texas Republican Governor-elect Greg Abbott said during an appearance on "Fox News Sunday" [11/23/2014] that President Barack Obama felt "completely unconstrained by the Constitution."

Obama plays dirty politics with the Constitution.  At some point during grade school, American children are taught about the separation of powers. [...] But any schoolboy watching President Obama's speech on Thursday night — where he laid out his plan to act unilaterally on immigration (without Congress) — might rightly be confused.  For it seems that the president has crossed that fine line between enforcing the law (his proper role) and simply rewriting laws that do not suit him.  And in so doing, he has directly contradicted at least 22 of his own past statements, including very specific quotes like:  "I'm president, I'm not king.  I can't do these things just by myself'" and "I'm not the emperor of the United States.  My job is to execute laws that are passed."

Republican Party Cowards.  It was an audacious announcement that was both unconstitutional and confrontational.  It circumvented Congress, and their vital role in this issue, and was, thus, radically different from the last time amnesty was given to illegal immigrants.  In 1986, President Reagan did not issue an executive order on illegal immigration; he signed a bill passed by Congress.  Sadly, this President does not care what Congress thinks or does.  He has no interest in meeting or working with them.  Whether he is acting like a tyrant or an emperor, it is clear that he is not acting in conjunction with Congress.

Dear Mr. Obama, It Must Be Good to Be King.  Incredibly, even after all of the scandals, corruption, lies, and deceits; even after this past week when we learned about the depth of your Obamacare deception; even after using the IRS to target your political opponents; even after letting your ambassador die in Benghazi and lying about it afterwards; even after dividing the nation and exploiting racial tensions for your own gain; even after six years of incompetence, dishonesty, conspiracy, and illegality; even after every law you've flouted, promise you've broken, and lie you've told, you still found a way to top yourself.  In refusing to enforce our borders and uphold our immigration laws, you are now guilty of the most profound presidential power grab since Abraham Lincoln.

Obama's Amnesty Speech, Deconstructed.  Tonight we were treated to a spectacle eerily reminiscent of a scene from Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, in which Chancellor Palpatine of the Galactic Republic declares a reorganization into the Galactic Empire and makes himself an emperor.  That scene ends with a great quote from Padme Amidala, the character played by Natalie Portman, who laments "So this is how liberty dies.  With thunderous applause."  The good news is the thunderous applause was only heard among the illegal immigrants gathered outside the White House to rejoice in the lawlessness of an American president abjectly refusing to faithfully execute American laws.

Sen. Sessions reacts: We must stop Emperor Obama.  Apparently, America now has its first emperor.  And he has issued an imperial order to dissolve America's borders.  Millions more will enter and demand the same amnesty benefits as those who came before.  The entire moral foundation and consistency of our laws will have been eviscerated.  Law enforcement officials have repeatedly warned that the president's new amnesty will unleash a "tidal wave" of illegal immigration.  The impact on our jobs, wages, hospitals, schools, police departments and neighborhoods will be crushing.

Executive Amnesty: Will We Allow One Man to Fundamentally Transform America?  [Scroll down]  The rare Enterovirus D68 is causing an outbreak across 45 states, sickening nearly 700 — mostly children.  Illegal alien minors are also spreading dengue fever, swine flu, tuberculosis, and possibly Ebola.  Obama's open border policy has delivered over 300,000 illegals; 75,000 of them are children who directly entered schools across America without proper examinations and so on.  It has been exposed that many of the illegals are gang members and drug dealers.  As inconceivable as this is to imagine, it does appear that one man, exploiting the historical aspect of his presidency to break the law at will, may be allowed to fundamentally transform America.  Obama via executive order will grant amnesty to 5 million illegals, plus the 75,000 children who invaded our country and their parents.  If Republicans do not stop Obama's insanity, one characterless, out-of-control, arrogant, evil liar will fundamentally transform America.  That is totally unacceptable.

Jeff Sessions: Obama's Amnesty 'Endangering Our Entire Constitutional Order'.  Incoming Senate Budget Committee chairman Sen. Jeff Sessions says that President Barack Obama's executive amnesty is something that is "endangering our entire constitutional order" as a democratic Republic.  "President Obama's executive amnesty violates the laws Congress has passed in order to create and implement laws Congress has refused to pass," Sessions said in a statement.

Today is a Sad Day.  This is a turning point.  This is a new nation.  Fundamentally changed.  If we are indeed to become a country in which the chief executive ignores laws and does as he pleases, then we are finished.

Ted Cruz Cites Cicero: 'How Long Is That Madness Of Yours Still to Mock Us?'.  On the floor of the Senate this morning, Sen. Ted Cruz read aloud the text of Cicero's First Oration Against Catiline, subbing in President Obama's name in the context.  "When, President Obama, do you mean to cease abusing our patience?  How long is that madness of yours still to mock us?  When is there to be an end to that unbridled audacity of yours swaggering about as it does now?" Cruz asked.

Obama, Our Modern John C. Calhoun.  Elementary school civics class has taught the same thing for two hundred years:  Congress makes the laws, the president enforces the laws, the judiciary interprets the laws.  The reason this is so is because individual liberty thrives when government is hobbled by division of power.  People live better lives when federal power is stymied.  When President Obama announces that he will be suspending laws to bless the illegal presence of millions of foreigners in the United States, he will have adopted the most basic philosophy of John C. Calhoun: some laws can be tossed aside because his ends justify the lawlessness.

Krauthammer: Obama Like Leader of 'Banana Republic'.  Columnist Charles Krauthammer said that President Obama's planned executive order on immigration is comparable to the actions of a leader of a banana republic on Wednesday's [11/19/2014] "Special Report" on the Fox News Channel.

Obama sets off on scorched-earth rampage.  After his party's historic losses, he refused to even acknowledge the thrashing.  Instead, he said the real lesson from that day was that Americans want everyone in Washington to "work together."  Yet behind the scenes, the president was busy directing his team of lawyers to find real or perceived loopholes in the law — even the Constitution — in order to wave his royal scepter and instantaneously turn as many as 12 million illegal aliens into America citizens.  Already he had quietly ordered the federal government to stop deporting aliens and unilaterally allowed some 60,000 "unaccompanied minors" to enter the U.S.

WH: Obama Being Called Emperor Is 'Criticism the President Wears with a Badge of Honor'.  White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said President Obama wears the 'emperor' label "with a badge of honor" during a press briefing Wednesday [11/19/2014].  Responding to rhetoric from critics of Obama's impending executive action on immigration reform, Earnest said the president has no problem using the law to make "progress."  "We heard rhetoric for some time.  Their most recent statement referred to 'Emperor Obama,'" Earnest said.  "The fact is the president is somebody who is willing to examine the law, review the law and use every element of that law to make progress for the American people and that's a criticism the president wears with badge of honor."

Obama mows down separation of powers and limits on executive power.  Obama on Thursday night plans to announce an amnesty for about 5 million immigrants in the U.S. illegally.  His order is based on no statutory authority, but is instead an expansion of the idea of "prosecutorial discretion" — the notion that federal government can't catch all scofflaws, and so it must set priorities.  Republicans, and even much of the mainstream media, have sniffed out Obama's likely true motives here, and they are nakedly political.

Republicans accuse Obama of 'imperial presidency' as he readies immigration plans.  President Barack Obama will on Thursday announce his controversial plan to halt deportations of millions of illegal immigrants before flying to Nevada to begin rallying support for his reforms.  Mr Obama will use a rare prime time television speech to unveil his plans, which are expected to shield up to five million people from deportation and allow them to work legally in the United States.  Republicans erupted in fury before details of Mr Obama's executive action were even announced, accusing the President of behaving like an "emperor" who rules by fiat and promising to wage a fierce campaign to derail his plans.

The Game Plan to Stop Obama's Unconstitutional Amnesty.  The Obama Administration is planning to pardon at least 4.5 million illegal aliens and grant them work permits.  This move will allow them to receive driver's licenses and Social Security cards, and eventually obtain access to our welfare system.  Additionally, as part of his coup, he is planning to make numerous changes to our immigration system — all without the consent of Congress.  It's as if Article I Section 8 of the Constitution, which explicitly grants Congress plenary power over immigration and naturalization, does not exist.

Shock: ABC Grills Obama on Executive Order Flip-Flop.  Before playing a clip of Jon Karl pressing White House press secretary Josh Earnest, George Stephanopoulos pointed out:  "...The President has suggested in the past that he doesn't have the kind of power to do this on his own."  Karl agreed, noting that Obama "has repeatedly said in some very colorful ways that he doesn't have power to do it."  The report then featured a February 2013 clip of the President admitting, "I'm the President of the United States.  I'm not the emperor of the United States.  My job is to execute laws that are passed."

Obama Is Not a Monarch.  The Constitution designs a system of checks and balances for our nation, and executive amnesty for immigrants here illegally unilaterally decreed from the White House would seriously undermine the rule of law.  Our founders repeatedly warned about the dangers of unlimited power within the executive branch; Congress should heed those words as the president threatens to grant amnesty to millions of people who have come to our country illegally.  To be clear, the dispute over executive amnesty is not between President Obama and Republicans in Congress; it is a dispute between President Obama and the American people.

Obama Is About to Commit an Act of Constitutional Infamy.  Mr. Obama is now acting like, in his words, an "emperor."  His hypocrisy is, even by his standards, staggering.  But hypocrisy is not unusual in politicians and presidents; firing a missile aimed at our constitutional form of government is.  And that is what Mr. Obama is about to do.

Obama's Royal Scam.  Obama has on several occasions correctly described the action he now intends to take as unlawful.  He has dismissed it as royal rather than presidential in character. [...] Obama must feel some compunction about the forthcoming decree because he has baldly lied about his past statements disclaiming the constitutional authority he now purports to exercise.

Mia Love: Obama's Executive Amnesty 'Looks More Like A Dictatorship'.  Utah Republican Congresswoman-elect Mia Love told the hosts of "Fox and Friends" that President Barack Obama's plan for unilateral executive amnesty looks "more like a dictatorship" than a democracy.  "This is not about the president.  It's about the American people, and what the American people want the president to do," Love said Wednesday [11/19/2014].  "The American people want Congress to work with the president, want the president to work with Congress so that we can be compassionate, so that we can create a uniform rule of naturalization.

Trashing the republic to save his party with immigration 'reform'.  [Scroll down]  Why would President Obama do such a thing?  It is simple.  When people like him suffer crushing election losses, it is never because he is wrong, that his policies are terrible, or that nobody trusts him anymore.  It is because there is something terribly wrong with the people who voted.  That is why Mr. Obama actually declared after the election that he would dismiss the voices of this year's election voters in favor of the message he heard from all those people who didn't vote.  He really did actually say that.

Obama vs. Us.  Obama is doing precisely what he promised during his 2008 presidential campaign, to cheering and mesmerized crowds:  "We are going to fundamentally change America" and "We will change America.  We will change the world."  Obama is living up to those pledges by subverting our Constitution and adopting the political style of a banana republic dictator. [...] Ask yourself whether our Constitution permits the president to unilaterally change a law enacted by Congress.  For a president to do so is for him to behave like a banana republic dictator.

White House: Obama Is Not A King Or An Emperor But He Can Order Executive Amnesty.  President Obama is not a king or an emperor, according to the White House, but he still has lawful authority to issue executive amnesty for illegal immigrants.  White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest explained to reporters that Obama still stood by his remarks about not being a king or an emperor of the United States, allowing him to act unilaterally on immigration reform.

What Should Republicans Do to Stop This Aggressively Unconstitutional President?  It's hard to overstate how irresponsible President Obama would be to go forward, as he almost surely will, with his sweeping executive order on amnesty.  Ross Douthat of the New York Times has written a fine column on why doing so would be, in his words, a "disgrace."  What the president is on the verge of doing would do tremendous, long-term damage to our political culture and our constitutional order.  It would set a dangerous precedent.  And it would be an act of extraordinary selfishness.  By now none of this should surprise us.

Jindal: Obama Threatening to Shutdown Government with Immigration Executive Order.  President Obama will risk shutting down the government if he moves forward with his executive action on immigration, and Republicans "should do everything they can" to stop him, says Bobby Jindal.  "No, we shouldn't shut down the government, but absolutely Republicans should do everything they can to force the president to follow the law," he said on Meet the Press on Sunday [11/16/2014].  "No, the president shouldn't shut down the government so that he can break the law."

Executive order on immigration would ignite a political firestorm.  Reports are rampant that President Obama will sign an executive order as soon as this week that will allow up to 5 million undocumented immigrants to avoid deportation.  Signing such an order would have explosive political consequences — it would not only reshape the near-term fights in Congress but also have a potentially profound effect on the two parties' national coalitions heading into the 2016 election and beyond.

Liberal Law Professor: Obama's Executive Amnesty 'Tearing at the Very Fabric of the Constitution'.  Georgetown law professor Jonathan Turley, a political liberal but a longstanding critic of President Obama's executive overreach, continued to sound the alarm against the president's planned executive amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants, saying it will "tear at the very fabric of the Constitution."

The Gridlock Clause.  President Obama routinely cites Congress's obstinacy regarding his agenda as justification for a series of executive actions that suspend, waive, and even rewrite statutes.  His frustration is understandable, but his response is not justifiable.  Brazenly maneuvering around the lawmaking function of Congress is an affront to the constitutional order.

Is Immigration Americans' No. 1 Priority?  The fourth issue of big-government overreach is extraordinarily dangerous.  You can be sure that Barack Obama will completely bypass Congress and sign an executive order to basically extend amnesty to millions of illegals.  This will be done whether there is an outcry from the American people or not.  He already knows how Americans feel on this issue, but nothing will stop his agenda.

Obama prepares to defy voters' will — again.  When Obama acts, Congress will have no choice but to react.  Obama's edict will involve ordering the executive branch not to enforce laws that Congress has passed and that lawmakers have specifically declined to change.  Writing the nation's immigration laws is the responsibility of Congress, and Obama's action will likely be a major encroachment on the legislature's constitutional authority.

Obama: Irrelevant, Incompetent or Intentional?  [Scroll down]  This is what, in all seriousness, Barack Obama is doing.  He is planning to go ahead with an Executive Order to make millions of new Americans of the illegal aliens currently residing here.  He will probably stiff-arm Congress and act in defiance of the Constitution and the laws.v He will probably nominate a new Attorney General — and press a lame-duck Senate to ram through the confirmation vote.  Socialism is inherently undemocratic.  Its adherents believe they are "on the right side of history" and thus they feel entitled, empowered even, to bend and break the rules in order to achieve an ever-greater central control over Americans' lives.

Conservative Senators Warn Obama on Unconstitutional Amnesty Move.  Yesterday Obama responded to the decisive public repudiation of his policies represented by the massive Republican wave by reaching out to the incoming majority, generously offering to give them a few weeks to propose legislation to his liking before he jettisons the Constitution entirely and rules by decree.

Obama Refuses To Give Up His Dictatorship.  Proving once again the will of the American voters means less than nothing to him, Obama [...] is substituting the current majority and minority ethnic races in the USA — the ones who finally woke up and saw the real writing on the wall — with his unschooled illegals from Central America and beyond.  And, in case there are still a few out there who didn't notice, Obama replaced his position of the illegal POTUS with that of the ObamaGov tyranny in early 2009.  He has no intention of giving up his dictatorship that will continue to replace US citizens with illegal aliens.

Resist Executive Overreach on Immigration.  Votes were still coming in on Tuesday evening when ABC's Jon Karl reported that, per White House sources, "the president will move forward with an executive order on immigration reform no matter how big a shellacking Democrats get."  The shellacking was bigger than even the most optimistic Republicans had predicted.  To act on immigration without engaging the country's new congressional majority would be a defiance of the legislative branch, and of the American electorate.

Obama Wants the Democrats to Lose.  [Scroll down]  Obama wants Democrats to lose because a solidly Republican Congress will allow him to step to the Pontius Pilate water bowl, wash his hands (with a dramatic flourish) of the whole business of politics, and start ruling in earnest by fiat.  We have already seen that, by executive order, Obama is going to issue green cards to some thirty-three millions Hispanics (read: future Democrats) as soon as the elections are over.  With a divided Congress, though, the president would have a much less plausible excuse for slipping into full dictatorial character.

In the Wake of Massive Rebuke, Obama to Move Forward With His War on America.  Coming off a massive wave election the GOP needs to play hardball now.  Cut the purse strings off on him, unleash a barrage of investigations in the Senate into his myriad scandals and expose him further for the lawless thug that he is.  It's obvious he's not learned any lesson.

Dictatorial Government takes a Beating.  What it means to be fed up with machine politics is simply this: Americans do not want a country run by dictators.  That's exactly how Harry Reid ran the Senate as majority leader, blocking much-needed legislation or tossing it into the trash without a second glance.  That's exactly how President "I have a pen and a phone" Obama has been governing, issuing one executive order after another as he saw fit, circumventing the Republican-controlled House.  America is not a banana republic to be run by a caudillo.

Why These 6 Senators Say Obama Is Risking a 'Constitutional Crisis' Over Amnesty.  Despite yesterday's [11/4/2014] electoral losses, Obama is reportedly moving forward with an immigration plan before the end of the year.  In a letter today to outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., the six senators expressed their concern over Obama's vow to take executive action.  According to the letter, such action would "lawlessly grant amnesty to immigrants who have entered the country illegally."

Barack Bulworth Obama.  Barack Obama has a penchant for power.  The next two years will be very challenging for Americans concerned about their nation's future.  Obama's goal to exercise power with very few limits has been clear for some time to all but the most obtuse.  In early 2011 he told people that it would be so much easier to be the president of China.  He has not changed his views.  After losing control of the House of Representatives, he rejected compromise with Republicans by boasting he has a "pen and a phone" and would circumvent Congress and the Constitution (in other words, staying the course since his inauguration).  While strolling with the visiting French resident at Monticello he "quipped" that "the good thing about being president, I can do whatever I want."  Jefferson would cringe that America, a nation he helped found, would be led by a man who had so little respect for our founding principles and fathers — and for the American people.

Carson: Declaring martial law, will Obama cancel 2016 elections?  Widespread anarchy gripping the country could be reason enough for the Obama administration to announce the implementation of martial law and the suspension of some, if not all, of Americans' constitutionally protected rights — including the right to vote and hold national elections.  On the surface this seems unbelievable, but upon further analysis, Carson's ominous suggestion is plausible; this is an extremely unnerving scenario that all Americans should be aware of and ready for.  The Obama administration has very quietly and subtly done many inexplicable things that could very well be precursors to the suspension of some, if not all, of Americans' constitutionally protected civil rights.

USA Today's Susan Page: Obama administration most 'dangerous' to media in history.  At some point, a compendium of condemnations against the Obama administration's record of media transparency (actually, opacity) must be assembled.  Notable quotations in this vein come from former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson, who said, "It is the most secretive White House that I have ever been involved in covering"; New York Times reporter James Risen, who said, "I think Obama hates the press"; and CBS News's Bob Schieffer, who said, "This administration exercises more control than George W. Bush's did, and his before that."  USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page has added a sharper edge to this set of knives.

The White House Gaslights America on Immigration.  The evidence by this point has become pretty overwhelming that the White House plans some sort of mass amnesty via executive fiat immediately after the elections have concluded.  Disgruntled Democrat Hispanics have openly declared that Obama has promised them as much, and earlier this week, Breitbart News revealed that the Administration was placing a supply order that would enable them to issue 34 million green cards, which would represent either a drastic and unprecedented increase in work visa issuage or (more likely) a one-time massive order for them pursuant to an Obama executive order.

Congressman Warns, "Republic is Dead" if Obama Moves Forward With This Plan.  A sitting congressman suggests that if President Barack Obama moves forward to enact amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants via executive order after the midterm elections and the American people do not rise up in protest, it will mean that the "republic has been destroyed."  Rep. Steve King said that such an action would amount to a blatant violation of the limits on presidential power imposed by the Constitution.

A Government Bureau Is The Nearest Thing To Eternal Life We Will Ever See On This Earth.  It is no secret that government today is far overreaching and intrusive.  This past year alone we have seen privacy breaches by the NSA, the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS, and the disastrous consequences of Obamacare on small businesses and families.  Obama has even said, "I can take steps without legislation."  This self-righteous statement underscores that he has no respect for the Constitution — a document meant to protect the rights of all Americans and prevent our government and our leaders from trampling on those rights.  Unfortunately, today we have a President and federal officials who are no longer accountable to the American people because they consider themselves to be above the law.

America's perpetual state of emergency.  The United States is in a perpetual state of national emergency.  Thirty separate emergencies, in fact. [...] Those emergencies, declared by the president by proclamation or executive order, give the president extraordinary powers — to seize property, call up the National Guard and hire and fire military officers at will.  "What the National Emergencies Act does is like a toggle switch, and when the president flips it, he gets new powers.  It's like a magic wand.  and there are very few constraints about how he turns it on," said Kim Lane Scheppele, a professor at Princeton University.

One Bad Apple: Obama and his Influence.  We're only 6 years into a presidency gone bad and I, for one, am profoundly thankful that there won't be another 50+ years of this terrifying laughingstock of a regime.  Barack Obama has created so much havoc with his ideology and policies that it will take us years to recover.  His high-handed, pen-and-phone end runs around the Constitution ought to land him in prison, but he is creating the biggest mess by just being who he is.

King Barry Is Not On The Ballot, Says Everybody But King Barry.  The only time he tells the truth is when it can hurt somebody who has crossed him.  And by running as fast as they can from his disastrous policies, by distancing themselves as far as possible from him, they've crossed him.

The Divine Right of Barack Obama.  Since he ordered military action in Libya in 2011, President Obama has argued as a matter of routine that Article II of the U.S. Constitution confers such considerable power upon the commander-in-chief that, in most instances at least, Congress's role in foreign affairs is limited to that of advice bureau.  The political ironies of this development are sufficiently rich to stand without much comment.  (Imagine, if you will, trying to explain to an average voter in 2008 that by his second term the Democratic candidate for president would have adopted wholesale an interpretation of the Constitution that was championed by the likes of George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and John Yoo.)  Less obvious, however, is what this means for America and her future.  The bottom line:  It's not good.

Obama complains about OTHER countries for trying to silence dissent.  After all that Tea Party groups have been through because they were targeted by Obama's IRS, Obama has the audacity to call out other countries for trying to crackdown on legitimate dissent.  Talk about narcissism.  Not only that, but he decries 'endless regulations' as though his hands were clean.  Hello Obamacare?  Hello EPA?

'CATALIST': Obama's Database for Fundamentally Transforming America.  The Democrats and the institutional left have a new political tool that allows them virtually to ignore moderates yet still win elections.  This tool, the Catalist database, was employed in the 2012 election.  That election defied conventional wisdom:  Mitt Romney sought and won independent voters overwhelmingly, but still lost.  If you wondered why the conventional wisdom about independents and moderates didn't seem so wise in 2012, the answer is Catalist.

Obama's Secret Service unveils a plan to turn the White House into The Forbidden City.  If the Secret Service gets their way, us peasants won't be able to even look at the White House anymore.  All because some guy jumped the fence on Friday [9/19/2014], and caught them with their pants down.

Sessions: 'Obama Has Openly Reaffirmed His Unconstitutional Plan to Nullify Our Nation's Sovereign Laws'.  Senator Jeff Sessions issues this statement in response to President Obama's decision to wait until after the mid-term election to take action on immigration by executive order.  "President Obama has openly reaffirmed his unconstitutional plan to nullify our nation's sovereign laws, issuing executive amnesty and work permits to millions of illegal immigrants.  In so doing, he will wipe away American workers' lawful immigration protections.  Illegal workers will be instantly allowed to take precious jobs directly from struggling Americans in every occupation in America.  Countless more unlawful workers will pour across the border and overstay their visas.  These executive actions will incentivize a tsunami of illegality," reads Sessions's statement.

'To Hell With the Constitution!'  In 1902 Theodore Roosevelt intervened in a strike by Pennsylvania coal miners, exceeding his Constitutional authority as president.  When this was pointed out to him by Republican House whip James E. Watson, Roosevelt allegedly yelled, "To hell with the Constitution when the people want coal!"  This outburst reflected the novel Progressive view of the Chief Executive.  Instead of the Constitution's limited powers focused on specific needs, such as national defense, beyond the capacity of the individual states or local governments to address, the President needed more expansive authority in order to serve the "people."  Over 100 years later, Barack Obama has governed on the same assumption, one that undermines the Constitution's structure of balanced powers and limited government, and puts at risk our political freedom and autonomy.

In Obama Power Grab, Climate Trumps Constitution.  Apparently letting the Environmental Protection Agency run amok with regulations fulfilling candidate Obama's pledge to bankrupt the coal industry, and enact a de facto cap-and-trade regime the president couldn't get through Congress, is not enough.  The man who said his nomination was the moment the seas began to recede and the planet began to heal now plans to deal the rule of law and the U.S. Constitution yet another blow.  He's doing it by agreeing to a Kyoto-like "accord" he can use as moral cover for further destroying the U.S. economy, in lieu of an actual climate change "treaty" that must be ratified by two-thirds of a Senate that has already unanimously rejected such a pact.

Pressing the climate hoax.  President Obama is preparing to use his executive authority to impose the carbon-dioxide limitations dreamed up by the climate hysterics when they meet next year in Paris.  He intends to ignore his constitutional duty to ask the Senate's consent, and use the Environmental Protection Agency and other departments to impose the rules.  Ignoring the Constitution can be habit-forming, as Mr. Obama has shown us.

A President's Global Warming Treaty Tyranny.  In yet another demonstration of contempt for the Constitution, President Obama and his administration are pursuing what the New York Times characterizes as a "sweeping international climate change agreement to compel nations to cut their planet-warming fossil fuel emissions" — absent any input from Congress.  The Constitution requires a two-thirds majority approval by the Senate to ratify any legally binding treaty.  The Obama administration plans to sidestep that requirement by calling the agreement a "politically binding" deal that would substitute for an actual treaty.

Constitutional chutzpah.  There are three ways something can become what the US Constitution calls the "supreme law of the land."  It can be made part of the Constitution by amendment, it can be passed by Congress as a law or it can be ratified by the Senate as a treaty.  President Obama can't get his climate-change agreement made supreme law of the land by any of those constitutional routes.  Not even close.  The Republican House doesn't want it.  The Democratic Senate won't act.  That's because the people don't want it.

The deadly combination of Obama and the UN will indenture civil society.  With Barack Obama now firmly in place as their ex officio leader, the United Nations pooh-bahs have come up with a surefire way to stick it to the taxpayers of the world, while feathering their nests for all time.  It's called making global warming/climate change a health issue at their very next summit in November 2015.  Christiana Figueres, the top UN climate official, said upcoming negotiations on an international global warming accord should be viewed as a health issue.

Obama Tries for Kyoto 2.0.  We can talk about the composition of the Untied Nations another time.  But when it comes to Barack Obama's cavalier treatment of the Constitution, you need look no further than this morning's New York Times.  Under the headline "Obama Pursuing Climate Accord in Lieu of Treaty," the paper explains how the president, frustrated by Congress's unwillingness to barter away U.S. sovereignty by signing on to the so-called "Kyoto Protocol," the economy blighting climate standards devised by Greenies and other folks eager to hamstring the world's most productive economies, especially the Untied States, is planning to "sidestep" Congress.

Obama's new power grab: A climate change treaty without Senate ratification.  It's not a "new" treaty, apparently, if they're rewriting an old treaty that's already been ratified.  Maybe that's a sneak peek of Obama's Syria policy too.  Instead of asking for a new AUMF against ISIS, he could issue an "addendum" or whatever to the 2001 AUMF against Al Qaeda.  Come to think of it, that's his approach on immigration too.  The mega-amnesty he's getting ready to uncork isn't being presented as new policy, even though it would legalize five million people or more.  It's being presented as a discretionary application of law that's already on the books.  Turns out every bold new move Obama wants to make as president has already been authorized by statute, as if prophesied.

Obama's use of executive authority is about to become a real political issue.  President Obama is weighing a big-time executive action on immigration that has both Democrats and Republicans anxious.  He's also pursuing a major international climate-change agreement without ratification by Congress.  And it's not yet clear whether the White House will seek congressional authorization for military action in Syria that appears increasingly likely.  Yes, we are finally entering into what could be a very big debate about executive authority — and with the 2014 election just weeks away.

Obama's unlawful Bergdahl-for-terrorists swap.  President Obama was wrong earlier this year to trade five hardened terrorists from the prison at Guantanamo Bay for a deserter.  All but the president's most dedicated supporters understood then that the trade was a really bad idea.  Now, the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office has confirmed what many suspect, that the swap violated a "clear and unambiguous" law.  For this White House, the law is little more than an annoyance to be swatted away when inconvenient.  Mr. Obama makes and remakes the law as he goes along.  Congress has allowed itself to become irrelevant.

Why I Sued the President.  The president and his administration have ignored the law on a breathtaking range of issues.  For example, President Obama directed the Environmental Protection Agency to propose new environmental rules that will devastate coal miners and raise electricity prices sky-high, even though the EPA admits that the "literal" terms of the Clean Air Act prohibit the regulations.  Similarly, after he failed to pass immigration reform through Congress, the president decided to ignore the laws on the books and give out work permits as he pleases.  He did the same thing with the Affordable Care Act, giving billions of dollars of tax credits that the law does not authorize. [...] Americans from both political parties have decried this lawlessness.

Buchanan: Obama Will 'Set the Country Completely on Fire' with Executive Amnesty by Labor Day.  On the Friday [8/22/2014] broadcast of "The McLaughlin Group," columnist Pat Buchanan predicted that President Obama would grant amnesty to illegal immigrants via executive order by Labor Day and that such an action would "set the country completely on fire."

Sen. Sessions: CEOs 'Scheming with WH to Extract by Executive Fiat' Amnesty Congress Denied.  Sen. Sessions says the CEOs are "scheming with the White House" to flout both Congress and the will of the people:  "The same group of CEOs who helped write the Senate's Gang of Eight immigration bill in secret is now scheming with the White House to extract by executive fiat what was denied to them by the American people and Congress."  If these companies so desperately needed illegal alien labor, they wouldn't be laying off American workers by the thousands, Sen. Sessions notes:  "Even while they demand more foreign workers, these companies are laying off current employees in droves. [...]"

Behind Closed Doors, Obama Crafts Executive Actions.  When President Obama announced in June that he planned to bypass congressional gridlock and overhaul the nation's immigration system on his own, he did so in a most public way: a speech in the White House Rose Garden.  Since then, the process of drafting what will likely be the only significant immigration changes of his presidency — and his most consequential use of executive power — has been conducted almost entirely behind closed doors, where lobbyists and interest groups invited to the White House are making their case out of public view.

The Maximalist.  In 2011, President Obama, speaking before the National Council of La Raza, remarked that "I know some people want me to bypass Congress and change the laws on my own."  He acknowledged the appeal of dictatorial action, but he said "that's not how our system works."  The crowd responded, "Change it" and "Yes, you can!"  He spoke of bypassing Congress as a temptation to which he wouldn't yield.  But he has, and it is clear that he regards America's system of checks and balances as an odious obstacle to his conception of good government.

Immigration activists beg Obama to legalize eight million illegals or more.  The number kicked around for the past few months was five or six million.  That's not good enough for immigration groups, who want to see something closer to eight figures.  And once you're creeping up towards 10 million, there's really no point in having eligibility criteria at all.  Just legalize everyone, no questions asked.  Honestly, if we're going to have the president dictate national policy, what's the sense in demanding that he do it by half-measures?

Yes, Nixon was bad but Obama is worse.  No man, Nixon's critics assured us, was above the law.  For his transgressions, Richard Nixon was forced from office, evading prosecution only because of a presidential pardon.  Yet by any reasonable measure, Nixon's sins seem venal compared to those of President Barack Obama. [...] While Nixon was known for his "Enemies List," the former head of the National Security Agency's global digital data gathering program says that Obama also has an enemies list stored by keyword, which has been used to take down perceived political enemies such as General Petraus.  During his re-election campaign Obama even brazenly posted his enemies list on-line as a not-so-subtle threat not to donate to his opponents.

Meet Four Business Owners Squeezed by Operation Choke Point.  With no explanation, Brian Brookman last month lost the bank account for his pawn shop.  He had no idea why.  Brookman says his store in Grand Haven, Mich., never had been in trouble with federal or state officials. [...] After researching his case on the Internet, Brookman says he concluded that his banker, JP Morgan Chase, closed the account because two of his business activities — dealing in vintage coins and selling firearms — were labeled "high risk" by federal bureaucrats as part of an Obama administration initiative called Operation Choke Point.

President Humpty Dumpty.  The law that Congress wrote (but didn't read, under the shameless leadership of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi) turned out to be, as was inevitable, filled with holes and errors.  No matter:  a presidential edict a day keeps collapse away.  But the Constitution doesn't allow for government by executive edict.  That's for monarchy or dictatorship.

On Celebrating Obama's Birthday.  This is really not the biggest deal in the world, but every year on August 4, I'm reminded of something kind of creepy in the Cult of Obama.  That, my friends, is the obsession with his birthday. [...] This is not to be encouraged for two main reasons.  One, it's childish.  Birthdays are for kids.  And even for kids, they should be restrained.  Yes, it's another year to be thankful for God's provisions.  Great.  Do that with family and friends.  Don't make a big production.

Michelle Obama Asks Me to Sign President Obama's Birthday Card.  I find it hard to say precisely why I find this email a bit creepy.  At one level this seems innocuous enough — and it is definitely not a big thing.  At another level, asking millions of Americans to sign a birthday card for the President suggests a tone-deafness about the cult of personality.  If we lived in a dictatorship, getting millions of subjects to celebrate the Dear Leader's birthday would be routine, but in a free republic this appeal to get millions of citizens to celebrate a current president's birthday strikes a discordant note to my ear.

Is Barack Obama Plotting a Coup?  When Obama changed the Affordable Care Act by decree — to name just one example, substituting "2014" for "2013" in a critical provision of the statute — he acted as a tyrant.  In his refusal to enforce the immigration laws, contrary to the Constitution which requires him to "take care that the laws be faithfully executed," he has acted like a tinpot dictator, asserting the right to change or ignore the law by fiat.  If he now directly nullifies Section 274(a) of the Immigration and Nationalities Act by legalizing, and issuing work permits to, five or six million illegal immigrants, thereby repealing federal law by decree, how else can we describe his action but as a coup?  The Obama administration openly takes the position that the rule of law no longer applies.

Obama's Impeachment Game.  This is the tone of the media coverage right now:  The president may get the occasional rebuke for impeachment-baiting, but what the White House wants to do on immigration is assumed to be reasonable, legitimate, within normal political bounds.  It is not:  It would be lawless, reckless, a leap into the antidemocratic dark.  And an American political class that lets this Rubicon be crossed without demurral will deserve to live with the consequences for the republic, in what remains of this presidency and in presidencies yet to come.

House Republicans authorize lawsuit against Obama for presidential overreach.  House Republicans voted Wednesday evening [7/30/2014] to authorize an unprecedented lawsuit against President Obama, escalating a separation of powers battle between Congress and the White House that is heavily tinged with election-year politics.  Mr. Obama mocked Republicans, telling them to "stop just hatin' all the time," but GOP lawmakers said they felt boxed in, being unable to get their legislation through the Democrat-controlled Senate and having to watch as the president tweaks, waives or ignores laws Congress has written but which he dislikes.

Right Now there is Nothing We Can do about Obama.  What this man is doing is appalling. Everyone — including those people in his own party who actually care about this country, its constitutional framework and the rule of law — ought to be appalled by it. [...] The problem of a president willing to destroy our border and our Constitution for the purposes of partisan political gain has been years in the making. And it will not be solved by a House vote or the stroke of a pen.

House readies bill to stop Obama's immigration order — in advance.  On what could be the last lawmaking session before the summer recess, both House and Senate are preparing bills to one-up each other on immigration.  First, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said that if the House passes a border crisis bill, he and Senate Democrats might attach the Gang of Eight comprehensive immigration reform bill to it — a move that would clearly doom the whole border emergency spending effort.  Now, House Republican leaders have written a bill that would stop President Obama from using executive power to legalize millions of currently illegal immigrants — something Obama is widely thought to be getting ready to do.

Count Down to Impeachment.  While a lame duck session will at least temporarily defang the progressive beast, for many, simply holding Obama at bay doesn't adequately redress the damage he has done to their country and [C]onstitution.  The tides of freedom and liberty are rising but there is much work to do as the mid-term elections, and a republican majority in the senate, are far from certain.  Not based on public sentiment mind you, rather on the uncanny way that Democrats have of stealing elections, and the growing resentment conservatives feel towards the Republican Party which may hamper voter turn-out.

Democrats Warn Obama Over Executive Overreach on Immigration.  Democrat Senators Kay Hagan of North Carolina and Mark Pryor of Arkansas have both now warned Barack Obama against taking "any steps without the approval of Congress" when it comes to dealing with the current illegal immigration crisis.  "I'm not for government by executive order.  He needs to have statutory authority before he acts," said Pryor.  Meanwhile, via Politico, a spokeswoman for Hagan said, "this is a problem that needs to be solved legislatively and not through executive action."

Sessions: 'We Cannot Allow Executive Orders to... Eradicate Plain Law'.  Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) took to the Senate floor Wednesday [7/30/2014] to blast the president's reported plan to use his executive authority to provide amnesty to illegal immigrants by scaling back deportations and granting them work permits, saying Congress must not allow the president use executive actions that eradicate "plain law."  "This Congress needs to speak.  We cannot allow executive orders to be issued by a president that eradicates plain law.  To do so is wrong.  The American people are watching this.  They are not going to be happy that this Congress didn't take action, and expressions of concerns among senators really are not enough," said Sessions.

Sessions to Obama: The American People Will Not Be Mocked by Your Unlawful Amnesty.  Monday [7/28/2014], Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) took to the floor of the U.S. Senate to criticize President Barack Obama's attempt to "unilaterally implement large portions of his congressionally rejected amnesty bill by executive action."

Legalization by Edict.  Many people in Washington seem to be talking about the prospect of the president unilaterally legalizing the status of several million people who entered the country illegally as though it were just another political question.  But if reports about the nature of the executive action he is contemplating are right, it would be by far the most blatant and explosive provocation in the administration's assault on the separation of powers, and could well be the most extreme act of executive overreach ever attempted by an American president in peacetime.

Out of Order.  Barack Obama's disdain for the slow, grinding mechanisms of government has become unmistakable of late.  So it is little surprise that, frustrated by congressional inaction on his proposal for "comprehensive immigration reform," the president last month declared that he would "fix as much of our immigration system as I can on my own."  The result, intimated by White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer last week, is a "very significant" executive action to be unveiled by the end of the summer.

Simas Ignores Subpoena Again as White House Defies Issa.  Top White House political adviser David Simas refused again Friday [7/25/2014] to honor a congressional subpoena, prompting Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to vote to rebuke the administration.  The Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted 19-14 to reject the White House's claim that Simas has absolute immunity from a subpoena from Congress.  Republicans said they were standing up for the principle that no one is above the law, and Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa quoted a long list of Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, who have backed Congress' right to subpoena top administration officials.

The Editor says...
This isn't the first time Obama has ignored a subpoena.

Obama Encounters an Apex of Anger.  No one in Congress believes a word Obama says and the House of Representatives is getting ready to sue him for his failure to enforce the laws Congress has passed and his usurpation of unconstitutional power to alter laws whenever he wants.  This is unprecedented in the history of the nation.

The President Is Just Getting Started.  President Obama is implementing his leftist policies and punishing his detractors like a Soviet dictator.  In short Obama is going Soviet, as explained by analyst Brian Preston.  The leftist dream agenda of open borders, green energy, income redistribution, and transference of US sovereignty to the UN is now being implemented without consent of Congress.

Of Horses, Politicians, and Fences.  Leaders who fashion themselves above law "just a little" and only in their own minds, soon assert rights far above the law, and boldly move to remake the world to conform to their delusions.  Even if you can tolerate a dictator, abhor his means.  Such leaders never evolve back into democrats.  They are never humble servants of a Sovereign People.  In their minds, they are smarter.  While they hold power, they are objectively powerful.  They seek to control the marketplace of ideas.

Congressman Predicts Victory in Lawsuit Against Obama.  Rep. Tom Rice (R., S.C.) and constitutional law expert David Rivkin on Wednesday [7/16/2014] predicted victory in the lawsuit the House is launching against President Barack Obama.  The House Rules Committee held a hearing on the proposed lawsuit, which is intended to prove the unconstitutionality of Obama's unilateral delay of the employer mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act.  Witnesses at the hearing argued about whether the House has standing to sue the president to enforce the law.  "I'm very optimistic that this lawsuit will succeed," Rivkin said in an interview.  "I certainly expect there to be a propaganda offensive to try to stop it, but I don't see any fundamental legal problems, with regards to standing or the merits."

Jonathan Turley to Congress: You face self-destruction if you don't rein in Obama.  If the president can override Congress whenever it's at an impasse, the minority party will be forced to choose between letting the president do what he wants by executive order and "compromising" by signing onto a bill that lets the president do what he wants in exchange for a few concessions. That's the end of Congress, and the end of checks and balances.

Boehner: House Has No Plans to Defund Unconstitutional Acts by Obama.  House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) indicated today that if President Barack Obama takes actions that exceed his constitutional authority, the House of Representatives has no plans to use its own constitutional authority to withhold funding from those actions.  At his weekly press briefing, asked Boehner:  "You've said you disagree with calls to impeach the president over abuse of power via executive actions.  But under the Constitution the House actually has the power of the purse.  So, if the President takes actions that exceed his Constitutional authority, will you withhold funding for those actions in the next must-pass appropriations bill?

Obama executive actions seen as threat to Constitution.  A prominent law professor and avowed supporter of the Obama White House will tell the House on Wednesday that the president has created one of the biggest constitutional crises in the country's history and will endorse House Republicans' effort to sue to rein him in.  Jonathan Turley, a professor at George Washington University, will say President Obama is trampling the founders' vision for the country in his push to circumvent Congress, and he will demand Republicans and Democrats alike forget their party labels to unify against this White House's power grab.

New alert system gives president special code for emergency messages.  The national Emergency Alert System broadcasts television alert messages to warn people about immediate dangers.  The system is often used at the local level to warn people about weather conditions such as tornadoes or flash floods.  The system is not capable of reaching the entire country all at once should the president need to warn the public of something like a terrorist attack or an act of war against the country.  Instead, to reach the entire country, each local jurisdiction would have to broadcast the same message — a tedious process that could leave room for gaps if one station misses the broadcast.

The Editor says...
This is a complete waste of money, at best, and at worst it is an opportunity for the President to overtake all broadcast stations on a whim.  In the event of a national emergency, all network-affiliated television stations will talk about nothing else, as was demonstrated on 9/11/2011.  (Independent stations could go on showing re-runs of "I Love Lucy," and not without a number of oblivious viewers.)  The problem with the proposed break-in-any-time system is that the definition of "emergency" is left up to the White House.  Chances are Hugo Chavez or Fidel Castro or Robert Mugabe would install such a system, if their countries had the money.

New emergency alert system will give Obama the power to flip a switch and address the entire nation at once.  The Emergency Alert System, the latest version of a program first established in 1951, blasts out emergency messages in the event of local weather emergencies, but can also be used to warn Americans about terror attacks and major natural disasters.  Every broadcaster in the country is required to participate in the EAS.  Messages travel along a closed, private network, piggybacking from station to station.  It can take up to 10 minutes for every radio, TV, cable and satellite provider to blare its alert.

The Signs of Dictatorship.  Barack Hussein Obama consistently flouts American law, disregards the separation of powers, and seemingly could not care less about the swirling scandals surrounding him.  As of May 2014 there have been 23 executive alterations of Obama's own Affordable Care Act.  Chris Conover at Forbes highlights the egregious and unilateral changes to Obamacare when he explains that "[t]he Constitution and its carefully crafted system of checks and balances matters.  If President Obama disagrees with a statutory provision enacted into law (and that he signed!), the proper course of action is to go back to Congress and get the law changed."  In addition, Obama flouts federal immigration law and enacts the Dream Act, thus bypassing the Congress.

Obama 'believes he has the power to make his own laws'.  House Speaker John Boehner put himself one step closer to suing the President of the United States on Thursday, unveiling a resolution permitting the move and attracting return fire from the White House.  Announcing late in the day that the legal action will focus on the Affordable Care Act, Boehner fumed that Barack Obama had 'changed the health care law without a vote of Congress' in 2013, 'effectively creating his own law by literally waiving the employer mandate and the penalties for failing to comply with it.'  The president, he carped, 'believes he has the power to make his own laws.'

Reality vs. Political Correctness: Amnesty and the Fight for America's Soul.  Amnesty for more than 10 million illegal aliens (on the very conservative end of the projections) will necessarily cause an expansion of the federally funded social "safety net" in terms of health care and education, a burden which American taxpayers do not want, and there are pragmatic reasons, aforementioned, to suggest that the expansion of the federally subsidized social "safety nets" is a bad thing for our country.  At the very least, that expansion should be considered and approved by the legislative body to which our foundational contract has assigned the task.  It is not a matter that would have ever reasonably been left at the whim of a single man in executive power.  And for good reason.  If Obama does what his previous actions suggest he will do, which is to act well outside his constitutional tether to advance amnesty for these lawbreakers and their children that have illegally entered our country, he will have made himself an outright despot.  And we Americans will have a choice to either accept his despotism or reject it.

Billionaires Call For Amnesty As Obama Plans To Legalize Millions of Illegal Aliens With Executive Power.  Billionaires Warren Buffett, Sheldon Adelson and Bill Gates have teamed up to call for amnesty for America's illegal immigrants as a solution to the ongoing crisis at the border as President Barack Obama mulls granting amnesty to millions via executive power.

President Barack Obama and Napoleon Bonaparte.  The overall intent of the Founding Fathers was to avoid the defects of the British system of the 16th and 17th centuries.  Until the Bill of Rights was passed in 1688, laws might be made by proclamation of the king, who could also suspend or dispense with laws.  James I in 1610 declared he had an inherent authority to assert power in the absence of legislation.  Clearly, the new political system of the United States was intended to avoid this extreme position, and Alexander Hamilton in Federalist Paper 70 argued for a more restrained presidency.

Republicans to fire first legal volley over Obama executive actions.  House Republicans announced Thursday [7/10/2014] that their first attempt to sue President Obama for breaching the limits of his executive power will be over his decision to exempt businesses from his health care law's employer mandate.  Making good on Speaker John A. Boehner's threat last month, the Republicans released a draft of the bill to authorize Mr. Boehner to sue the president, in what Republicans say is an effort to rebalance the powers of Congress and the White House. [...] The draft resolution was introduced just hours after Mr. Obama offered his most vehement defense to date of his claims of executive authority on everything from gun control to higher education, saying it's his "job" to act when he can't find willing partners on Capitol Hill.

Boehner Officially Begins Plan To Sue Obama.  "Today [7/10/2014] we're releasing a draft resolution that will authorize the House to file suit over the way President Obama unilaterally changed the employer mandate," Boehner said in a statement.  "In 2013, the president changed the health care law without a vote of Congress, effectively creating his own law by literally waiving the employer mandate and the penalties for failing to comply with it.  That's not the way our system of government was designed to work.  No president should have the power to make laws on his or her own."  The House Rules Committee will consider the draft resolution next Wednesday.

From King George III to King Obama I.  The only way to check the abuses coming out of the White House — whether it's the stream of executive orders, the use of the IRS to go after political enemies, or the ignoring of the clear language of the law repeatedly in the rollout of Obamacare — is for the House Republicans and Speaker Boehner to stand up and say no.

The Lawyers Behind the Lawsuit against Obama.  For some time now, Elizabeth Foley and David Rivkin have had two questions about the 44th president:  "How is he getting away with this?  And why isn't someone doing something about this?" Foley, a professor of constitutional law at Florida International University College of Law, and Rivkin, lead outside counsel of Florida et al. v. United States Department of Health and Human Services, one of three Obamacare challenges that ended up before the Supreme Court in 2012, are doing something.  They are the architects of the House of Representatives' likely lawsuit against President Obama, which would challenge the president's selective suspension of various laws as violations of his constitutional duty to faithfully execute the laws, and as violations of the constitutionally prescribed separation of powers.

Sen. Cruz Releases Fifth Legal Limit Report On Obama Regime's Attempts to Expand Federal Power.  The Supreme Court has unanimously rejected Obama Administration's arguments 20 times during the five and a half years of his presidency says Senator Ted Cruz in his fifth report on the Regime's attempts to expand federal power.

Legal Limit report #5.  [I]n the eighteen months from January 2012 to June 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously rejected the Obama Administration's arguments for more federal power nine times.  If Obama's DOJ had been successful in those cases the federal government would have had the power to:
  •   Attach GPSs to a citizen's vehicle to monitor his or her movements, without having any cause to believe that a person has committed a crime (United States v. Jones);
  •   Deprive landowners of the right to challenge potential government fines as high as $75,000 per day and take away their ability have a hearing to challenge those fines (Sackett v. EPA);
  •   Interfere with a church's selection of its own ministers (Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church & School v. EEOC);
  •   Override state law through presidential fiat (Arizona v. United States);
  •   Dramatically extend statutes of limitations to impose penalties for acts committed decades ago (Gabelli v. SEC);
  •   Destroy private property without paying just compensation (Arkansas Fish & Game Commission v. United States);
  •   Impose double income taxation (PPL Corp. v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue); [...]

President Obama Doesn't Understand Representative Government.  Once again, President Obama has announced that he's going to bypass Congress in order to impose his own agenda through executive orders, this time on immigration.  Does this guy even understand how representative government works?  Here's how it works:  the representatives govern.  In other words, Congress makes the laws.  But Obama seems to think that when push comes to shove, the president is the only representative the people need.

Obama threatens to bypass Hobby Lobby SCOTUS ruling via executive action.  As we reported recently, the left is none too happy that the Supreme Court recognized the fact that the Constitution doesn't give the government the right to force private entities to pay for the abortions of others.  You can include Obama among the people who aren't exactly thrilled.  And while he's not threatening to literally burn down any Hobby Lobbies (like many on the left are), he is threatening something very illegal:  Bypassing the SCOTUS ruling by a dictatorial executive order.

No Borders, No Rules = Dictatorship!  [Barack H. Obama] repeatedly promised that this would be the most transparent administration ever.  Yet the members of his loving media, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, and others have all said over the last few months this has been the most closed administration that they have ever seen, and many of them are 20-year news veterans.  This administration now hands pictures and narrative to the press on what will be seen and printed.  This sounds like Communist America to me comrade!  He tweaks the laws to say what he wants them to say.  He enforces the laws he wants to enforce.  He spends money where he wants to.  He issues executive orders to get the EPA, IRS, and other departments to do what he wants them to do.

WH Press Sec: Obama Not Worried About GOP Response to Executive Orders.  The Obama administration is not too concerned about possible Republican responses to its unilateral administrative actions on immigration.  "What that they might sue?" White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said laughing when asked Tuesday [7/1/2014] about possible Republican retaliation for the executive action.  "They announced they were doing that last week," he continued.

Obama dismisses House Speaker John Boehner's lawsuit against him as a 'stunt'.  Obama has repeatedly touted his 'pen and phone' approach to implementing his domestic agenda by going around Congress, casting 2014 during his most recent State of the Union address as a 'year of action.'  The House has passed legislation that would curb the president's power to take executive actions that Republicans say fall outside his constitutional authority, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has declared them dead on arrival.

Obama Administration Once Again Threatens Tyrannical Executive Lawmaking on Immigration.  "We're not just going to sit around waiting for Congress to write the law," as the Constitution requires, threatens Josh Earnest.

Does Barack Obama Understand The Constitution?  The obvious answer is impeachment — but that is not a solution to the constitutional overreach of Barack Obama.  Even setting aside the optics of making the first African-American president the first president to be impeached and removed, the reality is that removal will not happen.  After all, as demonstrated by the quotes from Senators Melendez and Durbin, the very senators whose duty is to vote for Obama's removal in order to defend the constitutional prerogatives of Congress are acting as cheerleaders for his usurpation of congressional power.

Democrats: No bluff, Obama will go it alone on immigration.  President Obama has delayed any potential changes to his deportation policy to allow House GOP leaders time to bring legislation to the floor this summer.  But if the Republicans don't act in July, the Democrats say, unilateral changes by Obama are inevitable. [...] "Their first job is to govern," Menendez added, "and in the absence of governing, then you see executive actions."

Administration Will Govern By Fiat Until It's Stopped.  The Supreme Court this week admonished the Environmental Protection Agency for overreaching in regulating greenhouse gases.  The Clean Air Act covers polluters that emit 250 tons per year (or in some cases, 100 tons).  This standard makes no sense if applied to greenhouse gases.  Thousands of establishments from elementary schools to grocery stores would be, absurdly, covered. So the EPA arbitrarily chose 100,000 tons as the carbon dioxide threshold.  That's not "tailoring," ruled the Supreme Court.  That's rewriting.  Under our Constitution, "an agency has no power to 'tailor' legislation to bureaucratic policy goals by rewriting unambiguous statutory terms." [...] This administration does not learn constitutional lessons.  It continues marching until it meets resistance.  And it hasn't met nearly enough.

White House Press Secretary: 'We're Not Just Going to Sit Around and Wait' for Congress to Write Laws.  President Obama, tired of waiting for Congress to act on immigration reform, is currently exploring ways to address issues with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.  During an interview with MSNBC's Chuck Todd, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest explained that the Obama administration was getting impatient with Congress.  "[W]e're not just going to sit around and wait interminably for Congress," he explained.  "We've been waiting a year already. [...]"

Welcome To The Executive Dictatorship.  Nobody in the executive branch has been punished for Benghazi, Libya, Fast and Furious, serious national security leaks to major news outlets, violations of civil rights by the National Security Agency or any other major scandal.  The Obama administration has seized authority to regulate health care, carbon emissions and labor relations in unforeseen ways.  And no one will stop the executive branch.  Impeachment will not solve the problem of a 3 million-strong regulatory branch in which accountability is a fantasy.

To Impeach or Not to Impeach.  It has been persuasively argued that President Obama is impeachable on many grounds.  Having joked that he could do anything he wants, Obama is guilty of running roughshod over the Constitution, bypassing Congress and governing by executive decree, stuffing his administration with Muslim Brotherhood operatives, making common cause with America's enemies and betraying its allies, promoting the global warming scam at enormous cost to the taxpayer, accepting illicit campaign donations, failing to defend U.S. soil against illegal border crossings (in direct contravention of Article IV, Section 4 of the Constitution), being in contempt of federal court for his oil-drilling moratorium in the Gulf, allowing the IRS to target conservative nonprofits seeking tax-exempt status, approving via his attorney general Operation Fast and Furious, concocting the Benghazi cover-up, and constantly and illegally rewriting the rules of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, at least 29 times to date.

Did someone mention impeachment?

Boehner Planning House Lawsuit Against Obama Executive Actions.  Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, told Republicans Tuesday he could have an announcement within days on whether the House will file a lawsuit against President Barack Obama, challenging the executive actions that have become the keystone of the administration.  The lawsuit could set up a significant test of constitutional checks and balances, with the legislative branch suing the executive branch for ignoring its mandates, and the judiciary branch deciding the outcome.

A Lame Duck Country?  President Obama has demonstrated, time and again, that he has no respect for the Constitution's limitations on his power.  Despite his oath of office, to see that the laws are faithfully executed, Barack Obama has unilaterally changed welfare reform laws, by eliminating the work requirement passed by Congress during the Clinton administration.  He has repeatedly and unilaterally changed or waived provisions of the ObamaCare law passed by Congress during his own administration.  President Obama has ordered Border Patrol agents not to carry out provisions of the immigration laws that he does not like.

Obama to Congress: I don't need new permission on Iraq.  I'll let you know what's going on, but I don't need new congressional authority to act, President Barack Obama told congressional leaders Wednesday [6/18/2014] about his upcoming decision on possible military intervention in Iraq.

Iraq crisis: President Obama can 'bypass Congress'.  US President Barack Obama has told Congressional leaders he does not need lawmakers' approval for any action in Iraq, the top Senate Republican says.  Senator Mitch McConnell was speaking after a meeting between the president and senior members of Congress.  Iraq has asked for US air strikes against advancing jihadist militants, who have seized key cities and towns.

Obama to Congressmen: If I Alone Decide to Declare War on Iraq Unilaterally, I'll Be Sure to Send You an Email About It.  As a technical matter, the 2002 authorization for the use of military force in Iraq has not been repealed, nor did it expire — but most AUMFs don't technically expire.  Given, however, that Obama has withdrawn all troops from Iraq and declared that war "over," it seems Obama himself provided a contextual termination to the 2002 grant of authority.  But now, of course, the man who vowed to the American public to not act unilaterally like the War Criminal George Bush is asserting that the 2002 AUMF contains penumbras and emanations empowering him to make war on Iraq whenever it should please His Luminescence.

Exactly what one would expect in Cuba or North Korea:
Border Patrol Agents Threatened with Criminal Charges for Speaking to Reporters.  A surge of thousands of illegal immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border has left federal resources and facilities overwhelmed.  Most of the new migrants are children from Central America.  In the aftermath of Breitbart Texas releasing photos showing minors warehoused in crowded U.S. cells, Border Patrol agents in Texas have been instructed not to speak to media outlets.

Obama is Going Thelma and Louise.  "I believe the president has, within existing law, the power to take action to protect the immigrant community, and I think he will take those actions." [Congressman Luis] Gutierrez declared.  There are three very interesting points in that brief sentence.  The first is the odd notion that this president cares a whit about whether or not anything he does is within the law.  He has not shown any hesitation to violate or interpret laws as he sees fit from day to day.  Another curious proposition is that the immigrant community either needs or deserves "protection" in the form of amnesty in order to insulate them from the results of illegal acts.  Apparently American citizens and legal immigrants do not merit protection from the results of those acts.  The most troubling suggestion, however, is the one most likely to occur.  The president, probably will "take those actions."

Gutierrez: Obama to Unilaterally Enact Amnesty After Cantor Loss.  Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), perhaps the most outspoken amnesty proponent in Congress, said the stunning defeat of Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the primary Tuesday [6/10/2014] is no impediment to President Obama moving forward with immigration unilaterally.  "When people say there'll be no action on immigration, watch the White House," Gutierrez said in a brief interview with Breitbart News.

Springtime For Warmists.  Last month Rush Limbaugh remarked that the reason for "the re-establishment of climate change and global warming as a new primary impetus of the White House" is that "it offers the president opportunities to be dictatorial."  A defender of the president might counter that "dictatorial" is overwrought. [...] But National Journal's Lucia Graves takes a different approach.  Instead of denying that Obama's actions are dictatorial, she disputes Limbaugh's implicit premise that there's anything wrong with that. [...] Yes, it has come to this.  Americans are being urged to submit to "dictatorial" government because democracy is incapable of controlling the weather.  "In college classes, climate change is taught as a textbook example of where democracy fails," Graves asserts in the very first sentence of her column.

The Obama Impeachment Bible.  Liberal [law professor Jonathan] Turley says "...Barack Obama is really the president Richard Nixon always wanted to be.  You know, he's been allowed to act unilaterally in a way that we've fought for decades."

Five Ways Obama's Immigration Decisions Parallel Those Of Castro.  A wave of single mothers and children is crashing across our border from Central America in numbers not seen since Cuba's 1980 Mariel boatlift.  Incredibly, it's now President Obama playing the role of Castro.

Obama: 'My Government' Didn't Need Congressional Approval For Bergdahl Deal.  During an interview with NBC's Brian Williams, Barack Obama claims — incredibly — that "my government" acted 'unanimously" in its decision to trade five Taliban commanders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.  [']It was a "unanimous decision" by "my government."  "I make no apologies for it."[']  But surely, he meant to say "my administration," right?  Don't bet on it.

The Constitution, Rule of Law, and the Power of the Political Class.  Why are so many people upset that the Obama White House keeps arbitrarily changing parts of Obamacare — even when bad provisions are being suspendedor certain groups are being exempted from bad policy?  Well, some of them may simply dislike Obama or government-run healthcare, and there's nothing wrong with being against a politician or rejecting bigger government.  But the most important reason to be upset is that the White House is making a mockery of the rule of law.

DOJ accused of targeting gun industry with 'Choke Point' program.  The Obama administration, after failing to get gun control passed on Capitol Hill, has resorted to using its executive power to try to put some in the firearms industry out of business, House Republican investigators say.  The assertion is included in a report recently released by California GOP Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.  Citing internal Justice Department documents, the committee concluded that the administration used a program known as Operation Choke Point to target legal companies that it finds "objectionable."

A Most Successful President.  If one sets out to destroy the core pillars of a society, to incrementally break down the values of a country, and to dishearten its inhabitants, then Barack Hussein Obama has been a sterling success. [...] Obama is doing what Obama said he would do.  He is transforming this country into the mold he wants — a weakened America, a demoralized American people, and a vast playground that he can ultimately demolish should he become head of the United Nations.

Barack Obama and His Urban Parasites Declare War on the Constitution.  Who needs the birthers when we have Barack Obama himself?  His recent statement about the role of the U.S. Senate proves that he is a self-declared enemy of the United States Constitution and of its checks and balances on federal power. [...] Of course, Wyoming has the same Senate representation as California specifically to prevent individuals like Barack Obama, and his constituency of urban parasites, from imposing their will on the less populous states.  This "Great Compromise" of 1787 was a condition of these states' willingness to join the United States in the first place.  This is also why each state gets no fewer than three electoral votes, regardless of population.

Bombshell Speech: Obama is Upset That No One is Properly Following Orders.  It must be very frustrating for the President that so many people will not do what he wants:  International companies that aren't investing in America, Republicans who won't implement his economic plans, and businesses that put their priorities before his.

Barack Obama is a king, not a president.  George Mason foresaw this in the 1787 Convention that gave us our Constitution.  The American president would be an "elective monarch," he said, and added that that would be worse than the real thing. [...] All this should be alarming to Americans.  Nothing is more central to the Founders' Constitution than the idea that the centralization of political power in a single person is a threat to liberty.

Gridlock is the only thing standing between us and a dictatorship.
Obama blames Founding Fathers' structural' design of Congress for gridlock.  President Obama is taking a swipe at the Founding Fathers, blaming his inability to move his agenda on the "disadvantage" of having each state represented equally in the Senate.  At a Democratic fundraiser in Chicago Thursday night, Mr. Obama told a small group of wealthy supporters that there are several hurdles to keeping Democrats in control of the Senate and recapturing the House.  One of those problems, he said, is the apportionment of two Senate seats to each state regardless of population.  "Obviously, the nature of the Senate means that California has the same number of Senate seats as Wyoming.  That puts us at a disadvantage," Mr. Obama said.

The Editor says...
Mr. Obama seems very perplexed by the Constitution and its origins, even though he was allegedly a lecturer on the Constitution at some college years ago.

Obama Unhappy with America's Constitutional Balance of Powers.  President "I am not a dictator" Obama, the same man who once bemoaned that the U.S. Constitution is deeply flawed and America's Founding Fathers had "an enormous blind spot" when they wrote it, is again complaining that our Constitutional Republic does not satisfy his dictatorial aspirations.  Apparently, the inconvenience of having each state represented equally in the Senate is inconveniencing his ability to shove his leftist personal agenda down the throat of Congress and the American people.

Obama's Constitution.  [Roger] Sherman's greatest contribution was as architect of the so-called Connecticut Compromise.  That was the breakthrough that gave popular representation to the House of Representatives and equal suffrage of the states to the Senate.  It is a core principle of our government.  All the more breathtaking, 225 years later, to hear the President of America carping about it in respect of his political predicament.  Yet, according to a dispatch in the Washington Times, Mr. Obama is "blaming his inability to move his agenda on the 'disadvantage' of having each state represented equally in the Senate."

Obama Reaffirms His Intention to Rule By Dictatorship.  He began his address with a lie:  "At a time when our businesses have created 9.2 million new jobs in just over four years, and more companies are considering bringing jobs back from overseas, we have a choice to make.  We can make it easier for businesses to invest in America — or we can make it harder."  We actually have 4 million fewer jobs than we had when he came into office.  He is the one sending jobs overseas.  He talks about cutting red tape but he is the leading purveyor of red tape.  He wants another $302 billion plan to repair the country's transportation system.  He used the demand for the money as an opportunity to bash Republicans.  Obama already wasted much of the 900 billion on the Stimulus in 2009, money that was spent on frivolous green energy projects.

Jailbreak: Obama Releases 36,007 Criminal Aliens Into U.S..  Here's everything you need to know about immigration reform:  last year the Obama administration released 36,000 criminal aliens into the United States population.  The jailbreak was deliberate and included 193 murderers.  The Center for Immigration Studies obtained the information and released a report documenting the number and nature of the crimes committed by the aliens.  If 36,000 criminal aliens walking around your community wasn't enough, Obama's Department of Homeland Security is aiming to make it even easier for aliens to be released from detention.  That's what the groups agitating for immigration reform are demanding.  That's what the groups are likely to get.  The 2013 jailbreak included rapists, kidnappers, arsonists, burglars, sex offenders, and car thieves.  That's merely for 2013.

A New Level of Illegal Immigration Chaos.  A bombshell report by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) is difficult to construe as anything other than the Obama administration's contempt for the rule of law.  An internal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) document obtained by CIS reveals that in 2013, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released from detention 36,007 convicted criminal aliens awaiting the outcome of their deportation proceedings — including 193 individuals convicted of murder, 426 convicted of sexual assault, 1,075 convicted of aggravated assault, and 303 convicted of kidnapping.  Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) put this utter abdication of responsibility in the proper context.  "This would be considered the worst prison break in American history, except it was sanctioned by the president and perpetrated by our own immigration officials," he declared. "

Feds released hundreds of immigrant murderers, drunk drivers, sex-crimes convicts.  Immigration officials knowingly released dozens of murderers and thousands of drunken drivers back into the U.S. in 2013, according to Obama administration statistics that could undercut the president's argument that he is trying to focus on the most serious criminals in his immigration enforcement.  Among the 36,000 immigrants whom U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement released from custody last year there were 116 with convictions for homicide, 43 for negligent manslaughter, 14 for voluntary manslaughter and one with a conviction classified by ICE as "homicide-willful kill-public official-gun."

The Editor says...
Fidel Castro did the same thing 20 years ago.

ICE Ordered to Stay Silent on Release of 36,000 Criminal Illegal Immigrants.  Breitbart Texas recently reported on the release of 36,000 convicted criminal illegal immigrants, including almost 200 murderers, who were released back into the U.S. by immigration officials in 2013.  The figures were outlined in a report by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS).  Breitbart Texas subsequently reached out to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) offices around the country, in an attempt to learn more about release policies.  Each ICE representative that Breitbart Texas came in contact with was familiar with the CIS report, but would not comment on it.  They additionally refused to answer general questions regarding detention and release policies.

Cruz Lists Obama Admin's Lawless Actions in Legal Limit Reports.  "Of all the troubling aspects of the Obama presidency, none is more dangerous than the President's persistent pattern of lawlessness," according to Texas Senator and Harvard Law graduate Ted Cruz.  Cruz exposed the Obama Administration's illegal actions in four Legal Limit reports released Wednesday [5/7/2014].

Ted Cruz claims he has evidence Obama has abused his power or acted outside the law 76 times.  Speaking of what he sees as the Obama administration's activism that falls outside the boundaries of federal law, he claimed that 'if the same acts had been committed by Richard Nixon, every day the headlines in newspapers would be banner headlines.'  'And yet,' he said, 'you don't have that level of scrutiny.'  Most lawmakers, Cruz said, claim to be in favor of enforcing federal laws as they are written, but many Democrats and some news outlets reflexively come to Obama's defense because 'he's on our team.'

Dem Lawmaker: Obama Planning 'Broader, Bolder Action' On Immigration Unless Republicans Act.  Illinois Democratic congressman Luis Gutierrez warned that "unless Republicans act" on comprehensive immigration reform, President Obama will take "broader, bolder action" to curb the deportation of illegal immigrants without changing the law through Congress.  Gutierrez spoke to MSNBC's Ronan Farrow on Wednesday afternoon about their agreement that comprehensive immigration reform — which may or may not include amnesty for illegal immigrants — should make it through the U.S. Congress this summer.  The Illinois congressman claimed that even with strong opposition from parts of the Republican Party, he's confident reform will pass.  But even if it doesn't, Gutierrez promised immigration activists they won't be disappointed.

Ted Cruz Releases Definitive List of 76 'Lawless' Obama Actions.  Republican Sen. Ted Cruz released a definitive list Wednesday of 76 "lawless" Obama administration actions and abuses of power.  Cruz's "The Legal Limit Report No. 4," obtained by The Daily Caller, delves into little-known and little-reported details of President Obama's executive actions. [...] "Of all the troubling aspects of the Obama presidency, none is more dangerous than the President's persistent pattern of lawlessness, his willingness to disregard the written law and instead enforce his own policies via executive fiat," Cruz stated in the report's introductory remarks.

Standing to Sue Obama.  The legal left and media are always last to know, but there are the makings of a correction in how the courts police conflicts between the political branches.  President Obama's serial executive power abuses — on health care, immigration, marijuana and much else — may be inspiring a heathy rejoinder.  Under the Constitution, Congress is supposed to create and amend laws and the President to faithfully execute them, but Mr. Obama has grabbed inherent Article I powers by suspending or rewriting statutes he opposes.  The President has usurped Congress with impunity because he assumes no one has the legal standing to challenge him.

Podesta: Congress Can't Stop Obama On Global Warming.  White House adviser John Podesta told reporters Monday afternoon that Congress could not derail the Obama administration's efforts to unilaterally enact policies to fight global warming.  Podesta said that the president was committed to using executive orders to pass regulations under the Clean Air Act to limit carbon dioxide emissions that they say cause global warming.  "They may try, but there are no takers at this end of Pennsylvania Avenue," Podesta told reporters at a Monday press conference at the White House.

The Editor says...
At first glance, it appears that Mr. Obama is fighting problems we don't have.  Carbon dioxide is not a pollutant, and global warming has already stopped — all by itself.  In reality, global warming is all about finding a "problem" that can only be solved by establishing one centralized world government.  It's all about power, and that's why Obama is so quick to bypass the Congress

Cleaning skeletons out of the political closet.  With Europeans intrigued by America's unexpected success, Alexis de Tocqueville carried out an in-depth study of the new nation in the 1830s.  He was quite impressed by our divided government, which featured the separation of powers.  This structure made it difficult for any one branch — executive, judicial or legislative — to acquire too much power and run roughshod over the other branches and the will of the American people.  Unfortunately, today we are witnessing a largely unchecked executive branch issuing decrees that circumvent Congress while facing only tepid resistance.

Unmasking The Imperial Presidency Of Barack Obama.  "Imperial presidency" perfectly describes what the Obama administration has become as it increasingly violates the limits on its power defined by the Constitution.  Criticisms of how President Obama is overstepping his authority are now being heard from all sides of the political spectrum.  A remarkable 33-page report posted on the Internet by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor proves how imperial the Obama administration has become.  This easy-to-read report, which can be downloaded from, details dozens of examples where the current occupant of the White House is exercising powers that the Constitution doesn't give him.

Senators Denounce Obama for Threatening 'Entire Constitutional System' By 'Nullifying' Immigration Laws.  On Thursday [4/24/2014], 22 Republican senators, including even Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), denounced President Barack Obama in a scathing letter for threatening America's "entire constitutional system" with his immigration "enforcement review" that threatens to "nullify" the nation's immigration laws.  "Your actions demonstrate an astonishing disregard for the Constitution, the rule of law, and the rights of American citizens and legal residents," the senators wrote in a letter to Obama.  "Our entire constitutional system is threatened when the Executive Branch suspends the law at its whim and our nation's sovereignty is imperiled when the commander-in-chief refuses to defend the integrity of its borders."

Obama to free hundreds of drug felons under clemency rules.  At the center of the move is a set of old sentencing rules that punished crack-cocaine offenders with more time behind bars than users or traffickers of powder cocaine.  Civil rights groups have claimed the practice amounted to racial bias since crack — a solid, smokable form of the highly addictive drug, has been more popular in African-America, [sic] inner-city communities since its introduction to the U.S. in the early 1980s.

Clemency for Drug Offenders Is More Presidential Lawlessness Disguised as Pardon Power.  The pardon power exists so that the president can act in individual cases to correct excesses and injustices.  It is not supposed to be a vehicle by which presidents rewrite congressional statutes that they disagree with philosophically (just as "prosecutorial discretion," another doctrine the Obama administration has abused, is not supposed to be a vehicle by which the president substitutes his policies for duly enacted federal law).  The Obama administration is philosophically opposed to mandatory minimums in the federal penal law, especially in the narcotics area.  The Justice Department is filled with racialist ideologues and pro-criminal rights ideologues (they tend to be the same people) who have long contended that the drug laws are racist.  This is another of those absurd arguments that finds racism based on unintended consequences rather than racist designs.

DOJ Announces 6 'Stringent Standards' for Inmates Seeking Reduced Sentences.  Under the new initiative, DOJ will prioritize clemency applications from inmates who meet all of the following requirements:
  •   They are currently serving time in a federal prison and likely would have received a substantially lower sentence if convicted of the same offense(s) today;
  •   They are non-violent, low-level offenders without significant ties to large scale criminal organizations, gangs or cartels;
  •   They have served at least 10 years of their prison sentence;
  •   They do not have a significant criminal history;
  •   They have demonstrated good conduct in prison; and
  •   They have no history of violence prior to or during their current term of imprisonment.

Obama aides unsure how many thousands of drug dealers, addicts to get pardons.  In their infinite wisdom, now that this administration need never be judged again by voters, the pair [Barack Obama and Eric Holder] has decided not only to accept many more commutation pleas.  These men, who have round-the-clock personal security, have decided to actively seek out incarcerated candidates and urge them to apply for release.  They're sure they won't free violent drug offenders.  Just the polite ones.

Obama Subverts the Law in the Name of Clemency.  Alas, the next item on the transformational-change agenda is undoing prior administrations' faithful execution of the narcotics laws.  The forward-looking prosecutorial-discretion doctrine is unavailing to address the past.  That is where the pardon power comes in.  The Obama administration does not like the federal narcotics laws.  The enmity goes way beyond the president's nostalgic sympathy for pot smokers.

Fox News Poll: Many voters say Obama lies to the country on important matters.  About six in ten American voters think Barack Obama lies to the country on important matters some or most of the time, according to a Fox News poll released Wednesday [4/16/2014].  Thirty-seven percent think Obama lies "most of the time," while another 24 percent say he lies "some of the time."  Twenty percent of voters say "only now and then" and 15 percent "never."

The Editor says...
The fifteen percent who believe Obama never lies are some of the most dangerous people in the country.

Ben Carson: White House wanted apology for 'offending' Obama.  Neurosurgeon Ben Carson says the White House wanted him to apologize for "offending" President Obama after he famously delivered a conservative message at the National Prayer Breakfast last year.

Obama signs Ted Cruz bill into law, but says he won't enforce it.  President Obama on Friday signed into law a bill authored by Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz that would bar an Iranian diplomat from entering the United States, but immediately issued a statement saying he won't enforce it.  Obama decided to treat the law as mere advice.

Sen. Sessions: 'Deliberate Plan by President' to Collapse U.S. Law Enforcement System.  Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said today that Americans need to stand up to "a deliberate plan by the president of the United States" to collapse the nation's law enforcement system regarding illegal immigration.  "Our law enforcement system is in a state of collapse, and it's a deliberate plan by the president of the United States, and it's wrong.  And, people need to be aware of it and need to stand up to it and I believe the American people are beginning to do so."  Sen. Sessions rebuked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Vice President Joe Biden for their pro-amnesty efforts:  "So, you come into the country illegally and the attorney general of the United States declares that these individuals have a civil right to amnesty.  How can this possibly be:  the chief law enforcement officer in America?"

The Most Un-American Speech Barack Obama Has Ever Delivered.  But the most ghastly aspect of the president's speech was its celebratory tone.  This president stood in the Rose Garden in the lawn of the people's house.  He used force to coerce Americans into doing what he wants for the sake of politics and power.  An American president should never celebrate taking freedoms away from Americans.  This president has, and he is pleased with himself for doing it.  He basks in the applause of those who celebrate with him, as if it's an achievement to use the full force of government to impose yourself on others.  Outside the gates of his little ceremony, Democrats remain on the run because Obamacare is wreaking havoc on people's lives.

Brace Yourself For More Obama Executive Orders.  Just two short months ago President Obama announced from the White House, "I've got a pen and a phone and I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward."  Obama made the statement out of his frustration with a split Congress and a House controlled by Republicans opposed to his big government, lawless agenda.  Now, although Obama may have a pen and a phone, he doesn't seem to have much patience, especially on the issue of immigration reform.

Is Barack Obama a Communist?
Obama's Rogues Gallery Of Radicals.  You have to be a Kremlinologist to keep track of all the communist-sympathizing cronies orbiting this White House.  Obama's previous appointees include:
  •   Valerie Jarrett, his closest White House adviser, whose father-in-law worked closely with Obama mentor and Communist Party leader Frank Marshall Davis in a number of front groups during the Cold War.
  •   David Axelrod, Obama's political aide, whose mother worked for a communist organ in New York and whose mentor was Soviet agent David Canter.
  •   Van Jones, an admitted communist hired by Jarrett as Obama's green jobs czar.
  •   Anita Dunn, former White House communications director and Obama's 2012 foreign policy debate coach, who listed communist dictator and mass murderer Mao Zedong as one of her two favorite philosophers whom "I turn to most" when questions arise. [...]
  •   Erica Groshen, Bureau of Labor Statistics chief who sends her children to Camp Kinderland, aka "Commie Camp," a communist-founded institution where kids during the Cold War sang Soviet anthems.

Obama as Imperial President.  Ever since President Obama was elected in 2008, his administration has taken on the appearance of an "imperial presidency" while Congress has acted as a tableau of figureheads.  Americans need look no further than Obama's executive actions concerning the delay in the ObamaCare mandates, the recess appointments, and his changes in the immigration laws.  President Obama had no qualms in his recent State of the Union address in declaring that he will use the power of the pen and will sidestep Congress whenever and wherever possible.

Díaz-Balart: Obama May Issue 'Very Controversial Executive Orders' on Immigration.  Last week, President Obama directed his Homeland Security Department to examine its current deportation practices — "to see how it can conduct enforcement more humanely, within the confines of the law," the White House announced on March 13.  But with immigration reform stalled in Congress, what more can Obama do?  "I think he's going to wait until August," said Telemundo anchor and immigration-reform advocate José Díaz-Balart.  And if Congress doesn't act on immigration reform by then, "I wouldn't be surprised if he starts making some very controversial executive orders to mitigate the pain of millions of people who face deportation," Díaz-Balart told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow on Thursday [3/20/2014].

Obama, in His Sole Discretion.  With each passing day, President Barack Obama, leftism personified, demonstrates that leftism is characterized by anything other than the human compassion it claims as its exclusive possession. [...] I've always said leftists are about not compassion or treating people with sensitivity and respect, much less equally, but control and bullying, all with an arrogant, mean-spirited air of superiority.  For Obama, there are at least two aspects to his control-freakishness.  He not only pushes policies that give the federal government vastly more control over our lives but also is inordinately dictatorial in the manner in which he ramrods his agenda through, displaying utter contempt for what anyone else thinks, what he might damage with his unilateral actions and, most of all, the Constitution and the rule of law.

At long last...
GOP Begins To Fight Back Against Obama's Broad Executive Overreach.  After five years of his flouting the letter and spirit of the law in an increasingly brazen fashion, congressional Republicans have been starting to ramp up their rhetoric about Obama's lawlessness, their most concerted effort on the issue to date.  Several new reports from top Republicans underscore the breadth of Obama's executive overreach.  Viewed comprehensively, it involves laws ranging from healthcare to immigration to privacy to technology to social issues to national security matters and more.  Scandals like Benghazi, Operation Fast and Furious, the IRS targeting of conservative groups, NSA spying, CIA spying on Congress, the Delphi pensions scandal, the auto bailout and others have many unresolved questions — and unmet document and information demands.

How five Colorado Democrats may have paved the way for Congress to sue the administration.  Last week, the U.S. Tenth Circuit decided a case that should reverberate on Capitol Hill.  In Kerr v. Hickenlooper, five Colorado legislators sought "standing" to challenge a state constitutional amendment.  The three-judge panel — consisting of Carter and Clinton appointees — ruled in favor of the legislators' standing.  This decision should embolden members of Congress who correctly believe that President Obama has encroached upon Congress' constitutional authority.  Indeed, Congress should do no less in defending its authority than the five Colorado state legislators.

Cantor Releases Updated Report on 'Imperial Presidency'.  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R., Va.) updated his report on the "imperial presidency" on Thursday [3/13/2014], adding to the dozens of examples of executive overreach by the Obama administration.  "Our Founders created a series of checks and balances for our democracy to prevent any one of the three branches of government from becoming too powerful," Cantor said.  "Today, this system is under threat as the executive branch continues to bypass Congress and use executive action to promote its own agenda."  Cantor says Obamacare is the greatest example of the administration's "blatant disregard for the rule of law."

Rep. Gowdy Uses Obama's Own Words Against Him In Response to Veto Threat.  Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) used President Obama's own words as a U.S. senator to excoriate him for threatening to veto the ENFORCE the Law Act, which would provide a streamlined system for a house of Congress to the sue the Executive Branch for failing to enforce laws passed by Congress.

House backs bill to sue president over ignoring laws.  A bill is now making its way through Congress addressing the growing controversy in Washington over executive authority.  The GOP-led House has backed legislation that would require the president to enforce laws passed by Congress.  The White House says Obama would veto it if it hits his desk.

House Backs Bill to Sue President Over Laws.  Casting Barack Obama as a president run amok, the House voted on Wednesday for a bill that would expedite congressional lawsuits against the chief executive for failure to enforce federal laws.

House demands notice when Obama ignores law.  The House approved legislation Thursday that would require the executive branch to notify Congress whenever it decides against enforcing federal law.  The Faithful Execution of the Law Act is the second part of this week's Republican plan to fight back against the Obama administration's several decisions to selectively enforce federal law.  The GOP says Obama has watered down immigration law by delaying some deportation proceedings, and continues to delay implementation of key parts of ObamaCare.

Trey Gowdy's EPIC Floor Speech Sends Shockwaves Through Nation.  The vote was 233-181 in the Republican-led House as GOP lawmakers excoriated Obama for multiple changes to his 4-year-old health care law, steps he's taken to allow young immigrants to remain in the United States and the administration's resistance to defend the federal law banning gay marriage.  Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., sponsor of the ENFORCE the Law Act, delivered a fiery speech and read a series of statements by Obama when he was an Illinois senator in which he warned of the encroachment of the executive on the powers of the other branches of government.

White House Threatens to Veto Bills that Aim to Keep Executive Power in Check.  The White House issued veto threats on Wednesday [3/12/2014] for a pair of bills reining in executive overreach that debuted and were debated on the House floor.  The Executive Needs to Faithfully Observe and Respect Congressional Enactments of the Law (ENFORCE the Law) Act of 2014 puts in place a procedure that would expedite the ability of the House or Senate to sue the executive branch for failure to faithfully execute the laws.  Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), a former prosecutor who introduced the bill, said a three-judge panel at the federal district court level followed by direct appeal to the Supreme Court is necessary so that the president can't stall litigation until his term is up.

The President Makes A Grab For Dictatorial Power.  The U.S. is at "a constitutional tipping point" and "in the midst of a constitutional crisis."  Has President Obama unilaterally overturned the constitutional framework of three branches that is the basis of our unique and successful system of self-government?  That question is not just partisan bickering by Republicans and Tea Party activists.  It was spoken in all seriousness in testimony before the House Judiciary Committee by a distinguished constitutional law professor who voted for Obama.  Jonathan Turley of George Washington University said that the "massive gravitational shift of authority to the executive branch" is unconstitutional and threatens the stability of our separation of powers and checks and balances.

House vote strikes at Obama's use of executive actions.  The House approved legislation Wednesday that would let Congress file civil lawsuits against the executive branch for failing to enforce the laws, a response to what Republicans say is an Obama administration that routinely ignores the will of Congress. [...] The bill is the culmination of years of GOP frustration with Obama's use of executive branch discretion.  Republicans have cited Obama's decisions to deprioritize the deportation of younger illegal residents, ease welfare work requirements and delay various ObamaCare enforcement provisions as examples of Obama's failure to follow the law.

Obama threatens to veto Republican bills that require him to follow the law.  If he had a sense of humor, he'd sign the bills and then ignore them.  Just like he did with ObamaCare.  Forcing him to threaten a veto was, of course, the whole point of these bills in the first place.

Obama threatens vetoes of bills requiring him to follow the law.  President Obama is threatening to veto a law that would allow Congress to sue him in federal courts for arbitrarily changing or refusing to enforce federal laws because it "violates the separation of powers" by encroaching on his presidential authority.  "[T]he power the bill purports to assign to Congress to sue the President over whether he has properly discharged his constitutional obligation to take care that the laws be faithfully executed exceeds constitutional limitations," the White House Office of Management and Budget said Wednesday in a statement of administration policy.  "Congress may not assign such power to itself, nor may it assign to the courts the task of resolving such generalized political disputes."

Obama threatens to veto bill that would require administration to enforce laws.  The GOP is pushing the bill through the House because Obama has repeatedly declined to enforce laws he doesn't like, say GOP legislators.  "President Obama has refused to enforce those parts of our nation's immigration laws that are not to his political liking, has waived portions of our welfare laws, has stretched our environmental laws to accommodate his policy objectives, and has waived testing accountability provisions required under the 'No Child Left Behind' education law," according to Rep. Bob Goodlatte, the chairman of the House judiciary committee.

Mr. Obama, our Constitution is clear — your executive overreach must stop.  The Constitution is clear:  it is the role of Congress to make all laws, the Judiciary to interpret the laws, and the President to "take care that the laws be faithfully executed."  This system was wisely set into place by our country's framers because they saw the effects of executive overreach by the crown in England and designed the Constitution to avoid concentrating power in one leader or one branch of government.  The framers knew first hand that the concentration of power in the same hands was a threat to individual liberty and the rule of law.

Obama Quietly Releases Newest Edict: Everyone can be Exempted from Individual Mandate if they Can't Afford Obamacare.  With Obamacare looming large for Democrats, the president who once promised hope and change now operates as a king to avoid the political fallout of his signature "achievement."

The president's power grab.  In a system of shared powers, one would expect an outcry or at least stony silence when a president promised to circumvent the legislative branch.  Instead, many senators and representatives erupted in rapturous applause; they seemed delighted at the notion of a president assuming unprecedented and unchecked powers at their expense.  Last week, Obama underlined what this means for our system:  The administration unilaterally increased the transition time for individuals to obtain the level of insurance mandated by the Affordable Care Act.  There is no statutory authority for the change — simply the raw assertion of executive power.  The United States is at a constitutional tipping point:  The rise of an uber presidency unchecked by the other two branches.

Turley: 'The President's Power Grab'.  Jonathan Turley, a constitutional law professor at George Washington University, is considered liberal enough to appear on the cable nets whenever a reliable left wing view is needed.  But he also has great respect for the constitution's separation of powers and he has been warning for years about the growing power of the executive branch at the expense of Congress and the Courts.

'The Imperial Presidency'.  Members of Congress and constitutional law experts testified before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday [2/26/2014], warning that the legislative branch is in danger of ceding its power in the face of an "imperial presidency."  The hearing, "Enforcing the President's Constitutional Duty to Faithfully Execute the Laws," focused on the multiple areas President Barack Obama has bypassed Congress, ranging from healthcare and immigration to marriage and welfare rules.  Jonathan Turley, Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law at George Washington University, testified that the expansion of executive power is happening so fast that America is at a "constitutional tipping point."

Upholding the Law.  Many Republicans — and a handful of independent commentators like George Washington University professor Jonathan Turley — have been highly critical of President Obama's executive branch overreach.  The president has arbitrarily delayed, deferred, or ignored provisions of numerous laws, none more so than his signature Obamacare legislation.  There is indeed much to criticize; no other president in recent times has usurped congressional lawmaking powers to the extent Barack Obama has.

Establishment Press Ignores Turley's 'Government Unto Himself' Warning on Obama's Executive Overreach.  The volume of significant news going unreported in the establishment press has gone from astonishing to surreal.  The best example of that, as intrepid NewsBusters posters have noted now for nine months, is the virtually complete blackout in the establishment press of developments in the IRS-conservative targeting scandal.

Eric Holder Asks State Attorneys General To Ignore Law.  We acknowledge the doctrine of prosecutorial discretion, which provides those charged with enforcing our laws in the courts with the authority to decide which particular cases merit pursuing.  However, this power does not extend to deciding which laws passed by the duly elected representatives of the people may be enforced.  Obama and Holder took oaths to see that the laws of the United States are faithfully executed, an oath both have ignored.  Obama, armed with his pen and his phone, has routinely ignored the courts, Congress and the Constitution.  He's governed through regulations and executive orders like some banana republic dictator.  From unconstitutional recess appointments to the unlawful treatment of the statutory requirements of his own signature legislation, Obama operates as if laws are written on an Etch-A-Sketch.  He has adopted the imperial attitude of a despot who believes the ends justify the means.

Our Weimar Republic.  As Weimar Germany slid to Nazi Germany, another disturbing trend was the reduction of the national legislature to irrelevance.  In the last years of Weimar Germany, President Hindenburg began ruling Germany by emergency decree.  On the pretext that the Reichstag could not operate, the executive branch of Weimar Germany simply began acting without legislative consent.  This is eerily close to what the president of Weimar Amerika, Barack Obama, is doing openly today.  Because Congress is not doing what Obama wants, he is amending or suspending statutory and regulatory provisions by something akin to Weimar presidential emergency orders.  Because he does not like some of the provisions of his signature law, ObamaCare, the president is blatantly ignoring his duty to faithfully executive the laws of our nation.

'The Imperial Presidency'.  Members of Congress and constitutional law experts testified before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday [2/26/2014], warning that the legislative branch is in danger of ceding its power in the face of an "imperial presidency."  The hearing, "Enforcing the President's Constitutional Duty to Faithfully Execute the Laws," focused on the multiple areas President Barack Obama has bypassed Congress, ranging from healthcare and immigration to marriage and welfare rules.  Jonathan Turley, Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law at George Washington University, testified that the expansion of executive power is happening so fast that America is at a "constitutional tipping point."

Obama's Trifecta.  The First Amendment has three parts to it: the protection of religious freedom, the protection of speech and press, and the protection of the people's right to assembly and petition.  In all three categories, the Obama administration's record is outrageous:  it has forced the religious to finance free contraceptives, treated some journalists as potential criminals, and sought to undermine political speech and action through "campaign finance reform" and IRS harassment.  Conforming to the Obama administration's pattern of disregarding the First Amendment in total is this month's news:  a Federal Communications Commission plan, now thwarted, to gather information on newsroom practices.

The "reckoning" arrives for Obama's conservative political opponents.  Earlier today, John [Hinderaker] noted that "everywhere we look, our friends on the right are under attack."  In nearly all cases, the Obama administration is doing the attacking, be it through ridiculous criminal prosecution or harassment via the IRS, the FBI, the EPA, and even OSHA.  We shouldn't be surprised.  Obama has been attacking his political opponents through trumped up charges of unlawful activity since he first ran for president.  Hillary Clinton's backers were Obama's first victims.

Can SCOTUS Curb Obama's Imperial Presidency?  In June 2012 the U.S. Supreme Court had a chance to derail a vast expansion of government power by the Obama administration.  But the court wound up ruling that ObamaCare was constitutional, even if the rationale provided by Chief Justice John Roberts for his deciding vote contradicted the opinions of the four liberal justices who joined with him to form a 5-4 majority as well as the arguments of the government on behalf of the law.  But next week the Court will have yet another opportunity to brush back the president's fast and loose approach to the Constitution when it will hear arguments concerning the president's use of executive orders.

Eric Holder Can't Explain if Constitution Allows Obama's Executive Actions.  Attorney General Eric Holder flubbed a question from Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) that is of vital importance to the rule of law.  While the Constitution allows — and sometimes requires — executive action on many matters, President Barack Obama has asserted executive authority in unprecedented ways.  When Lee asked why one of Obama's orders does not violate the Constitution, Holder — the chief legal officer of the nation — had no answer.

Dinesh D'Souza Speculates on 'Retribution': 'Vindictive' Obama Sees Critics as Enemies.  Author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza speculated to Megyn Kelly Friday night [2/21/2014] that FBI's indictment of him for campaign finance fraud may be Alinsky-style political retribution for his anti-Obama film 2016.  Earlier this week, four Senators sent a letter to FBI Director James Comey demanding an explanation for what they termed the "selective prosecution" of D'Souza.  "I am a public critic of the president and I do recognize this has made me vulnerable to a form of counterattack," D'Souza said.  He added that Obama, whom he characterized as "vindictive," had released a video response to 2016 on his website, proving the film had gotten under the president's skin.

Mark Levin: Obama Admin Using The Law Against Us Is The Definition Of Tyranny.  The FCC, call it whatever you want, Barack Obama's henchman, Barack Obama's comrades, there, that's right, all over the federal government have hijacked the institutions of government and are now turning them on the people.  Whether it's the EPA, or the Department of Justice, the Interior Department, NOAA, this, that or the other, they're using the government, they are using a law against us.  Which is the definition of tyranny.

The United States of Decline.  America is unraveling at a stunning speed and to a staggering degree.  This decline is breathtaking, and the prognosis is dim.  For starters, Obama now rules by decree.  Reportedly for the 27th time, he has changed the rules of Obamacare singlehandedly, with neither congressional approval nor even ceremonial resolutions to limit his actions.  Obama needs no such frivolities.  "That's the good thing about being president," Obama joked on February 10.  "I can do whatever I want."

Obama to issue executive order on truck fuel standards.  The preisdent just "can't wait" for Congress to develop new fuel efficiency standards for trucks, so he will do it for them using his power of executive authority. [...] It isn't so much that Congress won't develop new fuel standards.  It's that they won't do it the way he wants it done.  Like any good king, the president knows what's best and things like, "compromise," and "consensus" shouldn't stand in the way of his royal pronouncements.

Obama, the shrinking imperialist president.  The flip side of the shrinking presidency is the imperial presidency, something we've been fretting by name since at least Franklin Roosevelt and in principle since the founding.  Politically, what is remarkable is that Obama seems to be doing both at the same time.  His "Year of Action" — intended to dispel that lame-duck scent — is simultaneously Caesar-like and pathetic.

Obama's cult of personality has turned US into 'a nation of enablers'.  Law professor Jonathan Turley said he's astonished by how passive Americans — especially Democrats — have been to President Obama's abuse of executive power, which he said has become so dangerous it's making the U.S. political system unstable.  "I think that we've become a nation of enablers.  We are turning a blind eye to a fundamental change in our system.  I think many people will come to loathe that they remained silent during this period," Turley, who teaches at George Washington University, told Fox News host Megyn Kelly on Wednesday.  "I'm afraid this is beginning to border on a cult of personality for people on the Left."

Man-given rights and government gone wild.  Our formerly constitutional government, in the form of the Federal Communications Commission, has developed a plan to put observers in the nation's newsrooms in order to better understand "the process by which stories are selected."  Of course, they won't just "understand" the process; they will most assuredly and dangerously alter it, merely by the implied threat of their presence in the formerly sacrosanct newsroom.  Just ask anyone who ever worked for a newspaper in Soviet Russia or Hitler's Germany or even Chavez's Venezuela.

Obama's clever campaign to constrict the flow of criticism.  Among the many costs of the Barack Obama presidency is an intentional corrosion for its own political gain of public faith in so many American institutions, among them Congress, the Supreme Court and the media.  If numerous sectors of society are feuding or distrustful of each other, then a well-controlled central authority like a chief executive can more easily rule the pieces.  It's classic Chicago politics, the way the mayor there controls the city's feuding neighborhood fiefdoms of Democrat pols and workers.

Obama's Fate.  This is the way of life he was first exposed to, and obviously enough, the way he thinks things should be.  A single all-powerful ruler, lazy and with few demands on his time, his dictates carried out by a loyal cabal, a terrified and obedient opposition, total corruption, show initiatives that are meant solely as theater with no concrete results expected, and levels of luxury unattainable even by the world's billionaires.  This is the program he is attempting to carry out, the system he wishes to put in place. [...] It is pure third-world authoritarianism.

Obama reveals his obliviousness at Monticello.  America's president — heir to the world's greatest document of freedom ever drawn up by man — strode across the hallowed grounds of Thomas Jefferson's Monticello.  With his hands clasped behind his back as a fuehrer surveying his troops or his kingdom, he told a gaggle of onlookers, "That's the good thing about being president.  I can do whatever I want."  It may have been a lame attempt at despot humor.  But it fell terribly flat and reveals a shocking unawareness of himself and what so many American people think of him.

Why should we trust Barack Obama on immigration reform?  President Obama has been quite up-front about it:  he refuses to enforce laws he dislikes and unilaterally changes others without the consent of Congress.  The Supreme Court may soon have to decide the constitutionality of all this but, in the meantime, many are wondering why Congress would believe they can trust the president to work with them in good faith on any issue.

Obama: 'That's the Good Thing as a President, I Can Do Whatever I Want'.  The comment came around the time the White House announced it would be delaying the Obamacare mandate for some businesses unilaterally.

Yes! We Have More Bananas.  President Obama's latest rewriting of the Affordable Care Act may prove to be the last straw.  From all quarters, scorn is being heaped on him for his banana republic behavior.  Visiting Monticello, Obama told French President Francois Hollande that "[a]s President, I can do anything I want."  Obama calls it a joke; as Glenn Reynolds likes to point out, Obama "joked" about using the IRS to audit his political enemies as far back as 2009.  It seems pretty clear that "I can do anything I want" accurately reflects Obama's views on executive power.

Don't be silly. Obama's words don't make him a tyrant!  Today [2/10/2014], during a visit to Thomas Jefferson's home of Monticello with French President Hollande, President Obama jokingly stated, "That's the good thing as a president, I can do whatever I want."  Of course this was spoken as he was breaking visitors' protocol, and walked to the off-limits Jefferson terrace.  The real issue is about dumb luck and coincidence because the press pool report of this absurd "slip of the lip" came right as it was revealed that the White House plans to unilaterally delay the Obamacare employer mandate for businesses with 50 to 99 employees.

Barack Obama: The George Wallace of Free Speech.  The Democrats are using the levers of the executive branch, particularly the I.R.S., to deter Americans from exercising the First Amendment rights that were guaranteed them by the Supreme Court.

Hate is the Force that Gives the Left Meaning.  The American left has never had it this good.  It has never had two terms of an unabashed and uncompromising leftist in the White House dedicated to its agenda functioning as a dictator without the military uniform, making and unmaking laws at a whim, siccing the IRS and Federal prosecutors on political enemies and transforming the country at a breathtaking pace.  Obama is what generations of the left have dreamed of and worked toward.

Executive Order Tyranny.  Can the president legally bypass Congress and rule the government by decree?  The answer to the question above is:  No.  But you wouldn't know that by listening to President Obama.

Tyrant Obama will force liberalism on America.  For example, the White House declared Wednesday [2/5/2014] that it will not go through Congress to create regional "climate hubs" to deal with the supposed crisis of "climate change."  This comes on the heels of a week of grandstanding at events in which he tells Americans "I will act on my own" and throws out new executive orders for everything from schools to job training to hiring decisions.  The president thinks the American people will view him as a benevolent leader and not a tyrant for dictating policy.

Obama has plenty of enablers.
Democratic congresswoman boasts her new group's 'number one agenda' is to draft executive orders to help Obama circumvent Congress.  A top Democratic congresswoman from Texas boasted recently that a new 'Full Employment Caucus' of liberal lawmakers in Washington will make its 'number one agenda' providing the White House with ready-made executive orders that President Barack Obama can use to implement his agenda without seeking the approval of Republicans in Congress.  Sheila Jackson Lee, a far-left legislator who has served in Congress since 1995, said during a Jan. 29 press conference the new caucus will be working to 'give President Obama a number of executive orders that he can sign with pride and strength.'

Rep. Jackson Lee: 'We'll Give President Obama a Number of Executive Orders'.  Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) says that the newly launched Congressional Full Employment Caucus will "give President Obama a number of executive orders that he can sign."  Jackson Lee made the statement while gathered with Democrats on January 29th to announce the establishment of the Full Employment Caucus.

New Congressional Caucus Wants To Make Law Illegally.  A new caucus believes its chief purpose is to provide the president with executive orders to sign.  That's not lawmakers' job, but in today's Washington, constitutional limits seem to mean little.  Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of the Congressional Full Employment Caucus says "we'll give President Obama a number of executive orders that he can sign with pride and strength.  "I think that should be our number one agenda," she said.  "Let's write up these executive orders — draft them, of course — and ask the president to stand with us on full employment."

Another enabler:
Three Ways Obama's Executive Orders are the Worst of Any President.  Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post is the latest to defend President Barack Obama's use — past, present, and future — of executive orders to circumvent Congress.  She argues that his "push-the-envelope moves" are "within the bounds of the modern presidency."  Marcus is not alone here:  others have pointed out that Obama has used fewer executive orders than his predecessors, forgetting that constitutionality is what matters, not quantity.

Jarrett: America Hungry For Dictatorship.  "People around our country are hungry for action," White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Tuesday.  "And what you'll hear from the president tonight is going to be all about action — creating opportunity — and it's going to be a very optimistic speech."  Jarrett said the president, in his sixth State of the Union Address, will "set forth very specific, concrete proposals that he things will move our country forward — create opportunity for hard-working Americans who want to succeed."

Barack Obama And The Quest For Raw Political Power.  The White House said over the weekend that President Obama plans to bypass Congress because it won't do what he wants it to.  Yet again, this president goes outside the law and acts as if he were a monarch.

Obama's Weaponization of Government.  A tired, graying Barack Obama stood before Congress this week as a political figure, party leader, and progressive activist to make sure the Members understood one thing — he doesn't need them.  In fact, he hasn't needed them in quite some time.  After all, in his mind, it's his government.

Silencing the Opposition.  As described in the Federal Register for November 29, 2013, the purpose of the new rule is to clarify the standards, thus enabling the IRS to grant 501(c)(4) status more rapidly and fairly.  In typical Obama fashion, that is a lie.  The real purpose of the rule change is exactly the opposite, to silence opposition to candidates, appointees, or specific partisan issues that can be identified with either a candidate or a political party.

Mark Levin Instructs House GOP on Confronting 'Imperial President' Obama.  Levin said Obama's State of the Union speech was "historic," but "not because it's brilliant, not because he's a statesman — quite the opposite — because we will have in a speech before Congress and members of the Supreme Court, and the entire nation and media, a man asserting imperial powers he does not lawfully possess under the Constitution."

Paul Ryan: Obama presidency "increasingly lawless".  Top House Republicans slammed President Obama's embrace of executive action to move his agenda forward on Sunday, saying the president's freelancing creates a trust deficit that makes bipartisan legislating more difficult.

Obama and Executive Orders.  Barack Obama announced in his 2014 State of the Union Address that he intends to bypass Congress "whenever and wherever" to achieve his extremev left-wing goals.  Evidently, Obama intends to govern by executive orders (EO's).  EO's are usually defined as directives that either implement or interpret a federal law, a constitutional provision, or a treaty.  Obama has threatened to issue executive orders to make policy, a different use of them.

Obama Is The President The Founders Warned Us About.  With the ObamaCare albatross threatening to take Democrats down to defeat, President Obama seeks a game-changer: keeping his opposition (Congress) off the playing field so he faces no defense — checks and balances — to stop his illegal plays and unconstitutional face-masking.  He'll "go it alone," "assert a unilateral agenda," "tackle public policy issues without congressional action," screamed the headlines and the pundits before the State of the Union.  Obama himself said, "I've got a pen, and I've got a phone.  And that's all I need."  The Founders must be turning in their graves.

Attorney General Eric Holder can't explain constitutional basis for Obama's executive orders.  Attorney General Eric Holder couldn't explain the constitutional basis for executive orders such as President Obama's delay of the employer mandate because he hasn't read the legal analysis — or at least, hasn't seen it in a long time.  "I'll be honest with you, I have not seen — I don't remember looking at or having seen the analysis in some time, so I'm not sure where along the spectrum that would come," Holder replied when Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, asked him to explain the nature of Obama's constitutional power to delay the mandate.

Bachmann says House preparing to sue Obama for overreach:  'He's not a king'.  Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann says House conservatives are preparing to sue President Barack Obama for executive overreach in response to his threats of unilateral action on a host of issues.  "He's the president of the United States — he's not a king," the Republican lawmaker told reporters after Obama's State of the Union address.  "He may think he's a king, he may declare himself king, but that's not what he is under our Constitution."

Are Obama's Executive Orders Constitutional? Eric Holder Explains.  Well, he doesn't, actually.  But Senator Mike Lee did a good job of trying to pin down Attorney General Eric Holder as to the constitutional basis of some of President Obama's executive orders, particularly his deferral of the employer mandate under Obamacare.  As he so often does, Holder bobbed and weaved without ever articulating a constitutional rationale.  In my opinion, there is none.

Holder Confirms Obama Ready to Use Executive Order on Guns.  Attorney General Eric Holder said at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing today that President Obama is open to using an executive action to push through gun-control and/or associated mental health measures that haven't found approval in Congress.

Obama bosses around CEOs, calls for the hiring of long-term unemployed.  President Obama on Friday [1/31/2014] formally announced a deal with some of the nation's largest companies to institute new hiring practices that do not "disadvantage" those who have been jobless for several months or longer.  The new initiative, agreed to by more than 300 businesses including giants such AT&T, Apple, Wal-Mart, Ford and others, also will extend to the federal government and its interview processes.

Obama Will Take 'Executive Action' to Reduce Prison Population.  Congress can pass legislation giving judges more discretion in the sentencing of prisoners, but President Obama "also has the ability to take executive action" to commute the sentences of "low-level" drug offenders — and that's just what he plans to do, Deputy Attorney General James Cole told the New York State Bar Association annual meeting on Thursday [1/30/2014].

A sorry state of the union — what if Obama believes he answers to no one?  What if the government spies on all of us all of the time and recognizes no limits to its spying?  What if its appetite for acquiring personal knowledge about all Americans is insatiable?  What if the government uses the microchips in our cellphones to follow us and listen to us as we move about?  What if the Constitution expressly prohibits the government from doing this?

Barack Obama — the man who would be America's king.  This is not the first time in history that presidents and legislatures have been sharply divided by differences of opinion.  In the past, however, the importance of the lawmaking process was recognized, and consensus was reached through negotiation and compromise.  Obama's failure to effectively negotiate with Congress — a Congress, it should be added, that has many legitimate grievances with his policies — doesn't give him license to become a dictator.  Obama's speech indicates, more than anything else, his disdain for the American system of governance.

Sen. Mike Lee Grills Eric Holder on Executive Orders.  The day after he delivered the official tea party response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) aggressively challenged Attorney General Eric Holder on the constitutional basis for the executive orders Obama announced in his speech.  After questioning Holder about NSA surveillance programs, Lee moved on to discuss the president's renewed efforts to bypass Congress with executive orders.  He asked Holder specifically about the legal basis for the executive order that effectively delayed the Affordable Care Act's employer mandate.

Is Barack Obama an imperial president?  The president (or his administration) has unilaterally changed elements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA); declared an anti-gay-rights law unconstitutional; lifted the threat of deportation for an entire class of undocumented immigrants; bypassed Senate confirmation of controversial nominees; waived compliance requirements in education law; and altered the work requirements under welfare reform.  This month, the Obama administration took the highly unusual step of announcing that it will recognize gay marriages performed in Utah — even though Utah itself says it will not recognize them while the issue is pending in court.

Blueprint for Tyranny.  There are lots of Americans who, after the first five years of living under the governance of Barack Hussein Obama, have concluded that, among his most notable characteristics, he is an incompetent, a pathological liar, a Marxist, and, fearful as the prospect is, a potential dictator who will not leave office when a new President is due to be sworn in.

The Imperial Presidency of Barack Obama.  The president's taste for unilateral action to circumvent Congress should concern every citizen, regardless of party or ideology.  The great 18th-century political philosopher Montesquieu observed:  "There can be no liberty where the legislative and executive powers are united in the same person, or body of magistrates."  America's Founding Fathers took this warning to heart, and we should too.

A Pen, a Phone, and a Flailing President.  For months, the White House and its allies mocked critics of Barack Obama's leadership, arguing that no president has "Green Lantern" superhero powers.  Now these same people are predicting that Obama can salvage his agenda by waving a magical "pen and phone." [...] Obama's plan to exert executive branch authority, starting with his State of the Union address, further illustrates his unfamiliarity with the levers of political power, the limits of his leadership style, and the vast amount of time and potential squandered by the president so far.

The Editor says...
Mr. Obama boasts that he has a pen and a phone, and he's not afraid to use them.  Maybe so, but he does not have a crown.

House GOP signals it could sue Obama for executive overreach.  House Republicans are mocking President Obama's plans to circumvent Congress to achieve key policy priorities and are not ruling out suing his administration for executive overreach.

McCain on Obama's Executive Orders: 'He Relies On' Lengthy Court Battles.  When asked by whether President Barack Obama has the constitutional authority to act on climate change without congressional authority, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said the president does not have that authority and relies on the complexity of legal challenges to his actions.

Rep. Steve King: Congress needs to restrain Obama from 'extraconstitutional behaviors'.  Rep. Steve King, Iowa Republican, chastised President Obama Tuesday [1/28/2014] for ignoring Congress on big-ticket items — for example, a new executive order to raise the minimum wage for new federal contract workers — saying lawmakers on Capitol Hill need to act to rein in the Executive Branch.  "This Congress should lay out the violations that the president's had, and there are many," Mr. King said on CNN's "New Day."

The Bully-in-Chief Takes the Bully Pulpit.  Aaron Goldstein listed more than one reason for a dislike of Obama:  his use of the race card, petulance, prickly and disingenuous disposition, lack of humility, dishonesty, "unlimited capacity to overestimate his capabilities," and "delusions of grandeur."  An IBD editorial, after recounting a litany of troubling events, concluded that to "a degree once thought impossible, the presidency has been politicized and its enforcement arms used to pursue and punish Obama's political enemies."  John Hinderaker, after also listing some extraordinary news items, asserted that this administration's "gangsterism has shifted into high gear."

The D'Souza Arrest: Obama Adopts the Stalinist Style.  Liberals should be as concerned about this as conservatives.  Foes of jihad should be just as concerned about it as those who share D'Souza's worries about "Islamophobia."  For the evidence is mounting that D'Souza has indeed been targeted for being a public and high-profile foe of Barack Obama — a development that should disquiet anyone who believes in the value of a stable, functioning republic with a loyal opposition.

Did Mockery of Obama Get Dinesh D'Souza Arrested?  Here we thought Obama's Department of Justice fingered D'Souza for an allegedly illegal campaign contribution.  Turns out the catalyst for the arrest and excessive $500,000 bond may actually stem from a tweet.  [Mike] Klonsky suggests the arrest is payback for D'Souza's "racist" mockery of President Obama's post-verdict comment in the Trayvon Martin case.

Meet Preet — Obama's hatchet man against filmmakers.  Meet Preet Bharara, the U.S. prosecutor who last week indicted anti-Obama filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza on campaign finance charges.  Mr. Bharara is the snapping jaws of Attorney General Eric H. Holder's junkyard attack dog and the velvet fixer of President Obama's thorniest political problems.  Mr. D'Souza very well may be guilty of a few winks and nods that wound up violating limits on campaign contributions he was allowed to make to a friend running a long-shot campaign for the Senate.  But it does seem rather odd to handcuff a guy and set $500,000 bail for a crime that in the past has been pleaded out as a misdemeanor.

Did D'Souza Hit a Nerve?  How does one connect these dots?
  (1)  Obama backs offshore drilling in Brazil but not the US
  (2)  The Gulf oil spill is used as an occasion to lecture the US on the evils of our fossil fuel consumption.
  (3)  Obama backs a 100 million dollar mosque near Ground Zero but turns a blind eye to the prohibition in many Arab countries against building any new churches.
  (4)  Supports the release of the Lockerbie bomber but incarcerates the producer of an anti-Mohamed film.
  (5)  NASA Chief Charles Bolden announced that from now on the primary mission of America's space agency would be to improve relations with the Muslim world.
Penance?  Penance for past colonial exploitation?

Amnesty, but Not for D'Souza.  Mr. D'Souza's real crime, the only offense that really matters in Washington these days, is being an Obama critic.  Oh, they say he borrowed a couple of people's names, but his real mistake was doing it in the Wendy Long Senate campaign.  For Obama 2008 donors, borrowing other people's names seems to have been a requirement.

Dinesh D'Souza Tells Hannity Indictment Could Be 'Payback' for Anti-Obama Film.  Dinesh D'Souza, the conservative commentator and filmmaker who was indicted last month on charges of campaign finance fraud spoke out for the first time about his legal troubles on Fox's Hannity Friday night [1/31/2014].  His defenders have spent the last few weeks wondering aloud whether D'Souza's indictment was some kind of retribution from the Obama Administration for his film, 2016: Obama's America, but now it was his turn.

If you like Obama's executive orders, you are going to love 2014.  The American system of government has as it's chief executive, a president who is carefully checked by a watchful Congress and a consientious judiciary.  Except, when it isn't.  Case in point:  Our president plans to rule us — not govern us — by using the vast powers of his office and absolute control of the federal bureaucracy to ram his vision of hope and change down our throats.  Done without the approval of Congress and with little challenge from the judiciary.  Can he get away with it?

Gangster Government, Rampant.  It was Michael Barone who, early in President Obama's first term, described the Obama administration as "gangster government."  With Obama now re-elected, his administration's gangsterism has shifted into high gear.

Obama Wants Mayors To Help Him Bypass Congress.  President Obama told a group of mayors at the White House on Thursday [1/23/2014] that he's relying on them to help advance his agenda when Congress won't act.  "I want to work with Congress whenever and wherever I can.  But the one thing I'm emphasizing to all my Cabinet members is we're not going to wait," Obama told a group of 250 mayors at the White House.  "Where Congress is debating things and hasn't been able to pull the trigger on stuff, my administration's going to move forward, and we're going to ... do it in partnership with all of you."

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Obama's 'Operation Choke Point' Will Only Hurt Working Poor.  The Obama administration thinks driving payday lenders out of business will help the urban poor.  In fact, a Fed study suggests it will only drive them into the jaws of loan sharks.

Obama Uses Government To Harass, Intimidate Foes.  The Obama administration has turned the executive branch loose on its enemies — part of a disturbing and unprecedented trend toward delegitimizing political differences and marginalizing conservatives.  Behind the special status of his presidency, President Obama has used the machinery of government to harass and intimidate political opponents — to an extent greater even than former Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, both threatened with impeachment.

Silencing the political opposition.  Chuck Schumer, the Senate's No. 3 Democrat, thinks the Internal Revenue Service hasn't done enough to silence the Tea Party.  He wants the White House and the IRS to "immediately redouble" efforts to shut down conservative political-action groups through tougher government oversight and enforcement.  The Tea Party opposes much of President Obama's agenda, and to Mr. Schumer, that's both a sin and a crime.

Stop Giving Obama Radicals the Benefit of the Doubt.  [Scroll down]  History never stops turning the soil and what seemed impossible not long ago is always possible.  Had you brought up fears in 2005 that the federal government would take over General Motors, shut down coal plants, destroy secured creditor rights of Chrysler bondholders, or taken over the health care system, polite company would have moved to the other side of the room.  "Couldn't happen here," would have been the response.

Disarming the White House.  Amid the coverage of the Christie controversy and the latest budget deal, it was easy to miss the news about last week's oral arguments before the Supreme Court in the case of National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning.  And yet the Canning case represents the biggest threat to presidential power in decades, and the stakes in the decision are extremely high.

Obama hits a restraining wall.  A federal appeals court struck down the administration's attempt to impose new rules on the Internet, and the Supreme Court, based on questioning by the justices — not always a reliable guide to their intentions — appears likely to tell Mr. Obama that, as important as he is, he can't make an end run around the Constitution to appoint certain senior officials in the executive branch.

Levin on Obama: 'This is a Gradual, Quiet Coup'.  Commenting on President Barack Obama's remarks yesterday [1/14/2014] that he will not wait on congressional legislation but will instead use his pen to take executive and administrative actions, conservative talk-radio host Mark Levin said what Obama was doing constituted "a gradual, quiet coup," or takeover of the government.  Levin added that Obama's language equaled the "common parlance of the dictator."

Obama's One-Man Rule Amounts To A 'Gradual, Quiet Coup'.  President Obama has vowed to bypass Congress and govern by the stroke of his pen and the bark of phone orders in place of the law. [...] But according to this month's IBD/TIPP Poll, that is precisely what the respondents do not want. [...] The older the respondent, the less likely the respondent was to trust a president who gives himself unlimited executive power.

Imperial, lawless Obama threatens more unilateral action.  Obama is simply a lawless president who regards his own counsel higher than his duty to obey the Constitution.  He believes that advancing his political agenda justifies ignoring clear limitations on his power.  In rationalizing these imperial outrages, Obama tells us that he is going to provide the American people with the help they need — as if he is the sole arbiter of that, as if Congress is a potted plant and as if the Supreme Court is either impotent or a rubber stamp.  Obama's overreaches would be just as outrageous if he were providing Americans with what we need, but he is doing the opposite as he is systematically destroying the country.

Obama's NSA Speech: More mush from the proto-tyrant.  Obama is behaving like a tyrant, but doing it sneakily, with the connivance of a mainstream media that refuses to present to their audience the alarming stories of what is really going on.  The low information majority is blissfully unaware that the organs of state power are being mobilized to suppress Obama's political opponents.  In this context, the NSA domestic spying apparatus is and remains a grave threat.

Limbaugh on Obama's executive order vow: He sounds like a 'dictator'.  In response to President Obama's warning that he would use more executive orders in the coming months to achieve his policy agenda, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh scoffed, "This is just absurd," Breitbart reported.  Mr. Obama's actual terminology on Tuesday [1/14/2014] was that he would rely on the executive power to "move the ball forward" in order to sidestep a stalled Congress.  To Mr. Limbaugh, that's the move of a dictator.  "He's basically bragging about the fact that he can do executive orders to make things 'fair,'" Mr. Limbaugh said.

Levin: We are witnessing a gradual, quiet coup!  Mark Levin opened his show today [1/14/2014] livid over Obama's announcement that he will ignore the legislature and use his pen to write executive orders.  He says the separation of powers are the key to our Republic and yet today Obama just announced that he would assume lawmaking powers via executive orders.

Obama On Executive Actions: 'I've Got A Pen And I've Got A Phone'.  "We're not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we're providing Americans the kind of help they need.  I've got a pen and I've got a phone," Obama said Tuesday [1/14/2014] as he convened his first Cabinet meeting of the year.

Dan Pfeiffer: 'President Obama is ready to use every executive action available'.  White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer sent an e-mail early Tuesday to preview President Obama's plan to use his executive power in ways Americans have never seen before.  "President Obama has a resolution for 2014:  That this will be a year of action," Pfeiffer said in the e-mail, pointing out that Obama would no longer be waiting around for Congress to get things done.

Obama to Congress: We're not waiting for legislation.  President Barack Obama sent a message to Congress Tuesday [1/14/2014]:  He plans to use his power whenever he can to move his agenda forward.  "We are not just going to be waiting for a legislation in order to make sure that we're providing Americans the kind of help that they need," Obama said before a Cabinet meeting.  "I've got a pen and I've got a phone — and I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward."

Supremes Poised to Strike Down Obama's Recess Appointments.  On Monday [1/13/2014], the Supreme Court heard arguments regarding whether President Barack Obama's appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) are unconstitutional.  The case will probably be a lopsided defeat for the president, with his own Supreme Court appointees expressing deep skepticism of the Justice Department's arguments.

Probe Finds White House Wanted to Make Sequestration as 'Painful as Possible' for Rural Schools.  A House Natural Resources Committee investigation has found that President Obama's Office of Management and Budget ordered that sequestration cuts be applied retroactively to funding for rural schools over the opposition of the Agriculture Department.

Ted Cruz: President Obama runs America like a "corrupt dictator" not bound by the law.  "If the president of the United States can simply pick and choose which laws to follow... we know what that looks like," Cruz told small-government conservatives Friday [1/10/2014].  "There are countries on this globe where that is how the law works.  You look at corrupt countries where the rule of law is meaningless, where dictators are in power and they have things they call law.  But what does law mean?"

Establishing a U.S. State Religion.  In direct contradiction of the First Amendment, which forbids the establishing of a state religion, the Obama administration is busily doing just that.  Meanwhile, it is attempting forced conversion of the reluctant, all the while targeting Christians and Orthodox Jews as people who are continually violating the establishment of religion clause. [...] It is establishing the faith of secular statism, a religion currently characterized by the tenets of radical progressivism.  Statism is rapidly becoming the only faith in America allowed to operate with complete freedom.  Remember the announcement at the 2012 Democrat National Convention that "government is the only thing we all belong to?" [...] It is but a short step from you all belong to the government to you all must do what the government decrees to you must, forsaking your own faith, bow before the god of the State.

Mad King Barack: The Repeated Injuries and Ursurpations.  The man whose middle name is Hussein is not a King, but he rules as if he was a tyrant.  Our Founders understood the stakes of the gamble they took with their lives, liberty, fortunes, and sacred honor 237 years ago.  The stakes are higher now because a population of Americans, which is fast approaching a majority, is willing to trade human liberty for their perception of perpetual government administered sustenance and security.

Podesta's Climate And Environmental Agendas Will Add To Obama's Executive Disorders.  President Obama's promise to be the most transparent administration in history is proving to be true with regard to the recent appointment of John Podesta as his high profile congressional circumvention strategist.  Podesta's belief in government by fiat is clear. [...] Never mind that having witnessed the past 17 years of flat global temperatures despite ballyhooed record atmospheric CO2 levels, John Podesta is hell-bent to reheat regulatory assaults on carbon emissions.

Does America need a king?  No way.  Install a king and before you know it he'll be issuing royal edicts changing the law willy nilly to suit his daily whims.  What would be left of America then?

The Obamacare Obama gets.  There is a government health plan that is available to a small number of individuals.  The risk pool consists of a few dozen people, all of whom work in one building in downtown Washington.  If they need a check-up, the doctor comes up to their office for a house call.  If they need a prescription, the medicine is delivered to their desks.  If they need to see a specialist, they are taken by government transport to one of the best hospitals in the world.  If they need surgery, a special suite is available.  And it is all free of charge.  This is not Obamacare.  But it is the care President Obama gets.

The top ten Obama constitutional violations of 2013.  Rarely does O get called on his unconstitutionalities by a federal court, and it'll be rarer still over the next three years as he packs district and appellate courts with friendly benches via the newly filibuster-less Senate.

La Loi, C'est Obama.  In a move worthy of a Third World banana republic, President Obama used his extraconstitutional lawmaking wand and secretly extended the Dec. 23 Obamacare enrollment cutoff by 24 hours, usurping the authority of Congress.  This is only the latest in a long series of capricious, imperial, impeachable, ad hoc adjustments that the 44th president has made to his creation.  Each and every unilateral abridgment or abrogation of the Affordable Care Act, as monstrous as the statute may be, is an affront to the rule of law that is supposed to prevail in our constitutional republic.

Reagan and Obama: The difference between a hero and a zero.  Obama is not a public servant; he is our public master.  If you are in Hawaii, don't go swimming or take a boat out near King Obama's retreat.  Not only is he living luxuriously at the taxpayer's expense, but if you enter the security zone that the Department of Homeland Security has established in the Kailua Bay area, you face 10 years in prison.  Kings and tyrants tell the people where they can and cannot go.  Public servants respect the people who have entrusted them with the leadership of the nation.

Now Hear This: Big Brother Wants to Talk to You. Right Now!.  Apparently, the world has become so dangerous -- and Americans, to put it bluntly, so stupid -- that the federal government has concluded that it is vital that the president or other "authenticated public safety officials" be able to tell you what to do right now.  Kind of like the loudspeakers the North Korean government has wired into every home.  Only wireless, too.

The man democrats fear the most is already under attack by Obama.  With each day this regime edges closer and closer to totalitarianism.  Barack Obama lies constantly and with fluidity without fear of accountability.  He unilaterally rewrites history and rewrites existing laws.  He drops slam dunk prosecutions and refuses to pursue those who commit Obamacare fraud.  Convicted felons can become Obamacare navigators as becoming an Obamacare navigator requires no background check and virtually anyone working with these navigators is ripe for identity theft.  Apparently any sort of scum and villainy can become Obamacare navigators.  He jailed a video maker for the attacks in Benghazi.  Harry Harry Reid just cleared the way for Obama to rule via regulation.  Obama has a past history of making sealed records public in order to impair opponents.  He cooked the census books and used the IRS to suppress conservatives to win the 2012 election.

Attorneys General Join Forces to Call Into Account Illegal Obama Administration Violations.  The purpose of this report is to outline actions taken by this Administration that are violations of law.  The obvious example is a federal health care overhaul, passed against the will of the majority of Americans and more importantly in violation of the Constitution, which is now being challenged by more than half of the states.  While the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) has received the most attention, it serves as a representation of a much larger picture that demonstrates the continued disdain for the Constitution and laws shown by the Obama Administration.

12 questions the White House press corps could have asked Obama about Obamacare.  [#1]  [F]rom where do you derive the legal authority to change large parts of this law passed by Congress?  And, if you believe you have the legal justification for it, what's to stop a future president from simply deciding he won't enforce large parts of it? [...] [#3]  Does the administration have the authority to exempt people from certain taxes on an ad hoc basis?  From where does it derive this power?  Are there other taxes from which people could be exempted by the president's decree?

Court Rejects Obama Admin Executive Privilege Arguments.  A federal judge Tuesday [12/17/2013] rejected the Obama administration's sweeping claims of executive privilege and ordered the disclosure of a foreign aid directive signed by President Barack Obama in 2010 but never publicly released.  U.S. District Court Judge Ellen Huvelle ruled the presidential order is not within the bounds of executive privilege and called the government's arguments in favor of secrecy "troubling."  "The government appears to adopt the cavalier attitude that the President should be permitted to convey orders throughout the Executive Branch without public oversight ... to engage in what is in effect governance by 'secret law,'" Huvelle said.

Obama Has Failed Basic Duty To "Faithfully Execute: Nation's Laws.  [Barack H.] Obama, himself a constitutional lawyer, is ignoring the Constitution and governing like a dictator.  His latest ploy exempts unions from a fee the Affordable Care Act (ACA) imposes.  Professor Jonathan Turley of George Washington University, who voted for Obama and professes to agree with him on health care and other issues, didn't mince words when he testified before the House Judiciary Committee on Dec. 3.  He warned that Obama's power grabs are causing "the most serious constitutional crisis I've seen in my lifetime."

What Will It Take?  [Scroll down]  In a recent speech, [Monica Crowley] spelled out what should have been plain for all to see:  "We have a president who ... came out of the swamps of Chicago machine politics, who learned at the knee of the communist revolutionary Frank Marshall Davis, who studied under Marxist professors ... who trained intensively in the revolutionary tactics of Saul Alinsky, who launched his political career in the living room of Marxist revolutionaries and domestic terrorists ... who for two decades sat in the pews of the radical anti-American preacher, who tried desperately to bury that past, who spoke about the fundamental transformation of the nation ... who waged war on entire news organizations, Fox News, and who spent his first term slamming into place radical wealth redistribution and socialized medicine....  What I'm describing here is the classic tin-pot dictatorship.  We never thought it could happen here, and yet, here it is. [...]"

The Affordable Care Act First does Harm, Period.  While much about Barack Obama remains mysterious, he was easily the most left-wing member of the U.S. Senate.  As president of the United States, his left-wing orthodoxy is best manifest in his signature health plan.  ObamaCare follows a principle beloved of Karl Marx and other socialist founding fathers:  From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.  Note the first word:  from.  In this order of priorities it is more important what the individual gives up and what the state takes.  The individual's particular needs are secondary, and ObamaCare follows this pattern precisely.

Common Core Lesson Teaches Children Obama Is A Messiah.  During the Soul Train Awards in 2012, comedian and actor Jamie Foxx exhorted a wildly cheering crowd to "first of all (give) honor to god, and our lord and savior Barack Obama," exhibiting the all-too-widespread hero worship that casts rational thought aside and labels even legitimate criticism as virtual blasphemy.  The same cult of personality is creeping into lesson plans and reading materials being created under the guise of the platform for nationalized education known as Common Core.  One new lesson teaches our children that Obama is indeed the messiah.

The Schizophrenia of Barack Obama.  Barack Obama is a man with only one core conviction.  He has, as the basic foundation of his otherwise disorganized and uncertain belief system, the irrefutable tenet that the United States, because of its European roots, has been the epitome of oppression and arrogance throughout its history.  Therefore, he is able to rationalize the need to say or do anything as the transformation of American society and the end of the pre-eminent status of the United States are his sole objectives.  He has, thus, adopted a pre-meditated schizophrenic personality wherein he comports himself as an apologist and appeaser on the international stage and a narcissistic autocrat at home.

Does Obama Think He Is Lying?  To lie "is the ability to understand another's mind."  And here Obama excels.  He clearly knows that the reality of his deeds would never have been accepted if the American people clearly understood what the ultimate goals would be.  Thus, fibbing, misinforming, distortions, and victimizing, have become the rule of the day.

Obama Is Laying the Groundwork to Move Without, Around, and Outside Congress.  [John] Podesta's appointment, which needs no congressional approval, comes at a time when Obama is already making moves to do without Congress.  He has used executive actions to re-write Obamacare, and to recalibrate immigration law, both in ways that just happen to favor either himself or the Democrats.  The New York Times reports that Podesta will work on executive actions when he returns to the White House.

Podesta Hire Shows Obama Is Done Dealing With Congress.  The move to hire Podesta now, as opposed to waiting till after the 2014 elections, is an admission by the White House that their second term legislative agenda (immigration reform, gun control, and climate change) is already dead.  If progressives are going to make any progress expanding government during the rest of Obama's presidency, it will only be through unilateral executive action.  It will not be sanctioned by Congress.

Obama [is] the Danger [the] Constitution Was Designed To Avoid.  A liberal constitutional scholar warns of the concentration of power not only in the hands of one branch of government but in a single man who ignores the Constitution and acts of Congress on a whim.

The Slow, Painful Education of Barack Obama.  If [Obama] actually was the man he claimed to be, he was probably the best placed president we have ever had to come into office and enact sweeping reforms to streamline government.  He could have come in an leveraged his position on the Democrats' far left to force reforms through Congress.  But he wasn't that man.  He is not a reformer.  He is a Chicago thug politician who loves big government, hates opposition and believes government is the solution to all problems, and at the same time a weapon he can personally wield against those opponents he hates.

Gowdy: If Obama Chooses Not to Enforce Immigration Laws, Can He Suspend Election Laws Too?  At a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday [12/3/2013], Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) on Tuesday asked if President Barack Obama has the "prosecutorial discretion" not to enforce immigration and marijuana laws, what's to stop him from deciding not to enforce election laws.  "If the president can fail to enforce immigration laws, can the president likewise fail to enforce election laws?" Gowdy asked Simon Lazarus, senior counsel to the Constitutional Accountability Center, one of several legal experts who testified at the hearing titled, "The President's Constitutional Duty to Faithfully Execute the Laws."

Activists encourage Obama to circumvent Congress, use more executive authority.  President Obama's repeated use of presidential powers is causing a tough problem — his own supporters now expect him to use it to achieve everything they want. [...] A day after Mr. Obama denounced income inequality, progressive lawmakers said he should take the lead by issuing an executive order requiring all federal contractors to pay workers more than the minimum wage.  A dozen lawmakers and immigration activists held a news conference outside the Capitol on Thursday [12/5/2013] asking him to halt all deportations as a down payment on an eventual immigration bill.

Expert Testifies to Congress that Obama's 'Ignoring Laws' Could Lead to Overthrow of Government.  During a congressional committee hearing about the constitutional limits imposed on the presidency and the implications of President Barack Obama's disregard for implementing the Affordable Care Act as written, one expert testified that the consequences of the president's behavior were potentially grave.  He said that the precedent set by Obama could eventually lead to an armed revolt against the federal government.

Obama: I'm Not the Problem; Need to 'Reorganize the Government'.  President Obama says his personal management style isn't a problem: "Part of what we need to do is reorganize the government, which was designed primarily in 1935-45.  We could consolidate agencies," he told "Hardball" host Chris Matthews Thursday in an interview conducted at American University in Washington.  Matthews, an Obama fan, told the president that problems with the rollout of Obamacare suggest he does not have a "strong top-down authority system."

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The government was designed in the 1780's.  It is not the President's job to overhaul, overthrow, or "fundamentally transform" it.

Rep. Gutierrez: Obama 'Should Be Expanding His Prosecutorial Discretion'.  At a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) said that President Barack Obama should be expanding his prosecutorial discretion when it comes to enforcement of immigration laws.  "Unfortunately, he should not be limiting his prosecutorial discretion.  He should be expanding his prosecutorial discretion," Gutierrez said during a hearing on the constitutionality and legality of actions the Obama administration has taken on issues like the enforcement of immigration laws.

Flashback: Obama Praises 3 'Coequal Branches' of Gov't, Preventing Tyranny.  In his book "The Audacity of Hope," President Barack Obama praised the Constitution and the federalism it enshrines, including the "three coequal" branches of government and checks on power that "prevent tyranny by either the few or the many."

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And now the president is violating the principles he crowed about in "his book."  This isn't shocking at all — in fact it makes perfect sense — if one will concede and stipulate that Barack H. Obama didn't write "his book."

Liberal law prof: Obama's unconstitutional power grabs are creating a "very dangerous and unstable system".  Show of hands:  Who thinks Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi will keep Obama in line?  Before you answer, note that leading amnesty shill Luis Gutierrez argued at this same hearing that, if anything, Obama should have a freer hand so that he can go about unilaterally legalizing the illegals Gutierrez has been effectively representing in Congress for years.  That's what's left of Democratic opposition to the imperial executive.

Congress must take back its constitutional powers.  President Obama's abuse of executive power has grown to the point that "he's becoming the very danger the Constitution was designed to avoid," Jonathan Turley, a liberal law professor at George Washington University, told the House Judiciary Committee at a Dec. 3 hearing on the issue.  Turley also pointed to what he described as "increasing autonomy and decreasing transparency" of the rapidly growing federal bureaucracy.  Both of these developments have accelerated the decline of congressional power that Congress, by its actions, has allowed to happen.

Levin: Glad Liberal Profs Finally Speaking Out Against Obama's Power Grab.  Landmark Legal Foundation (LLF) president and radio talk show host Mark Levin says he welcomes George Washington University Law Professor Jonathan Turley's recent acknowledgement that the concentration of presidential power under President Obama poses a "severe" danger to the nation.  "I thought I was hearing an echo.  I've been complaining about the Obama imperial presidency for several years now," Levin told  "It's nice to have a liberal law professor testify before Congress that we have a president who is out of control.

Obama Is Down, but Not Out.  New Black Panthers.  Fast and Furious.  NSA domestic spying.  Spying even on reporters.  Solyndra.  Pigford-settlement fraud.  Contempt of court concerning offshore drilling.  IRS harassment of conservative groups.  E-mail lawbreaking at the Environmental Protection Agency.  All sorts of reversals, embarrassments, and scandals at the Department of Justice, including egregious trial misconduct.  And, of course, the incompetence and cover-ups related to Benghazi.  Every time decent people think the scandals and embarrassments circling Barack Obama will sink this presidency, we look up and see Obama still there — chin jutting out, countenance haughty, voice dripping with disdain for conservatives — utterly unembarrassed, utterly undeterred from any assertion of power he thinks he can get away with, [...]

On repealing the 22nd amendment.  This is one of those issues which seems to pop up reliably during the second act of every two term presidency.  Should we impose term limits on US Presidents and was the 22nd amendment really a good idea?  It's a concept which has been unofficially in place since the first President and was then enshrined in the constitution in 1951 as a backlash against FDR.  Of course, the people most exuberant about the idea tend to be supporters of the current White House occupant and for all the wrong reasons.

End presidential term limits.  Democratic lawmakers would worry about provoking the wrath of a president who could be reelected.  Thanks to term limits, though, they've got little to fear.  Nor does Obama have to fear the voters, which might be the scariest problem of all.

Washington Post: Repeal presidential term limits.  As President Obama faces a small revolt within his own party, a Washington Post op-ed is calling for the United States to end presidential term limits and allow him to run again in 2016.  "Barack Obama should be allowed to stand for re election just as citizens should be allowed to vote for — or against — him," writes New York University Jonathan Zimmerman professor of history and education.  "Anything less diminishes our leaders and ourselves."

SF Protesters to Obama: Please Be a Dictator?  When Obama's motorcade rocketed around San Francisco on Monday, very few locals even noticed his presence, and fewer still cared. [...] Yet even with the small turnout, there was a theme amongst Obama's protesters/supporters:  They didn't want him to change his political agenda — instead, they demanded that he assume dictatorial powers so that he could finally implement the radical plans with which they already agree.  The message of the day was:  Stop dilly-dallying around, Mr. President:  Ignore the Constitution and just make The Revolution happen, as you promised!  That message would be disturbing enough all on its own, but it becomes much more disturbing when you suspect (as I do) that many of these pro-totalitarian protesters were astroturfed.

Interior secretary says Obama may bypass Congress on monuments.  Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says she will recommend that President Obama act alone if necessary to create new national monuments and sidestep a gridlocked Congress that has failed to address dozens of public lands bills.  Jewell said the logjam on Capitol Hill has created a conservation backlog, and she warned that the Obama administration would not "hold its breath forever" waiting for lawmakers to act.

Thus Spake Obama.  It is a condition of my admission to this great land that I am not allowed to foment the overthrow of the United States government. [...] Fortunately, at least as far as constitutional government goes, the president of the United States is doing a grand job of overthrowing it all by himself.  On Thursday, he passed a new law at a press conference.  George III never did that.  But, having ordered America's insurance companies to comply with Obamacare, the president announced that he is now ordering them not to comply with Obamacare.

The unspoken success of ObamaCare.  Despite what you are being told, the Affordable Health Care Act (ACA), commonly known as ObamaCare, is already proving to be a resounding success. [...] First, it is vital to understand that the ACA is not now, nor never was, about providing affordable health care.  It is merely disguised as such.  Rather, it is the vehicle that is being covertly used to conduct the most massive transfer of power to the Executive Branch of government that this nation has ever experienced.  It is being done methodically and for a specific purpose.  It is the vehicle that will ultimately disassemble and destroy significant parts of the United States Constitution and further enslave United States citizens.

Obama threatens GOP with executive orders on 'drawer full' of ideas.  President Obama on Friday night continued throwing his entire second-term agenda against the wall to see what sticks, challenging Republicans to join him and support more federal spending, pass immigration reform and tackle other challenges.  But should the GOP stand in the way, the president indicated he's willing to use executive orders to accomplish his aims.

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It is the duty of the Congress to "stand in the way," if Mr. Obama is disregarding the Constitution and wrecking the country, which he is.

Fantasy Despot Syndrome and  Entrepreneurs have to implement through consent and prove their ideas in the marketplace.  In contrast, the administration lacks the patience and pluck the free market demands and wants instead to introduce reform via dictate.

Obama's 1984.  [Scroll down]  In addition to his dissatisfaction with what he views as the barriers to "social justice" presented by this country's founding documents, Obama is frustrated with the constraints on his personal power as President.  He barely bothers to conceal his impatience and contempt toward the other branches of government that hinder his authoritarianism — the judiciary and Congress. And he is selling his supporters on that attitude by painting Congress as the bad guys.  Toward the end of a July 2013 speech in Jacksonville, Florida, for example, Obama said, "So where I can act on my own, I'm going to act on my own.  I won't wait for Congress."  Depressingly, this baldly totalitarian statement was greeted with applause.

The Perils of Wearing an Obama Mask.  In Kentucky, someone wears an Obama mask and performs a skit saitirizing Obamacare.  For having the temerity to criticize our Dear Leader, all 750 employees of the Jennie Stuart Medical Centre in Hopkinsville must undergo sensitivity training.  Talk about collective punishment.  Can you say re-education camp?  Remember it was only a couple of months ago when that rodeo clown in Missouri found himself banned for life for wearing an Obama mask.

Obama's Military Coup Purges 197 Officers In Five Years.  What the president calls "my military" is being cleansed of any officer suspected of disloyalty to or disagreement with the administration on matters of policy or force structure, leaving the compliant and fearful.

Obama tells insurance companies to shut up, if they know what's good for them.  More thug tactics from a White House that is no stranger to them, as CNN reports insurance companies have been warned to dummy up about the ObamaCare disaster if they know what's good for them.  "What is going on is a behind-the-scenes attempt by the White House to at least keep insurers from publicly criticizing what is happening on this Affordable Care Act rollout," reports Andrew Griffin of CNN.  "Basically, if you speak out, if you are quoted, you're going to get a call from the White House, pressure to be quiet."

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What does "pressure to be quiet" sound like?

CNN Anchor: Obama Administration Threatens Journalists Who Make Obama Look Bad.  Carol Costello says, the Obama Administration hates to get embarrassed and looks for ways to exert its influence to get reporters fired for actually doing their job!  During last night's CNN broadcast, Mrs. Costello admitted Barack Obama's media team has immense influence with mainstream news agencies.  She says if you make Obama look bad, you could lose your job.

Cruz: Obama 'Absolutely' Abusing Power.  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) told Fusion TV host Jorge Ramos that President Barack Obama is "absolutely" abusing his power.  In an interview that aired on Monday [10/28/2013], Ramos mentioned a speech Cruz's father, Rafael, made in which he compared President Barack Obama to Fidel Castro.  Cruz told Ramos his father was referring to a "statement President Obama made at the State of the Union where" Obama said "if Congress doesn't act to enact his agenda that he will do it anyway on his own."

Federal agents' pre-dawn raid on reporter's home raises questions.  Audrey Hudson's husband had just left for work on August 6 when suddenly, her dog began barking.  The nationally-known journalist walked over to the curtains and peeked outside to discover her Chesapeake Bay home was surrounded by law enforcement officers wearing full body armor.  The phone rang.  It was her husband.  "I'm in the driveway," he said.  "The police are here.  Open the door."  And so began Hudson's nightmare — held captive by armed agents of the U.S. Coast Guard, Maryland State Police and the Department of Homeland Security as they staged a pre-dawn raid in search of unregistered firearms and a "potato gun."

Exclusive: Feds confiscate investigative reporter's confidential files during raid.  A veteran Washington D.C. investigative journalist says the Department of Homeland Security confiscated a stack of her confidential files during a raid of her home in August — leading her to fear that a number of her sources inside the federal government have now been exposed.

Silencing dissent by SWATing messengers of truth.  [Scroll down]  Ms. Hudson is now speaking out because of what the agents of this Gestapo-like tactic took from her home.  While the search warrant was limited to any alleged guns on the premises — again — stemming from a quarter-century old incident reportedly involving her husband, their reach well exceeded their authority.  What was taken from the home of Audrey Hudson was more valuable than any gun.  What was taken from Audrey Hudson, in addition to her freedoms as an American citizen and a Pulitzer Prize nominee for her journalistic prowess, were her pages of notes and names of sources inside and outside of government who had confidentially provided her information over the years.

Armed agents seize records of reporter, Washington Times prepares legal action.  Maryland state police and federal agents used a search warrant in an unrelated criminal investigation to seize the private reporting files of an award-winning former investigative journalist for The Washington Times who had exposed problems in the Homeland Security Department's Federal Air Marshal Service.  Reporter Audrey Hudson said the investigators, who included an agent for Homeland's Coast Guard service, took her private notes and government documents that she had obtained under the Freedom of Information Act during a predawn raid of her family home on Aug. 6.

'Clearly Intimidation': Feds Seize Reporter's Files During Pre-Dawn Raid.  A conservative reporter alleges that in a pre-dawn raid, the Feds took her files while searching her home for a toy potato gun.  Audrey Hudson, Washington correspondent for the Colorado Observer, thinks the government may have an ulterior motive for conducting the search.  In her first television interview, Hudson told Gretchen Carlson on The Real Story that the raid stems from her husband purchasing a potato launcher online five years ago.  The search warrant presented said they came to recover the gun.  However, she said, "Once they were in the house, the first thing that the Homeland Security officer asked me was 'Are you the same Audrey Hudson who wrote all of the Federal Air Marshal stories for The Washington Times?'"

Packing Washington's most crucial court.  The U.S. Senate will soon vote on the nominations of three individuals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.  This court is widely regarded as a steppingstone to the Supreme Court.  Because of its location in the nation's capital, a considerable portion of its cases involve federal agencies.  This makes the D.C. Circuit a watchdog over the executive branch.

Top 50 reasons people keep comparing Obama to Hitler.  As Democrats continue viciously crucifying anyone who disagrees with them as Klansmen, suicide bombers, anarchists and misogynists, anyone who dares to notice the similarities between our Constitution-shredding Black Panther-in-chief and other racist dictators is still being met with the same hysterical shrieks, convulsions and fainting as always from the book-burning tyrant-worshipers of the left.  But Obama's lawless, un-American attacks on dissent, rigged elections and appalling crimes against the Constitution are overwhelming and unmistakable at this point, and more than warrant such comparisons.

Jamie Dimon's $13B sin — bashing Obamanomics.  The folks in the Obama administration may be unable to run a health-care Web site, but they're brutally determined and efficient when it comes to squashing those who oppose their policies — as Jamie Dimon is finding out.  Today the JP Morgan chief executive could be putting the final touches on a deal with the Obama Justice Department that would make Don Corleone proud.  For various alleged financial "crimes" involving the sale of fraudulent mortgages, the nation's largest bank is slated to fork over $13 billion, admit some culpability and prepare for a barrage of lawsuits from Wall Street ambulance chasers.

A Criminal Enterprise Called the Democratic Party.  In the wake of the Great Depression, the wheels began to come off the Weimar Republic, a liberal democracy that had been in place since the end of World War One.  In 1930 President Hindenburg assumed emergency powers.  By 1933 three Chancellors had preceded Hitler and when the Nazi government took over it simply ignored Germany's constitution.  A lot of scholars who know much more about the U.S. Constitution than I are increasingly speaking out about the same scenario occurring here.

Obama's Tax Thugs.  Like the Kennedy team, Obama's people were more interested in the political allegiances of the bureaucracy under their control than its competence and in an administration where even the National Park Service has been politicized, the use of the IRS as a political weapon of terror was inescapable.  IRS scandal figures like Lois Lerner and Sarah Hall Ingram embody the Obama ethos by hiding their political partisanship within a façade of incompetence.  But like [Mortimer] Caplin they were performing political duties, rather than governmental ones.  Their allegiance was not to the law, but to Obama.

Obama's Curious Purge Of The Military Continues.  The firing of two nuclear commanders in a week adds to a body count that suggests we have either the most corrupt and incompetent general staff in history or our military is being reshaped for other purposes.

Is Obama Creating a Martial-law-ready Military?  Let's start with a hypothetical.  Let's say you were a hard-left-wing commander in chief who wanted the military firmly in your corner.  You'd certainly note that our armed forces have been a bastion of conservatism and Christian faith, and you'd know that its members generally weren't very fond of you.  So how would you go about changing this?

Who Will Tell Obama He has no Clothes?  Before this phony government "shutdown," if you had asked whether I believed that American military and law enforcement personnel would follow an order from Barack Obama, or any other president, to turn their guns on their own countrymen, I would have said no.  However, after witnessing the behavior of armed National Park Service officers unnecessarily closing our national monuments, parks, and even our military cemeteries in Europe, while simultaneously allowing a protest demonstration by illegal aliens on the National Mall, I am no longer confident in that belief.  It's as though Obama is using every weapon in his arsenal to create civil division among the people.  Why?

The Slippery slope of Obama's constitutional contempt.  From where we stand today, it is merely a matter of degree before we are ruled by decree.
  •   America's Bill of Rights is under assault.
  •   Federal authority bullies 50 States and over 300 million Americans into unconstitutional compliance.
  •   Common Core in schools indoctrinates communism and ignores America's founding values.
  •   Christian belief and speech in the military are unlawfully restricted; Islam and atheism are favored.
  •   The People's right to keep and bear arms is abrogated by Executive edict and UN treaty.
  •   SWAT teams swoop in on Americans accused of crimes not criminal, written by nameless bureaucrats.
  •   IRS is used to target and punish Americans who speak out against Obama and his cronies.
  •   NSA and a host of other agencies scoop up and log every tidbit of personal communication for review.
  •   NDAA allows arrest and indefinite detention without warrant, trial or writ of habeas corpus.
Yet this litany of abuses barely skims the surface of the foul stew Progressives have boiled up.

How do you deal with a President who is hell bent on destroying America?  Glenn [Beck] opened the radio program this morning [10/9/2013] with a scathing critique of President Obama and his increasingly authoritarian leadership style.  When you consider the results of a new AP-GFK poll, which find the President's approval rating to be at a mere 37%, clearly the American people are fed up as well.

Obama's War on America Is Heating Up.  [Scroll down]  It's an example of how ALL liberal-fascists view that relationship; it's at the heart of Progressivist ideology.  It's also a perfect snapshot of the mindset of most of the federal bureaucracy itself: arrogant, contemptuous of the people they ostensibly serve, tyrannical.  They're petty, spiteful, self-serving, megalomaniacal, and altogether despicable.

Obama: Time for America to Embrace My Dictatorship and Their Own Slavery, Or Else.  Acting more and more like a cheap version of Josef Stalin or even Hugo Chavez and, increasingly, drunk on his personally perceived absolute power over US citizens, Obama is now openly attacking we Americans and all of our institutions. [...] Veterans' Memorials have been shut down by Obama and his syndicate, while elderly Vets have been threatened with arrest if they do not comply with the dictator's commands.  Access to other public sites has been banned... including Mount Rushmore where cones were placed in the streets to disallow American citizens to even stop and take pictures.

The Little Eichmanns of the Government Shutdown.  If anyone had any doubt about the vicious and petty character of Barack Obama and his administration the past week should have put those doubts to rest.  Not even Nixon's "enemies list" can compete with Obama. [...] Obama and his minions have effectively declared all Americans the enemy in an attempt to make the impact of the government shutdown artificially painful.  This could not succeed without the assistance of a corps of facilitators, Little Eichmanns, if you will, who are willing to abuse their fellow citizens in order to better serve their master.

Crowd storms World War II Memorial.  Thousands of people converged on the World War II Memorial on the National Mall on Sunday morning and tore down the barricades blocking it off, protesting the closure of the memorial during the federal government shutdown.  Beginning at about 9:30 a.m., Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Ted Cruz, R-Texas, as well as former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, were among the luminaries in a crowd that chanted "Tear down these walls!" and sang "God Bless America" as well as other patriotic songs as they entered the memorial, which has been closed since the government shutdown that began Oct. 1.

Protesters Push Through Barriers at WWII Memorial.  A crowd converged on the World War II Memorial on the National Mall, pushing through barriers Sunday morning [10/13/2013] to protest the memorial's closing under the government shutdown.  Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas were among those who gathered Sunday morning, along with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, according to WTOP Radio.  Cruz said President Barack Obama is using veterans as pawns in the shutdown.

Cruz, Lee, Palin join memorial protest.  Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) attended a rally protesting the closure of the World War II Memorial, according to reports.  The lawmakers and the former governor — and 2008 GOP vice-presidential nominee — joined a crowd that removed barricades at the memorial and chanted "tear down these walls," according to Washington, D.C., radio station WTOP.

Obama Boots Kids' Sandcastle Contest off Beach.  It was announced today [10/9/2013] that an annual sandcastle contest on San Francisco's Ocean Beach has been cancelled out of sheer malice by the Obama administration, despite the fact that the beach on which it is held — part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area — normally has no lifeguards, no rangers, is permanently open to the public, and requires no funds for day-to-day operations.

Obama Incites Federal Workers to Target Conservatives.  How concerned would you be if President Obama were promoting revenge — using government resources — against conservative thought and activism? [...] If you think the IRS scandal was intimidating, imagine what it will be like when all federal employees view conservatism as an enemy.

The Face of Tyranny.  It is beginning to dawn on a lot of people that Barack Obama is the face of tryanny, a man for whom the Constitution, the democratic process and its need for compromise, exist only to be spurned.  Any President who is happy to preside over closing the White House to public tours, who authorizes placing barricades around Washington War Memorial that is normally open 24 hours a day as well as the Normandy, France D-Day cemetery where our soldiers are buried, is more than merely heartless, but represents a level of evil intent never before seen in anyone who has held that office.

National Park Service Admits It Discussed Plan To Close War Memorials With Obama Officials.  In other words, we were right all along, this was orchestrated by the Obama regime to make the shutdown as painful as possible.

ABC, NBC, CBS Nightly Newscasts Ignore Amnesty Rally.  On Tuesday [10/8/2013], not one word about the immigration rally on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. was mentioned on the nightly newscasts for NBC, CBS, or ABC.  Americans watching the nightly newscasts would not have known that such a rally ever happened during the government shutdown.

Two D.C. Attacks and a Series of Unfortunate "Coincidences".  No one would have ever believed beforehand that the President might conspire with his Department of Justice and other agencies to funnel weapons to Mexican drug lords in order to precipitate a panic over America's rampant "gun culture" — but indeed, this occurred.  Nor would Americans have thought that the President would clandestinely provide arms to the same Muslim fanatics who attacked us in 2001, then order an attack on the compound facilitating such action when it became a liability.  No one would have believed that Obama would allow American personnel to perish at that compound in order to preserve his power. [...] If that is not definitive of a tyrant — and one who would employ any means necessary in order to attain his objectives — then what is?

Napolitano: Obama is acting like a dictator.  While the Judge stated that all modern presidents have overstepped their 'oath faithfully to uphold the law', Barack Obama has taken this violation to an entirely different level, deciding willy-nilly what parts of the law to apply and to whom.  He went further by stating that under Barack Obama, the Executive Branch has far too much power and the system of checks and balances set into place by our Founders with 3 equal branches of government is disrupted.

House votes 425-0 to restore death benefits for fallen soldiers.  The House voted unanimously on Wednesday [10/9/2013] to restore the financial payments the Department of Defense makes to the families of fallen U.S. soldiers.  Members easily passed the bill after the Pentagon said it can no longer make the payments because of the government shutdown.  The Honoring the Families of Fallen Soldiers Act, H.J.Res. 91, was approved in a 425-0 vote.

Congress and White House scramble to restore death benefits to troops' families.  The House voted unanimously Wednesday to restore death gratuity payments to families of military service members killed in action, even as a "very disturbed" President Obama ordered his top aides to begin making the payments even without congressional action.

Mark Levin: Obama is preparing to destroy the role of Congress.  Barack Obama is plotting that if he can't get what he wants, out of the House Republicans, that he can't get his Plan A, and get Boehner and the Republicans to buckle, not just on the Continuing Resolution, but the Debt Ceiling, then he's got his Plan B.  His Plan B is the most egregious attack on our Constitution by a President, not just in modern history, but in all of our history, if in fact he unleashes it.  And he's being urged to do so by Nancy Pelosi, by Bill Clinton, he has in the past, by Dick Durbin, by a long list of phony law professors from liberal institutions, by liberal think-tanks, and what is he being urged to do?  He's being urged to bypass Congress, to raise the debt ceiling unilaterally as President of the United States, using the 14th Amendment as a fig leaf, to seize from Congress, the power of the purse.

Frightening! — Mark Levin Predicts Obama's Final Death Blow To America.  At around the 50 minute mark on Levin's 10/03/13 "Audio Rewind" podcast he reveals Obama's plan to usurp the power of the purse from congress.  Effectively destroying even the pretense of separation of powers.

Obama: Transforming America.  An imperial presidency is not new. But rule by executive fiat that escapes audit from the media is.  We live in an age when a president can arbitrarily nullify a law, like Obamacare's employer mandate; ignore it, like the Defense of Marriage Act; or simply create it, as with partial blanket amnesties.  Various wars — on coal, guns, non-union businesses, and political opponents — are waged by executive action.  For now, the logic is that the president's means are justified by the exalted ends that he professes.  Obama has set the precedent of a president creating, ignoring, or defying laws as he sees fit to forward a progressive agenda.

Presidential Delusion.  This is a president who did not meet with the Republican minority leader in the Senate until a year and a half into his presidency; who excluded Republicans from any part in the shaping of the ObamaCare legislation, and forced it through on a strictly party-line vote; who excluded Republicans from any input on the stimulus bill; who invited Paul Ryan to a conference on health care and then insulted him to his face when Ryan could not reply; who accused Republicans of wanting only to deny health care to 30 million Americans; who called them "bitter clingers," and told his supporters to get in their faces.

School shows Obama campaign video that includes celebrities pledging 'be a servant to the President'.  A Wisconsin middle school has been forced to apologize after showing students a video produced after Barack Obama's 2008 election that included celebrities pledging to 'be a servant to the President.'  Some parents who watched the video at an assembly at Hudson Middle School in Hudson, Wisconsin, called it propaganda and complained that it was inappropriate for young minds.  The video, produced by Oprah Winfrey's production company, [...]

Pelosi: Obama can raise debt limit on his own (an impeachable offense).  Nancy Pelosi wants you to think debating the debt limit is dumb.  From what she knows of the Constitution, Obama can raise the debt limit on his own. [...] Public debt has to be authorized by law, and only Congress can pass laws.  Not complicated.  But, apparently, too complicated for Pelosi.

The President's Disdain for His Oath.  [A]s president, Mr. Obama has certainly showed zest in getting around the Constitution as he seeks to expand an activist government.  Since entering the Oval Office, his constitutional violations have fallen into three main areas:  executive overreach, the erection of an administrative state, and the infringement of individual rights.

Follow Alinsky: Call Obama's bluff.  In his famous primer, "Rules for Radicals," Saul Alinsky made two points that help illuminate how President Barack Obama has chosen to lead America.  The first point is that Alinsky instructed his acolytes to manufacture a crisis — any crisis — and to then use that any crisis to polarize the community for and against the community organizer.  For the last five years, this has been how Obama has led the nation, crisis-to-crisis, and always leaving the middle ground for compromise like the no man's land between the trenches.

Obama's Fall From Grace Sets A Scary Precedent For Future Presidents.  If President Obama can unilaterally decide which parts of the law he must enforce, what is to prevent the next president, regardless of party, from unilaterally deciding to not enforce these and other laws passed by Congress?  And how far is he willing to test Americans' patience with his increasingly imperial presidency?

Obama's Increasingly Tyrannical Proclivities.  The Constitution does not permit a president single-handedly to alter laws, but we have witnessed more than one instance in which the Obama Administration has unilaterally changed provisions of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare.  Last year Obama unilaterally altered provisions of America's immigration laws, particularly those pertaining to the deportation of youthful illegal immigrants.  Obama hasn't gotten around to imposing his own version of "cap and trade," but he has announced that if Congress does not act on such a bill, he will do so himself.

Obama Flag at March on Washington Gets Twitter Riled Up.  We know a picture is worth a thousand words.  Apparently it's also good for fifty stars.  An American flag with President Barack Obama's face where the fifty stars normally go caused a bit of a stir on Twitter, where some objected to the "hero worship" of Obama, and complained that it was part and parcel with the rally's overall "Democratic" feel.

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Pledging Allegiance To The Flag Of The Obama Nation.  A U.S. flag with the president's face replacing the field of stars resurfaces at the March on Washington's 50th anniversary, turning the symbol of freedom many have fought and died for into a campaign prop.  It has been a while since President Obama accepted his first nomination among faux Greek columns in Denver in 2008.  But judging from the reappearance of the "Obama flag" at a march celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech, the cult of personality that has risen around him has not been diminished or discouraged.

The Editor says...
Look at the creases in that flag.  That thing is a commercially available product -- not just a one-of-a-kind creation put together by a fanatic.

The Obama Regime.  Obama does whatever he wants.  Those pesky impediments on his predecessors — namely, federal law, the separation of powers, and the Constitution — have proved as tough as tissue paper in containing Obama's ambition to impose statism on America.  From Obamacare to unions to telephones, it's basically another day, another decree.

Allen West: Obama "a very dangerous threat to the existence of America as a constitutional republic".  This is a great interview with Allen West as he discusses the lawlessness of this president and why he is "a very dangerous threat to America as a constitutional republic," a quote even Greta got wrong — twice.  In the 2nd half he discusses the Obamacare navigators who apparently will undergo no background checks as they have access to all your personal information.  [Video clip.]

Why the law does not matter to Obama.  The goal of the entire Democrat party is to be the permanent, sole political authority in the country.  This is the actual transformation that Barack Obama promised to great applause in his 2008 campaign. [...] The media will not examine Obama's imperialist manner because they do not want to.  They agree with it.  The courts are literally unable to enforce their rulings contra this administration; Obama ignores them at will and without consequence.

President Obama seems to regard the law as a mere inconvenience.
Presidential Lawlessness: It's So Cool.  "If Congress won't act, I will," the president repeatedly assures us.  But that's not the way it works in a constitutional republic of laws.  Nonetheless, Obama acts, and who's going to stop him?

Is Obama 'Insuring' Softball Questions?  [Scroll down]  American media executives, and American journalists, might have political positions with which we cannot agree, and they might not even appear sensible, but for the most part, they are still intelligent people.  And they remember a lot of what they hear or read.  They see how this administration has approached dealing with those it might view as "enemies."  They have heard how a president's choice for the FCC views control of the media. [...] So perhaps we should view these media "softball" questions as a pre-emptive defense position.  That would be the most charitable view we could take.  Otherwise, we would have to conclude that the mainstream media are acting in collusion with the administration to undermine the Constitution of the United States of America.

Plan B on immigration reform for amnesty supporters: Have Obama issue an order granting temporary amnesty.  He did it once before for the DREAMers in a cynical but effective bid to drum up Latino turnout before the election.  Why wouldn't he do it again ahead of the midterms, with Democrats desperate to rally their base to hold back a Republican tide?  Remember, this is a guy willing to ignore key provisions of his own landmark health-care law, with not even a pretense of having the legal authority to do so, if it'll help Democrats politically.

OFA Extends Cult with ObamaCare Birthday Wishes to Barack.  Obama's organizing arm, OFA, not only wants me to know that Sunday is Barack's Obama, but also that I should be politically active in "honor" of the event.  This creepiness is beyond the ability of science to measure.

Obama to America: 'Bleep You'.  It has become increasingly clear since President Barack Obama's reelection that he and his administration intend to govern as they wish, pushing as far and as fast as they can against constitutional and other legal limits which have constrained previous administrations.  It has also become more than obvious that it is willing to hurt those who might get in their way, and to exploit others whose help they can co-opt to accomplish their agenda.

Obama's Creeping Authoritarianism.  Please don't complain later that you didn't see it coming.  As always, Mr. Obama states publicly what his intentions are.  He is doing that now.  Toward the end of his speech last week in Jacksonville, Fla., he said:  "So where I can act on my own, I'm going to act on my own.  I won't wait for Congress."  (Applause.)  The July 24 speech at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., has at least four references to his intent to act on his own authority, as he interprets it:  "That means whatever executive authority I have to help the middle class, I'll use it."  (Applause.)  And:  "We're going to do everything we can, wherever we can, with or without Congress."

It's Not A Phony Scandal When President Obama Tramples The Constitution.  According to [Stanford Law School Professor Michael] McConnell, although the president may refuse to enforce laws he believes are unconstitutional, the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel (which provides opinions to the president on such issues) "has always insisted that the president has no authority, as one such memo put it in 1990, to 'refuse to enforce a statute he opposes for policy reasons.'"  And yet McConnell offers examples of the president having done so repeatedly.

Obama: I 'probably' can't legalize immigrants myself.  President Obama said in an interview with Univision airing Tuesday that he "probably" cannot legalize illegal immigrants by executive order — a decision he might be faced with if Congress fails to pass comprehensive immigration reform.  Probably not," Obama said, according to a transcript.

The perils of dispensing with the law.  On ObamaCare, as on immigration enforcement and welfare requirements, Barack Obama is following the course that cost King James II his throne.  He is dispensing with the law.  James II was ousted in the Glorious Revolution of 1688-89, in large part for claiming that he could in particular cases dispense with — that is, ignore — an act of Parliament.

U.S. Repeals Propaganda Ban, Spreads Government-Made News to Americans.  For decades, a so-called anti-propaganda law prevented the U.S. government's mammoth broadcasting arm from delivering programming to American audiences.  But on July 2, that came silently to an end with the implementation of a new reform passed in January.  The result:  an unleashing of thousands of hours per week of government-funded radio and TV programs for domestic U.S. consumption in a reform initially criticized as a green light for U.S. domestic propaganda efforts.

EPA Growth Knows No Limits.  Last week, President Obama rolled out a climate plan fit for a king.  In his speech at Georgetown University, the president declared that since Congress won't enact climate policies, he's just going to impose them — much as would a king.  Simply put, the president is using Congressional inaction as a pretext for a climate policy power grab, and that is very troubling.  Alas, it is only the latest development in a worrying accumulation of authority at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Barack Obama's Lawlessness.  Examples include (but are not limited to) unilaterally delaying implementation of the Affordable Care Act's employer mandate, issuing health-care edicts that undermine the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, making unconstitutional "recess appointments" to the National Labor Relations Board and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, refusing to enforce current immigration laws related to illegal immigrants who were brought to America as children, and waving welfare work requirements.  This is all part of a pattern in which Mr. Obama enforces laws he likes and refuses to enforce (or unilaterally alters) laws he disagrees with.  I suppose the temptation to act as a potentate is understandable; but it also happens to be illegal.

Obama's Rule by Decree.  Barack Obama has never been clear on the distinction between sovereign and servant, between the American people and those, including himself, elected to do the people's business.  We saw that yet again this week with the president's unilateral rewrite of the Bataan Death March known as the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare.  For this president, laws are not binding expressions of the popular will, but trifling recommendations to be ignored when expedient.  The collapse of law — not just Obamacare but law in general — is the Obama administration's most egregious scandal.

The Law Means Nothing to These People.  President Obama has just nullified, all by his lonesome, a provision in a duly-enacted law:  the employer mandate in ObamaCare.  It's one thing to give priority to enforcing one law over another, such as stressing interdiction of cocaine over marijuana.  But to just cancel a law is quite another matter.

Naked power play: Obama stops Obamacare employer mandate.  In a display of raw power, President Obama has once again declined to enforce the law.  Obama does not like democracy.  He has longingly told leaders of nations without democratic traditions that he wishes he had the kind of power they wield.  He has told people it would be much easier to be the president of China.  It probably would be.  The president of China can rule by decree and have his political opponents jailed or executed.

Before James Rosen, There Was James O'Keefe.  Some three and a half years ago, the New Orleans wing of the Obama Justice Department arrested O'Keefe and indicted him and three of his colleagues on the bogus charge of entering a federal building under false pretenses.  For its part, the media celebrated their arrest. [...] Although there was nothing illegal about recording the staffers and the four had all entered the building using their own IDs, the Justice Department wanted revenge for O'Keefe's and Hannah Giles's stunning takedown of the corrupt ACORN enterprise months earlier.

Obama's Fundamental Transformation of a Nation He Despises.  [Scroll down]  From the flow per second of your morning shower to the temperature at which you set your thermometer at night, from the car you drive to what you eat, from where and how your children are educated to how you fund your retirement, Obama wants government to control every moment of your existence.  Long ago, in a glorious revolution, Americans rejected this sort of tyranny when it was imposed on them by the British Crown.

Germans Loved Obama. Now We Don't Trust Him.  [Scroll down]  Germans have experienced firsthand what happens when the government knows too much about someone.  In the past 80 years, Germans have felt the betrayal of neighbors who informed for the Gestapo and the fear that best friends might be potential informants for the Stasi.  Homes were tapped.  Millions were monitored.  Although these two dictatorships, Nazi and Communist, are gone and we now live in a unified and stable democracy, we have not forgotten what happens when secret police or intelligence agencies disregard privacy.

An Uncontrollable Ego.  Obama is a loose cannonball.  He has only one guiding principle, the aggrandizement of his own ego.  But just one Nobel Peace Prize, just one presidency, can never be enough for his insatiable needs.  Obama will always need more.  Obama wants to control everything except himself.  That has always been a formula for tyranny, and Obama is no exception.

Obama cuts off sources of criticism:
U.S. Army Restricts Access To 'The Guardian' Website.  The Monterey County (Calif.) Herald has a great scoop:  "The Army admitted Thursday [6/27/2013] to not only restricting access to The Guardian news website at the Presidio of Monterey, as reported in Thursday's Herald, but Armywide."  In simple terms:  If you're accessing the Internet at an Army facility across the country, you would not be able to access parts, if not all, of the website for the British newspaper.

Politico: Obama Must Use 'Fear'.  Despite mounting evidence of the federal government's abuse of power, Politico's analysts have decided that the cure for Obama's second-term "doldrums" are that he must use "fear" to exert his will on Washington.  "Obama does not instill fear — one of the customary instruments of presidential power," write John F. Harris, Jake Sherman, and Elizabeth Titus.

More DHS insider from DC.  [Scroll down]  "The intimidation factor is huge if a media contact is outside of a small circle of 'vetted' journalists who are completely loyal to Obama and his agenda.  If you are not part of that inner circle, you are a target, it's that simple.  You are seeing the formation of a state-run media and an administration that will intimidate, punish or prosecute anyone considered unfriendly to the Obama camp from the inside and the outside. [..."]

Obama Rhetoric Matches That Of Old Soviet Leaders.  [T]he real power in the USSR was in the hands of Communist Party leaders.  They, in the name of the people, defined foes of centralized government as "enemies of the people."  Similarly, Obama's Department of Homeland Security has defined right-wing extremists as "those that are mainly anti-government, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority."  His National Security Agency has specified that in addition to gun owners and veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, right-wing extremists also "may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration."  Soviet bureaucrats were justified in harassing and persecuting "enemies of the people."  IRS bureaucrats, empowered by NSA definitions, feel free to harass and intimidate people and groups who question administration policies.

CNN: Majority No Longer Trust Obama.  [B]ack in 2006, only 52% of Americans disapproved of how President George W. Bush handled government surveillance of Americans.  Today, a full 60% disapprove of Obama on the same issue.  This is likely due to the fact that Bush always made clear that the War on Terror was his foremost concern and that he was doing everything possible to make us safe.  On the other hand, Obama ran against Bush's surveillance state and now tells us that the War on Terror is pretty much over.  But then we learn that, rather than wind down the surveillance along with the war, he has put it on steroids.

The False Excuse of National Security.  Does the Obama Administration actually want to fight terrorism all that much?  Or are they primarily interested in gathering vast amounts of information about American citizens?  Do their actions tell us where their attention is focused?  The proof, they say, is in the notorious pudding.  The government is being highly successful in invading the privacy of Americans and increasing control and surveillance.  The government is not doing so well fighting terrorism.  The actual behavior of the government points to development of a 'Big Brother" surveillance state and exposes national security as a phony excuse.

Harassment and Intimidation: The Goals of Obama's Information Dragnet.  [Scroll down]  Anyone organizing or even participating in an effort to do something about government waste, fraud, and abuse, or working to elect people who might stop the the Obama administration's Federal Reserve-assisted debt and spending death spiral now recognizes that they potentially have plenty to lose.  The IRS, based on its track record of the past three years, won't hesitate to ask them and their associates about their political beliefs, who's giving them money, what books they've read, and their ambitions for political office.  Those who really start to become pains in the rear end, or those who merely write checks in support of opposition causes, face the prospect of having the IRS target their individual and business tax returns, while other federal and state regulatory thugs perform anal exams on other aspects of their lives.

Spying on Americans: the Legal Status of Emails.  This topic has several main issues.  At the top of the list is President Obama's outrageous statement that Americans may need to give up some freedom for security from terrorism.  The president has no right to decide what degree of freedom Americans can have.  The freedom Americans have is defined not by any one elected official but by the Constitution.

A dictator needs a supply of well-armed goons who picture themselves as commandos.
The IRS And DOJ Raid Small Businesses With Paramilitary, Gestapo Style Tactics.  A short documentary by Jan Morgan of JanMorganMedia, called "Rampant Injustice" exposes the federal abuse of power that has taken place since Obama was elected.  This underexposed video documents the egregious trampling of the Constitutional rights of Americans during white collar crime investigations by the Department of Justice and the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service.

Obama's Orwellian Legacy.  Is America moving toward the Big Brother dystopia envisioned by George Orwell in some of his most famous novels?  That question has been on many minds in the wake of revelations about the National Security Agency's sweeping surveillance of phone records and Internet data.  The ACLU, for one, called these programs "beyond Orwellian" in a statement released last week.  The ACLU's response is characteristically feverish, but in at least one respect, the organization is right:  We are indeed approaching an Orwellian world.

Metadata helps find terrorists — and Obama voters.  Great cries of shock and disillusionment are echoing across many precincts of President Obama's political base, particularly among academics, civil libertarians, nonprofit activists and media celebrities.  The howls of distress stem from the chief executive's stunning reversal on the scope and constitutionality of domestic surveillance programs at the National Security Agency and elsewhere in the federal government.  Although he vociferously opposed these programs while campaigning for president in 2008 and before, Obama began singing quite a different tune once he began working in the Oval Office.

Ted Cruz: Obama targeting enemies, can't be trusted.  Texas Sen. Ted Cruz on Tuesday decried the spread of unaccountable federal agencies like the IRS and National Security Agency caught prying into American lives, charging that President Obama's promise that his administration isn't snooping on citizens can't be trusted.  What's more, Cruz said that by spreading a broad net to include average Americans in its search for terrorists via the NSA, the administration missed catching actual U.S. enemies such as the Boston Marathon bombers and the Fort Hood, Texas killer.

The Foibles and Foolishness of Barack Obama Go Beyond Ignorance.  Going into his second term, you either knew what we had in Barack Obama or you didn't. [...] But what a disappointment this man has been.  There has been no level of discord to which he has not been willing to drive us.  There have been no principles that he has not been willing to abandon.  There has been no opportunity lost to use our country for personal, political ends.

Obama's power grab.  [Scroll down]  [I]s it plausible to believe that a government that would abuse the powers of the IRS to attack political enemies, go after journalists who publish unflattering material or scapegoat a filmmaker in the hopes of providing political cover to an election-season claim that al-Qaeda was finished would have any qualms about misusing the massive power of government-run snooping and Big Data?  What we've seen here is a pattern of abuse.

The Administration: Scarier Than You Could Imagine.  Despite a trifecta of scandals, Obama and company continue to stonewall, lie, or refuse to answer questions — in essence, giving Congress and the American people the finger.  Pundits are shocked and taken aback by the unprecedented arrogance of the Obama administration.  Such pundits are a bit late coming to the dance, as we in the Tea Party have been well aware for years of the lawlessness and arrogance of this bunch of thugs from Chicago.

Ignorance is strength!
Air Force Bans Personnel from Reading News Stories Reporting NSA Scandal.  The Air Force's 624th Operations Center sent an e-mail with a NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) that prohibits them from accessing and reading news stories related to the current National Security Agency snooping controversy on the Air Force's NIPRNET (Non-Secure Internet Protocol Router Network) systems.

Obama Is Just Obama.  Obama is now somewhat shocked that a few in the media hold him responsible for lots of bad things that his administration did:  destroyed the reputation of the IRS; had a rogue EPA director invent a phony persona; let the HHS secretary shake down PR money from corporations to sell Obamacare; turned the Justice Department into a veritable Stasi enterprise going after the phone records of reporters; reduced the State Department into an arm of the 2012 Obama reelection effort; and helped erode the reputations of both Hillary Clinton and Susan Rice, who advanced campaign narratives about Benghazi that were not just untrue, but were demonstrably false the moment they were presented.

Rep. Waters: Obama Campaign Database Has Information on 'Every Individual'.  Earlier this year, in an interview with TV One, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) praised President Barack Obama for putting together a campaign database that "will have information about everything on every individual."  "And that database will have information about everything on every individual in ways that it's never been done before," Waters told "Washington Watch" host Roland, referring to Obama's "Organizing for America," which was changed from a campaign organization to a 501(c)(4) called Organizing for Action.

Ten key reasons why the Obama presidency is in meltdown.  [#2]  The Obama presidency is imperial in style and outlook [...] It would be hard to find a US president in recent times who has behaved in a more arrogant fashion than President Obama, and that includes Richard Nixon.  The Obama White House is routinely disdainful of criticism, sneeringly dismissive of Congressional opposition, nasty and brutish towards dissenting voices in the media, and completely lacking in humility.

Is This White House Running An Outlaw Government?  The Associated Press has turned up a collection of secret email accounts used by White House appointees.  Yet another dark wall is revealed in the most "transparent administration in history."

Denial and the Obama Presidency.  The president is seemingly unaware of what is going on around him.  He is either insulated from events or he is misled or the agencies being questioned are "independent," beyond his control.  Someone at the highest level of government had to issue an order to "stand down" when a request was made by those under attack at the Benghazi embassy.  Someone with authority had to issue a highly charged request that conservative organizations should be targeted by the IRS.  And it is now clear, that the sequestering of James Rosen's journalistic record was authorized by Attorney General Holder who reports directly to the president.

Obama sitting back and waiting for Internet panic to hit.  Notice how the main whistleblowers in this case are left-leaning news outlets?  When was the last time left-leaning news outlets did anyone outside of Big Government a favour? [...] Obama operates in the dark and people afraid to communicate ideas on the Internet is just what he most hopes for and most needs.  In short, Obama wants you to do what you never ever should:  Surrender and give up.

Ted Cruz Fires At Obama Administration: 'They View Constitution As A Pesky Obstruction'.  Speaking on the Glenn Beck Show Thursday night [6/6/2013], Texas Senator Ted Cruz unfurled a list of violations that he says shows "a pattern of this administration not respecting the Bill of Rights and not respecting the Constitution."  "I think they view the Constitution as, essentially, a pesky obstruction to carrying out their agenda," Cruz said.

Obama Can't Be Trusted with Power.  [Scroll down]  I would include as evidence to support my assertion the president's routine slander of his opponents, his serially misleading statements (including flat-out falsehoods about the lethal attacks on the Benghazi consulate), the IRS scandal and the public signals the president sent to that agency over the years, the unprecedented targeting of journalists by the Department of Justice and the attorney general's nasty little habit of misleading Congress, Mr. Obama's unusually dishonest campaign against Mitt Romney, and his overall contempt for the rule of law.  He just doesn't think that rules should apply to him, that he is above all that.  Those who see themselves as world-historical figures tend to do that.

President Obama's Dragnet.  [Scroll down]  The administration has now lost all credibility.  Mr. Obama is proving the truism that the executive will use any power it is given and very likely abuse it.  That is one reason we have long argued that the Patriot Act, enacted in the heat of fear after the 9/11 attacks by members of Congress who mostly had not even read it, was reckless in its assignment of unnecessary and overbroad surveillance powers.  Based on an article in The Guardian published Wednesday night [6/5/2013], we now know the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency used the Patriot Act to obtain a secret warrant to compel Verizon's business services division to turn over data on every single call that went through its system.

From Verizon's 'Can you hear me now' to NSA's "Yes, every eavesdropped word".  When "Big Brother is Watching You" was the cold war mantra of the day, there were no cellphones, no iPads, no satellite communications of any kind in the hands of the unwashed masses.  Today Big Brother is not watching you, he's stalking and harassing you — right in the place you call home.  There's nowhere to hide; nowhere to run to and no one to turn to in a world where a government that has learned how to slip being held accountable has all the tools on its side.

Ted Cruz: Obama administration reminds me of Castro's Cuba.  On "The Wells Report" radio show over the weekend, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was asked about his comment about the Obama administration's disregard for the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  Cruz explained that it was "really unfortunate and dismaying" that the Obama administration continued to disregard the Bill of Rights in order to promote its own ideological agenda, citing the Internal Revenue Service scandal and reports of the Justice Department spying on reporters.

Full Dimensions of IRS Scandal Emerge.  The incredible frequency of the visits — essentially weekly — indicate that President Obama must have been deeply involved with the inner workings of the audits and harassment of conservative groups.  If [Douglas] Schulman was in the White House every week, what was he there to talk about?  Not Obamacare.  Not without having Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in attendance, you wouldn't.  About Treasury issues?  Deficit reduction?  Not without Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner.  The obvious reason is that Obama was following the IRS audits with an obsessive, personal involvement.

What the GOP must do to save the country from leftist fascism.  Look at the stories that have been in the news just lately, from Brandon Raub the Marine the wrongfully arrested and detained for criticizing the Obama Regime to the IRS Scandal and the politicized closing of GM dealerships during the government-administered bailout and restructuring of that automaker, to the news that IRS political suppression of Tea Party and other groups cost the GOP its chance to win the presidency and control of the senate in last year's elections.  What do all these stories have in common?  Blatant, egregiously partisan, and authoritarian abuse of power by the Obama Regime to keep Barack Hussein Obama and other liberal Democrats in power in Washington D.C.

Obama shows contempt for law.  Mr. Obama — greeted rapturously in 2008 as the "constitutional law professor" who would restore respect for our founding document — has demonstrated a contempt for law unseen since Nixon.  Nixon was devious, insecure and paranoid.  Everyone knows that those are unfortunate traits.  Ever since Nixon, we've been encouraged to be wary of leaders who are suspicious or guarded.  Obama is brimming with excessive self-regard, intellectual vanity and supreme self-righteousness.  No one has ever warned Americans to regard these as dangerous traits, but they may be more worrisome than Nixon's cynicism.

They hate First and Second Amendments, but will take the Fifth.  [O]ur President and his minions are doing a great deal to infringe the individual rights protected by the First and Second amendments.  At the same time, it's clear they are dismissive of the Ninth and Tenth Amendments, which make clear that the Founders intended that the states and the people retain all powers not expressly delegated to the federal government by the Constitution.

Obama's 'Iron Curtain' descends on America.  Far more wily than Uncle Sam or Uncle Sugar, 'Uncle Satan' lures scores of U.S. citizens motivated by entitlement mentality with food stamps, free cell phones and unquestioned access to social security, into a trap from which they will never escape.  Comfortable with the guarantee the government will look after them from cradle to grave, few see the walls going up around them.

Benghazi and Obama's Ambition to Be U.N. SecGen.  In three and a half years, Obama will be out of a job.  He is 50 now and wants to soar to greater heights, because that's what matters more than anything else in his life.  What's better to Obama's Napoleonic self than being U.N. Sec Gen?  He is a man who wants to be worshiped by the world, and the path to that goal is clear.  It is also an opportunity to carry out his internationalist and pro-Muslim convictions.

Don't Blow the Opportunity Obama Has Handed Us.  Barack Obama has not hidden his animosity to Republicans in Congress, the Tea Party Movement, the alternative media, evangelical Christians, conservatives, the Catholic Church or any other entity that espouses any philosophical belief counter to left-wing extremism.  He considers these groups to be implacable adversaries that must be destroyed.  Since Obama's first inauguration he and his administration have utilized the propaganda and regulatory machinery of the government, with the aid of far too many sycophants in the mainstream media, to marginalize and overwhelm these groups.

All of Obama's Scandals Are Ultimately About Information Control.  There's really no reason for the press to suggest that the recent slew of scandals involving the Obama administration — Benghazi, the AP phone-record seizure, the snooping in James Rosen's e-mail, the IRS's targeting of conservative groups, and so on — are a confusing jumble.  There is a very clear thread running through all of the administration's actions.

Obama's Federal Gestapo is Going Down.  The current story involving Obama's use of the IRS to target political opposition via going after more than 500 patriotic action groups, their donors and their volunteers, is but one piece of a much larger conspiracy to destroy the United States beginning with all who would stand in the way of that agenda.  Yes, the administration has been using the IRS to target all political opposition since taking office in 2009.  They went after Tea Party, 912, Patriot, Liberty, Christian, conservative, republican, constitutional, pro-life and anti-global governance organizations.

Obama's Scandals and Saul Alinsky.  In recent weeks, scandal after scandal has rocked Barack Obama's administration.  His presidency might be imperiled.  Or it might not be.  Obama steadfastly remains an activist, a "community organizer."  Nor has he forgotten that which he learned from the godfather of all community organizers, Saul Alinsky.  In his Rules for Radicals, Alinsky writes that the goal "of the organizer is to maneuver and bait the establishment so that it will publicly attack him as a 'dangerous enemy.'"

The Obama Administration Dares The Press To Respond To Intimidation Tactics.  In a two-fold assault on the freedom of the press, President Barack Obama's Department of Justice has been implicated in efforts designed to intimidate both the press and their sources. [...] The DOJ subpoenaed the records for 21 phone lines in five separate AP offices, including a line that had been inactive for six years.  Those lines have been used by at least 100 reporters and reveal tradecraft and methods that AP reporters use to gather facts and build cases in their reporting.

Obama's Imbroglios.  Where are we now in this morass of Obama Administration scandals? [...] We have one massive cloud of confusion, and that is exactly what this embattled Administration wants, confusion.

America's cry for help lost in the White Noise.  Tyranny, the same kind that kept the people of the former Soviet Union and environs in the stranglehold of communism for 70 years, is making its way — unhampered — through the USA.  The Obama administration started off by identifying Tea Partiers, returning war vets and Christians as terrorists — and got away with it.  Now news reporters like James Rosen, a Fox News correspondent has been openly branded a "possible criminal co-conspirator" for his alleged role in publishing sensitive security information.  The only difference between soft tyranny and hard tyrannies is that in the latter, those deemed enemies of the state are jailed and killed.  But a cursory read through history teaches that hard tyrannies usually got their start as soft ones.

Anti-Fraud Group 'True the Vote' Harassed NOT JUST by IRS, but FBI, OSHA... then ATF?  Houston-based True the Vote is an organization dedicated to preserving the integrity of the voting process.  They're a outfit any normal, good-faith American ought to be glad exists, what with 160 U.S. counties showing more people registered than the actual number of live, eligible voters in existence.  Alas, the compulsively-crooked Obama White House despises them.  True the Vote IS NOT a Republican outfit, and promotes no candidates nor political issues- they're merely focused on ensuring legal/fair/inclusive voting.

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Obama's rabid opposition to non-partisan groups who try to prevent voter fraud can be interpreted as evidence of the intent to stuff ballot boxes and steal elections.

For Barack Obama, speech isn't free when it criticizes him.  [Scroll down]  Finally, the administration secretly tracked the phone calls of the Associated Press to root out who leaked the report of a drone strike.  Then the CIA told AP to hold off on the story so that Obama could announce it first.  This has a chilling affect on journalists.  But it's also the latest salvo in the Obama administration's war on whistleblowers.

President Obama gets an 'F' for management.  Early in his presidency, Barack Obama flaunted U.S. constitutional tradition by pushing through major social legislation, Obamacare, without a bipartisan compromise and consensus.  And he relied on a legislative sleight of hand to pass the U.S. Senate.  Simply, Obama's hard left agenda requires him to treat the constitution and Congress as mere inconveniences — expediency is his ethical standard.

This Is No Ordinary Scandal.  We are in the midst of the worst Washington scandal since Watergate.  The reputation of the Obama White House has, among conservatives, gone from sketchy to sinister, and, among liberals, from unsatisfying to dangerous.  No one likes what they're seeing.  The Justice Department assault on the Associated Press and the ugly politicization of the Internal Revenue Service have left the administration's credibility deeply, probably irretrievably damaged.

O's unfixable woe.  The problem is that these are agencies the Obama presidency has empowered and is in the process of empowering still further.  They are arms of the federal government whose authority and reach he wishes to increase — at a time when the American people might be coming to think that, especially now, these agencies need to be reined in.

A Pattern Of Power Abuse.  Tyranny isn't lurking around the corner.  It's now upon us, manifest in the pattern of misuse and abuse of government power by this presidency, as revealed in its:
  •   Siccing the IRS on its political enemies.
  •   Seizing the home phone records of journalists.
  •   Opening more criminal investigations of press leaks than all previous presidents combined.
  •   Intimidating and silencing government whistle-blowers.
  •   Doctoring CIA intelligence reports to cover up national security failures.
  •   Framing private lenders and other businesses for civil-rights violations.

Did The IRS Try To Swing Election To Obama?  The inspector general's report on the IRS targeting of conservatives makes it seem like a case of bureaucratic bumbling.  But the more we learn, the more it looks like a concerted effort to hobble Obama's political foes.

Government's heavy hand felt in IRS, AP scandals.  If there is any thread that unites these scandals, it is government heavy-handedness.  Seizing the phone records of, say, three editors and reporters would constitute a leak investigation.  Seizing the phone records of perhaps 100 is a fishing expedition and a form of intimidation.  "They're sending a clear message to our sources," says National Journal's Ron Fournier.  "'Don't embarrass the administration or we're coming after you.'"

The Burden Is on Us.  The Obama administration is drowning in the tsunami of its lawlessness. [...] What were [Ambassador] Stevens and others in the U.S. diplomatic corps doing at that Temporary Mission Facility in Benghazi in the first place?  Was the Obama administration running a Middle Eastern version of Fast and Furious?  Were we arming terrorists?  Why were particular organizations investigated and harassed by the IRS, and on whose say?  For what purposes did you snoop on the communications of the Associated Press?  They weren't pliant enough?  The responsibility is on Democrats everywhere, who must, once and for all, put aside their maniacal loyalty to a man who is finally being widely exposed as a tyrant.

Would You Believe The Administration Got Phone Records of The House Of Representatives?  That's the revelation made by California Congressman Devin Nunes, who sits on the House Ways And Means Committee on Hugh Hewitt's Show Wednesday night [5/15/2013].

O's scandals take nation by storm.  As a metaphor for big government, it is hard to top the Justice Department's seizing of journalists' phone records from The Associated Press.  Unless, of course, you think the best example is the Internal Revenue Service turning the screws on groups it viewed as conservative and, therefore, unworthy of fair treatment.  Or maybe the winner is the sneaky spreading of ObamaCare's tentacles, with insurance companies now predicting the law will drive up the cost of individual premiums by as much as 400 percent.  There are no losers in this race to the bottom — except the American people.

Obama White House Wants To Govern By Permanent Crisis.  Bill Clinton governed by the permanent campaign.  Barack Obama wants to govern by the permanent crisis.  What most see as disasters Obama sees as opportunities to ram through his progressive agenda.

Obama Continues His War on the Fourth Amendment.  White House wants legislation enacted that will punish Internet service providers who fail to cooperate with FBI requests and court orders.

Rubio: Obama Administration's "Culture of Intimidation" Led to IRS Scandal.  Senator Marco Rubio railed against the Obama administration's "culture of intimidation" today during a speech on the Senate floor.  "In the span of four days, three major revelations have been made regarding the use of government power to intimidate those who are doing things the government doesn't like," Rubio said regarding news of Benghazi whistleblowers being threatened, the IRS targeting conservative groups and the DOJ secretly monitoring personal and work phone lines of AP reporters.  "These are the tactics of the third world.  These are the tactics of places that don't have the freedoms and the independence that we have here in this country."

More about the use of the IRS as a weapon.

Obama hopes for extended crisis atmosphere.  President Barack Obama says he wants to "see if we can institutionalize" in Washington the community spirit that sometimes emerges after a terror attack or an industrial explosion.  The president made the comments during a fund-raising trip to New York, shortly after leaving Washington, D.C. in an uproar over an explosion of scandals, including last week's revelations of politically motivated IRS investigations and the White House's editing of reports on the lethal terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.

Why Barack Obama's imperial presidency is imploding.  As I've noted in previous pieces, this is a nasty, brutish, imperial-style presidency that is highly intolerant of dissent, and which goes out of its way to target political opponents. [...] Suppression of political dissent, a callous disregard for the loss of American life in Benghazi, and the relentless rise of big government — these will be three of the most of enduring images of Barack Obama's imperial presidency.

Obamite Thuggery Has Long History.  It was Michael Barone who first wrote that Barack Obama was a practitioner of "gangster government."  Barone was right.  The plethora of scandals now engulfing the administration, combined with all sort of prior scandals that a lapdog media largely ignored, show that this regime is thuggish beyond repair.

It's Harvest Time in Washington.  From the onset, the Obama administration has woven a web of fabrications so thick it is hard to see where reality ends and make-believe begins.  Over time, Obama has woven that web tighter by installing a gang of Chicago allies, confidants, tongue-biters and tale-tellers as a "shadow government" answerable only to him.  There was safety in this tight-knit crew of like-minded associates, or so they thought, until recently when parts of Obama's web began to unravel.

Watch out for Petraeus in Benghazi scandal.  Mr. Obama has only a few trusted aides, and occasional leaks from the West Wing show a paranoid president suspicious of nearly everyone around him.  Supremely confident, convinced by the fawning minions at his feet that he is untouchable, the president dismisses all controversy as partisan attacks by an overzealous opposition.  A pliant press corps of stenographers follows in lockstep.

Obama orders top aides to praise Obamacare during commencement speeches.  President Obama has ordered his Cabinet officials to praise Obamacare when giving speeches at college commencement ceremonies, even as the president's aides fear that poor implementation of the law will tarnish his legacy.

5 Benghazi Mysteries that Must Be Solved.  [#5]  Where are the Benghazi survivors and why have we not heard from them?  As many as 30 Americans survived the attack at Benghazi.  Some of them have turned up, quietly, at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.  Where are the rest?  Why have we not heard anything from them about the attack?  Are they being silenced by threats and intimidation from higher up in the government, as several State Department officials claim is happening to them?

Obama Continues His War on the Fourth Amendment.  White House wants legislation enacted that will punish Internet service providers who fail to cooperate with FBI requests and court orders.

Cruz: Obama's View of Federal Power 'Knows Virtually No Bounds'.  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) released a report documenting attempted abuses of federal power by the Obama administration on Tuesday [4/9/2013], saying the administration "knows virtually no bounds."

The Biggest Threat Of Government Tyranny Says There Is None.  The president told college graduates over the weekend to dismiss those warning of government tyranny.  But he wouldn't have brought it up if he didn't feel the need to defend his administration's heavy hand.

Obama Yearns To Have The Absolute Power Of A King.  Rather than celebrate our country's unique heritage of limited government, the president complains that he's constrained by the Founders.  Here's a man hungry for raw power.

It Wouldn't Take Long for Martial Law to be Imposed.  This is how Obama will impose martial law, if he chooses. [...] It will be done by presidential order, as has been the pattern of most of his illegality.

Obama looks to bypass Congress with appointments.  Faced with a Republican-controlled House that rejects most of his legislative goals, and facing potential opposition from Senate Republicans and a half-dozen Democratic senators on issues such as gun control, Obama's ability to carry out policy changes hinges on his Cabinet and his appointees running regulatory bodies.

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Any time you see a headline about Barack Obama bypassing the Congress, it is a warning sign.

Mother Of Slain Benghazi Officer To Sean Hannity: 'They Want Me To Shut Up'.  On Friday [4/5/2013], Sean Hannity brought Pat Smith, mother of the late Sean Smith, on his radio program.  The 34-year-old information management officer was one of four Americans murdered in the Benghazi embassy attack on September 11, 2012.  In the chilling interview, a distraught Ms. Smith, in tears, pleaded for answers and spoke of the efforts to silence her.

Something about Benghazi must be embarrassing enough to motivate the Obama people to silence this woman.

Does Obama's Election Commission Signal Federal Takeover of Elections?  Since March 28, when President Obama issued an executive order creating the Presidential Commission on Election Administration, a growing number of individuals and organizations have reacted to this move by raising concerns about a possible federal takeover of American elections.  The commission, created by Executive Order 13639, will be composed of no more than nine members, led by two co-chairs, Robert Bauer and Benjamin Ginsberg, attorneys for the Obama and Romney campaigns respectively.

Here Comes Obama's Raid on Your Retirement.  This sounds like it will only attack the "rich" today, but don't bet on it.  Note that "other retirement accounts" is likely to mean aggregation of all retirement assets, including the actuarial value of pensions and similar.

Obama Budget to Cap Retirement Accounts at $3 Million.  The budget President Barack Obama will submit on April 10 will contain a proposal that would prohibit individuals from accumulating more than $3 million in Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and tax-preferred retirement accounts.

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Remember, the income tax originally affected only the wealthy, and affected them only a little.  Tyranny starts small and grows incrementally.

Mark Levin: Obama is Trying to Nationalize Our Election Process.  So what is the federal role for setting the rules for voting?  Levin said there is none.  "In the ratification debates in the states, after the Constitutional Convention ended, after they sent draft copies of the Constitution to the states to ratify, there was much debate in the states over this issue.  And some of the anti-federalists who opposed the Constitution were very, very concerned that the federal government would interfere with state election laws.  And they felt if the federal government did that, the federal, central government would have control over the election process and use it to its benefit.  And that, ladies and gentlemen, I am certain is what Obama is up to."

Obama finds creative means to bypass Congress.  Move over executive orders.  President Obama has another tool to push policy absent congressional stamp — and it's far less known and controversial.  It's called executive action.  The beauty of the action is that it avoids Republican criticisms and conservative charges that Mr. Obama acts like a "monarch" when issuing executive orders, The Hill reports.  So while on paper, Mr. Obama may actually appear as if he's issuing fewer executive orders than many other presidents who have served two terms, the reality is he's still finding plenty of ways to bypass Congress.  He's just not calling those ways executive orders.

Obama's Tyranny: Petty or Something More Sinister?  We have a Department of Homeland Security that has become one of the largest bureaucracies in the history of our government in the space of 11 years.  There is very little accountability and DHS has extraordinary powers to infringe the constitutional rights of our citizenry.  Drones, computer monitoring, and wiretaps are all allowed under the Obama Administration's overwhelming control of the mechanisms of state.  Just the other day, DHS announced plans to scan even more private e mail traffic.  There is a simple word for all of this; tyranny.

Is it time to ask: What's Homeland Security up to?  Following the statement by presidential candidate Barack Obama about his Civilian National Security Force, Rep. Paul Broun, in an Associated Press interview, said he feared that then President-elect Obama would establish a security force to impose a Marxist dictatorship.  He said, "It may sound a bit crazy and off base, but the thing is, he's the one who proposed this National Security Force." [...] The lack of transparency and explanation about the need for such acquisitions certainly has contributed to conspiracy theories similar to that expressed by the congressman.  With all this ammunition, it is useless without a means to discharge it.  The DHS has also attempted concealment of the purchase of 7,000 assault weapons, and has again censored information about its $1.5 million no-bid contract with Remington.  Normally this would be required to be done in an open, full, and competitive bidding process.  What is the emergency that compels them to avoid this legal bidding process?

Deceiver in Chief.  Barack Obama is arrogant, intolerant, mean, dishonest, vengeful, and ruthless.  He does not wish us well.  He is considered by many of his supporters to be a savior.  In fact, he's a destroyer.  Is that an unfair indictment?  Consider the evidence.  The economy is operating far below its potential.  Is he doing anything to discover why?  Millions of people are unable to find jobs.  Does he seem concerned?  He has an abysmal ignorance of how a market economy actually works.  He doesn't show the slightest curiosity about the causes of our economic distress.

Obama turning to executive power to get what he wants.  [Scroll down]  He delayed the deportation of young illegal immigrants when Congress wouldn't agree.  He ordered the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to research gun violence, which Congress halted nearly 15 years ago.  He told the Justice Department to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act, deciding that the 1996 law defining marriage as between a man and a woman was unconstitutional.  He's vowed to act on his own if Congress didn't pass policies to prepare for climate change.

Federal Judge Finds National Security Letters Unconstitutional, Bans Them.  Ultra-secret national security letters that come with a gag order on the recipient are an unconstitutional impingement on free speech, a federal judge in California ruled in a decision released Friday [3/15/2013].  U.S. District Judge Susan Illston ordered the government to stop issuing so-called NSLs across the board, in a stunning defeat for the Obama administration's surveillance practices.  She also ordered the government to cease enforcing the gag provision in any other cases.  However, she stayed her order for 90 days to give the government a chance to appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Drones in Wonderland.  [Scroll down]  Although Sen. Paul's filibuster focused on drones, he earlier had voiced similar concerns regarding the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act ("NDAA"), calling it an "abomination" for its vague provisions that would allow the US government to indefinitely detain citizens suspected of aiding terrorist activities.  Paul had backed an amendment to the bill that limited the authority to override due process, but then a committee led by Sen. John McCain revised the language in the amendment — a wording that Paul found "insufficient."

The Last American President.  [Scroll down]  When 2016 rolls around, it is becoming clear that this President will never leave office as he has the ability, under the aforementioned Executive Orders to decree himself, Ruler for Life.  Under these Executive Orders he has granted himself to incarcerate those who would oppose him, starve populations into submission, control all jobs, wages, transportation and control the message to the people.  He now has the ability to limit the citizens' the right to defend themselves against his tyranny.  And along with his criminal partners in Congress, under the NDAA, he has the ability to "disappear" and even murder suspected political dissidents in the spirit of Mao, Hitler and Stalin.

An Order From Obama Puts Another Boot On The Economy.  According to Bloomberg media, "President Barack Obama is preparing to tell all federal agencies for the first time that they should consider the impact on global warming before approving major projects, from pipelines to highways." [...] It's happening just as Obama threatened it would:  If Congress won't pass the laws he wants — in this case limits on greenhouse gas emissions — he will just make law on his own, without constitutional restraint.

This is very reminiscent of Adolph Hitler.
Obama couldn't eat at Hill meeting without food 'taster'.  Following President Obama's lunch meeting with Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill, Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins described the food served and said the president was not able to eat since his "taster" was not present.

Obama couldn't eat at Hill meeting without food 'taster'.  Following President Obama's lunch meeting with Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill, Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins described the food served and said the president was not able to eat since his "taster" was not present.

The Man who would be King.  It must be quite nice to be king.  Or at least think of yourself as king.  Dear Leader Barack Obama exhibited that behavior while at a "working lunch" hosted by Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) last Wednesday (March 13).  The food consisted of Maine lobster salad, Fox Family Potato Chips (from Maine), wild blueberry pie, and Gifford's Ice Cream (made in Maine) for the pie.  But, Obama could not partake of any of the food because (seriously) his personal taster was not present.

Obama Declines Lunch w/ GOP Senators 'cuz He Didn't Have His Royal Tester There!  Yesterday [3/14/2013] Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) described an event she hosted:  served at a working lunch with Obama on Capitol Hill, the menu came from her home state's University of Maine, inc[luding] a recipe for healthy lobster salad/blueberry pie/etc that Collins pointed-out fit Moochelle's healthy food initiative guidelines[.  A]las, Obama could only look 'longingly' at it, as he didn't have a 'taster' present.

Obama's declaration of ineffectuality.  It's true, of course, that Obama isn't a dictator.  He also seems to point that out a lot, as National Review's Andrew Stiles observes.  Last month, for example, he noted that "I'm the president of the United States, I'm not the emperor of the United States" and called this a "problem" that he has "struggled with throughout my presidency."  It seems Obama wishes he had dictatorial powers.

DHS Approves Two $4.5 Million No Bid Contracts For More Weapons and Ammo.  According to one estimate, since last year the Department of Homeland Security has stockpiled more than 1.6 billion bullets, mainly .40 caliber and 9mm.  DHS also reportedly purchased 2,700 Mine Resistant Armor Protected Vehicles (MRAPs) to go with their bullet stockpile.  ATK is one company that won a contract with the Department of Homeland Security to provide 450 million rounds of .40 caliber ammunition in 2012.  Now this...

1.6 Billion Rounds Of Ammo For Homeland Security?  The Denver Post, on February 15th, ran an Associated Press article entitled Homeland Security aims to buy 1.6b rounds of ammo, so far to little notice.  It confirmed that the Department of Homeland Security has issued an open purchase order for 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition.  As reported elsewhere, some of this purchase order is for hollow-point rounds, forbidden by international law for use in war, along with a frightening amount specialized for snipers.

Credit Scores Relaxed Under Obama Pressure.  Bullied by President Obama's new consumer watchdog, the Big Three consumer credit bureaus have curved credit scores for deadbeats.  The capitulation is a bad omen for the economy.

Obama just wants to watch the world burn.  No one can continue to assert that President Obama is simply incompetent.  Yes, he is indeed that. [...] But there's more.  Like The Joker, Mr. Obama wants to see the world burn.  The last thing he cares about is the plight of American families.  No, the president wants to gut the Republican Party so he can win back a majority in Congress in 2014 — and secure his legacy.  And he's fully prepared to spur chaos to get what he wants.

The Chicago Roots of President Obama's Leadership Style.  President Obama did not become president with the intention of ruling as an autocrat.  It is more accurate to say that autocracy is the only style of political leadership he knows.

A Devastating 26-Word Challenge to President Obama's Leadership.  When Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, stopped by the Senate floor Wednesday [3/6/2013] to help out Rand Paul with his filibuster, he spoke for several minutes in the guise of asking a question.  But his remarks can really be boiled down to one powerful sentence that I've transcribed:  ["]Mr. President, what it comes down to is every American has the right to know when their government believes that it is allowed to kill them.["]  Ponder the modesty of that claim.  He is merely asking that American citizens be given the most basic information about their legal system:  when they're lawfully subject to capital punishment.  What would possibly justify withholding it?

OFA: The Organizing of America.  News of the powerful OFA combined with other strange rumors and tidbits (such as FEMA camps, security drills in our towns, DHS purchases of "street sweeper" tankers [sic] and billions of rounds of hollow point bullets and threats of gun confiscation) may cause many to wonder if Obama dreams of having his logo embroidered on uniforms and flags and becoming the dictator he says he's not.

What does DHS need with 2,700 armored vehicles?  You see a story like this — and the one about a billion bullets bought by the government — and you wonder why no one in Congress has bothered to look into it.  I am totally unconvinced there are any dark designs by DHS on American citizens or our democracy.  But this seems a colossal waste of money — if true — and isn't ferreting out waste like this what we are paying those jamokes on Capitol Hill for?

Once Again, Obama Suggests That Laws Don't Apply to Him.  President Obama has grown fond of saying that he's "not a dictator," "not a king," and "not the emperor," but is instead "the president."  Whether his tendency to clarify a seemingly obvious point reveals his inner desires or not, his actions in a variety of ways suggest that he doesn't think the president shares his fellow citizens' ongoing obligation to obey the law.  To the contrary, he seems to view the president as being somewhat above the law.

Army Spokesman Reminds Employees and Civilians Not to Criticize Commander in Chief.  Stephen D. Abney, the chief public affairs official for the Army's Joint Munitions Command, recently sent a message to all 6,000 employees he speaks for:  Don't criticize President Barack Obama or any political party to members of the press.  The message was received by civilian contractors as well.

Obama Is on the Wrong Side of History — and Rand Paul — on Drone Warfare.  As I've written before, there has been a shameful lack of outrage — particularly among Democrats and liberal commentators — over Obama's stance that a U.S. president can kill American citizens with no due process, no transparency, and no accountability.  If President George W. Bush had taken this stance in 2008, is there any doubt that candidate Obama would have opposed it?  But this isn't just about Obama.  Even if you trust his judgment and fidelity to the Constitution, Obama is setting a precedent for future leaders — perhaps a president you wouldn't empower as judge, jury and executioner.

A Government to be Feared.  In Obama's first term, his administration proudly touted its terrorist kill list as a means of keeping the country safe.  And while many were angered about the use of drones to kill enemies abroad, no one considered the possibility that such tactics would be used here at home.  The Washington Examiner recently reported, however the drone program might now be on steroids. [...] So yes, I am nervous when the federal government under the leadership of Barack Obama begins to arm itself for no apparent reason.  One cannot convince me that we need these measures in order to protect us from terrorist attack.

Why Is Obama's Growing DHS Army Buying Armored Vehicles?  The sequestration question du jour is why the Department of Homeland Security, busy releasing hundreds, if not thousands, of deportable and detained illegal aliens due to budget constraints, is buying several thousand Mine Resistant Armored Protection (MRAP) vehicles?  And just who are they intended to be used against?

The Coming Obama Crack-Up.  There's something almost otherworldly, and not in a good way, about this man's self-absorption and his assumption that his own wisdom is infallible and infinite.  The American body politic to him is just a giant sandworm to be ridden and controlled to effect his own exalted sense of cosmic fairness.  Fortunately, James Madison, Roger Sherman, and company created for us a constitutional system that does not easily lend itself to political messianism.  As ambition counteracts ambition, and as a multiplicity of interests continues to frustrate efforts at empire building, even the Obamessiah is now relegated to variations on a consistent, whiny refrain:  "I'm not a dictator"; "I'm not a king"; "I'm not the emperor of the United States."

5 Reasons Barack Obama is a Creep.  Is Barack Obama the Vladimir Lenin of American Presidents?  No, Lenin was competent in an evil sort of way.  Obama is more like Leonid Brezhnev:  an ultra left-wing, belligerent doofus who isn't laughed at by the general population primarily because the mainstream media liberals say nice things about him out of fear that they'll end up in a gulag if they're too harsh.

Woodward at war.  [Scroll down]  The feud also feeds a larger narrative because, like many others, Woodward thinks this is a very thin-skinned White House that does not like being challenged on the facts.  He said that explains the senior aide's in-your-face email.

Republican attorneys general see Obama misuse of power.  Top Republican legal officials say the Obama administration is reneging on key duties such as border security while overstepping its role through health care mandates and tight regulation of the energy industry, a trend that has led states to heighten their defenses against federal intrusion.  As states brace for cutbacks from the sequester standoff between President Obama and congressional Republicans, several of their elected attorneys general contrast that gridlock — and not in a good way — with Mr. Obama's precedent-setting use of executive orders and federal rule-making.

Uncle Sugar and the Rise of Obamunism.  [Scroll down]  He wanted to be hip; he wanted to be relevant.  He no longer encouraged his subjects to work hard, become independent, support their families and not have to depend on the government.  Rather, he wanted to be loved.  Most of all he wanted the folks to depend on him.

Obama's Dystopia.  Just prior to the 2008 elections, Barack Obama boldly stated, "We are 5 days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America" (October 30, 2008) [...] Just how does one "fundamentally" transform a nation whose very basis for existence is freedom itself?  The only feasible answer is to transform that already-free nation into a nation with fewer freedoms.

Clearing Away the Rubble...with Black Hawks, Tanks, and Loads of Ammo.  I've lived in this country my entire life and never heard of government agencies stockpiling millions of rounds of the hollow-point "training ammo" listed in its solicitations or shooting blanks from military aircraft over our neighborhoods and cities.  Not until now.  None of this makes sense if things are as peachy as the president claims, and I think these circumstances raise enough questions to warrant a congressional hearing.

Democide.  [Scroll down]  So, when a democratically elected American president speaks of "fundamentally transforming" his country, and of his need to act outside the constitutional framework, the population should be on guard.  When that leader begins to push for strict new "commonsense and reasonable" gun control laws, including national firearms registration in the name of "public safety," the citizenry should be on high alert.  Can any glib politician, pundit or ivory tower academic give us an ironclad guarantee that tyranny will never arise in the United States?  Not even a popular tyranny, like those of Ataturk, Stalin, Hitler or Mao?  Can anyone assure us that today's "commonsense" gun registration lists will not be used for future gun confiscation?  Of course not.

Obama is winning his power struggle with Congress.  Many conservatives believe that President Obama is a star protégé of Saul Alinsky, the revolutionary who wrote Rules for Radicals.  Alinsky began that book, "The Prince was written by Machiavelli for the Haves on how to hold power.  Rules for Radicals is written for the Have-Nots on how to take it away."  That certainly fits Obama's obsession with sticking it to the rich even though it will have as much of an impact on trillion-dollar annual deficits as a mosquito sucking on an elephant.  But it is not about the money; it's about power.  When Obama talked about a fundamental transformation of America, it's now clear he meant a fundamental transformation of power — from the people to the government.

Tragedy and Comedy at the SOTU.  When the Democrat-controlled Senate refuses to pass a budget in over 3 years, stops bills before they even get to the Senate steps, and the President refuses to acknowledge our spending addiction, take measures to reduce the deficit or balance the budget and says he'll sign bills that only contain what he wants, then the calls for bipartisanship stop before they can even begin.  We end up with a President who decrees that he will act unilaterally and extra constitutionally if the Congress doesn't do as he wishes.

Feds Buy 2 Billion Rounds of Ammunition.  Something strange is going on.  Federal non-military agencies have bought two billion rounds of ammunition in the last 10 months.  The Obama Administration says that federal law enforcement agents need the ammunition for "mandatory quarterly firearms qualifications and other training sessions."

The Executive Order The Press Agreed To Keep Secret For Five Hours.  Shortly before 4:20 p.m. Tuesday [2/12/2013], the White House emailed reporters that President Obama had signed a highly anticipated Executive Order aimed at protecting cyber security.  The order — setting up new programs aimed at stopping online espionage and terrorism — was already the law of the land, signed by the president.  But it was also secret.  The document was "embargoed until delivery of the President's in the State of the Union address" — despite the fact it had already been signed.

The latest proof that President Obama is a freebooting Marxist.
Obama and the Pirates.  You probably heard again last night that President Obama still thinks "the rich," a crass term implying low class social envy, do not pay their "fair share."  He has been barnstorming America saying precisely that for his more than four years in office now.  But the indisputable facts from official government sources say otherwise.

Obama: 'The Problem Is ... I'm Not the Emperor of the United States'.  In a Google hangout last evening [2/14/2013], President Barack Obama explained that his problem is that he's "not the emperor of the United States":  [Video clip.]

Obama says he will use executive action on climate if needed.  U.S. President Barack Obama said on Tuesday the United States needed to do more to fight climate change and told Congress he would do so by executive action if it failed to pursue a market-based system to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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I have only a few objections:  There's nothing wrong with the climate.  Carbon dioxide is not a pollutant.  There has been no global warming in this century.  Mr. Obama apparently thinks it would be worthwhile to shut down all industrial activity in order to "save the earth".  You see, Mr. Obama's entire life has been spent wasting other people's money and solving problems that don't exist, because he was raised by Communists.

Obama weighing executive actions on housing, gays and other issues.  President Obama is considering a series of new executive actions aimed at working around a recalcitrant Congress, including policies that could allow struggling homeowners to refinance their mortgages, provide new protections for gays and lesbians, make buildings more energy-efficient and toughen regulations for coal-fired power plants, according to people outside the White House involved in discussions on the issues.

Here's How Obama Is Using Executive Orders to Bypass Congress.  President Barack Obama's campaign slogan is springing to life in a surge of executive directives and agency rule-making that touch many of the affairs of government.

Presidential Power Grab: Obama Set to Unleash Executive Orders.  Newly re-elected president Barack Obama is about to unleash a sweeping set of executive orders  — on immigration, the environmentalist agenda, sexual preferences, and computer security.  The battery of new legislation from the executive branch, which is unconstitutional, follows upon his 23 'executive actions' on gun violence.

Waters: We Have 'Database That Has 'Everything On Everyone'.  "The President has put in place an organization with the kind of database that no one has ever seen before in life," Representative Maxine Waters told Roland Martin on Monday.  "That's going to be very, very powerful," Waters said.  "That database will have information about everything on every individual on ways that it's never been done before and whoever runs for President on the Democratic ticket has to deal with that. [..."]

DHS Insider: Obama's cyber warriors & preparing for collapse.  [Scroll down]  ["]Now I only had the binder for a minute, and could not take it from the room I was in, so this is strictly from memory.  It was tabbed, and one section with the word "targets" had a list of religious web sites, web sites I recognized as Christian.  Another section was a listing of conservative Internet sites.  There was another tab with the label "problem sites" that seemed quite extensive.  I looked at that section, and it was broken down further into "birther" sites, "pro-gun" sites, "anti-abortion" sites, just to name a few.["]

The Tyranny Before Us.  Adolph Hitler was not always a tyrant.  As he rose to political power his vision for a better Germany lifted his nation from the depths of a severe depression and the humiliation of defeat.  But more importantly, he gave his countrymen hope for better future while he returned to them their pride in their homeland, the pride they so passionately desired.  Tyrants are not uniformly evil.  They are capable of great good and small kindnesses.  They smile, they laugh and they love their children.  But eventually they embrace the evil which defines their tyranny, and then those who gave them their power begin to pay a terrible price.  First a tyrant tells you he cares for you, then he presumes to think for you, then he simply tells you what to do.  This is the essence of tyranny.

Democratic Senator: 'Much of Progressive Agenda is Going to Be Driven' by Obama Using Executive Power.  Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) says that he believes President Obama in his second term will drive the progressive agenda forward with a more aggressive use of executive power.  "We're going to see a president of the United States use his executive powers as much as he's allowed to under federal law and under the Constitution, in a more aggressive way than last time," Brown said in an interview with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow.

Obama's Escalating War on the Separation of Powers.  The judges rebuked Obama both because the Senate was actually in session when he made the appointments, and because two of the three positions in question became open months (in one case, more than a year) before the president implied an urgent need to fill them during a "recess."  The NLRB, however, is now ignoring the court's decision — thereby suggesting its members don't think they need to heed the legally binding judgments of the federal courts any more than the president who appointed them thinks he needs to seek the constitutionally required advice and consent of the Senate.

Do Not Comply.  From the Revolution on down we have fought wars against the same people:  tyrants.  We have sent our young men into butcher mills in Europe to protect the British, to free the French, to conquer Hitler.  For what?  To merely roll over when our own despot arises on a popular platform with propagandists singing hymns to collectivism?

Obama's Act of Constitutional Disobedience.  The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals emphatically smacked down the crazy idea that the president has the power to make recess appointments while the Senate is not in recess. [...] The decision means the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which lacks a quorum to function without the improperly appointed members, should shut down until legitimate board members are confirmed by the Senate.  But it won't.

White House working around Capitol Hill as it pushes far-reaching gun measures.  The White House has decided to circumvent Capitol Hill as it concentrates its gun-control efforts on speeches and other public appearances by President Obama and Vice President Biden outside of Washington, according to officials with knowledge of the plans.

Obama's Tyranny Takes Well-Deserved, Long-Overdue, Hit from Courts!  Spread the word near and far: Barack Obama is NOT a king nor is he above the law.  He must be challenged at every turn because it is painfully obvious that this man has far more concern for his own power and ego than he does for the Constitution and the American people!

Oh, How They Despise the Constitution: And they're not even trying to hide it any more.  White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer expressed the current mood in the West Wing this way to the Washington Post on Inauguration Day:  "There's a moment of opportunity now that's important. ... What's frustrating is that we don't have a political system or an opposition party worthy of the opportunity."  So neither the checks and balances of U.S. democracy nor the Republican Party that controls one branch of Congress is worthy of President Obama's grand aspirations.

Obama Flirting With Impeachment.  Obama and his cadre of legal eagles must know that anything he does administratively that even appears as if it is infringing upon the 2nd Amendment will draw fire and a possible move toward his impeachment.

Did someone mention impeachment?

No Need For Guns In America.  Tyranny is coming in America, despite the fact that more than half of her citizens are too deluded, arrogant, or stupid to see it.  If Obama's policy processes continue unchecked, America will experience cataclysmic civil unrest; again, unfathomable to most Americans, this is precisely what Obama intends.  The words of this President are so rife with fraud and deceit that good people simply cannot believe anyone appearing so benevolent could possibly be so bad.

President Obama's gun law diversion.  Television's History channel is running an outstanding series about each and every one of our presidents.  Nowhere in that has there been evidence of a Chief Executive with less character, lower standards, fewer morals, greater incompetence, a more dangerous socio-political agenda, and yet with increasingly arrogant, personal ambition and ego than those of President Barrack Hussein Obama.

Where Fascism Lives: Food, Fascism, and Obama Rules.  John Mackey, the feisty CEO of Whole Foods, says Obamacare is "fascist economics" and he regrets having said it, even though he insists — correctly — that it's a textbook case of Mussolini-style corporate statism.  Private property continues to exist, but the state controls all business.  That's why the fascists called their totalitarian system a "third way" between unbridled capitalism and Soviet-style Communism.

Is it really that far fetched that Obama would read Ayers' Prairie Fire Manifesto as an operator's manual?
Military leaders who 'will fire on U.S. citizens'.  Every time the organized left sneers openly at our paranoid conspiracy fantasies, it is nothing more than an attempt to shame us into silence.  For months here, troll after troll scoffed at the idea that Obama wanted to take away our guns, up to and even past the time when he and his administration made it clear that these attempted bans on magazine capacity and weapon types, coupled to vague notions of "mental health" and AG determined "dangerous" traits, is exactly the piecemeal plan to disarm us.  That is, to take away our only real protection of individual liberty.

Litmus Test for Top Officers: Willingness to Fire on Americans?  [Jim] Garrow is a respected activist who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his work rescuing baby girls from one-child China.  His source is "one of America's foremost military heroes."  This certainly gives the urgent drive to disarm law-abiding citizens some perspective.  It could also help us make sense of massive ammunition purchases by the increasingly frightening Department of Homeland Security.

Shock Claim: New Obama Litmus Test For Military Leaders: They Must Be Willing to Fire On US Citizens.  Keep in mind that there are now two military "studies" being discussed in military circles that demonize the right.  The respected "Small Wars Journal" issued a report entitled "Full Spectrum Operations in the Homeland: A Vision of the Future; [...] And this week a West Point think tank issued a paper warning America about "far right" groups such as the "anti-federalist" movement, which supports "civil activism, individual freedoms and self-government."

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This appears to be hear-say with only one source, but given Obama's past associations and recent actions, it is entirely believable.

President Obama's gun law diversion.  Television's History channel is running an outstanding series about each and every one of our presidents.  Nowhere in that has there been evidence of a Chief Executive with less character, lower standards, fewer morals, greater incompetence, a more dangerous socio-political agenda, and yet with increasingly arrogant, personal ambition and ego than those of President Barrack Hussein Obama.

GOP Rep: 'The Only Constitution That Barack Obama Upholds Is The Soviet Constitution'.  President Obama has "no concept" of the U.S. Constitution, despite his previously being a constitutional law professor, Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  Rather, he said, the president upholds the constitution of our old Cold War foe. [...] "I don't know what Constitution that other members of Congress uphold, but it's not this one," he added.  "I think the only Constitution that Barack Obama upholds is the Soviet constitution, not this one.  He has no concept of this one, though he claimed to be a constitutional lawyer."

The Collectivist Mind Game, Part 3: Demonizing Human Nature.  [Scroll down]  The government effort to demonize our individual thoughts, impulses, and human nature itself can only result in the eventual dehumanization of our society, turning independent American citizens into mindless statistical units, spiritless cogs in the machine, and powerless subjects of the state, ripe for abuse by any sociopathic government official with dictatorial tendencies.  The Game can only exist in symbiosis with big government.

Obama to Create Mass Organization Devoted to Obama.  President Obama will remake his presidential campaign into a massive new movement devoted to supporting his agenda, an unprecedented move that creates a brand new political organization devoted not to a Party, not to an idea — but to one charismatic leader.  The group, to be called Organizing for Action, opens for business Sunday [1/20/2013], the day Obama is officially inaugurated.  If this type of organization has existed before in American politics on any similar scale, I'm not aware of it.

Moments After Inaugural Address, Obama Launches Battle Machine.  Shortly after delivering one of the most divisive inaugural addresses in American history, President Barack Obama doubled down on his ram-it-through strategy by sending out an email on behalf of his newly-converted permanent campaign instrument, Organizing for Action.

Dangerous Times.  [President] Obama is stunningly arrogant and ignorant, a radical ideologue in the mold of Malcolm X, but the US media pretend he is a normal US president.  He is not.  He is the most rad-leftist president in US history.

Cruz: Obama 'High on His Own Power'.  "He is feeling right now high on his own power, and he is pushing on every front, on guns," Cruz said.  "And I think it's really sad to see the president of the United States exploiting the murder of children and using it to push his own extreme, anti-gun agenda.  I think what the president is proposing and the gun control proposals that are coming from Democrats in the Senate are, number one, unconstitutional, and number two, they don't work.  They're bad policy."

Chris Rock: President Obama 'our boss,' 'dad of the country'.  Actor and comedian Chris Rock called President Obama the "dad of the country" as he rallied on Capitol Hill to support his father figure's call for new gun controls.  "I am just here to support the president of the United States," said Mr. Rock, [...] "The President of the United States is, you know, our boss.  But also, you know, the president and the first lady are kind of like the mom and the dad of the country.  And when your dad says something, you listen.

Liberals are comparing Obama to Jesus.  Glory be, it's Obama's inauguration day!  And for some of his followers, it's nothing less than a religious event.  Fox News (who else?) reports that mega Obamaphiles are handing out posters in the streets of DC that claim Obama's coming was predicted by the Bible.

See All this adulation is a bit much.

Hannity Recites Litany of Obama Power Grabs.  It's the first time I've ever seen a conservative commenter run through even an abbreviated list of Obama's amazing but unconstitutional power grabs — something people should be reminded about over and over again.

Obama's Long-Term Goal Is The Destruction Of The Republican Party.  President Obama has had a complicated history working with congressional Republicans, but is part of his agenda the ultimate failure of his political opposition?  That was what both Bill O'Reilly and Charles Krauthammer contended tonight, with O'Reilly attributing it more to a cultural shift in the United States, while Krauthammer argued Obama's advantage is more a consequence of winning an election.

CBS News' Political Director: Obama Must 'Destroy' Republican Party.  The author of this outrageous left-wing fever dream is John Dickerson, whom Slate describes as "Slate's chief political correspondent".  What Slate leaves out of its little bio, though, is that Dickerson is also the political director at CBS News.  Dickerson is merely being Dickerson, and there's no doubt he speaks for legions upon legions of those in the media today.

Obama 2.0: Destroy the GOP as National Party.  Since winning reelection, President Obama has been aggressive, combative and supremely confident in his public appearances.  Like many reelected Presidents, he enters his second term believing he has a personal mandate from the voters.  Unlike many others in their second term, however, he seems focused not on achieving specific policy results, but in reshaping the American political landscape.  He is set to use the next four years to make the Republican Party a toxic brand in many parts of the country.

CBS News Joins Obama's War on the Republican Party, Civil Rights.  [John] Dickerson calls on President Obama to use his Second Inaugural address to do what he has already been doing since his re-election, namely, to declare war on the GOP.  Dickerson uses such eliminationist rhetoric as "go for the throat" to get Obama's blood up and get going on "transforming" the country.  Obama has spent just about every minute since his re-election trying to destroy the GOP.

Obama's Target is Not Just Republicans, but the Constitution Itself.  President Barack Obama's second inaugural address has been described as one of the most partisan ever given, heralding a sweeping left-wing agenda and demonizing his opponents.  But President Obama's target is not simply the Republican Party:  it is the Constitution itself, and the values of liberty that it enshrines.

One party system: A legacy of misery and death.  A number of progressive pundits have been urging Obama and the Democrats to sweep aside all opposition to their ultra-leftist agenda by destroying the Republican Party.  Leading the pack of yapping hyenas is John Dickerson, who in an op-ed piece for Slate Magazine urged Obama to "go for the throat" and "destroy the GOP" in order to achieve his transformational goals.

CBS News Political Director Dickerson Doubles Down On Obama Destroying GOP.  As NewsBusters reported Saturday, CBS News political director John Dickerson advised the current White House resident to destroy the Republican Party.  On Tuesday, Dickerson doubled down in a Slate piece titled "They Hate Me, They Really Hate Me: Conservatives despise my analysis of Obama's second-term options.  But it was analysis — not advice."

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Rand Paul vs. King Barack I.  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) gave an interview to the Christian Broadcasting Network in which he rather strongly denounced President Obama's threats to impose gun control through executive orders.  "I'm against having a king," said the Senator.  "I think having a monarch is what we fought the American Revolution over, and someone who wants to bypass the Constitution, bypass Congress, that's someone who wants to act like a king or monarch."

Rand Paul: Obama acting 'like a king' on guns, vows to fight exec. orders.  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Tuesday [1/15/2013] that President Obama was acting "like a king or a monarch" as the White House considers enforcing new gun laws through executive orders.  "I'm against having a king," Paul said in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network.  "I think having a monarch is what we fought the American Revolution over and someone who wants to bypass the Constitution, bypass Congress — that's someone who wants to act like a king or a monarch."

Rubio: Obama 'doesn't have the guts to admit' that he doesn't believe in the Second Amendment.  Last night [1/16/2013] on FOX News' The O'Reilly Factor, Sen. Marco Rubio R-Fla. criticized President Obama's call for Congress to pass stricter gun control laws.  "I'll let you in on secret, I mean, the President is a liberal." Rubio said wryly, "And this is part of the liberals' long time dreams for our country and he sees this as a opportunity to get some of these things done.  Rubio asserted that Obama obviously believes that banning guns was a good solution and has wanted to ban guns during "his entire political career."

Gun edicts put personal liberty under fire.  We have a president who has radically reshaped the landscape of American government so that it is more of a behemoth than at any time in history and more involved in every aspect of our lives.  It is also more unanswerable than ever before.  Now this president is issuing 23 new edicts aimed at curbing individuals' gun rights.  At the same time, his federal agencies are stockpiling more and more weapons and ammunition. [...] What does the Department of "Homeland Security" suddenly need 1.4 billion more rounds of ammunition at the very point the same government is making it harder for citizens to arm themselves?

Mark Levin Goes Off On 'Tyranny' Under Obama's 'Imperial Presidency' To Fox's Megyn Kelly.  "He keeps telling us he won re-election," Levin said of the president.  "Congratulations!  But guess what, the Constitution wasn't up for election, it wasn't for a referendum," he continued, before rattling off the list of ways he believes the president has expanded his office into an "imperial presidency," including "unilateral action" on immigration, the tax implications of ObamaCare, "attacks on religious liberty," and the potential use of executive order on gun control.

Bloomberg: Obama Should 'Go Around Congress' to Appoint ATF Director.  New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Monday [1/14/2013] urged President Barack Obama to make a recess appointment for the head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, as one of several steps that Obama can take to on gun control "without congressional approval at any time he chooses with just the stroke of a pen."

Will Obama Exceed His Authority — Again?  Charged by President Obama with forming a task force to examine possible solutions to senseless shootings as we saw at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut last month, Vice President Joe Biden mentioned one tool available to the president is the Executive Order (EO).  It is a viable tool for a president to specify how established constitutional precedent or statutes will be enforced, but it cannot be used to create law.  If the president uses the EO to limit the Second Amendment, or to raise the debt limit, as has also been suggested, he would clearly be acting unlawfully.

Obama's Panicked Gun Control Won't Solve Gun Violence.  House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, in an interview last week, very tellingly said regarding new gun-control laws, "the safety of our country cannot go as slow as the slowest ship in the House of Representatives or even the United States Senate."  Translation:  Democrats are determined to bypass the normal, orderly process of congressional hearings and votes by the elected representatives of the American people.  And how coincidental that the House of Representatives has a Republican majority.

NYT Report: Obama To Ram Through Immigration Legislation To Grant Amnesty To 11 Million Illegal Immigrants.  I can't be the only one with zero confidence in the GOP leadership to stop this.

Top Democrats tell Obama to ignore Congress on debt limit.  Senate Democrats on Friday urged President Obama to do an end-run around Congress and claim the power to borrow more money on the credit of the U.S.  The move, should Mr. Obama follow their advice, would likely force another constitutional battle between the executive branch and congressional Republicans.  But the Senate Democrats, including Majority Leader Harry Reid, said Mr. Obama should turn to the strategy as a way of circumventing the GOP on the debt limit.

Obama Provoking a Constitutional Crisis.  An armed citizenry has always checked tyranny and the dictator's lust for authority.  Conversely, tyranny always hungers to disarm its citizens as soon as it assumes unbridled power.  These are the immutable laws of empires and tyrants.  If America begins to walk the path of further gun control, history teaches us in exquisite detail that we will not survive as a constitutional republic.  As this constitutional crisis unfolds, millions of citizens are made slack-jawed by the Obama's Administrations rabid attacks on the 2nd and 5th Amendments and Article 1, Section 1 of the Constitution.

It's about more than guns.  Today, we find ourselves at the precipice of a tyrannical takeover and the complete destruction of our Republic, best illustrated by the talk of disarming the American populace.  The assertion is that the it's for the children when, in fact, the children are being used as political capital to advance the political agenda of American disarmament, loss of liberty, sovereignty, and the rights bestowed on our Republic by God as enumerated by our Constitution.  Notice how there is a war not only against gun owners, but a parallel war against the very Judeo-Christian principles on which this country was founded.

Under the Green Hammer.  President Obama's reelection has the climate cult chomping at the bit to get a long wish list of policies put in place, from energy taxes to cap-and-trade to a possible blockade on coal and natural-gas exports.  And most of these activists are in no mood to let that messy little obstacle called the democratic process slow the juggernaut.  Some, like the Natural Resources Defense Council, are encouraging the president to bypass Congress and shutter more coal-fired power plants through executive action.

Biden: Obama Will Bypass Congress for Gun Control.  Vice President Joe Biden, who has been charged by President Obama with running the task force to prevent situations like the Sandy Hook massacre, announced that he wouldn't be raising legislative solutions at all.  Instead, he said that President Obama might simply declare his preferred gun policy the law of the nation.

Journalists react in shock to Drudge Report header featuring Hitler and Stalin.  Shocked journalists this afternoon were quick to react to the Drudge Report's controversial header photo comparing President Obama to Hitler and Stalin.  The item linked to a Weekly Standard article reporting that President Obama was willing to address the gun issue with an executive order.

Obama Power Grabs on the Horizon.  Almost a dozen new gun control bills were introduced on the first day of the new congressional session.  Joe Biden's task force continues its frenzied pace of activity, even as it broadens its scope far beyond the reinstatement of the ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, moving into such arenas as universal background checks for gun buyers, a national database tracking the movement and sale of weapons and measures that Obama could enact by executive order.  Yet such an imperious manner of governance will not be limited to gun control.

Fact-Checking the Gun Grabbers.  After observing and opposing and reporting on Barack Obama's actions for going on six years now, it's evident that majority opinions and facts have no effect on him.  If it was a fact, for instance, that the Bush era deficits were unpatriotic as Obama said they were, what are the larger Obama deficits? [...] If it was a fact that raising the debt ceiling was bad enough that it prompted Senator Obama to vote against it, why is he now arguing for unilateral power to raise the debt ceiling without any congressional input?  This president rejects the law and the very concept of a national budget at all.  He has said on more than one occasion that he wishes he could just do whatever he wants, without our elected representatives' input.

Trying to nudge the Constitution out of place.  Will 2013 come to be known as the year of presidential decree?  The year the president ignored Congress, changed the rules of government, and put into place whatever policies he saw fit? [...] During his first term, President Obama issued executive orders in lieu of laws passed by Congress, signed executive agreements with foreign countries in lieu of treaties ratified by the Senate, and formulated burdensome regulations with little legislative justification.

Biden: Obama May Use 'Executive Orders' to Crack Down on Guns.  Earlier today [1/9/2013], Vice President Joe Biden addressed the ongoing discussion and debate surrounding gun control.  Rather than relying strictly upon the legislative process, he said that Obama "is going to act" — and potentially without Congress' blessing.  Before meeting with gun safety and victims' groups, the vice president told reporters that "executive orders" may be an avenue that the administration will use to take swift action on firearms.

Let it begin here.  Word has come down in recent days that the President of the United States may attempt to gut the Second Amendment via an executive order, reclassifying popular self-loading firearms as Title II weapons the same as hand grenades, rocket launchers, and crew-served machine guns.  In doing so, he would force you to register your firearms with the Federal government, pay a draconian tax for merely keeping what you already own, and shred your right to privacy, allowing the federal government into your home unannounced to "check up" on or confiscate your guns at any moment they see fit.

Fight for your life today.  Tyranny, rooted in these gun control proposals, is exactly what the Second Amendment was written to prevent.  Each of us has a natural human right to keep and bear arms to preserve life and liberty.  History proves that surrendering arms to the state has always been a fatal mistake for populations who disarmed.  Unless you, and me, and millions of Americans voice clear, strong and constant objections to Congress, starting today, two centuries of American liberty will end under this president.

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We're Not Forking Over Our Guns to a Government That Just Bought 1.4 Billion Rounds of Ammo.  [...] and do keep in mind that the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution was intended to protect the populace from the actions of a tyrannical government — it wasn't meant for hunting, or even stopping stage-coach robberies — it's there primarily to defend Liberty from precisely the type of megalomaniacal leaders we find ourselves saddled with today.

Obama's Disarming Haste.  The president and vice president of the United States are urging immediate action on gun control, pre-empting all debate about the measures' constitutionality; and their justification for this urgent, anti-constitutional action is that "the American public has a short memory."  In other words, this is not a real crisis (i.e., an ongoing threat), and the public will soon realize that, and carry on with life as usual; therefore, we must act before that happens.

Too bad she's not this enthusiastic about the Second Amendment.
Pelosi urges Obama to sidestep Congress, use 14th Amendment to raise debt ceiling.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi shared her own idea Sunday on how to avoid a government shutdown should the Republican House and President Barack Obama find themselves unable to reach an agreement on raising the debt ceiling:  invoke the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.

White House 'blocks use of pictures of Malia and Sasha Obama on the beach'.  Paparazzi shots of Malia and Sasha Obama have been blocked by the White House after a photographer reportedly stumbled across the girls on a public beach in Hawaii. [...] Secret service agents, who were accompanying the girls on their walk, immediately approached the photographer and asked for identification.  They allowed the man to keep his camera but gave him a stern warning to stop photographing the first daughters.

An Appeal for Dictatorship Comes Out of the Closet at the New York Times.  True to form, the New York Times saw out 2012 by publishing another apology for dictatorship.  In his op-ed, Louis Michael Seidman — Professor of Constitutional Law at Georgetown University — argues that the Constitution should be abandoned.  The suggestion is so preposterous that it is tempting to dismiss the article altogether, but to do so would be to miss some very revealing implications.  The article is not so much a suggestion of constitutional reform as an open call for dictatorship.

The Editor says...
Rather than abandoning the Constitution, let's abandon the New York Times.

Obama Seizing Sole Authority for US Defense.  In an attempt to seize total control over national security and bypass congress, a frightening new step by the Obama Administration is coming into play.  As noted in Friday's Wall Street Journal in an op-ed by John Bolton and John Woo, a State Department advisory group that is run by former Secretary of Defense William Perry is advising that the U.S. and Russia both reduce nuclear weapons without a treaty, as a treaty would require ratification by Congress.  This would allow Obama and his executive branch to unilaterally cut our nuclear weaponry and ignore the treaty clause of the Constitution.

Obama: We Must Limit 2nd Amendment Despite "Resistance".  Unfortunately, this is not a satirical headline.  This is from the President of the United States.

Obama wants gun violence measures passed in 2013.  "Will there be resistance?  Absolutely there will be resistance," he said.

Is President Obama Really A Socialist?  President Obama says that income taxes must be raised on the rich because they don't pay their fair share.  The indisputable facts from official government sources say otherwise. [...] Is he ignorant?  Wouldn't somebody in his Administration whisper to him that he is peddling nonsense?  The answer is that to President Obama this is still not fair because he is a Marxist.  To a Marxist, the fact that the top 1% earn more income than the bottom 99% is not fair, no matter how they earn it, fairly or not.

President Obama, Immigration Czar.  If these ever-changing immigration rules are indeed a legitimate use of executive discretion, then perhaps the president might tell us what would not be?  Along with most of the American public — not to mention Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution — I was under the distinct impression that immigration law was a federal responsibility and that its provisions were to be determined by the U.S. Congress, and not by the executive branch.

Obama signs warrant-less surveillance bill.  U.S. President Obama Sunday [12/30/2012] signed a five-year extension of the law allowing warrant-less electronic surveillance of suspected terrorists, the White House said.

Feinstein unveils sweeping gun-control agenda.  Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., plans to introduce sweeping gun-control legislation at the beginning of the congressional session in January. [...] The senator describes the proposal as a version of the assault-weapons ban that expired in 2004.  Feinstein's legislation ban scores of firearms, including military-style "assault" weapons and high-capacity ammunition feeding devices.  It also calls for the creation of a federal register that would require millions of gun owners to be fingerprinted and photographed.

Obama Wants 'Unlimited' Power To Borrow.  President Obama has reiterated his demand to have Congress cede him the power to grow the debt unchecked by the legislative branch.

The latest from "DHS Insider".  As Fred states here and I have to agree with his thoughts, make of this what you will.  There are too many incidents, reports, things that just do not 'add up' and when one looks at massive ammo purchases by numerous government agencies, the 'facts' about Newton NOT adding up as reported by the LSM, one had better be thinking about the coming collapse and worse.

Krauthammer slams Obama for 'illegal and unconstitutional' regulatory overreach.  As the number of regulations from the federal government is continuously expanding, the comment period for regulations has been shortened from 60 days to 45 days, a move that Krauthammer said overwhelms small businesses. [...] "Then you've got the lack of being open about it.  The administration has this short comment period, where you are supposed to have 60 days, by executive order, and you're not getting it.  Which means essentially, the executive runs this."

Mandatory Voting: Is This The Obama Administration's Goal?  [Scroll down]  Remember this as the Obama administration mounts a drive to federalize voter registration, a step toward making voting mandatory.  Attorney General Eric Holder considers it self-evidently alarming that 60 million adult citizens were not registered in 2008.  He wants Washington to register everyone automatically.

The Editor says...
Voting is compulsory in some countries* but it would probably backfire on the Democrats if it were implemented in this country.  In the 2012 election, President Obama won (in my opinion) because of apathy and a widespread sense of futility, not because of any great accomplishments on Obama's part.

Prez wants to spy on US.  Can you imagine what would have happened if the Bush administration had implemented "no-probable-cause" searches like these?  Actually they tried to.  The Republican Congress stopped it.  So Obama's doing it the "executive order" way:  He's launched widespread spying on we the people, directly from the White House, without going through our elected representatives.  And where are the liberals?  Where are Michael "War Crimes" Moore and Keith "Bush Is A Fascist" Olbermann?

Harry Belafonte Suggests that Barack Obama Jail Political Detractors.  Leaving aside Belafonte's hatred for Bush and his fondness for dictator-style governing, it's still kind of alarming to hear that ole' Harry suggested President Obama incarcerate American citizens who speak out against him.  The topic came up when Belafonte appeared as a guest on Al Sharpton's Politics Nation.

Obama Bypasses Congress to Mandate Black Boxes for All Cars — Beginning in '14.  Bypassing Congress, the Obama administration has issued a proposed administrative rule, which if adopted, would mandate the installation of "black boxes" in all automobiles and light trucks beginning in 2014.  The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposed the regulation on Dec. 7, which it said "would capture valuable safety-related data in the seconds before and during a motor vehicle crash."

U.S. Can't Afford Obama's No-Debt-Limit Credit Card.  The president tells business leaders he wants to do away with Congress when it comes to raising the country's legal debt limit and be able to do it all by himself.

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An Embarrassing Metric Disappears.  As the din of America's falling headfirst over the fiscal cliff reverberates across the nation, the Obama administration is quietly killing a key economic metric that tells how, and how many, people are voting with their feet.  Since 1991 the Internal Revenue Service has been compiling statistics on filers' addresses, which the agency's Statistics of Income division uses to show who is moving into and out of every county and state in the nation.  As you'd expect, the IRS also knows the aggregate income levels of those who move.

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Obama: 1, Informed Public: 0.  I've been worried about this for some time:  the government would start either manipulating the data or hiding it altogether.  Eliminating the [Statistical] Abstract [of the United States] is not just a matter of crimping the mirth of data hobbyists like me; it is ominous.  It is hiding the truth.  It is Soviet-like.  It is a short step from airbrushing people out of photos.  The Abstract has been around for 133 years, or about a century longer than the Department of Education has.

Obama and Slavery.  Thomas Jefferson owned about six hundred slaves over the course of his life.  That is to say, he was involved in denying individual sovereignty to six hundred people.  Barack Obama, by comparison, wishes to deny individual sovereignty to over three hundred million people.  And yet according to the left, Jefferson should be dismissed as a hypocrite, and one of the noblest documents ever written reduced to the status of mere "politics," whereas Obama, who seeks to destroy that document, ought to be seen as a champion of equality and fairness.

NBC's Williams Fantasizes Over Change in Constitution Allowing Obama to Control Business by Fiat.  In an interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook for Thursday's NBC Rock Center, host Brian Williams wondered why the tech giant couldn't be a "made-in-America company" and outlined a political scenario in which President Obama was all-powerful:  "Let's say our Constitution was a little different and Barack Obama called you in tomorrow and said, 'Get everybody out of China and do whatever you have to do, make these, make everything you make in the United States.'"

House Dems: Debt Limit Should Be Off the Table.  The House Democratic leadership said Wednesday [12/5/2012] that the debt ceiling "ought not be a negotiating item" in Congress, thereby ceding their constitutional authority to borrow money to President Barack Obama.

Obama: Give me Dictatorial Powers or I'll Take your Country out.  Obama now demands full dictatorial powers over the US economy and the elimination of Congressional authority — or even input — in all economic matters.  In exchange, Obama said he "may" consider spending less of the taxpayers' (aka "serfs") money — but, he did not say it was a guarantee.

Obama: I am the law.  Obama isn't the first president to abuse the clause to appoint nominees that the Senate wouldn't confirm.  He is, however, the first to invoke the power when the Senate was — according to its own rules — actually in session.  The White House called the "pro forma" sessions adopted by then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid "a procedural trick" aimed at unjustly stifling his ability to bypass Senate confirmation.  Forty-two Senate Republicans have signed an amicus brief in another challenge to Obama's recess appointments pending before the D.C. Circuit.

Pelosi: Give Obama Power to Personally Lift Debt Limit to Infinity.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on Friday [11/30/2012] that Congress should hand over to President Barack Obama the power to unilateral increase the limit on the U.S. government's debt.  In effect, under the plan Pelosi is endorsing, the only limit on the national debt would be President Obama's willingness to borrow money in the name of American taxpayers.

President-for-Life, King of the World paving the way for Messiahship.  Barack Hussein Obama is not only not denying his Messiahship, he's basking in the new role cast for him by gloating supporters.  At Sunday's Soul Train awards, Obama was nominated as "Our Lord and Savior" by Oscar-winning actor/comedian Jamie Foxx, who was answered by a wildly cheering throng.  The YouTube showing the cheering throngs to Foxx's naming Obama "Our Lord and Savior" was mysteriously removed from the Internet yesterday morning [11/27/2012].

Pravda: Obama Voters are Ignorant Tools.  Back in 2009, libs gleefully discredited a rumored statement by Vladimir Putin that went 'Obama is either intentionally trying to destroy the US economy, or he's an idiot'.  Seems the story was generated by a satirical bit, but now that we're getting basically the same angle from Pravda, it does lend credence to the idea this is what Putin actually thinks — indeed, the news service/paper is closely allied to the Kremlin.

Obama's Soviet Mistake.  Recently, Obama has been re-elected for a 2nd term by an illiterate society and he is ready to continue his lies of less taxes while he raises them.  He gives speeches of peace and love in the world while he promotes wars as he did in Egypt, Libya and Syria. [...] He is a Communist without question promoting the Communist Manifesto without calling it so.  How shrewd he is in America.  His cult of personality mesmerizes those who cannot go beyond their ignorance.  They will continue to follow him like those fools who still praise Lenin and Stalin in Russia.

Pravda Calls Obama a Communist, Blames his Reelection on 'Illiterate Americans'.  Oh, how times have changed.  Obama is too Communist even for Pravda.

Obama in Burma: 'I cannot just impose my will on Congress, even though sometimes I wish I could'.  During a lengthy speech at the University of Yangon in Burma, President Obama signaled the important traits of American democracy, particularly his limited powers as president.  "As President, I cannot just impose my will on Congress — the Congress of the United States — even though sometimes I wish I could," he stated.  "The legislative branch has its own powers and its own prerogatives, and so they check my power and balance my power."

Obama Laments Not Having Dictator-Like Powers.  It's not like he hasn't tried with his abuse of executive orders.

Emulating Dictators.  As if Obama's "Youth Brigade" wasn't bad enough last election season, now a pro-Obama song ad has been released by advertising agency Goodby, Silverstein & Partners titled, "Future Children Project, Re-electing President Obama."  Through the song's lyrics, they are using children to promote Obama's un-American, un-Constitutional agendas such as global warming, homosexuality, animal rights, welfare, green energy, government control of education, and a disdain for parents.

Obama Administration Hid Record Food Stamp Numbers Until After Election.  The Obama Administration hid the record food stamp numbers from the American public until after the election.

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A Few Things I Never Want to Hear Again:  [#4]  "I know he's a good man, and wants what's best for America."  I hope this is the last presidential election in which conservatives will have to hear this validate-your-opponent claptrap from their standard-bearer.  Barack Obama is neither a good man nor one who wants what is best for America.  He is a bad, conscienceless man, who wants to undo America in the name of a very foreign model of social organization.

What to expect in Obama's second term:  [#3]  Implementation of a civilian security force just as strong and just as well financed as the Defense Department.  That would be over 200,000 storm troopers with a budget of X trillion, — i.e., the same as DoD.  Why would we need 200,000 storm troopers?  Is that what he thinks is necessary to put down a middle-class revolution?  Sounds a bit like the Nazi Gestapo or the Soviet secret police:  NKVD.  Further, he bought 1.2 billion rounds of hollow point ammo — enough to drill each of us with 40 rounds apiece.

A National Security Hybrid.  The German Schutzstaffel, the infamous SS, and the Soviet KGB, Committee for State Security, both began as hybrid security organizations.  They were deliberately created outside traditional governmental roles, exclusively for the consolidation and implementation of power on behalf of a single individual. [...] Is there any doubt that this administration and its czars would seek partnerships with La Raza, ACORN and its renamed offshoots, Move On, PETA, the Center for American Progress, Media Matters, CAIR and other Islamic organizations, the Sierra Club, AFL-CIO, the SEIU, and the AFT and CTA?  As these groups may become institutionalized into a national security hybrid, new orders will come down from the council, and information will flow up to Washington.

Obama: A Man Without a Conscience.  For a long time, intrepid critics of Barack Obama have described him, accurately, as a pathological liar.  The Benghazi affair must force even the most circumspect among us to recognize that the problem is even more serious:  the president of the United States has no conscience.

Would Obama Incite Civil Unrest to Win?  The Obama campaign is attempting to cast Romney and his supporters not as people with the wrong ideas, but as The Enemy.  In this circumstance, fear can easily give way to extreme outrage — and perhaps to violence and intimidation.  This is particularly true when the target audience of this fear-inducing invective is ignorant, emotion-driven, and dominated in its thinking by entitlement greed, rather than by considerations of right and wrong.

Obama campaign sign in L.A. modeled after Fascist Mussolini portrait.  PJMedia contributor Ringo came across these intriguing Obama campaign signs yesterday in front of a house in Hollywood.

Obama the intimidator.  Most Americans have an image of Mr. Obama as an unflappable, smooth and above-the-fray president.  There used to be some truth to that perception, but it has evaporated slowly over the past four years as a meaner, nastier and more combative Mr. Obama has emerged.  Intimidation is a tactic Mr. Obama has employed liberally in pursuit of his policy agenda.

Time to Reconsider the Imperial Presidency.  The growth of the imperial presidency, as it was described by historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. in 1973, has for decades distorted the constitutional contract between the presidency and the citizens of the republic.  That distortion reached its peak with the fanfare that accompanied Barack Obama's ascension to power in 2008.  Not only has Obama assumed powers never intended for the executive branch, but his messianic posturing raised expectations that could never be fulfilled.

Another Obama Executive Order Allows Seizure of Americans' Bank Accounts.  The latest executive order (EO) emanating from the White House October 9 now claims the power to freeze all bank accounts and stop any related financial transactions that a "sanctioned person" may own or try to perform — all in the name of "Iran Sanctions." [...] And if the individual so "sanctioned" decides that the ruling is unfair, he isn't allowed to sue. In two words, the individual has successfully been robbed blind.  But it's all very legal.  The EO says the president has his "vested authority" to issue it, and then references endless previous EOs, including one dating back to 1995 which declared a "state of emergency" (which hasn't been lifted):  Executive Order 12957.

Obama's Constitution.  President Barack Obama is running roughshod over the Constitution, legal scholars say, by disregarding it, changing laws outside the legislative process, and extending federal power in unprecedented ways.  The president has "profound disdain for the Constitution," said David Rivkin, a lawyer at the BakerHostetler law firm in Washington, DC. [...] Under the president's judicial philosophy, legislation ideally "streamlines government action" so it can "grow and experiment," all while overcoming barriers like the checks and balances built into the Constitution, said Charles Kesler, a professor of government and constitutional scholar at Claremont McKenna College.

Is Obama Introducing National Socialism to the United States?  The U.S. has dabbled in National Socialism before; elements of Roosevelt's New Deal emulated Mussolini's policies, and were implemented by men who made no secret of their admiration for Il Duce.  But it has been a long time since anyone has seriously tried to turn the United States in a National Socialist direction.  Which is what Barack Obama seems to be doing.

Obama Is Right.  He sold himself to America as a constitutional scholar.  Yet when the minutiae of governing — proposing and crafting legislation and lobbying for its passage — got too difficult, he hit the links and ruled by executive order.  He couldn't get Congress — even when he had super majorities in both houses — to agree to bankrupt the nation's economy with his idiotic cap and trade legislation.  Instead, he has had the EPA create regulations to implement the most disastrous parts anyway.

Bullying Prevention Awareness Month.  [#1]  Legislation that will affect over 300 million Americans was passed through questionable means in the middle of the night, without legislators knowing what was in the bill, at a time when the majority of Americans didn't want it.  One would say that this fits into the "coercion" and "force" genres, no?  [#2] This administration bears no love for fossil fuels, so a rigorous campaign to shut down coal plants and curtail future oil exploration has been implemented.  They can't persuade us to use renewable energy sources, so force is used.  "Energy prices would necessarily skyrocket."  Again, is this not a form of bullying?

Senators join suit over Obama's constitutional powers.  Republican senators on Wednesday [9/26/2012] joined a lawsuit arguing President Obama violated the Constitution when he used his recess appointment powers earlier this year to fill several controversial posts.  The move intensifies a simmering separation-of-powers battle over Mr. Obama's executive powers, which Republicans say he has abused during his term in office.

iSPY For The Government.  Enlisting untrained citizens to be the eyes and ears of the state is a classic hallmark of an authoritarian society.

NAACP Official: Obama Campaign Staffer Threatened Me.  The President of the South Suburban Branch of the NAACP alleges a director of the re-election campaign of Barack Obama has threatened and intimidated him because he doesn't support the president.

Obama Raises $150M in September, Tries to Block 'Blockbuster' Donor Scandal.  According to the Washington Examiner, "a taxpayer watchdog group conducted a nine-month investigation" and uncovered "thousands of cases of credit card solicitations and donations" to the Obama campaign.  Many of those donations have allegedly come from overseas and may be in violation of federal election laws.  National outlets are preparing stories on the matter, and the Obama campaign has been trying to block those stories from being published.
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Actress Jessica Alba asks voters to pledge allegiance to Obama.  The Obama campaign has launched its "For All" campaign, encouraging supporters to take pictures of themselves with their hands on their hearts and a note explaining why they support President Obama.  Actress Jessica Alba uses the Pledge of Allegiance as an example of the campaign in an email to supporters.

The U.S. of O.:  Yesterday we had some fun at the expense of the Obama campaign's latest effort to attract voters whose age and IQ are both in the 18 to 29 range.  The campaign instructed its followers to write messages on their right hands then upload to Facebook or Twitter photos of themselves pledging allegiance to the Dear Leader.  The hashtag, #forall, echoes the final words of the real Pledge of Allegiance.

An Obama Revelation: Supporters Marking Their Right Hands.  The Obama campaign recently asked its followers to write messages on their right hands and, with their hands pressed over their hearts, pledge their allegiance to Obama by posting these pictures on Twitter or Facebook.  A number of celebrities such as Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, and Jessica Alba complied.  Of course, for those who are not part of the Obama cult, such actions, as well as the very request, are creepy.  The act seems more an expression of quasi-religious adoration of and not just political support for Obama.  But for one who has read the New Testament closely, the actions are much more ominous.

Obama's Creepy Cult of Personality.  Last week, the Obama campaign started selling a refashioned American flag with its logo replacing the stars, and then urged Americans to pledge allegiance to Barack.  Did we just wake up in Mao's China?

A short visual history of the creepy Obama cult.

Obama Campaign Quietly Ditches Faux Flag.  The Obama campaign produced a poster of an American flag, with Obama's "O" symbol replacing the field of stars, as an item of campaign merchandise, selling for $35.  The image was tasteless at best.

The Commonness of Barack Obama.  Obama has repeatedly shown by word and deed that he wants to remake America, to change our country from what it has been into the country that Obama envisions.  In having this goal, Obama is like countless political leaders — socialists, fascists, emperors, dictators, caudillos, welfare statists, etc. — who have shared the egomaniacal belief that the world would be a much better place if everyone would simply do what the "enlightened planner" wanted them to do.

Issa: Obama 'Enemies List' Nixonian.  Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), chair of the House Oversight Committee, has come out firing today [9/20/2012] after reports about collusion between the Department of Justice and far-left propaganda machine Media Matters for America.  The reports showed that DOJ officials and Media Matters were trading information about particular conservatives, including Breitbart News editor Joel Pollak.

Justice Department's Warrantless Spying Increased 600 Percent in a Decade.  The Justice Department use of warrantless internet and telephone surveillance methods known as pen register and trap-and-trace has exploded in the last decade, according to government documents the American Civil Liberties obtained via a Freedom of Information Act claim.

ACLU: Obama Has Quadrupled Warrantless Wiretaps.  The ACLU released a report this week that shows that under Obama and his Attorney General Eric Holder, warrantless wiretapping and monitoring of American's electronic communications is "sharply on the rise."

Why does Homeland Security need 1.4 billion rounds of ammunition?  The Department of Homeland Security has purchased 1.4 billion rounds of ammunition — that is not a typo — during the last six months.  This includes 450 million rounds of .40 hollow point, 200 million rounds of .223 rifle ammunition, and 176,000 rounds of .308 168-grain hollow point boat tail (HPBT) that is used almost exclusively as ammo for sniper rifles. [...] We must never forget that tyrants throughout modern history (Pol Pot, Hitler, Stalin and Mao) always disarmed their opponents before rounding them up and sending them to the killing fields.

President Relies On a Cult of Personality in Tight Election.  It's difficult to understand how a president with the most failure-ridden foreign and domestic policy in modern history still stands to win some 47 percent of the American vote, according to the latest polls.  But the answer is simple.  Since 2007, Barack Obama has been building a cult of personality reminiscent of fascist leaders.  That doesn't mean he's a fascist; it doesn't mean that he's Hitler or Mussolini or Stalin.  But his semiotics and iconography are far more suited for a fascist country than a vibrant republic.

Obama in 1998: "I actually believe in redistribution".  At an October 19, 1998 conference at Loyola University, Barack Obama spoke against "propaganda" that said government doesn't work and the need to "pool resources and hence facilitate some redistribution because I actually believe in redistribution."

Barack Obama Cannot Be Serious.  An American citizen exercised his First Amendment right to produce a crappy film.  In response, the President of the United States sent "brownshirted enforcers," as law professor Glenn Reynolds put it, to "voluntarily" take that man in for "questioning," thereby trampling on the Constitution overtly enough that Reynolds called on Obama to resign.

Barack Obama, the Socialist.  [Scroll down]  Though Obama — in the tradition of the Democratic Socialists of America, ACORN, and the Midwest Academy — has carefully avoided openly referring to himself as a socialist, he gives us a glimpse of his mindset every now and then, particularly when he is busy fomenting class envy, demonizing financial prosperity, and advocating wholesale wealth redistribution. America's Fascist Economy.  Politicians and intellectuals are always talking about how businesses "should" act, for the supposed sake of the greater good.  The notion that businesses operate and make decisions only with the consent of the government is known as fascism.

Obama and Media Attack Free Speech.  It's a frightening and terrifying future we face if this man is reelected.  And nothing the media, or Obama's minions, or Obama himself can do should ever, EVER distract us from the paramount American need to replace him with someone strong enough to defend us in every way.

DoJ Civil Rights Division chief can't commit to protecting free speech.  Via Eliana Johnson and Michael Totten, the question that Rep. Trent Franks asked Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez in July shouldn't be very difficult to answer — especially for the man who heads up the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, and who swore to uphold the Constitution when taking that job. [...] If you read the First Amendment, the answer is simple.  Perez, however, does a two-minute dodge while Franks asks it four times.

Court: Homeland Security Must Disclose 'Internet Kill Switch'.  The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) is seeking "Standard Operating Procedure 303," also known as the "Internet kill switch" from Homeland Security.  The protocols govern shutting down wireless networks to prevent the remote detonation of bombs.  The broad government power to shut down communications networks worries civil libertarians.  However, the agency argues the protocols must be kept secret to protect national interests and the safety of individuals.  EPIC filed a FOIA request for the protocols in July 2012.  The Department of Homeland Security originally said it could not find any records on the kill switch.

Would Obama hit the internet kill switch?  Tyrants have always been keenly aware of the importance of propaganda.  The enormous agitprop machinery, a central feature of all totalitarian regimes, exists to misinform rather than inform; its primary task is to keep the subjugated people in the dark.  The Soviet rulers regarded their extremely expensive effort to jam foreign radio broadcasts to be money well spent, for they understood that their propaganda could be effective only if shielded from competition with real information.

Napolitano: Executive order on cybersecurity is 'close to completion'.  Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Wednesday [9/19/2012] said the cybersecurity executive order that the White House is drafting is "close to completion."  At a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing, Napolitano said the executive order is "still being drafted in the inter-agency process" and "is close to completion depending on a few issues that need to be resolved at the highest levels."

The Editor says...
This whole country is "close to completion", thanks to people like Janet Napolitano, who think it's normal and permissible for a president to rule by executive order, bypassing the Congress.

Executive Order in the Works to Enact GOP-Blocked Cybersecurity Bill.  "In addition to the problems with the information sharing provisions, the critical infrastructure language grants too much authority to the government, failing to consider the innovative potential of the private sector," [Senator] McCain said.

Constitution Day: 225 Years in Passage of Time; Light Years in Loss of Liberty.  In increasingly sophisticated and insidious ways, today's national government weaves a web of monitoring that allows the national intelligence apparatus to keep most citizens under some form of surveillance nearly 24 hours a day.  Add to that the passage by Congress and the signing by the president of the National Defense Authorization Act — legislation that grants the president the unprecedented and unconstitutional power to deploy members of the U.S. military to apprehend and indefinitely detain anyone he suspects of posing a threat to national security.  Finally, with the Supreme Court's decision to deem ObamaCare a constitutional exercise of Congress' taxing power, all three branches of the federal government established in the document drafted in Philadelphia 225 years ago have colluded in the creation of a government whose power is nearly immeasurable.

Why Barack Obama Should Resign.  When taking office, the President does not swear to create jobs.  He does not swear to "grow the economy."  He does not swear to institute "fairness."  The only oath the President takes is this one:  ["]I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.["]  By sending — literally — brownshirted enforcers to engage in — literally — a midnight knock at the door of a man for the non-crime of embarrassing the President of the United States and his administration, President Obama violated that oath.

Barack Obama Is a Dangerous Leftist of a New Kind, not a Communist, Muslim, Marxist, or Socialist.  Obama and those who control much of America's academia, mass media, and entertainment industry — plus a number of trade unions and hundreds of foundations, think tanks, and front groups — are believers in a new, very American form of leftism.  It is very statist, very dangerous for freedom, and economically destructive.  But we first have to identify what "it" is.

Obama Administration Eyeing Gun Control 'Under the Radar,' Groups Warn.  The Obama administration, after keeping gun control on the back burner for over two years, is prompting concern among gun rights groups that it's slowly starting to squeeze the trigger on tighter regulation. [...] The Justice Department launched a series of meetings with officials and advocates to examine gun control policy.  And while gun-control bills in Congress have languished, the administration has started to chip around the edges with its own proposals.

ATF's latest gun grab.  The Obama administration is making it easier for bureaucrats to take away guns without offering the accused any realistic due process. [...] That means government can grab firearms and other property from someone who has never been convicted or even charged with any crime.

Trashing the Constitution.  Constitution Day is Monday, Sept. 17, so I compiled a non-exhaustive list of the ways Barack Obama has violated the Constitution. [...] [For example,] Using the EPA to attack America's energy industry.  In 2010, the Senate refused to pass the "cap-and-trade" bill that would have created a carbon-tax system, vastly increasing federal power over energy.  The Environmental Protection Agency declared carbon dioxide a pollutant anyway and began exerting raw bureaucratic power.  Mr. Obama's green zealots nixed the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada and virtually shut down new oil exploration and drilling.

House Judiciary Committee Considers Obama's 'Go It Alone' Approach to Executive Power.  Citing use of executive privilege to withhold information from Congress, using end runs around Congress on issues of immigration and appointment and violating religious freedom, Congressional Republicans and constitutional experts said President Barack Obama has abused his power.  "President Obama has treated the Constitution's separation of powers as if it were a matter of convenience that may be ignored when it gets in his way," Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), a former constitutional attorney and Supreme Court clerk, said in his testimony to the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday.

Obama: the real radical.  Obama [...] had a chief of staff who said "you never want a serious crisis to go to waste."  More than a century before that, a man who would become the first such progressive said that a crisis is a terrible thing not to create.  Crises, said [Woodrow] Wilson, are periods of "unusual opportunity" for gaining "a controlling and guiding influence."  So, he said, leaders should maintain a crisis atmosphere "at all times."

School kids taught to praise Obama.  Remember last year when that video of school kids singing about Obama appeared on the net to creep out parents?  Here's a new one of school kids being taught to sing praise of Obama.  No one knows yet where this took place, or what school.

Eastwood: Obama's Doing All 'He Possibly Can to Keep Power. There's No Way He's Going to Give it Up'.  Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood, who spoke at the Republican National Convention (RNC), criticizes President Barack Obama further in the upcoming issue of Esquire, saying that despite his 2008 campaign promises, Obama is "doing anything he possibly can to keep power.  There's no way he's going to give it up."  At the RNC in August, Eastwood, a five-time Academy Award winner, criticized the president largely about the economy and the estimated 23 million Americans out of work, and also stressed that the American people "own this country," not the politicians, the "politicians are employees of ours."

Obama's Communist Party Endorsement.  This is not the first time the CPUSA has officially supported Obama, of course.  Alternative media voices have been trying to break through the MSM soundproofing on this matter for some time.  The wording of this year's endorsement is particularly full-throated, however, which in itself ought to be disturbing to anyone still on the fence about the nature of the man, his party, and his policies.

Communist Party Endorses Obama.  Actually, no, this is not a tongue-in-cheek headline.  The Communist Party of the United States endorsed Barack Obama. [...] The little commies that commented disagree with this endorsement, asserting that Obama is too far to the right.  Really.

Communist Party USA Throws Its Support Behind Obama, Democrats In 2012.  CPUSA chief Sam Webb tells us why they will continue to support Obama and the Democrats in 2012.  Hint:  It's because Republicans are more evil.

Narcissist-in-Chief: Obama Most Cited Term in Dem Platform.  Platforms are where the national parties lay out their guiding philosophical and policy positions on the major issues of the day.  They are meant to suggest where the party will move the country's policies if they are entrusted with the responsibility.  This year's Democrat platform, however, is different.  The collective voice of millions of Democrats across the country have been reduced to "whatever Obama says."  Barack Obama is the most cited term in the Democrat platform.  Out of the 40 pages that make up the platform, Obama is cited by name on 38 of them.

Obama Cult of Personality Dominates DNC.  The Obama cult of personality dominates the Democratic National Convention to such a large extent that it has replaced the donkey, the traditional symbol of the Democratic Party — which is nowhere to be seen in Charlotte.

The Problem with Barack.  [T]his man seriously seems to believe he is a king, free to pick and choose the laws and statutes he will obey or enforce, duly empowered to impel or forbid action by executive decree, without legislative approval.  America is a republic.  We elect representatives to do our bidding, to govern with the consent of the governed.  We have a Constitution, which sets plainly the rules by which the branches of government interact and act on issues of importance, as well as the anomalies of the day.  Barack Obama may be the executive — in a federal system comprising three equal branches of government:  Executive, Legislative, and Judicial — but he is not an emperor.  He cannot make law.  Or at least, he is not empowered by the Constitution to do so.

Why are Gun Ownership Numbers in U.S. Highest since 1993?  There's a reason gun sales in America soared after the election of Barack Obama.  Nobody except his brainwashed minions trust him.  Over the past three and a half years he has issued more than 900 Executive Orders, many of which grant him and the federal government extraordinary control over all aspects of life for Americans.  The hallmark of every totalitarian regime is gun control, the disarming of citizens.

Staged crisis leading to suspended elections could happen on our watch.  In a revolutionary-bound world, there's always Hollywood.  Even as the same people who pay to see their movies suffer in Marxist misery, Hollywood is still there providing most of the Obama regime props.  The perception of overnight 'grassroots' insurrection will go down without a glitch.  Obama controls both the mainstream media and the social media.  Not as commonly known is that Obama also controls the fake grassroots protest movement known as OWS.  For nearly four long years he's built an army "as well trained and well equipped as the U.S. military".

Voight: Obama controlling American media like Hugo Chavez does in Venezuela.  Award-winning actor Jon Voight told The Daily Caller at the Republican National Convention that he thinks President Barack Obama's administration has "taken over" the mainstream media in a manner similar to how leftist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez controls media in his country.  "The media has been taken over by this administration," Voight, an outspoken Hollywood conservative, said in an interview with TheDC.  "It's not less than what has happened in Venezuela with Hugo Chavez, really, because you can't get the information through.  I'm giving you this because I want to get the press my opinion.  You can put it in any way you want to.  But, it's become pure propaganda and we should be appalled."

Obama's government: A monolithic shrine.  The French president appoints the prime minister, and if his or her party dominates the Assembly — and right now the Socialists do — he or she can all but direct government policy.  In other words, rule by fiat.  Emotionally, this is how President Obama visualizes himself now.  He's not quite at the apex of this monolithic government, but he ignores or finesses all impediments presented by the Congress, the Constitution or the judiciary.  His actions in unilaterally directing major changes to immigration laws and welfare reform are striking examples.

'Issues' or America?  The America that has flourished for more than two centuries is being quietly but steadily dismantled by the Obama administration, during the process of dealing with particular issues.  For example, the merits or demerits of President Obama's recent executive order, suspending legal liability for young people who are here illegally, presumably as a result of being brought here as children by their parents, can be debated pro and con.  But such a debate overlooks the much more fundamental undermining of the whole American system of Constitutional government.

Obama, Holder Sledgehammer the First Amendment.  [Scroll down]  Gallup has every First Amendment right that other media outlets have.  It will be interesting to see if any other media organizations side against Obama's apparent heavy-handed attempt to stifle Gallup's voice.

Barack Obama And Ruling By Presidential Decree.  The America that has flourished for more than two centuries is being quietly but steadily dismantled by the Obama administration, during the process of dealing with particular issues. [...] If laws passed by the elected representatives of the people can be simply over-ruled unilaterally by whoever is in the White House, then we are no longer a free people, choosing what laws we want to live under.  When a president can ignore the plain language of duly passed laws, and substitute his own executive orders, then we no longer have "a government of laws, and not of men" but a president ruling by decree, like the dictator in some banana republic.  When we confine our debates to the merits or demerits of particular executive orders, we are tacitly accepting arbitrary rule.

Will Obama Keep Power 'by Any Means Necessary'?  [Scroll down]  Obama may not be fond of governing, but he certainly does enjoy issuing executive orders — more than 900 so far.  As American Thinker's Warren Beatty points out, these little-reported edicts reveal an all-too-predictable pattern:  concentrating all national power and resources in Obama's hands, in case of "emergency."  So far, Obama has granted himself the right to control all transportation, including highways, airports, seaports, and railroads, and all modes of communication, storage facilities, electrical power, gas, petroleum, fuels, and minerals.  Not so coincidentally, he's also given himself the right to control you.  Executive Orders 11002, 11000, and 11004, respectively, give government the right to register all persons, assign them to work brigades, and relocate them.

Social Security Administration Explains Plan to Buy 174,000 Hollow-Point Bullets.  The Social Security Administration posted a blog on Thursday [8/16/2012] to explain why it was planning to purchase 174,000 hollow point bullets.  SSA posted a "Request for Quote for Ammunition" on the website on Aug. 7.  The request listed the commodity that SSA desired as ".357 Sig 125 grain bonded jacketed hollow point pistol ammunition."  The quantity listed was "174 TH."

Who Does The Government Intend To Shoot?  The Social Security Administration (SSA) confirms that it is purchasing 174 thousand rounds of hollow point bullets to be delivered to 41 locations in major cities across the U.S.  No one has yet said what the purpose of these purchases is, though we are led to believe that they will be used only in an emergency to counteract and control civil unrest.  Those against whom the hollow point bullets are to be used — those causing the civil unrest — must be American citizens; since the SSA has never been used overseas to help foreign countries maintain control of their citizens. [...] If this were only a one time order of ammunition, it could easily be dismissed.  But there is a pattern here.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has ordered 46,000 rounds of hollow point ammunition.

US Homeland Security officials get the okay to amass a vast ammo cache.  According to a report on 'Back in March, Homeland Security purchased 450 million rounds of .40-calibre hollow point bullets that are designed to expand upon entry and cause maximum organ damage, prompting questions as to why the DHS needed such a large amount of powerful bullets merely for training purposes.'  This phenomenal cache of ammunition must be intended for use against Americans, because I understand that hollow point bullets have been illegal in international warfare since 1899.

Agencies tamp down speculation over hollow-point ammo purchases.  Obscure federal agencies triggered a firestorm of conspiracy theories this week after they put out orders for thousands of rounds of deadly hollow-point bullets.  But the agencies, most recently the Social Security Administration, are trying to put a damper on the speculation — noting the ammunition is "standard issue" and simply used for mandatory federal training sessions.

Obama Government On Ammunition Purchases — Move Along Now, Nothing To See Here...  Hundreds of thousands of rounds of hollow-point ammunition is being ordered up by various Obama government agencies, including the National Weather Service, leading for a growing number to question why?  The answer to that question from the Obama administration appears to simply "don't worry about it."

DHS Redacts Quantity of Ammo Order — Issues "Justification for Other Than Full and Open Competition".  In a date-redacted document, DHS claimed "Unusual and Compelling Urgency" NOT to inform the public of quantities of ammo purchased with tax money ($4.6 Million) for Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Federal Protective Service (FPS).

Bullets, False Flags and Biological Warfare: What Is the US Government Planning?  The Pacific Southwest Region of the US Forest Service has solicited ammunition that is supposedly needed for target practice.  In this instance, the amounts of hollow point bullets, 12 gauge rifle slugs, and other accessories are smaller than the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has requested through other federal agencies.  DHS previously ordered more than 63,000,000 rounds of .40 S&W jacketed hollow point bullets (JHP).  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) published a solicitation for 16,000 rounds of .40 S&W JHP.  The Social Security Office has also made a solicitation for 174,000 rounds of .357 hollow point bullets.  Earlier this month, DHS requested 700 pounds of high density ammonium nitrate and 700 pounds of A-5 Flake RDX explosives.  These ingredients are known to be very high powered explosives.

Is DHS Ammo For Obama's "National Security Force"?  As Andrew Malcolm has noted on these pages, the Department of Homeland Security has been buying lots of ammo, enough by one calculation to fight the equivalent of a 24-year Iraqi War.  Some have speculated about a link between the stockpiling between candidate Obama's off-prompter campaign remarks about a national security force and the stockpiling by DHS of more than 1.6 billion (with a 'b') bullets.  DHS has been buying more than bullets.  As [IBD] noted in a recent editorial, DHS is seeking to acquire 7,000 5.56x45mm NATO "personal defense weapons" (PDW) — also known as "assault weapons" when owned by civilians.

Why is the Department of Homeland Security buying so many bullets?  Online rumors about a big government munitions purchase are true, sort of.  The Homeland Security Department wants to buy more than 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition in the next four or five years.  It says it needs them — roughly the equivalent of five bullets for every person in the United States — for law enforcement agents in training and on duty.

Will Obama Keep Power 'by Any Means Necessary'?  [Scroll down]  On June 15, 2012, Obama bypassed Congress and issued de facto amnesty to millions of illegal aliens.  Suddenly, whole new vistas of voter fraud opened up to the Democrats.  Admittedly, they've got to ramp up quickly for November, but this gang should prove up to the challenge.  Helping matters along, Holder is busy suing states that require photo ID to vote and attempting to disenfranchise the military.  Together, these well-coordinated efforts should provide Obama with the means to pull off staggering amounts of voter fraud.

Obama's Overreaches: The president has repeatedly ignored separation of powers.  [Scroll down]  While much of this might seem like an arcane legal dispute, it is part of a disturbing trend.  The Obama administration has developed a penchant for unilateral action that would make even the most ardent advocate of an imperial presidency blush.  On issue after issue, the president insists that "we can't wait."  He won't wait for a Congress that may not agree with his ideas for remaking America; he will simply act all by himself.

Spike Lee: Obama Will Do Whatever He Wants In Second Term.  [Video clip]

More about Obama's second term, if any.

7 Things to Expect If Obama Is Elected to a Second Term.  [#5]  The Supreme Court moves to the left:  Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 79, Antonin Scalia is 76, Anthony Kennedy is 75, and Stephen Breyer is 73.  Replacing Ginsburg or Breyer with 50 year old liberals would be bad enough, but imagine Obama selecting a replacement for Scalia or Kennedy.  If that happens, Obama would have five guaranteed votes on the Supreme Court for anything he wants to do.  Once we get to that point, the Constitution might as well not even exist.

Obama's power grab flouts Constitution.  Democrats and Republicans alike should be distressed by President Barack Obama's disregard for constitutional limits on his authority.  The president's flouting of the separation of powers risks turning this country into something other than a representative democracy. [...] In a blatant challenge to the legislative branch, Obama by executive order tossed out the Clinton-era welfare reform that required able-bodied aid recipients to work, saying the federal government will no longer enforce the law.  This follows the president's unilateral rewrite of immigration law, using an executive order to implement elements of the DREAM Act, which Congress refused to adopt.  He also has thumbed his nose at the No Child Left Behind Act, and has put in place cap-and-trade carbon rules that were specifically rejected by Congress.  He can't do these things, by any reading of the Constitution.  And yet he is.

Immigration agents sue to stop Obama's non-deportation policy.  Saying they are fed up with being told that they can't do their jobs, 10 immigration agents on Thursday [8/23/2012] sued the Obama administration to try to overturn the president's new non-deportation policy.  The lawsuit, filed in a federal court in Texas, adds a legal controversy to the political fight that has been brewing over President Obama's immigration policies, which have steadily narrowed the range of immigrants whom the government is targeting for deportation.

White House considers executive order, leaves Internet takeover a possibility.  The White House has left open the possibility of enacting its Internet agenda via executive order after the failed effort to bring the Democrat-supported cybersecurity bill to a full vote in the Senate last week.  In response to a question from The Hill, a Washington, D.C. political newspaper, about whether President Obama was considering advancing his party's cyber-plan through an executive order, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney didn't rule out the possibility.

Our Dishonorable President.  The president has stood silently while his supporters, surrogates and staff have engaged in some of the most transparently desperate and disgusting campaign rhetoric of the modern age.  Without proof or even proof to the contrary, Democrats have accused Mitt Romney of being a felon, a tax cheat, a racist and a murderer.  With each charge, the president avoided leveling the charge himself.  But he said nothing ... did nothing to stop them.

If Obama is re-elected, many other businesses will be taken over.
Does President Obama Want to Take Over Other Industries?  It's no secret President Obama is proud of the taxpayer-funded government intervention that rescued U.S. automakers GM and Chrysler back in 2009.  He regularly takes credit for the companies' resurgent profitability and hiring as one of his top achievements.  Now, Republicans say Obama is suggesting on the campaign trail that he wants to do it again, this time in other sectors of the economy, in order to "get the hand of government driving every industry in America."

The Definition of Fascism:  As an economic system, fascism is socialism with a capitalist veneer. [...] Where socialism sought totalitarian control of a society's economic processes through direct state operation of the means of production, fascism sought that control indirectly, through domination of nominally private owners.  Where socialism nationalized property explicitly, fascism did so implicitly, by requiring owners to use their property in the "national interest" — that is, as the autocratic authority conceived it.  (Nevertheless, a few industries were operated by the state.)  Where socialism abolished all market relations outright, fascism left the appearance of market relations while planning all economic activities.

Dictator Obama considers executive order on recently blocked 'cybersecurity' bill.  Obama is America's version of Kim Jong Il.  After Senate Republicans killed the Marxist 'cyber-security' bill last week, Obama is considering implementing it anyway via executive order.

It Will Cost Young Illegals $465 to Stay in the U.S. Under New Obama Immigration Policy.  The Obama administration said Friday that it will start charging young illegal immigrants $465 for temporary work permits to avoid deportation under a new immigration policy announced earlier this summer.  The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will begin accepting applications Aug. 15 for the DREAM Act-like policy, which is being implemented without congressional approval.
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The Amazing Presidential Power-Grab.  With little consternation or lasting opposition, the Obama administration has dramatically usurped congressional power at the expense of popular will and the rule of law.  Numerous dastardly bureaucratic coups — motivated by the president's progressive and political agenda — have amazingly failed to engender a serious response.  What began as a trickle of presidential power-grabs has turned into a cascade of executive roguery.  A list of them is worth some review and reflection.

Obama's Imperial Presidency.  [Scroll down]  Mr. Obama disagrees with federal law, which criminalizes the use of medical marijuana.  Congress has not repealed the law.  No matter.  The president instructs his Justice Department not to prosecute transgressors.  He disapproves of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, yet rather than get Congress to repeal it, he stops defending it in court.  He dislikes provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, so he asked Congress for fixes.  That effort failed, so now his Education Department issues waivers that are patently inconsistent with the statute.  Similarly, when Mr. Obama wants a new program and Congress won't give it to him, he creates it regardless.

The Marxist Heart of Darkness.  Those who doubted Obama's immersion in Marxism now have a perfect window into his soul — namely, in the form of the stunning class warfare remarks he recently made in Roanoke, Virginia.  We must grasp, however, what Marxism is and what it is not.  Marxism is not a political philosophy to help the poor at the expense of the rich, and it is not a design for a utopian future.  Marxism is simply a Heart of Darkness, a Siamese twin of Nazism, a curse on all humanity committed to three themes:  (1) hatred, (2) misery, and (3) lying.

Do Obama's Executive Orders Reveal A Pattern?  [Scroll down]  Want more examples of what Obama is doing?
  •   EO 10990 allows the Government to take over all modes of transportation and control of highways and seaports.
  •   EO 10997 allows the government to take over all electrical power, gas, petroleum, fuels, and minerals.
  •   EO 11000 allows the government to mobilize civilians into work brigades under government supervision.
  •   EO 11002 designates the Postmaster General to operate a national registration of all persons.
  •   EO 11003 allows the government to take over all airports and aircraft, including commercial aircraft.
  •   EO 11004 allows the Housing and Finance Authority to relocate and establish new locations for populations.
  •   EO 11005 allows the government to take over railroads, inland waterways, and public storage facilities.
Are we beginning to see a pattern here?  We're being prepared for a national emergency.  Then there's taking control.  I personally think that what Obama is doing goes way beyond being prepared.

GR8, Obama Is Texting Me.  Friday, July 6 was the day many Americans were on an extended 4th of July vacation and paying more attention to barbecuing and lighting fireworks than the news.  Obama seized the day to bypass Congress and release an executive order whereby he effectively gave himself control over the infrastructure that supports your smartphone, internet, radio, TV and satellite dish.  This infrastructure includes "...wireline, wireless, satellite, cable, and broadcasting, and... transport networks that support the Internet..." according to the website for the Department of Homeland Security's National Communications Systems.  The President argues that that he "must have the ability to communicate at all times and under all circumstances" for the sake of "national security and emergency preparedness (NS/EP)."  There's one teensy weensy problem with this executive order:  It's unconstitutional.

Of Marx and Men.  Election 2012 is shaping up to be the most clearly defined clash of political ideologies since FDR's New Deal.  The heart of the matter is the long-overdue awakening of a slumbering majority of constitutional traditionalists.  This awakening has been triggered by a surge of authoritarian socialism, or more accurately, cultural Marxism advocated by a radical Obama administration to fashion a "fundamentally transformed" America.  If the 2008 election was about dumping free-market capitalism and America's constitutional liberties for a nascent Marxist police state, probably not too many people understood the issue.  The 2012 election will be about ratifying or rescinding that choice, hopefully, without ambiguity.  What's at stake is the preservation of America's unique ethos of creative individual liberty or a continuation of our accelerating descent into a coercive statist regime derivative of Marx.

Executive Tyranny.  Having proclaimed a national emergency, why hasn't Obama gone on television to inform Americans?  Because, like everything else he does, it is done with stealth. [...] Obama is putting in force everything a tyranny requires to replace the Republic.

DHS emergency power extended, including control of private telecom systems.  The Obama administration has given the Department of Homeland Security powers to prioritize government communications over privately owned telephone and Internet systems in emergencies.

Homeland Security gains more power through new Obama executive order.  Should disaster strike the U.S., the secretary of Homeland Security will be in charge of re-establishing and prioritizing communications to ensure the continuation of the federal government, according to a new executive order from President Barack Obama.  The executive order, signed on Friday [7/6/2012], once again expands the powers of the Department of Homeland Security — this time to include the handling of communications during a national security event or natural disaster.  The order also allows for DHS to re-establish communications "through the use of commercial, government, and privately owned communications resources, when appropriate."

Coup d'état — American Style?  [Scroll down]  This is all very troubling, coming as it does just weeks before the most important election in the history of America.  It has the hallmark of a massive power grab by Obama and his cadre of socialist/Marxist apparatchiks within the American government.  It looks, for all the world, like a quiet take-over of the government of the United States — a quiet coup d'etat — American style.  These moves by Obama are massive in size and scope and will affect every single American in ways a formerly free American citizen cannot grasp.

Transportation Secretary LaHood pines for Chinese authoritarian government.  This is pretty shocking stuff from a cabinet secretary.

Obama's Imperial Presidency.  [Scroll down]  Mr. Obama proposes, Congress refuses, he does it anyway.  For example, Congress refused to pass Mr. Obama's Dream Act, which would provide a path to citizenship for some not here legally.  So Mr. Obama passed it himself with an executive order that directs officers to no longer deport certain illegal immigrants.  This may be good or humane policy, yet there is no reading of "prosecutorial discretion" that allows for blanket immunity for entire classes of offenders.

To Capture a Nation.  Obama and his handlers didn't need a military junta to pull it all off, unlike all the despots before him, he didn't have to gain control of the media, he came into being already controlling the media.  Insider Valerie Jarrett, who has the strongest clutch on Obama's puppet strings, had been grooming him long before he was to become America's 44th president.  The masses keep asking how a man with no proven birth certificate, a bogus social security number, and missing records could advance uninterrupted to the highest office of the land.  It was easy as a walk in the park.  Obama, like Gaddafi, Imin, Papa Doc and all other despots who preceded him emerged in the era of the Internet.  With powerful friends from Google, Apple and Facebook, he already controlled the news.

While We Were Sleeping.  We were so preoccupied with the looming health care insurance premium that is really a tax for the privilege of living in the U.S., the upcoming health exchanges, Obama's domestic army of IRS health insurance enforcement agents, more unemployment growing on the horizon, and a dim economic future, that we overlooked the national emergency declared by President Obama.  President Obama sent a letter to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and to the President of the Senate on June 25, 2012, announcing his declaration of national emergency.

The Tyrant in the White House.  Obama's action seems to me to be an instance in which the highest elected official in the land has unilaterally decided to stop enforcing a particular law.  Columnist Charles Krauthammer, the second smartest person in America (one slot behind Thomas Sowell), uses the term "naked lawlessness."  Sounds about right to me.  When did the president accrue the power to pick and choose which laws he wishes to enforce?  Consider the precedent this may set.

Barack Obama: Socialist or Nouveau Fascist?  [Scroll down]  So if Obama isn't a socialist, what is he?  Economically speaking it's far more accurate to say that he is a fascist — a supporter of dirigisme, in which government manages the economy through central planning, not collective ownership.  Fascism did not seek to stamp out the innovative, wealth-creating potential of profit-seeking investment and entrepreneurship — instead it sought to channel those innovations (and funnel that wealth) to the good of the state.

Obama, Roberts, and the Left Juristocracy.  We have seen what happens when Barack Obama comes up against real conservative opposition: he loses — and he is a sore loser.  There was Paul Ryan in 2010, demolishing the Obamacare's fuzzy math at Blair House.  There was Benjamin Netanyahu in 2011, giving Obama a lesson on the Middle East.  There was even Joe the Plumber in 2008, who exposed Obama's socialist philosophy with a simple question.  Obama didn't like that.

Why Obama Could Be a Communist Mole:  [Scroll down]  I see no reason to believe that Obama has any feeling for America, its traditions, or its Constitution beyond sheer lip service.  Nearly everything in his past and in the present points otherwise.  Obama's willful conduct domestically and in terms of foreign affairs point to the programmatic unraveling of the strictures of the U.S. Constitution.  His concessionary and disadvantageous actions towards China and Russia in particular are very troubling to say the least.

Obama's socialist designs.  President Obama is gradually transforming America into a socialist authoritarian state.  This is the real meaning of his recent decision to grant backdoor amnesty to young illegal immigrants.  Mr. Obama is behaving like a Latin American strongman, who asserts arbitrary power and ignores the rule of law.  He is assaulting the very pillars of our constitutional republic.

Obama's socialist designs.  Last week, the administration announced that it will stop deporting young illegal aliens.  The policy shift affects as many as 800,000 illegal immigrants.  Mr. Obama's order lifts the fear of deportation.  It also grants them work permits.  Mr. Obama has waved his magic wand and converted the immigration status of countless aliens, flipping them from illegal to legal residents. [...] Yet, the order is more than crass partisan politics.  It is an ominous usurpation of centralized power — a naked attempt to entrench an imperial presidency.  Mr. Obama lacks the legal authority to grant amnesty.  He is not a monarch or tyrant with unlimited discretionary authority.  Rather, he is confined by our constitutional system of the separation of powers and checks and balances.

7 Reasons Obama's Amnesty For Under 30 Illegals Is Terrible Policy.  [#2] Refusing to enforce the existing law sets a terrible precedent:  As Obama himself has admitted, he "swore an oath to uphold the laws on the books."  He is breaking that oath to try to give amnesty to illegals.  Imagine the chaos that will reign if this becomes standard practice.  Suppose Mitt Romney wins.  Could he end the death tax or corporate taxes by telling the IRS not to enforce them?  What about putting an end to hate crime laws or the endangered species act by simple choosing not to enforce them?  This is the can of worms Barack Obama is ripping wide open with his imperial decree.

Can Obama rewrite federal law?  Here we go again.  Is the Constitution merely a guideline to be consulted by those it purports to regulate, or is it really the supreme law of the land? [...] There is no intellectually honest argument to be made that the president can pick and choose which laws to enforce based on his personal preferences.  And it is a profound violation of the Constitution for the president to engage in rewriting the laws.  That's what he has done here — he has rewritten federal law.

Obamarule and the killing of the Constitution of the United States.  If last Friday's dictatorial action by President Obama is allowed to stand, historians may someday look back on June 15, 2012 as the day the Constitution died. [...] In declaring that his administration will not deport those who came to this country illegally at a young age, President Obama has suspended the law for approximately 800,000 young people.  In truth, no one knows how many people will be covered by Obamarule.  Will more come into the United States while the regulations are being written?  Which bureaucrat decided in secret it covered 800,000 people and what was their analysis based on?  Why people 16 and under?  Why not 15?  Why not 17?  Why was serving less than one year in jail okay?  Why not zero jail time?  Why not 18 months?

America's First Anarchist President.  Obama's executive order giving amnesty to some people illegally in the United States is not a lawful exercise of Executive discretion.  It is not an interpretation of the law, nor is it under-enforcement of law in a manner contemplated by, or consistent with, the Constitution.  Obama's order is legislative in nature, and therefore usurps congressional authority.  It unilaterally and unlawfully grants the privilege of being in the United States to a class of people who by law may not be in the United States. [...] Obama's order is a statement of intent to allow violations of the law.  It is an act of anarchism, albeit a top-down, unlawful form of anarchism.

Obama: Against the Law.  Last Friday, the president announced that he would not enforce the law requiring deportation of illegal aliens.  In short, Obama has thus decided that politics trumps the rule of law.  Of course, this is nothing new for this president, but the blatant manner in which it was announced, purely for political gain, is deplorable.  Obama's attempt to legislate from the Oval Office betrays a colossal arrogance.  The frightening thing is that he actually believes he can govern in opposition to the wishes of the American people and their representatives in Congress.

Obama's Lawless Presidency Close To Totalitarianism.  The chief executive who swore to faithfully execute the nation's laws picks those he'll ignore and makes up others through regulation and executive order.  He sees no need for a Congress or Constitution.

Is Obama paranoid?
Forkless Friday at Obama event.  Does a fork or dinner knife pose an unacceptable danger to President Barack Obama?  One wouldn't think so, given the hundreds of lunches and dinners he's attended ranging from state dinners to political fundraisers to run-of-the-mill stops on the rubber-chicken circuit.  However, at one such lunch Friday afternoon, guests heard an unusual announcement that they needed to hand over their silverware for security reasons.

President Obama Can't Be in the Same Room As Forks Anymore?  As hundreds of Latino elected officials were enjoying their lunch at Disney's Contemporary Resort earlier today [6/22/2012], it was announced that forks would be collected before Obama took the stage.  It was also mentioned that knives, too, were entirely absent from the lunch for "a reason."

This sounds like an idea you'd expect to hear in a communist dictatorship.
Desperation: Obama Surrogate Calls to Make Voting Mandatory.  Peter Orszag, former head of the Obama Office of Management and Budget, is desperate.  With even Roll Call recognizing that President Obama is fighting an uphill battle for re-election, Orszag is floating a trial balloon:  mandatory voting.

Voter Apathy Isn't a Crime.  It's a sure sign someone is losing when he demands that the rules be changed.  That might explain the renewed interest in forcing people to vote against their will.  Peter Orszag, President Obama's former budget director and now a vice chairman at Citigroup, recently wrote a column for Bloomberg View arguing for making voting mandatory.

Obama Lurching Toward Tyranny.  Obama's government is the biggest violator of law in our history.  His very methods of governing, which include bypassing Congress's constitutional authority to make law, actually show contempt for the Constitution and the American rule of law.  By executive orders, Mr. Obama both violates the law against his own American-citizen "enemies," such as Catholic institutions when it comes to abortion and birth control, and grants unlawful privileges for his supporters or potential supporters, such as his immigration amnesty order this week.

An imperial presidency, on steroids.  The president's Friday edict on immigrants in the country illegally but brought here as children by others over the past decade and a half; his command regarding Catholic institutions and the morning-after pill; and the wave of his hand on the Defense of Marriage Act — all of these acts and many more claim for the president a breathtaking unilateral authority over matters quite obviously within the shared control of the Congress and the executive.  There is no limiting principle curbing the president's unilateralism once exercised and unrebuked by Congress or the courts.

Obama Belonged to Radical Socialist "New Party" in 1996.  Stanley Kurtz, in his June 7 article "Obama's Third-Party History" for National Review Online, reports that Barack Obama's connection to far-left radicals is much more recent that had been previously thought.  On January 11, 1996, Kurtz notes, Obama joined the New Party, a radical socialist political movement deeply opposed to capitalism and of the opinion that the Democratic Party was far too moderate.  The New Party sought to transform America into the sort of socialist democracy that is common in Europe.

Mr. 'Cool' Loses his Cool.  In case America had any doubts about it, the word is out — no one questions Barack Obama, especially when he's decided to sign an executive order that he knows is relatively unpopular.  While exercising autonomy, pandering to the Latino vote, and taking yet another step forward in granting amnesty for good behavior to people he views as law-abiding lawbreakers, Mr. Cool lost his cool. [...] Barack Obama, the guy who does whatever he wants, whenever he wants, apparently doesn't like it when other people think they can too.

Are We in Revolutionary Times?  Legally, President Obama has reiterated the principle that he can pick and choose which U.S. laws he wishes to enforce (see his decision to reverse the order of the Chrysler creditors, his decision not to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act, and his administration's contempt for national-security confidentiality and Senate and House subpoenas to the attorney general).  If one individual can decide to exempt nearly a million residents from the law — when he most certainly could not get the law amended or repealed through proper legislative or judicial action — then what can he not do?

Executive Overreach.  President Obama's claim that he can refuse to deport 800,000 aliens here in the country illegally illustrates the unprecedented stretching of the Constitution and the rule of law. [...] President Obama cannot refuse to carry out a congressional statute simply because he thinks it advances the wrong policy.  To do so violates the very core of his constitutional duties.

If We Took the Constitution Seriously, Obama Would Be Impeached.  If the citizens of this Republic still took the Constitution seriously, Obama would be impeached for his decision to unilaterally grant amnesty to certain illegal aliens.  Article 1, Sec. 8 of the Constitution, which enumerates the power of Congress, states that "Congress shall have the Power To... establish an [sic] uniform Rule of Naturalization."  Congress has passed numerous laws pertaining to immigration and naturalization, including laws requiring the deportation of illegals.  The role of the President, according to Article II, Sec. 3, is to "take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed."  Obama's refusal to execute Congress's immigration laws (or, for that matter, Congress's Defense of Marriage Act) is an impeachable offense.

On immigration, Obama wanted to bypass Congress.  With his announcement that he will, in effect, unilaterally enact a key feature of long-debated immigration reform, President Obama is doing something he has always wished to do:  Get around a Congress that doesn't see the issue his way.

Obama's policy strategy: Ignore laws.  Rather than pushing new laws through a divided Congress to enact his agenda, Obama is relying on federal agencies to ignore, or at least not defend, laws that some of his important supporters — like Hispanic voters and the gay community — don't like.

Obama decrees some illegals are more illegal than others.  This kind of pandering to Hispanics could win him the election.  In states like Florida, Virginia, Colorado, New Mexico, and Nevada, where Hispanics are a growing part of the electorate, this sort of action could tip the balance in his favor — especially since all of those states are expected to be close.  I'm pretty sure Congress is going to challenge his ability to declare one set of illegals not illegal, and keep the rest of illegals, illegal.  Perhaps Obama has mistaken that cardboard crown he got from his last trip to Burger King for the real thing.  He sure is acting like a king, isn't he?

Now What?  Everything Obama does in his first term has always been meant to serve two purposes.  The first is to soften up and undermine the nation's basic institutions, including the Constitution itself; the second is to get himself reelected.  He tested the waters earlier with his "recess" appointments and now, with the imposition of a form of the DREAM act, is openly mocking the Congress.

McConnell: 'Radical, Dangerous' Obama Admin Seeks to 'Shut Up' Opponents.  [Scroll down]  McConnell is incensed over the administration's use of government and nongovernmental resources to target its political enemies.  "They've used the IRS, the FEC, the FCC, the SEC, their allies in the Obama campaign to go after people who disagree with them.  The Obama campaign has rifled through the divorce records of a major donor to an opposing super PAC.  The government itself is intimidating donors.  Appointees at the IRS and other agencies are pursuing similar efforts to ferret out who is contributing to outside groups critical of the administration so that they can scare them off the playing field and shut them up."

Obama is a threat to First Amendment.  The Senate's top Republican on Friday [6/15/2012] portrayed the Obama administration as an Orwellian-style authority bent on stifling free speech of dissidents and whose "radicalism" threatens the First Amendment.  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, in a speech at the American Enterprise Institute, a Washington conservative-leaning policy group, said the president's push for strict donor- and contribution-disclosure requirements on most outside groups that spend money on political advertisements is a "political weapon" that can be used to target certain groups while leaving others alone.

Newt Gingrich: Defeating Obama is 'a national, patriotic duty'.  Newt Gingrich is not only lining up behind Mitt Romney — he's arguing that if Americans do anything less than support the presumptive GOP nominee, they are shirking their "patriotic duty." [...] "We want to make it clear in a calm, pleasant but direct way:  Barack Obama and the values he represents and the amateurish incompetence he has proven are a direct threat to the survival of America as we know it — and defeating him is a national, patriotic duty," Gingrich said.

Rhode Island House Defends Constitution, Passes Anti-NDAA Resolution.  After overcoming an attempted sandbagging by members of the Republican leadership, at about nine o'clock Tuesday night [6/12/2012], the House of Representatives of Rhode Island overwhelmingly passed a resolution calling for the repeal of the indefinite detention provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2012. [...] The text of the resolution pulls no punches in its recrimination of the Congress and President for their role in pushing our Republic closer to the precipice of tyranny.

This President is Virtually Criminal.  This president's abuse of excecutive orders, and executive authority in general, is moving into the range of authoritarianism — and lawless authoritarianism, at that.  Today's announcement of amnesty for 800,000 illegals is an outrage.  It must not stand.  And this president, this Occupier, must not be countenanced.  By all legal means, he ought to be resisted.

Obama's data advantage.  On the sixth floor of a sleek office building [in Chicago], more than 150 techies are quietly peeling back the layers of your life.  They know what you read and where you shop, what kind of work you do and who you count as friends.  They also know who your mother voted for in the last election.  The depth and breadth of the Obama campaign's 2012 digital operation — from data mining to online organizing — reaches so far beyond anything politics has ever seen, experts maintain, that it could impact the outcome of a close presidential election.

Turning the Tables on Obama and the Dems.  Obama is not seeking re-election for any reason other than to grab the four more years necessary to complete his messianic Fundamental Transformation of America.  Nothing that has ever been done before will come along to tear America from the voracious jaws of Obama.  This is a man who was propelled from within the foul ranks of street activism to the highest office in the land; the socialist community activist who hid his true face from the American people with the help of a book based on "conceptual" relationships.  This is the man who came from nowhere; did nothing to earn his lofty perch and who sealed off all those documents that would tell who he really is.  This is a man who changed his name from Barry Soetoro to what he perceives to be the more royal and more substantial sounding 'Barack Obama'.

Heilemann: Obama's a 'Brass-Knuckled, Pipe-Hitting' 'Brawler' Who'll 'Do What Is Necessary to Stay in Power'.  In 2008, Barack Obama with obedient media members such as New York magazine's John Heilemann convinced America that if they put their hope behind a junior senator from Illinois, their lives would instantly change for the better.  Now that things didn't turn out as rosy as these folks claimed they would, the White House needs to scare the public into thinking things would be far worse if Mitt Romney is elected, and Heilemann obediently published a piece Sunday explaining how the team he favors plans to do it.

The Executive Order, "Stroke of the Pen, Law of the Land. Kinda' Cool".  Everyone accepts that presidential action is justified in emergencies (as earthquakes, floods, and hurricanes), but the job of the executive branch is to carry out the laws that Congress makes.  It's not to rule by decree, thus vesting power of a monarch on whoever happens to hold the office of the presidency.  Political affiliation is not the issue; deceptive "soft" law is.

Why Wright Matters: Obama's on a Mission from God.  [Scroll down]  What motivates Obama is so simple to explain, if only a free media would bother to expose it.  Cockamamie, but simple.  Obama believes he is on a mission from God to upend our oppressive free-market system and replace it with mystic utopian "fairness" as yet to be determined by enlightened ruling-class elites like him.

Party Loyalty and the Future of America.  Does loyalty to a political party trump the well-being of a nation?  That question now confronts many Democratic Party activists, financial contributors, and elected politicians, particularly because Barack Obama has no loyalty to the party he leads.  In 2008, the Party went on a blind date with someone they did not know and made no effort to investigate. [...] Barack Obama has made clear by his disdain for elected Democrats everywhere that his is a dictatorial and narcissistic mindset.

Obama Lived Less Than One Mile From Bill Ayers During The Mysterious New York Years.  It all makes sense now.  Putting the openly communist Van Jones in charge of vast power over the economy, who after being outed to this day is seeking rioting and revolution.  Gorging the government with far-Left radicals from the EPA to the NLRB.  Dividing the country with class envy and racial hatred.  Spending the country into oblivion.

I Am Barack Obama's Worst Nightmare.  Obama operates according to Chicago rules.  Oppose him and he'll turn Eric Holder loose on you.  He might have Ken Salazar put a boot on your neck.  Kathleen Sebelius might not give you a waiver that has been afforded your competitors.  Janet Napolitano might raid your place of business and demand proof that not one employee is here illegally (although she wasn't going to deport them anyway).  Perhaps he'd threaten to have one of Lisa Jackson's minions at the EPA crucify you.

Obama Administration Argues No Warrant Required for GPS Tracking of Citizens.  The federal government informed an appeals court on Thursday [5/31/2012] that it has the right and the power to place GPS tracking devices on the privately owned vehicles of citizens without obtaining a warrant.  This is in open rebellion to a Supreme Court decision from January that held that such warrantless installation of tracking devices on cars was unconstitutional.

Obama and the Marxist/Communist View of Marriage and Abortion.  On marriage, Obama last week finally came out of the closet in favor of "gay marriage."  This means that the current president of the United States possesses the most radical/non-traditional view of marriage and the family of any president in the 200-plus-year history of this republic.  (Yes, think about that.)  That radical/non-traditionalism is fully consistent with the Marxist/communist worldview.  In the Communist Manifesto, Marx several times wrote openly of the "abolition of the family" and of communism abolishing "eternal truths" and "all religion, and all morality."

5 Ways Obama Is A Dictator.  When power is placed in the hands of a usurper like Barack Obama, all thought of accepting authority from the other branches of government as delegated by the Constitution is rejected.  Three years in office, we have seen Obama use the various agencies of the executive branch to break countless federal statutes, rob states of their legislative prerogatives, and flout the authority of Congress and the courts.

A Psychologist Analyzes The President.  America is on the verge of destruction.  There is no insanity greater than electing a pathological narcissist as president.

Obama Policies Are Clearing a Path for a Dictator.  Podesta's Center for American Progress in their definitive essay, The Power of the President, Recommendations to Advance Progressive Change subtly outlines a virtual blueprint for a U.S. Presidency that rules by fiat, ignoring the laws of the nation.  Their reasoning is that Congress has failed to act, but that is nothing more than an excuse to circumvent our Constitution.  With obfuscating language, it says that the President should use the powers he has to ignore Congress and the confines of the Constitution.  It outlines a plan for an extremely powerful Executive Branch.

When you ride alone, you ride with Hitler

Propaganda that was supposed to target foreigners could now be aimed at Americans, reversing a longstanding policy.
Congressmen Seek To Lift Propaganda Ban.  The new law would give sweeping powers to the State Department and Pentagon to push television, radio, newspaper, and social media onto the U.S. public.  "It removes the protection for Americans," says a Pentagon official who is concerned about the law.  "It removes oversight from the people who want to put out this information.  There are no checks and balances.  No one knows if the information is accurate, partially accurate, or entirely false."  According to this official, "senior public affairs" officers within the Department of Defense want to "get rid" of Smith-Mundt and other restrictions because it prevents information activities designed to prop up unpopular policies — like the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Obama Wants Power, Not Jobs.  Natural gas is a feedstock for the production of fertilizer, plastics, and many chemical products.  Fortunately, America possesses vast reserves of recoverable natural gas.  The low price of this gas is one factor spurring companies like Dow Chemical to expand production in the United States rather than send jobs overseas. [...] It all sounds like an economic miracle, and it is.  So why is Obama trying to kill it?

The Obama Administration: All Your Privacy And All Your Stuff Belong To Us.  Most Americans just trust the "authorities" when they tell us that certain things "must be done" in order to keep us all safe.  But even if we gave up all of our privacy, even if we gave up all of our liberties and our freedoms, and even if we gave the government all of our stuff they still would not be able to keep us safe.  It is inevitable that evil people are going to do evil things, and if you are counting on the Obama administration to keep you safe then you are being delusional.  Obama is not going to save us from anything.  But Obama will gladly take away our rights and our freedoms if the American people allow him to.  The Obama administration seems to have an endless lust for more power.  Sadly, if we do give away our rights it will have some very serious consequences.

Party lines are meaningless when the common objective is the revolutionary overtaking of America.
The planned re-election of Obama, revolutionary style.  [Scroll down]  According to my source, there is talk among the highest levels of the uppermost echelon of the Department of Homeland Security, which he describes as effectively under the control of Barack Hussein Obama.  During this call, he said that the DHS is actively preparing for massive social unrest inside the United States.  He then corrected himself, stating that "a civil war" is the more appropriate term.  Certain elements of the government are not only expecting and preparing for it, they are actually facilitating it," stated my source.  "The DHS takes their marching orders from the Obama administration, from Obama himself, but mostly from his un-appointed czars.  And Jarrett, especially Valerie Jarrett.  Don't think for a minute that the administration is doing anything to stabilize events in the U.S.  They are revolutionaries, and revolutionaries thrive on chaos," he added.

The 'Crucify Them' Presidency.  Al "Crucify Them" Armendariz resigned from the Environmental Protection Agency this week, for the mistake of telling it like it is.  All he leaves behind is an entire administration of Al Armendarizes.

50 Year-Old Bully Barack Obama Targets Private Citizen.  Obama is abusing his power in a way only Nixon could appreciate, and yet the very same news out let that took Nixon down, the Washington Post, is now coordinating their messaging with the White House in order to help Obama defines his candidate as some kind of homophobe.  Hard to pick which is worse:  our bullying President or the corrupt media crawling into bed with him.

Barack Obama 'Making History' Again.  [Scroll down]  At the time, little did Jefferson or any of the Founding Fathers know that one day there would be a czar-appointing, tax-loving, regulation-imposing president counted among their ranks, whose policies are the antithesis of the founding principles they established and, for lack of a better comparison, who would be America's very own modern-day George III.  Try as the Founders might, two centuries ago it was impossible to foresee a big-government bureaucrat type as president, a man teetering on the edge of despotism...

This is the sort of thing that insecure tyrants do:
Obama campaign nixes cell phones at some fundraisers.  You have to turn off your cell phone on an airplane, but at least you get to keep it.  That's not the case when high-flying donors pony up for first-class access to hear President Barack Obama at exclusive fundraisers — his campaign takes the devices away.  So much for live-tweeting or videotaping Obama's pitch.

Obama's Chicago-Style Campaign.  Kimberly Strassel, columnist for the Wall Street Journal, gives us one more reason not to vote for Barack Obama:  he is a thug who has disgraced the office of the president of the United States by engaging in behavior more befitting of the dictator of a banana republic.  Strassel writes of the Obama's campaign's latest efforts to smear and attack donors to Mitt Romney.

The President's Hit List.  Those are some ugly details that our Kimberley Strassel has been turning up about the effort to smear Mitt Romney's campaign donors.  The dirt-digging exercise reflects the character of President Obama's re-election campaign, as well as what's really behind the drive for more "transparency" in political donations.

Businessman Says He Lost Hundreds of Customers After Attacks by Obama Campaign.  Businessman Frank Vandersloot, the CEO of Melaleuca, has been targeted by the Obama campaign after donating money to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign. [...] Vandersloot revealed in an interview on Fox News that his business practice is being hurt by the attacks from the Obama team.  "Those people that I know well weren't affected by this [attack]," said Vandersloot.  "But for people who didn't know me, who are members of our business or customers, and they were reading this, then we got a barrage of phone calls of people cancelling their customer memberships with us."

The Obama Thugocracy.  Who paid Glenn Simpson's Fusion GPS to investigate Romney contributor Frank VanderSloot?  Now there's a question for congressional investigators.  Or bloggers.  While the dirt sought on VanderSloot by Fusion investigator Michael Wolf was public — as revealed in this superb reporting by the Wall Street Journal's Kim Strassel — (divorce records, a case involving a dispute with an ex-employee) Strassel has it exactly right when she terms this "trolling for dirt."

Obama DOJ Wants Greater Power to Access Cellphone Records.  Barack Obama's Justice Department is requesting that access to cellphone records be made more available to the government.  Jason Weinstein, a deputy assistant attorney general in the Justice Department's criminal division, asserted that warrants for early stages of investigations "crippled" prosecutors and law enforcement officials and thus should be abolished.

From Communism Day to Government Loyalty Day.  On May 1, Obama issued a presidential proclamation.  He officially changed May 1 — otherwise known as Communism Day after it was hijacked by the Soviet Union for propaganda purposes — to Loyalty Day, or rather loyalty and sacrifice to government day.  It is odd that Obama would reaffirm our allegiance to the Constitution when he has violated it continually.

Barack Hussein Obama is NOT a "Nice Man".  The truth is that Obama is not only the worst "president" of the United States of America (ineligible or not) but, he is arguably the most corrupt, mean-spirited, ungracious and arrogant twaddle-talking, America and American-people-hating resident of our White House whom we have ever had to suffer.  What "nice man" would force you to buy something you don't want and then take over your personal health care?  What "nice man" would take away all of your energy resources and leave you with virtually no way to heat and cool your homes or cook?

President Obama's Enemies List.  In 2012, President Obama's campaign has managed to make Nixon's list look quaint, legitimate and even routine.  This week, on the president's ominous "Truth Team" campaign website, his staff listed the names of eight of his likely opponent's donors. [...] After each name, the campaign lists deeds that they find objectionable or "less-than-reputable" that mostly boil down to business transactions that included alleged outsourcing or layoffs and involvement in the oil energy industry.

The President Has a List.  Richard Nixon's "enemies list" appalled the country for the simple reason that presidents hold a unique trust.  Unlike senators or congressmen, presidents alone represent all Americans.  Their powers — to jail, to fine, to bankrupt — are also so vast as to require restraint.  Any president who targets a private citizen for his politics is de facto engaged in government intimidation and threats.  This is why presidents since Nixon have carefully avoided the practice.  Save Mr. Obama, who acknowledges no rules.

Donors Beware: Obama Posts Online 'Enemies List'.  As the campaign for the general election begins, so does the mudslinging.  And if you had the audacity to donate to Romney, prepare for an onslaught of vitriol from the Obama campaign, new media-style.  The most powerful man in the world is keeping a list, and it looks like he intends to frighten Republican donors to stop the money flow.

Why America is Devolving Towards Absolute Government Control.  The relentless encroachment of socialism upon America's economic, cultural and governmental landscape is like a bad dream to most red-blooded Americans.  When society changes it can seem like the ineluctable drift of evolution or chance.  But in the case of America's ongoing continued expansion of government powers, spiking taxes, and shrinking military, it's all part of a planned elitist push into socialism.  And one need not believe in secret conspiracies when contemplating this shift.

Shift on executive power lets Obama bypass rivals.  As a senator and presidential candidate, he had criticized George W. Bush for flouting the role of Congress.  And during his first two years in the White House, when Democrats controlled Congress, Mr. Obama largely worked through the legislative process to achieve his domestic policy goals.  But increasingly in recent months, the administration has been seeking ways to act without Congress.

Bishop: Obama following path of Hitler and Stalin.  In a homily delivered Saturday [4/14/2012], Bishop Daniel R. Jenky of the Diocese of Peoria, Illinois challenged President Obama's HHS mandate, suggesting that the president was following the same path as Hitler and Stalin.  "Hitler and Stalin, at their better moments, would just barely tolerate some churches remaining open, but would not tolerate any competition with the state in education, social services, and health care," Jenky said.  "In clear violation of our First Amendment rights, Barack Obama — with his radical, pro abortion and extreme secularist agenda, now seems intent on following a similar path," Jenky added.

Similiarities Between Obama And Hitler:
  •   Both Hitler and Obama wrote ghost-written autobiographies prior to the start of their run for political office.
  •   Both Hitler and Obama originally had last names that were changed later in life.
  •   Both Hitler and Obama's supporters followed them blindly, and without question.
  •   Both Hitler and Obama used political power and coercion to conceal and hide their birth certificates from coming to public view.
  •   Both Hitler and Obama were known for their tremendous oratorical skills.
  •   Both Hitler and Obama received Messianic comparisons, and both men had songs of adoration written about them and for them.
  •   Both Hitler and Obama were able to mezmerize the people even when it was obvious that what they were saying was not true.

The coming chaos from the Obama-Soertoro playbook.  [Scroll down]  Consider recent executive orders and other executive actions as "big dots" in our dot connecting exercise.  The importance or relevance of these executive orders in our normal existence have either been downplayed or ignored by the media, and are subject to ridicule when brought up in political discussions. [...] The point is that it would appear that final preparations are being made not necessarily for the protection of our citizens, but against them.  By a man in the Oval Office whose legal name we do not know, and whose allegiance is suspect at best.

Zoning the ocean.  President Barack Obama has an ambitious plan for Washington bureaucrats to take command of the oceans — and with it control over much of the nation's energy, fisheries, even recreation in a move described by lawmakers as the ultimate power grab to zone the seas.  The massive undertaking also includes control over key inland waterways and rivers that reach hundreds of miles upstream, and began with little fanfare when Obama signed an executive order in 2010 to protect the aquatic environment.

Congressman fears Obama power grab.  A White House order updating federal emergency powers has raised alarm among some conservative commentators, and U.S. Rep. Sandy Adams, that President Barack Obama is attempting to grab unconstitutional powers.

Obama [is] a contemptuous bully.  We've gotten glimpses of President Barack Obama's intimidating instincts from the beginning.  Now as his administration flounders, his aggressiveness is becoming less veiled.  His first targets, as so often with bullies, were unpopular figures that few were inclined to defend.

Dangerous Desperation.  Over the past few weeks, we have witnessed a radical escalation of destructive policy moves by the Obama-Soetoro administration and a flow of outrageous, patently obvious lies from the Prevaricator-in-Chief, himself.  People, especially commentators on the right, seem nonplused by this, unable to figure out the reasoning behind it all.  Once again, the failure to understand is the result of their refusal to recognize Obama-Soetoro and his cronies for the desperate, radical Marxist revolutionaries that they clearly are.

Attorneys General Join Forces to Call Into Account Illegal Obama Administration Violations.  Whether it is through the EPA, NLRB, Office of Surface Mining, FCC or other entities, the Obama Administration has aggressively used administrative agencies to implement policy objectives that cannot gain congressional approval and are outside of the law.

President Scofflaw.  I've seen many debates about the war powers of the U.S. Congress, but I've never seen an American president openly laugh at the idea of seeking congressional approval for a major U.S. military assault on another country.  Obama did it with Libya, Yemen, Somalia, and Kenya and tried it in Syria.  But not in Iran.  Gaddafi is dead, Libya is a disaster, and no one has gotten any answers.  Other than that contemptuous laugh.  The media don't even dare to ask questions.  They are afraid of retaliation.

Socialist Obama Envisions A Socialist America.  Obama has no problem comparing himself to Abraham Lincoln, even Ronald Reagan when, in fact, he resembles Hugo Chavez in Venezuela more than ANY past US President.  Obama's efforts within his administration all seem to indicate that he is attempting to recreate a Chavez regime here, in America.  A socialist is a person who has decided that capitalism doesn't work and is striving toward communism.  Socialism is only the middle phase between capitalism and communism.  That middle phase is where Obama is today and he is striving toward the latter — and he intends to drag America into the cesspool with him.

Is Obama 'Dangerously Close To Totalitarianism'?  Judge Andrew Napolitano, a Fox News commentator, raised the question on Neil Cavuto's "Your World" show Wednesday.  And while it seems fanciful in light of the safeguards built into our democracy and its institutions, it recognizes the threat posed by the president's policies and actions if left unchecked.  "I think the president is dangerously close to totalitarianism," Napolitano opined.  "A few months ago he was saying, 'The Congress doesn't count, the Congress doesn't mean anything, I am going to rule by decree and by administrative regulation.'  "Now he's basically saying the Supreme Court doesn't count.  It doesn't matter what they think.  They can't review our legislation.  That would leave just him as the only branch of government standing."

Obama Demands More War-making Powers from Congress.  According to the administration, the line between terrorism and crime is becoming increasingly blurry.  And so, the Pentagon officials claimed, legislation is needed to further blur the line between national defense and law enforcement.  More power should also be granted to allow U.S. troops to intervene at home and abroad even more frequently than they already do.

A 'Constitutional Scholar' Who Doesn't Understand the Constitution.  In a stunningly arrogant move, President Obama, the leader of one of the co-equal branches of the United States Government, intimated that should the United States Supreme Court rule the individual mandate included in the Patient Protection and Affordability Care Act is unconstitutional, they would be executing an act of "judicial activism.  A more inappropriate and coercive comment has not been uttered in recent history by the President of the United States.  Mr. Obama's politically and ideologically motivated comments stand as testimony to not only his lack of constitutional literacy, it stands as a demented tribute to his audacity.

How Obama Destroys His Enemies:  President Obama has always disliked free speech as a general matter, particularly for those who oppose him.  He frequently suggests that those who disagree with him simply lack the power of reason; he constantly attacks those who do not bow to his opinions. [...] But he has one problem:  the First Amendment does not allow him, as president, to use the power of government to fight his enemies.

Why Obama's radicalism mattersAccording to his own narrative, Barack Obama was bred by communists, raised by communists, mentored by communists and was employed by communists.  By his admission, he sought out communists as preferred parties with whom to fraternize.  Obama's radical Marxism is at the very core of why he does what he does, why he will continue to do so and why America remains in dire peril with every day he occupies the White House.  Everything Obama has actualized or attempted — from his exploitation of high health-care costs to surreptitiously compromising the Constitution, to his desperation to regulate the Internet and any other means of public address into which he might conceivably insinuate government's putrid tentacles, to his proclivity for religious persecution, to his spending us into destitution — have their roots in Marxist doctrine.

Obama's power grab.  In short, the order gives Mr. Obama the ability to impose martial law.  He now possesses the potential powers of a dictator.  The order is a direct assault on individual liberties, private property rights and the rule of law.  It is blatantly unconstitutional.  The executive branch is arrogating responsibilities precluded by the Constitution without even asking the permission of Congress.  The order gives Mr. Obama a blank check to erect a centralized authoritarian state.  This is a law one would expect to find in Hugo Chavez's Venezuela or Vladimir Putin's Russia.

Martial Law Executive Order: History Should Cause Concern, Not Comfort.  This executive order is but the latest document in President Obama's ever-expanding dossier of dictatorship.  The National Defense Authorization Act permits the President to deploy the military to arrest and indefinitely detain American citizens without charge and without due process.  The Federal Restricted Buildings and Ground Improvement Act revokes the rights of speech and assembly protected by the First Amendment. ... Readers are encouraged to study the history of tyranny.  Demagogues are always crowned by the people with autocratic authority in response to the need for safety, particularly when faced with the exigencies of national emergencies.  Although its mention is nearly cliché, consider the example of Germany in the 1930s.

Not All Presidential Orders Are Created Equal.  Whether in preparation for war (for example, with Iran) or any other national emergency, the federal government does not have the authority to take over our food and water supply, energy supplies (including oil and natural gas), technology, industry, manufacturing, transportation, health care facilities, etc.  And taking the additional preliminary steps for enacting this martial law even during a time of peace is an unprecedented and out-of-control abuse of executive power.  This presidential order is another sweeping power grab in a long and dangerous legacy of government overreaches.  Our Founding Fathers never would have allowed it, and we shouldn't, either.

Obama Becomes O'mobba.  In another historic first, President Obama's backers are actively whipping up mobs. ... The Obama campaign loves to boast about its use of Facebook and Twitter to push The One over the top last time.  With Facebook claiming 700 million members, the potential for political mayhem is huge.  This is David Axelrod's specialty of astroturfing.  Obama has become O'mobba:  he is the first president in history to give his official public blessing to "idealistic" anti-capitalist mobs.  There is no doubt that these organized "spontaneous" mobs will be used in the election campaign.  Be prepared to face nasty, vicious lowbrow mobs with iPhones and iPads.

Obama wants to track you.  Under federal law, even the most basic cellphone must collect location information so that 911 services can respond appropriately.  The Obama administration wants the ability to seize this data for its own purposes.  Last month, the Justice Department filed a brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit insisting the government had the right to gather 60 days' worth of tracking information from a cellphone without a warrant issued on probable cause.

The Fallout from Obama's Radical Agenda.  Obama has been called the "food stamp president" because more federal grocery subsidies have been given out under his presidency than were under most others combined.  But far more than that, this president is the sultan of socialist swing with his assault of federal government entitlement expansions (Obamacare), spending, accruing of national debt, interdictions, seizures, regulations, overreaches, unilateral legislation, czars, presidential orders, Chicago-style politics, etc., and he has the uncanny ability to make most people believe he's doing none of them.

'Add Welfare Reform to List of Laws Obama Refuses to Follow'.  The Obama administration today [7/12/2012] issued a waiver for work requirements under the 1996 welfare reform law, prompting the chairman of the conservative caucus in the House to accuse the president of "hurting the very people he claims to help."  Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius sent an "information memorandum" to states this afternoon exercising waiver authority under the Social Security Act for the provision that "parents and caretakers receiving assistance under the [Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)] program engage in work activities."

The Editor says...
What percentage of the people receiving "Temporary Assistance for Needy Families" are actually needy, and receiving the money temporarily, and part of an actual family?

The Master of Words.  It goes without saying that a system of government limited by checks and balances between its branches has the potential for tyranny if anyone in authority is permitted to hold absolute power as such a master.  Aided by a biased media, the potential is limitless.

Obama raises eyebrows with executive order revising authority to nationalize resources for defense.  President Obama's signature on an executive order that updates presidential authority to take control over national defense resources in time of emergency has legal minds arguing over whether the White House is trying to expand power or merely organize rules 18 years in the making.  The executive order, signed late Friday, revokes an earlier order put in place by President Bill Clinton in 1994 and says any other previously issued orders or rulings by previous presidents shall remain in effect unless they are inconsistent with the new order.

The Executive Order Controversy.  The sad fact in America today is that we have a president so disdainful of our foundational law and freedoms as to make the far-fetched seem queasily reasonable.  The timing of this executive order is jarring, even if the specific changes to the order are not.  The power it conveys is staggering and cannot be safely entrusted to a single branch of government, much less to a single man.  The Congress needs to reassert control over the exercise and implementation of the Defense Production Act before it can be utilized by a power-hungry cabal of leftists eager to fundamentally transform America.

The Obama Administration's Attack on Fair Elections.  Judicial Watch recently announced a major new campaign to stop leftist activists and their allies in the Obama administration from undermining the integrity of the elections in 2012.  As the nation heads into another presidential election season, our 2012 Election Integrity Project is one of JW's top priorities.  Our investigators have uncovered a multi-pronged strategy by leftist radicals to make certain Barack Obama and other liberal candidates are reelected by hook or by crook — with the full support and participation of the Obama Department of Justice (DOJ).

Obama's Triumphal Statist Presidency.  In the March/April issue of the Washington Monthly, Paul Glastris offers a long essay in defense of Barack Obama. ... Glastris has unwittingly created a glossary of radical statism as a defense of Obama.  His own words:  "legislative tonnage," "reform," "takeover," "biggest stimulus in history," "sweeping regulations," "protection," "vast expansion," "Net neutrality," "greatest increase" in still more "protection," and "revolutionary reform."  To liberals, this is the poetry of paternalism but to the rest of America it's a nightmare lexicon.

Encouraging Signs in Maryland.  The left wants you to despair.  It is part of their game plan and a partial explanation for why President Obama has been throwing so many awful, intolerable new offensives our way.  From demanding that Catholics pay for abortion services to offering our most critical military secrets to our enemies, his goal is not merely to destroy this country, but to disable our resistance with an overwhelming string of demoralizing offensives.

US Secret Service Says No Anti-Obama Rallies Allowed!  When the US Secret Service discovered that the enterprising group of our Southeast New Mexico Patriots had, also, switched their plans and would drive to Roswell to engage in peaceful and Constitutionally allowed dissent against the Obama policies of the destruction of the United States of America, the SS began to put their respective feet down.  First, the SS made a strong request that the anti-Obama rally not occur... at all.  When the TEA Party members advised them that they still planned to do so, it was announced that the main road (Earl Cummings Loop) into and out of the Roswell airport would be closed.  In other words, ONLY the planned Obama sycophants, adherents and Adoration Groups will be allowed in... all others no longer have any free speech.

The Fear of Martial Law.  The President of the United States of America, Barack Hussein Obama, has generated so much fear that the most common theme of posted comments and private communications is that he will refuse to relinquish power if defeated in November or that, under some pretext, he will declare a state of martial law.  Many, myself included, did not like the Patriot Act that was enacted following 9/11 but there is little evidence that this law has been abused to deprive Americans of their fundamental rights and freedom, though surely some suspected of being terrorists were detained.  An Executive Order posted on the White House website on Friday, March 16, 2012, has generated a wave of fear.

Obama Executive Order: Peacetime Martial Law!  Under this order the heads of these cabinet level positions; Agriculture, Energy, Health and Human Services, Transportation, Defense and Commerce can take food, livestock, fertilizer, farm equipment, all forms of energy, water resources, all forms of civil transporation (meaning any vehicles, boats, planes), and any other materials, including construction materials from wherever they are available.  This is probably why the government has been visiting farms with GPS devices, so they know exactly where to go when they turn this one on.  Specifically, the government is allowed to allocate materials, services, and facilities as deemed necessary or appropriate.  They decide what necessary or appropriate means.

Opposing viewpoint:
No martial law.  I've received a number of e-mails and comments about an Executive Order signed by Obama on Friday [3/16/2012], titled National Defenses Resources Preparedness, and what it means.  It appears that this Executive Order is an update of prior Executive Orders signed in 1988 and 1994 which elaborate similar powers in time of war or national emergency.

"National Defense Resources Preparedness" executive order: Power grab or mere update?  We're getting a lot of e-mail this weekend about an executive order issued on Friday afternoon by President Obama titled "National Defense Resources Preparedness."  While the timing of the EO is curious — why send it out on a Friday afternoon when an administration is usually trying to sneak bad news past the media? — the general impact of it is negligible.  This EO simply updates another EO (12919) that had been in place since June 1994, and amended several times since.

The Editor says...
Okay, but why modify an Executive Order (on Friday afternoon) without making significant changes?  This action has raised alarms because this president has already shown that he can't be trusted.

The states recognize a threat on the horizon.
Virginia's Anti-NDAA Bill Set to Become Law; Ariz. Joins the Fight.  After agreeing to changes suggested by Governor Bob McDonnell, both houses of the state legislature of Virginia passed HB 1160, the bill sponsored (and shepherded) by Delegate Bob Marshall (left) that prohibits state officers and agents from participating in the unconstitutional detention of citizens of the Old Dominion.

21 Unanswered Questions That They Don't Want You To Look Into.  [#18]  Why did Barack Obama recently update an old executive order so that now he will be able to take charge of all food, all energy, all health resources and all transportation resources in the United States even in "non-emergency" situations?

Bill of Rights is no more.  While most Americans were celebrating the holidays, President Barack Obama quietly signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), otherwise known as the "Indefinite Detention Act," into law.  Obama had initially said he would veto the bill which contains the draconian language authorizing the US military to seize and incarcerate US citizens without warrant, due process, trial, etc.  Of course, Obama quickly changed his mind after the bill passed both houses of Congress.  When signing the NDAA into law, Obama issued a signing statement that in essence said, "I have the power to detain Americans... but I won't."

Breitbart Barack.  It should be learned at an early age that one cannot resort to reason with a bully; it ensures only more bullying.  Make no mistake:  Barack Obama is a bully.  Any man who would throw his grandmother, the woman who raised him, under the bus to score political points is a bully. ... Obama the Great will not play nice; he will be brutal and negative — he's never been anything but negative.  Should he choose to pretend he is not, lackeys on the left will take up the slack.

If our government can do this, what can they not do?  It's always fascinating when people on either side of a partisan divide give each other gifts.  Case in point:  President Obama's approval of a rule ordering Catholic institutions to offer insurance policies covering birth control, sterilization procedures and the morning after pill — all contrary to church teachings.  No one has fully explained why Obama took this step.

The Power to Kill.  President Obama, who came to office promising transparency and adherence to the rule of law, has become the first president to claim the legal authority to order an American citizen killed without judicial involvement, real oversight or public accountability.

Obama Administration Seeks More Secrecy for Govt. Files.  This sort of obfuscation is an example of an attempt by agents of the federal government to muddy the clear waters of liberty with words and arguments intended to deprive the people of the right to monitor the government they created.

Legitimizing Anarchy.  Talking heads, bloggers and pundits who repeat the cop-out falsehood that "Obama is in over his head" are leading the masses astray and lulling them back to sleep. ... Is the citizenry left in the false security of complacency mode because the news of spreading anarchy is largely suppressed?  The left is rising up to produce the anarchy necessary, should the Obama regime need to declare martial law and perhaps suspend elections if wholesale voting fraud does not guarantee him re-election.

Barack Obama, Caudillo.  Caudillos typically bulldoze political opposition, become the dominant force in the economic life of the country, and establish a personality cult around themselves.  They love power as much as they love themselves, and they aren't bashful about using their power in defiance of precedents, constitutions, and democratic principles.  Until a couple of years ago, I never dreamed that a caudillo could arise in our Anglo-American legal system, upwardly mobile culture, and enlightened constitutional order, but today it seems to be a distinct possibility.  Consider the similarities between Barack Obama and the prototypical Latin caudillo.

Worst President Ever: Obama's Intimidation Tactics Continue.  We have a president attempting to destroy citizens who are merely observing their right to free political speech.  This president is the single most dangerous man we've ever had in the U.S. government.  He will be the end of this country.

Obama's Campaign Bully Brigade Rides Again.  Barack Obama's election-year goon squad kicked into high gear this week by kicking the president's fiercest opponents in the teeth and targeting their pocketbooks.  Returning to bully business as usual, the Obama campaign launched a brazen salvo against two prominent conservative critics and their legions of private citizen donors. ... Under the guise of "disclosure," Team Obama is exploiting the power of high government office to intimidate lawful, peaceful contributors who support limited-government causes.

Obama Issues Another Unconstitutional Edict.  President Barack Obama issued an executive order Tuesday [2/28/2012] establishing another new bureaucracy.  Obama again circumvented Congress with his latest Executive Order, the Establishment of the Interagency Trade Enforcement Center.  The order begins with the line, "By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America," which begs the question:  Is the president ignorant or indifferent?  The Constitution gives the president no such power to regulate commerce.  This power is exclusive to the Congress.

Obama Meets With Democratic Governors, Decide He Should Act Like More Of A Dictator.  Does he really need the additional encouragement?

A Forced Marriage of Church and State.  [Scroll down]  Formerly restrained in some measure by presidents who had at least a minimal understanding of and respect for the Constitution, the full use of the bureaucracy for nefarious purposes only awaited a president who regarded the Constitution as a relic of the past and an obstacle to his goals for fundamentally transforming America.  Such a man has risen to the presidency; and such a man has made it clear he regards the Church as presently constituted and constitutionally protected as unilaterally subservient to the almighty state.

Former Attorney General Edwin Meese has a few things to say about Obama Administration.  "In what was purported to be the most transparent and the most law abiding administration in history, as the president said when he was inaugurated, has now sunk into the least transparent and the most disdainful of the Constitution as we've ever seen," Meese said during a panel discussion Tuesday [2/14/2012] sponsored by the American Action Network.

See?  I'm not the only one with this opinion.
Gingrich electrifies Cobb crowd.  Former Speaker Newt Gingrich told an energized crowd of about 400 in the ballroom of the Atlanta Marriott on Saturday [2/18/2012] why he believes President Obama is the most dangerous president in American history.

From Obama, What Next?  We have witnessed President Barack Obama, and his administration, issue edicts, work against and/or ignore the US Constitution and Congress, and be inconsistent when it suits him.  The question now becomes, "What will Obama do next?" ... What other edicts/mandates/surprises await us?  Since the government is the major shareholder in General Motors, is he, in an effort to reach his goal of having 1 million electric cars on US highways by 2015, going next to tell us that we must purchase Chevy Volts?  Is a declaration of martial law coming?  Is he going to try to suspend ALL civil rights?  Is he going to suspend elections and have himself declared king?

Obama Forcing Private Companies to Have Board Votes on Illegal Policy.  Another day, another Barack Obama Administration totalitarian diktat.  In other words, whatever Obama wants — by any means necessary.  Behold Obama's Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).  Which last week handed down from on-high a mandate that telecommunications companies AT&T, Verizon and Sprint MUST have Board votes on Network Neutrality.

Republican Senator: Obama Administration Is 'a Lawless Administration'.  Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) ... made the observation while responding to a question from about the underlying constitutionality of President Barack Obama's decision that health insurance companies insuring religious organizations that object to sterilizations, contraceptives and abortifacients will have to provide these products to beneficiaries without charging either the beneficiary or the religious organization itself.

Prof. Dershowitz calls Media Matters 'Stalinist'.  When big media voices tell us that the US Constitution is outdated, that democracy can't work, that socialist Europe represents the future, that America is evil, while the US President bows down to the King of Saudi Arabia and the President of China ... there's a message.  When the President invades Libya without even notifying Congress, as required by law and the US Constitution, there's a message.  When the US Attorney General violates the laws passed by Congress, not just once but repeatedly, and laughs at Congressional oversight, there's a message.  Alan Dershowitz just gave a name to that message.

Impeach Them All.  [Scroll down]  That is the correct solution, but not a practical one.  Thus we are left waiting for the collapse.  Perhaps in rebuilding from the ashes a Constitutional Republic that worked and we wasted, can be re-instituted.  But a collapse of the economy, the government and much of society is very dangerous and opens the door for a demagogue to assume power.  That was the recipe used by Hitler.

Commerce Is the Culture War.  If you believe that the Obama administration's decision to force Catholic institutions to pay for and offer (directly or indirectly) products the church finds morally objectionable is an assault on religious freedom and free speech, you probably also realize the importance of consumer choice.  After all, when government dictates what people buy and sell, it dictates much more.

Obama's Act of Tyranny.  The edict President Barack Obama passed down today [2/10/2012] — that every health-care plan in America must pay for sterilizations and all FDA-approved contraceptives, including those that cause abortions — is an act of tyranny.

Obama includes Canada in his 'King of World' territory.  Canadians, watching the Fundamental Transformation of the United States of America, from the safety of over-the-border observation, consider themselves too distant from the expanding Marxist policies of the President Barack Obama regime.  Even the many who worry about American friends losing jobs and homes would admit "It's not like being there".  But Obama, whose proverbial ego is as big as Texas and whose mission for One World Government is inspired by punishing the US for imagined past crimes, has now turned his ambitious sights on Canada.

Just a Taste of a Second Obama Term.  First, he came for the General Motors bondholders, but the religious leaders were not GM bondholders, so they did not speak up.  Then he came for the oil companies, but they were not oil company executives, and again they did not speak up.  Next, he came for control of the nation's health care system, and again they saw no threat — in fact, many of them supported his plan.  We were told we had to pass the plan to ... find out what was in it.  Then he came for our freedom of religion, and we found out what was in it:  pure, unadulterated tyranny.

Barack Obama: In the Footsteps of Twentieth Century Despots.  Nothing reveals Obama's dictatorial mindset more than his relationship with Congress.  His recent actions in unilaterally making appointments that are subject to Senate approval while the Senate is still in session are blatantly unconstitutional and done to marginalize Congress.  His appointment of innumerable "czars" is a means of bypassing Congress and their oversight of the federal Cabinet departments.  His Department of Justice has been transformed into an advocacy group to enforce the left-wing radical version of social justice while refusing to be accountable to Congress.  Obama has resorted to utilizing executive orders and volumes of regulations from various agencies under his command in order to put in place his radical policies and sidestep Congress and thus the will of the people.

Bigoted Barack, Red in Tooth and Clause.  On one level, Obama is nothing more than a glib and empty pol, who careens from focus group to pollster.  But on another level, buried deep within his cold and rootless personality, he is a man of perverse tenacity, a convinced socialist and secularist who was trained long ago to run the ball into the end zone for radicalism.

On the Church, the Military, and the Descent into Tyranny.  If a chaplain can be commanded to change his archbishop's letter calling a government policy unjust; if he can be called seditious for reading the letter; if he can be commanded to change or expurgate the words of his spiritual superior, the archbishop; if the archbishop himself can be commanded to censor statements about Church doctrines and practices, then religious freedom and free speech in this country are dead, and no American is safe from attack by his own government.

The Audacity of Obama's Secularism:  [Scroll down]  He once said to coal industry workers: sure, you can keep going but we will "bankrupt" you under a system of global warming regulations.  His message to Catholics isn't much different.  Sure, practice your faith in public, he tells them in effect through his HHS mandate.  But if you do, we will fine and prosecute you.  Obama's secularism is like an acid that burns through everything it touches.  His poisonous ideology authorizes him not just to "separate church and state" but to dominate church and state.  The goal of this control is to secularize everything, including religion itself.

Let's Honor, Not Stretch, the Buckley Rule.  As we march inexorably toward socialism by incremental steps, the need to elect political leaders to take steps to reverse it increases on a linear plane.  But with President Obama, we're advancing not by incremental steps, but by giant leaps, hurtling toward statism with alarming alacrity.  Every day that passes before we implement entitlement reform, for example, the geometric accumulation of vested benefits makes reform more imperative — and more difficult. ... Based on the cavalier manner with which Obama is lawlessly thwarting the Constitution and the people's will, it is hard to imagine what kind of tyrannical executive power grabs he'd try (and accomplish) if re-elected, even with an opposing Congress.

Stop Picking on President Bully.  Frankly, it's just laughable to call out anyone as bully to Obama's victim, considering his record of disdain and destruction.  There is simply no worse threat to this nation's privileged sovereignty, liberty, and prosperity than the bully in the White House.

Maybe the rule of law means different things for different people.  When President Nixon threatened to ignore court orders, he was threatened with impeachment.  It doesn't matter what the topic at hand is in the courtroom — when the court summons you, it behooves you to appear.  This is not less true in the case of a president, the man who is responsible for enforcing the laws of the nation, but more so — for if the president thumbs his nose at lawful courts hearing lawful pleadings, then his legal authority is undermined and so is the rule of law.  Nor can the president rightfully decide to ignore this particular case because he and his attorneys think it has no merit.  That is the judge's decision, not theirs.

Is the Judicial Branch Dead?  Obama's behavior yesterday is even more disturbing than Nixon's.  Nixon at least respected the judicial branch enough to have his attorney's show up in court and follow procedure.  Nixon's fight in the courts followed existing law.  Nixon acknowledged the authority of the judicial branch even while he fought it.  Obama, on the other hand, essentially said yesterday that the judicial branch has no power over him.

More about Obama's long-overdue eligibility hearing.

Sen. Lee: Obama's Consumer Bureau Is Insulated From Congress — A Maneuver 'Reserved For Despots'.  While testifying before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) challenged President Barack Obama's recess appointment of Richard Courdray and the funding mechanism of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, calling it a maneuver "historically reserved for despots."

Sen. Rand Paul: Obama prone to 'lawless and unconstitutional' behavior.  Freshman Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Tuesday [1/31/2012] accused President Obama of engaging in a pattern of "lawless and unconstitutional behavior" most recently exhibited in the controversial recess appointments he made early this year.  "I rise today in defense of the Constitution," said Paul, speaking from the Senate floor.  "[I] am not surprised that the president has engaged in unconstitutional behavior.  His healthcare law was unconstitutional.  His war with Libya was unconstitutional ... this president has become a president who is prone to lawless and unconstitutional behavior."

Neither liberty nor safety.  EPIC (Electronic Privacy Information Center), a privacy advocacy group, sued Obama's Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to discover through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) that DHS is monitoring political dissent.  EPIC has more than 300 pages of contracts and memos detailing work done by General Dynamics for DHS.  One "tracking report" titled "Residents Voice Opposition Over Possible Plan to Bring Guantanamo Detainees to Local Prison-Standish MI" summarizes dissent on blogs and social networking sites, quoting commenters by name.

Obama Creates Unconstitutional Monster at Fed.  Did President Barack Obama's appointment of Richard Cordray to be director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau without a Senate confirmation vote violate the Constitution?  The answer is plainly yes.

On the Intellectual Inferiority of Liberalism:  [Scroll down]  The genuine liberalism of Harry Truman, JFK, and Walter Lippmann is dead as a doornail.  Instead we have the left radicalism of Obama, who grew up on the hard, hard Stalinist left.  Obama is called a liberal, but he is an authoritarian anti-Constitutionalist with major totalitarian tendencies.

Grassley: Obama thinks he doesn't need Congress.  Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), a fierce good-government advocate, slammed President Obama on Thursday [1/26/2012], saying he is behaving as if he is not accountable to Congress and the American people.  "The president has decided he doesn't need Congress at all," said Grassley, in a speech delivered from the Senate floor.

The Cry-Baby in Chief.  [Scroll down]  Obama comes across in the book [The Obamas] as profoundly power-hungry — he couldn't get anything done as a State Senator, so he moved on to the Senate; he couldn't get anything done in the Senate, so he moved on to the presidency.  He's frustrated with the presidency, too.  "When Obama reflected privately on the presidency that fall, he often spoke about the limitations of the office," Kantor reports about Obama's first autumn in the White House.  He was suffering from a "dawning sense of political powerlessness."  This is the highest form of egotism known to man.  The president of the United States is the most powerful individual on earth.  He does not get to complain about his lack of power.  No wonder Obama has publicly mused about the beauties of the Chinese system — the only step up from the presidency is monarchy or dictatorship.

Obama's appointment with tyranny.  President Obama's lawless Jan. 4 installation of a new director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau goes to the heart of his loose interpretation of our Constitution.  Mr. Obama's actions show he believes checks and balance apply only to the other branches of government, not to him. ... President Obama's play for absolute appointment-making sovereignty should be checked while there's still a republic to save.

The Transformational Tyrant.  No man is born a murderer, or evil or cruel.  In America, no man is born a king or a tyrant.  Just as a man must learn to be a killer, men must teach themselves to be tyrants.  Barack Obama has learned how to be a tyrant.  The proclivity was always there, along with the arrogance and narcissism.  When you are better than everyone else, it is a small step to wish to reign over them as well.  Yet, few expected a University of Chicago lecturer on constitutional law to decide the Constitution did not apply to him, only to mere mortals like us.

Obama Brings Back the Constitution.  On foreign policy, his State Department hires a Yale Law dean who roared like a lion when the issue was President Bush's war powers but now offers the lamb-like justification for intervention in Libya on the grounds that the shooting there somehow did not constitute a war.  On economic policy, he fills his White House with "czars" to manage important aspects of national policy without the burden of congressional approval.  Similarly, he invokes a ridiculous notion of Senate recess to prevent Congress from asking any questions about the vast powers of the dubious new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau or its even newer leader.  And the constitutionality of his signature achievement — the health-care law — is now before the Supreme Court.

Business group leader says Obama's recess appointments create 'constitutional crisis'.  Mark Mix, President of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation (NRWLDF), says the president's actions have created "a constitutional crisis."  Mix, and others critical of the appointments, say Obama has stepped beyond the powers granted to the executive branch.

Ed Meese: House Should Pass Resolution Condemning Obama for Unconstitutional Act.  Former Attorney General Ed Meese says the U.S. House of Representatives should pass a resolution condemning President Barack Obama for acting unconstitutionally in appointing a director to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and three members to the National Labor Relations Board without Senate confirmation and when Congress was still in session.  "I wish it would also be the Senate," Meese told, "but that probably wouldn't happen because of the fact that [it is] in Democrat hands.

More Obama Constitution-shredding.  Article II gives the president power "by and with the advice and consent of the Senate" to appoint public officials and judges, and also "to fill up all vacancies that may happen during the recess of the Senate."  That provision was written to cover the long recesses that were common during the horse-and-buggy days and was certainly not written to enable the president to defy the Senate and appoint persons whom the Senate would not confirm.

The Abuse of Power by Pres. Obama.  You see what power has done to Obama?  It's frightening.  He says one thing and does another.  That isn't unusual in a politician, but Obama brings it to Olympic gold standard.  Every word out of his mouth is worthless when it comes to trust.  But this is worse than that.  This is ignoring the Constitution for the purpose of a power grab.  Pres. Obama knows the MSM will barely comment on this and it's a bit complicated and not sexy, so he figures most Americans will never even hear about it.  It's a sad commentary on where our country is right now.

Obama and the Constitution: How Inconvenient!  Any restraint on Obama that is embedded in the Constitution generates about the same response you'd get from a young child when they are told that, no, they can't have a cookie just before dinner. ... Reading this, anyone might think that Barack Obama, the constitutional scholar (who has written not one scholarly article about said Constitution) is simply frustrated by the U.S. Constitution.  One should note that he also appears to be against the constitution of any nation that is actually using its constitution as the basis for limiting government.

"I was a constitutional law professor, which means unlike the current president I actually respect the Constitution."
Barack Obama,    
at a campaign fundraiser, March 30, 2007.    

Obama's naked thuggery.  After all these years it took a great constitutional scholar who had spent a life cloistered in academia and street work to utterly rape our most cherished Constitution.  This business of bypassing the Senate to pick "recess" appointments to positions most Americans have never heard of may seem trivial.  It is anything but.  What Barack Obama has done has been to disembowel the U.S. Senate and shred the most carefully worded document in the history of civilized society.

Obama and his Syndicate.  [Scroll down]  Now the extremely bad news for US citizens.  First, on 19 January 2012, multiple videos were made of a shipment — via rail — of hundreds of Bradley armored vehicles and related equipment moving from Northern California Southward. ... The US military, Department of Homeland Security and LOCAL Police are conducting "urban warfare exercises" in recent and unprecedented "showings of force" under the now undeniable (by any intelligent beings) Dictator-in-Chief Barack Hussein Obama.  These military forces are inhabiting the streets and air of and over Los Angeles, Boston, Little Rock, Miami and Colorado amongst others.

Democrats and Executive Overreach.  One reason so many Americans entrusted Barack Obama with the presidency was his pledge to correct the prior administration's tendency to push unilateral executive power beyond constitutional and customary limits. ... The president has power to make recess appointments only when the Senate is in recess.  Several years ago — under the leadership of Harry Reid and with the vote of then-Sen. Obama — the Senate adopted a practice of holding pro forma sessions every three days during its holidays with the expressed purpose of preventing President George W. Bush from making recess appointments during intrasession adjournments.  This administration must think the rules made to hamstring President Bush do not apply to President Obama.

What Are You Prepared to Do?  President Obama has made clear his path to re-election.  He plans to run against Congress and — by seizing unconstitutional powers — go about governing this year with or without the legislative action required by the Constitution.  He'll issue executive orders, have his bureaucracy regulate as may please his ideology, and generally do whatever else he can get away with.  Obama apparently thinks he can get away with a lot, and judging by the response of the Republican congressional leaders to his actions last week, he's probably right.

Obama's Fascist America in 10 Easy Steps.  [#6] Engage in arbitrary detention and release.  Obama just signed the National Defense Authorization Act into law, a bill granting him the power to detain for an unlimited time anyone he deems engaged in terrorism.  Given the DHS definition of terrorism, that could be anybody.  American citizens are not exempt, although Obama promises not to use these new powers against them.

The Editor says...
We all know how good Obama's promises are.

Obama Breeds Mistrust By Skirting The Constitution.  At first glance, this might appear to be an "inside the Beltway" story, except for two points that make them worthy of comment:  These appointments, which ignored the Senate's power to advise and consent, were the first of their kind by any president.  Their exercise places under a cloud of unconstitutionality each and every decision made by the CFPB and the NLRB in which these officials participate.

Obama recess appointments face legal challenge.  Two pro-business advocacy groups on Friday filed the first legal challenge to President Barack Obama's recent recess appointments, asking a federal judge to find them unconstitutional.

Obama to Congress: I'll decide what's constitutional.  Election season is here, and you might think President Obama would be going out of his way to show voters that he can be trusted with the powers of the presidency.  But you would be wrong.  Just a few days before Christmas, Obama served notice to all Americans that he will continue to abuse executive privilege by seeking new ways to vilify gun owners and further his anti-gun agenda.

Ted Kennedy court brief: He wouldn't support Obama's 'recess' appointments.  A newly resurfaced court briefing filed by the late Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy in 2004 shows he would have opposed the logic President Barack Obama used to make four recess appointments last week.  In the amicus briefing, Kennedy argued that President George W. Bush's recess appointment of Judge William Pryor to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals was unconstitutional.  Kennedy thought the appointment was unconstitutional because the Senate was not officially on a recess.  The Senate had been adjourned for 10 days before Bush exercised his recess appointment power.

8 Times Barack Obama Abused His Power To Appease His Base.  [#5] Unconstitutional recess appointments:  When Obama made a number of controversial picks for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), he was unable to get them through the Senate.  So, in January 2012, he declared his nominees appointed to the Senate via recess appointments.  The only problem was the Senate was not in recess at the time.  This tactic itself was so controversial that experts on both sides of the aisle were deeply concerned about the precedent Obama was setting.  The legitimacy of Obama's illegal NLRB appointments was fought in the courts.

Obama's inoperable Constitution.  Back in 1973, when the Nixon administration was under fire for Watergate, Press Secretary Ron Ziegler uttered an unforgettable response when caught in a lie during a news conference:  "This is the operative statement.  The other statements are now inoperable."  Well, the Obama administration just topped that by essentially declaring the U.S. Constitution "inoperable."  President Obama did not use that term when making an illegal recess appointment of Richard Cordray to the new post of consumer czar on Wednesday [1/4/2012], but he might as well have.

Obama's Subversive Appointments.  Behavioral modification by red tape has especially become the imprimatur of the Obama administration — i.e., bypass congress and rule by regulatory edicts.  It has become increasingly evident that the original Clintonista appointments were just a smokescreen regarding what was to be Obama's stealth agenda.  Subsequent appointments have revealed two persistent themes that that would be a hard sell outside the Beltway.  To wit:  Transnationalism and Postconstitutionalism.

Acting Like A King Isn't Among The President's Duties.  A spokesman says the president "can't wait for Congress to act" and promised that he's "going to take action."  This is the president who was "ready to rule" in 2008.  Is he an elected chief executive or an emperor?

Obama on Flouting Article 2, Section 2 of Constitution: 'I Refuse to Take No for an Answer'.  The Senate is not currently in recess, and the Congress did not give Obama the power to name the head of CFPB without Senate approval.  Nonetheless, Obama has appointed Cordray without the constitutionally mandated Senate approval.  Last year, Obama nominated former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray to run the CFPB, which was established by the controversial Dodd-Frank financial reform law in 2010.  The Senate did not confirm Cordray.

Santorum says Senate should sue over Obama appointments.  Rick Santorum said the Senate should sue over President Obama's decision Wednesday to appoint Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and name three members to vacancies on the National Labor Relations Board.  "What the president did was wrong — pretty scary stuff," Santorum said.

Dem NLRB 'recess' appointments rushed, don't appear on White House nominee list.  Obama referred his two Democratic nominees, Sharon Block and Richard Griffin, to the Senate on Dec. 15.  The Senate adjourned for the year — but did not go into an official recess — on the following day. tracks the status of all of Obama's appointments and nominations.  Block and Griffin do not appear on that list — a sign that the administration rushed the recess appointments through too quickly for the Senate to even consider them.

Cordray's Recess Appointment Sure Doesn't Look Constitutional To Me.  The trouble is that the Senate isn't in recess.  For complicated reasons the Republicans have the ability to prevent the Senate from going into recess, and they have done so in order to maximize the difficulty of Obama making recess appointments.  The White House maintains that keeping the Senate in pro forma session is a stupid gimmick, which is certainly true.  It further maintains that because it is a stupid gimmick, that gives the president the right to act as though the Senate were in recess.  That's the part I have trouble following.

King Barack's power grab.  Presidents have the right to make temporary appointments when Congress is away from Washington, of course, and both parties have used that power.  But Obama is the first president to declare that he, and he alone, can decide whether the Senate — which must confirm his appointments — is actually meeting.

Obama's Cordray Appointment Mocks the Constitution.  In 2008 candidate Sen. Barack Obama famously said:  "This is part of the whole theory of George Bush that he can make laws as he is going along.  I disagree with that.  I taught the Constitution for 10 years.  I believe in the Constitution and I will obey the Constitution of the United States.  We are not going to use signing statements as a way of doing and end run around Congress."  Now, we find that not only was he kidding about signing statements — he recently used one to ignore about 20 provisions of the omnibus spending bill — but Obama also believes he can decide for himself that the Senate is in recess when it is not, overturn at least a hundred years of precedent, and bypass the Constitution's advice and consent requirement.

Obama's deadly secret:  [Scroll down]  But to the White House, the battlefield means anywhere in the world, and the threat could refer to anything.  This expansive, pre-emptive self-defense logic may be justifiable for taking out foreign terrorists, but it fails miserably as a rationale for executive assassination of American citizens.

The NDAA's historic assault on American liberty.  President Barack Obama rang in the New Year by signing the NDAA law with its provision allowing him to indefinitely detain citizens.  It was a symbolic moment, to say the least.  With Americans distracted with drinking and celebrating, Obama signed one of the greatest rollbacks of civil liberties in the history of our country ... and citizens partied in unwitting bliss into the New Year.

The NDAA and Suspension of Habeas Corpus: Not Just for "Enemy Combatants" Anymore.  Remember all those neocons and Republicans who cheered George W. Bush's "indefinite detainment" of "enemy combatants"?  Many of them — though, amazingly, not all — have lost their enthusiasm for trampling the Constitution now that Obama's administration has suspended habeas corpus for American citizens, too, with the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 (NDAA).

This Is The Section Of The NDAA That Is Causing People To Freak Out.  [Scroll down]  After signing the NDAA, Obama released a statement saying "the [NDAA] does nothing more than confirm authorities that the Federal courts have recognized as lawful under the 2001 AUMF.  I want to clarify that my Administration will not authorize the indefinite military detention without trial of American citizens."  This appears to be untrue.

Prepaing for martial law.  While many readers have contended that nothing in this bill applies to U.S. citizens, Senator Carl Levin, the bill's sponsor, explicitly disagrees.  Even more alarming, it was Senator Levin who announced in Senate chambers that it was Barack Obama himself who demanded the verbiage that includes U.S. citizens as fair game by our own military on U.S. soil.  This followed Senator Lindsey Graham's gleeful announcement that through the passage of this draconian legislation, the whole of America is now a battlefield and a venue in which the U.S. military may operate against its own.

Obama Announces he can imprison anyone he chooses... IF he chooses to do so.  It has finally arrived, folks.  I'd hoped I was wrong about it but, tragically and chillingly I was not.  Obama has just announced — in his own words — that he can detain (imprison) anyone he wants with the new unconstitutional NDAA bill passed by Congress and signed by the now self-proclaimed Dictator-in-Chief Barack Hussein Obama.

'Disappearing' dissenters in Obama's new Amerika.  Patriots, who long clung to the hope that in the end the US military would be on the side of the people, will now live in the real fear of being nabbed off their streets by the military and packed off to Gitmo.  The effects of this bill on American society are truly monstrous and were birthed by someone with a never-ending evil hatred of America and its people.

Connecting the dots on the National Defense Authorization Act.  While much of the bill deals with the mundane, sections 1031 and 1032 are raising the concerns of many, including some unlikely allies.  In plain speak, those sections of the bill broadly classifies certain U.S. citizens as terrorists, and allow for military intervention against such citizens on U.S. soil.  The language of the bill is cumbersome and difficult to assess, thus creating some plausible deniability for those who support this piece of draconian legislation.  Representative Justin Amash (D-MI) apparently agrees.  According to Rep. Amash, the language of the bill is "carefully crafted to mislead the public."

Obama's Anti-gun Agenda Remains Alive and Well.  Thanks to the efforts of freedom advocates such as John Lott, Obama's efforts to stay under the radar are now glistening in the sunlight.  Lott reviewed an unsettling and lengthy list of Obama's "processes," starting with the President's intention to ignore at least 20 parts of the 2012 omnibus spending bill that he signed into law last week.  Using the controversial and likely unconstitutional "signing statements," Obama said, "I have advised Congress that I will not construe these provisions as preventing me from fulfilling my constitutional responsibility ... such measures as I shall judge necessary and expedient." ... In plain English, the President just told Congress to go jump — he was going to do what he wanted to do, regardless.

President Obama Signs National Defense Authorization Act into Law.  President Barack Obama signed a law on New Year's Eve granting himself absolute power to indefinitely detain American citizens suspected (by him) of being "belligerents."  He promises he won't use it, however.  On December 31, 2011, with the President's signing of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the writ of habeas corpus — a civil right so fundamental to Anglo-American common law history that it predates the Magna Carta — is voidable upon the command of the President of the United States.  The Sixth Amendment right to counsel is also revocable at his will.

New Nationwide FEMA Camps Should Raise Eyebrows.  In a nutshell, there seems to be a solicitation of bids occurring for the staffing of FEMA camps within 72 hours of implementation by an order from either Homeland Security or the president.  This situation begs to be investigated, with special consideration paid to the motives of the present administration. ... Perimeter fencing or barricades is required to be six feet high, enclosing the camp, with all traffic in or out to be recorded on a daily log and with security restricting all traffic and access.  The contractor shall also provide fencing and barricades around areas which are "off limits" to occupants.

In Obama he trusts.  The sum total of Mr. Obama's political philosophy, the unifying theme of his presidency, amounts to this:  You cannot be trusted to live as a free American.  President Obama's first major legislative action, the failed $787 [sic] stimulus, revealed his fundamental distrust of free Americans.  A president who actually trusts his people would stand aside as they freely chose how to invest their capital and their labor.  Mr. Obama, on the other hand, simply doesn't believe you are smart enough to know what's best for you.

NDAA Would "Quash Dissent" on Internet.  Critics of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) have pointed to its provisions that permit the indefinite detention of American citizens, without charges and without trial.  Additionally, the measure violates individual liberties in another way: by waging war on the Internet.  A major component of the criticism against the NDAA is that it labels all of the United States as a "battlefield" in the "War on Terror," thereby treating virtually all American citizens as potential terrorists.  But in addition to that, buried deep in the massive paperwork of the bill is a provision that would allow the Pentagon to treat the Internet as a "battlefield" as well, in order to "defend our Nation, Allies and interests."

Who needs the Congress when you have "executive power"?
Rep. Jackson Lee: Obama should use executive power to extend payroll tax cut.  Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) said Tuesday [12/20/2011] that President Obama "absolutely" should use his executive power to continue the unemployment benefits and payroll tax cut extension and said she hoped to discuss the option with the White House later in the day.

Senate Democrats Introduce Bill to Prohibit Voter Suppression.  Democratic Senators Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) unveiled legislation Wednesday [12/14/2011] to enforce civil and criminal penalties for those who publish or in some way communicate false or misleading election material with the intent to dissuade or prevent certain people from voting.

The Editor asks...
Does that include civil and criminal penalties for TV networks that declare the winner in Florida before the polls close in the Florida panhandle?  But really, almost every politician in history has "in some way communicate[d] false or misleading election material" to some degree.  It's up to the voters to sort it out.  And in regard to "the intent to dissuade or prevent certain people from voting", I'll say right now, while I still have the right of free speech, that not everyone should vote.

The Hitman Cometh.  Put simply, Obama sides with the enemies of freedom in Congress, and will allow the indefinite detention of American citizens to proceed.  This is indeed a predictable response, considering Obama's abhorrent constitutional record, e.g. unconfirmed czars, undeclared wars, illegal drilling bans, private sector nationalization, rule by executive fiat, and more recently, execution of citizens without due process.

Obama's spiteful week-before-Christmas message.  Obama's Christmas messages this year not only ring out with insincerity and offer goodwill to none, but are more vile than ever. ... The week-before-Christmas message followed on the heels of the nebulous National defense Authorization Act, which some say opens the door for the military — led by the most anti-American president in history as their commander in chief — to 'disappear' dissidents.  Dissidents, Obama regime style, are Tea Party members, war vets and citizens with more than seven days worth of food stockpiled in modest homes.

The imperial Presidency of Barack Hussein Obama.  For eight years, liberals howled that George W. Bush was acting like a dictator — an imperial President who did what he wanted, when he wanted.  But something odd happened in 2008 — America really did elect an imperial President.  Oddly enough, the thought of an Obama dictatorship is just fine with some on the left.  In May 2010, Hollywood director Woody Allen said it would be "cool" for Obama to have dictatorial powers "for a few years."

The cult of Barack Obama.  Followers of Barack Hussein Obama act as though the President is something not quite mortal.  A 2010 Newsweek magazine cover dubbed him "God of All Things" using an image of the President with seven arms balancing on one leg — a pose reminiscent of depictions of the Hindu deity, Shiva. ... The cult also has a Sunday school of sorts, where children can sing songs of praise and worship to Dear Leader.  But this 'Sunday school' is generally funded with taxpayer dollars, and is better known as the public school system.

Obama: "Where Congress Is Not Willing To Act, We're Going To Go Ahead And Do It Ourselves".  In an interview with KOAA-TV, a local news channel from Colorado Springs, Colorado, President Obama says if Congress is not willing to pass legislation he wants, he will do it himself in order to win another term.

Dreams From My President.  While others try to divine what really goes on in the mind of Barack Obama, all I know is what he says and what he does.  Thanks to The Daily Caller, we now have one of the best summaries of Obama's philosophy ever caught on tape, uttered by the man himself, and without a teleprompter.  He wants to quash our dreams and replace them with his.

Secret Bill To Be Voted On Today Would Allow The Military To Sweep Up US Citizens At Home Or Abroad.  Either Monday or Tuesday [November 28/29, 2011] the Senate will vote on a bill that allows the US military to imprison civilians with no formal charges and hold them with no trial.  The ACLU reports even US citizens wouldn't be immune as the legislation aims to declare national territory part of the "battlefield" in the War on Terror.

Tweeting the word 'drill' could mean your Twitter account is read by U.S. government spies.  The Department of Homeland Security makes fake Twitter and Facebook profiles for the specific purpose of scanning the networks for 'sensitive' words — and tracking people who use them.  Simply using a word or phrase from the DHS's 'watch' list could mean that spies from the government read your posts, investigate your account, and attempt to identify you from it, acccording to an online privacy group.

Could the U.S. Government Start Reading Your Emails?  Cherie Anderson runs a travel company in southern California, and she's convinced the federal government is reading her emails.  But she's all right with that.  "I assume it's part of the Patriot Act and I really don't mind," she says.  "I figure I'm probably boring them to death."

The Editor says...
Spice up your email with drug slang, and you can be sure they're reading your email.

Justice Dept. Targets Freedom of Information Act.  With the U.S. Justice Department and Attorney General Eric Holder continually under fire these days, it was something of a surprise, even to Capitol Hill insiders, that the Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, is now in the crosshairs, and that new rules are being advanced not only to deny the public access to documents, but to lie outright, telling requesters that either the documents never existed or don't exist now.

The Abuser in Chief.  Calling America "lazy" last weekend was only the latest and broadest insult from President Obama.  America has become accustomed to Obama's lashing out at entire groups of people.  What has been all too little appreciated is his seeming delight in bullying, if not demeaning, individuals face-to-face. ... What does it say about Barack Obama that he indulges in personal insults?  What does this mean for America?

Ron Paul: Obama 'Brings The Modern Presidency Dangerously Close To An Elective Dictatorship'.  When pressed by Asman on the comments, Dr. Paul, who, according to Real Clear Politics, is currently polling at around 8.3% but won the latest Iowa straw poll, didn't shy away.  "[President Obama] was very bold about it," he said, of Obama circumventing Congress.  "That is arrogant.  It is flaunting the Constitution and the whole principle of how we're supposed to operate.  The idea they can just do this and take over the legislative function and brag about it — and Congress does nothing and the courts do nothing — [it's] very, very bad."

Levin: U.S. Has Become A 'Post-Constitutional Gov't' Heading For 'Utopian Tyranny'.  Speaking at the Americans For Prosperity (AFP) event at the DC Convention Center on Nov. 5, [Mark] Levin said the U.S. has become "a Post-Constitutional government transitioning into an increasingly Utopian tyranny."

3 Reasons We Shouldn't Bail Out Student Loan Borrowers.  Forgiving student loan debt is a very bad idea for at least three reasons.  [#1]  These loans are voluntary.  All borrowers are excrutiatingly well-informed of how much they're borrowing and how much they're going to have to pay back.  About half of all college students take out loans and when they do, every lender clearly spells out exactly how much you're on the hook for and what your monthly payments are going to be after you leave school.

Boehner: 'Great concerns' Obama is exceeding Constitution.  House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said that he has "great concerns" that President Obama might be exceeding his constitutional authority in ordering his administration to adjust regulations surrounding "underwater" mortgages and student loans, saying, "this idea that you are just going to go around the Congress is ... almost laughable."  "I thought we were a nation of laws and that our country was governed by our Constitution," Boehner said Thursday [10/27/2011] on the "Laura Ingraham Show."

Obama Creates Another Set of Serfs.  While Wall Street certainly had some culpability in the mortgage mess — and I would argue very little culpability compared to Washington — the student loan mess is all Obama's own.  Who gave loans to students that they would never be able to repay?  Not Wall Street.  Not greedy millionaires and billionaires.  The millionaire and billionaire Democrats, led by Obama, did of course.

Is Student-Loan Forgiveness Obama's Next Crisis?  Making a loan of hundreds of thousands of dollars to someone is serious business, but the government for years systematically pressured mortgage lenders with accusations of racism.  Many feared the Department of Justice more than the default risk of their debtors.  Now President Obama proposes applying the same mortgage mistakes to student loans.  On a day on which the College Board reported the cost of public colleges rose 8% — about twice the inflation rate — Obama unveiled a student loan forgiveness plan.

And another thing...
How do you owe $100,000 in student loans?  I keep reading about young adults who owe, $60,000, $90,000, even $200,000 in student loans.  How did you rack up that kind of debt?  Where did you go to school and why that school?  What was your major?

Obama Tightens Screw on America's Coal Supply.  On October 26, 2011, Secretary Salazar signed Secretarial Order 3315 that will consolidate the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) within the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).  The Order states that "fee collections" and "regulation, inspection and enforcement, and state program oversight" will now be integrated — the very tasks split out within the MMS reorganization.  Because this new order seems in direct contradiction to the 2010 SO 3299, it raises suspicion as to the true purpose of the agency reorganization — especially since the impacted industry is the administration's favorite villain — coal.

Obama 'Can't Wait' for the Rule of Law.  President Obama's proclamation on Monday [10/24/2011] that he "can't wait" for congressional action to help underwater homeowners raises two questions.  If he already had the legal authority to take action, then why did he wait?  Some may frame the second question this way:  does Obama's plan exceed his constitutional authority?  Perhaps the better way to ask the second question is whether the Obama plan is unlawful.

The Congress-optional president.  On Oct. 11, after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had taken extraordinary measures to stall an embarrassing vote as long as possible, the Senate decisively rejected President Obama's "jobs" plan.  The same day, in Pittsburgh, Mr. Obama explained to his union allies that he would move forward regardless.  "We're not gonna wait for Congress," Mr. Obama explained.  "We can act administratively without additional congressional authorization and just get it done." ... This remarkable disregard for the rule of law and proper constitutional procedures fit a familiar pattern in this administration:  What it cannot achieve legislatively it will attempt to do by regulatory fiat.

November 9th's USA Nationwide Communication Blackout.  In its wisdom, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a Public Notice on June 9, 2011 that its first ever nationwide diagnostic test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) would occur on November 9.  Reasons sketched out by FCC for the Nov. 9 test date include not wanting to test in the traditional hurricane season and to complete the task before severe winter storm set in.  The 2 p.m. test time will minimize disruption during rush hours while ensuring the test occurs during working hours.

Final Implementation Phase of Obama Formal Dictatorship has Begun.  [Scroll down]  Now, in a secondary move to seize all power in the country for himself and his syndicate, Obama has decided that he will confiscate ALL television and Radio broadcasts for a supposed "test" of the EAS (Emergency Alert System).  Communication for both US television and Radio will be cut off on 9 November 2011 for at least 3-4 minutes.  This is both unprecedented in our history and constitutes the final phase of Obama's testing of his ability to seize communications in the USA at will.  In the past, real Presidents of the USA have asked for time from the various broadcast networks when there was an emergency and they needed to speak.  No more.  We are now firmly in the bowels of the Obama dictatorship and said tyrant is violating each and every principle and law contained with the US Constitution.

Did You Know Feds Will Temporarily Cut Off All TV and Radio Broadcasts on Nov. 9?  If you have ever wondered about the government's ability to control the civilian airwaves, you will have your answer on November 9th.  On that day, federal authorities are going to shut off all television and radio communications simultaneously at 2:00PM EST to complete the first ever test of the national Emergency Alert System (EAS).  This isn't a wild conspiracy theory.  The upcoming test is posted on the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau website.

First-ever national test of emergency alert system set for Nov. 9.  Next week, at 2 p.m. ET on Nov. 9, every American radio and TV provider will participate in the first-ever simultaneous nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System.  The three-minute alert — the traditional beeps and tones — will run on all channels.

More about the Emergency Alert System and its history.

Democrat Strategies Right Out Of V.I. Lenin Playbook.  Vladimir Lenin, leader of the socialist revolution in Russia, published multiple tutorials for like-minded revolutionaries around the world.  Someone in the Obama administration must be familiar with his writings.  Socialist minds think alike. ... According to Lenin's rule, it is strategically appropriate for President Obama to halt all policies that are inconvenient to his election.  That's why regulations like the EPA ozone plan, which would impose tremendous regulatory burdens on manufacturing in the USA, and the full-blown implementation of ObamaCare, will wait until after the presidential election of 2012.

Obama launches cultural warfare.  Obama's reelection strategy is about more than the haves and have-nots.  It appears he is seeking to stir up full-blown cultural warfare against a large and diverse segment of society known as Republicans. ... But in waging this battle, Obama is saying nasty and dangerous things.  He is promoting his own principles — not just by touting their goodness, but by suggesting that Republicans hold to an offensive, even un-American, philosophy.

Jackson, Jr: Obama should 'declare a national emergency,' add jobs with 'extra-constitutional' action.  Illinois Democratic Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. told The Daily Caller on Wednesday that congressional opposition to the American Jobs Act is akin to the Confederate "states in rebellion."  Jackson called for full government employment of the 15 million unemployed and said that Obama should "declare a national emergency" and take "extra-constitutional" action "administratively" — without the approval of Congress — to tackle unemployment.  "I hope the president continues to exercise extraordinary constitutional means, based on the history of Congresses that have been in rebellion in the past," Jackson said.

Rivals from both sides slam Jackson's call to bypass the Constitution.  Political firebrands hit Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. from both his left and his right Thursday afternoon [10/13/2011], reacting to the Illinois congressman's call for the president to bypass the Constitution to deal with the jobs crisis.  During a Wednesday interview with The Daily Caller, Jackson said President Obama should "declare a national emergency" and use "extra-constitutional" measures to create jobs.

Warning: The threat of suspended elections is real.  With absolutely no proof of any kind of who he really is, Barack Obama made it to the Oval Office in 2008. ... Only suspended elections would guarantee his re-election.  North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue was not joking when she spoke about suspending elections.  Nor did she pick the idea out of thin air.  Perdue was giving the suspend-congressional-elections idea its first oxygen for her hell-bent-for-leather boss.  It is crucial to not let this day go down without remembering what Perdue said.

More about Governor Perdue's outrageous suggestion here.

The most intentionally divisive president.  It's not unusual, of course, for the policies of presidents to divide the nation.  And politicians running for re-election often highlight differences.  But Obama now belongs in a separate category.  Each day, it seems, he and/or his supporters are seeking to divide us.  The rhetoric employed by the president and his allies is meant to fan the flames of resentment, to turn Americans against one another, and to stoke up feelings of envy, grievances, and rage.

Obama Will Not Be Deterred.  We saw it over and over with Obamacare.  By now, it's part of our national lore that he delivered some 54 speeches to sell the public on his scheme yet never made a dent in the public approval numbers.  Truth be told, in the end he gave far more than 54.  But that didn't stop him from pressing forward anyway, and his underhanded methods at cramming his bill through Congress will also be enshrined in our national history.  Correct me if I'm wrong, but hasn't he done the same thing with automobile emission standards and other environmental causes?

Obama's Behavior Is Getting Worse.  Obama's Thursday [10/6/2011] news conference was a sober reminder of the nature of the man in the Oval Office.  I infer that even many of his supporters in the liberal media are finally catching on to the magnitude of his personality disorders.  How could a man in his important position continue to act so childishly, accepting no responsibility for his policies and behavior and demonizing everyone who dares to disagree with or oppose him?  It's worse than embarrassing; it's unsettling.

How much is too much profit? Ask Obama.  Barack Obama believes he should decide how much we should earn. ... Only in a government-controlled economy does the leader get to decide how much someone can earn.  We are not there yet despite our President's seeming agenda to take us there.  But this is not the first time he expressed his belief that he can decide how much someone should earn.

Obama's Secret Kill List

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Obama's Contempt Bordering on Treachery.  The United States, faced with its worst crisis in sixty-five years, has at the helm a radical political class, as personified by Barack Obama, who have chosen a path trod by so many despots in mankind's recent history.  Barack Obama and his fellow-travelers are exploiting the fear and desperation of a growing number of citizens amid gaping fissures in American society in order to retain and expand their control over the populace.

Nice car company you got, Ford.  In a single day this week, the Obama administration managed to chill the free market, stomp all over the First Amendment and — once again — bend Detroit's auto industry to its political will.  Not bad for a day's work.

Lighting The Fuse To Begin A Bloodbath.  [The Sword At-The-Ready] blog has been warning since 2008, that the regime being put into power at the White House was going to wage a Marxist revolution.  Since Obama took office, the patterns and efforts of this regime were an amalgamation of the programs and efforts by last century's most notorious madmen and despots with a twist; instead of capitalizing on woe and misery to pit one group against another in order to achieve power — this time, they would create the misery first by collapsing our system, while stoking hatred for their political adversaries to foment the Real Change they seek to impose.

Obama takes control of the power grid:
Feds Plan to Consolidate Power Over Nation's Power Highway.  The Obama administration is looking to consolidate control over the nation's power highway, pushing a proposal that would put one federal agency in the driver's seat when it comes to reviewing and approving power-line projects across the country.  The proposal has triggered a rush of complaints, pitting power companies and the federal government against concerned citizens and local lawmakers.

Obama's Fascist Economy.  Barack Obama and his minions in the administration as well as many Democrats in the Congress are often described as Socialists, or in the extreme as Marxists.  However, their actions and strategy are straight out of the fascist economic playbook. ... Socialism/Marxism seeks the total control of a society's economy through complete state control of the means of production and income.  Fascism seeks that same control, indirectly by the state domination of private ownership, as well as controlling individual income and wealth through taxation and regulation.

Our White House Bully Problem.  Since Day One, Obama has been the Chicago bully in victim's clothing.  The mask is wearing thin.

Obama tears up the Constitution.  In his two years and nine months in office, President Obama has compiled a spectacular record of noncompliance with the Constitution.  Here are just some of the ways his administration has failed to execute the laws while using raw, unauthorized power...

Obama and the Meaning of Life.  Just to clarify things:  it's Obama who's putting a sledgehammer to the economy; it's Obama who is aiding and abetting the uprisings in the Middle East; it's Obama who is sending out the signal that it's open season on Whitey.

Obama Nation: The Power of Panic.  President Obama and the Democratic Party effectively turned every controversial issue they faced over the past three years into a potential crisis, and convinced the American people to support their solutions without question to avert presumed dire consequences.  Important works of legislation capable of changing the American way of life were passed on the basis of "we have to pass this now — or else!"

Obama Is Dangerous for Peace.  The president of the United States has just destroyed the longest-lasting peace treaty in the Middle East.  That Nobel Prize-winning treaty between Egypt and Israel was destroyed by Obama in broad daylight, right in front of God and everybody, with stunning audacity.  The White House kept repeating the message that Mubarak must resign, and "now means now."  This is simply unprecedented, even during the height of the Cold War.

Obama Says He's Exempting States from Education Law Without Congressional Authorization.  President Barack Obama said Friday [9/23/2011] he is not going to wait any longer for Congress to change the No Child Left Behind education law, he is doing it on his own without congressional authorization.  "I've urged Congress for a while now, let's get a bipartisan effort, let's fix this," Obama said.  "Congress hasn't been able to do it.  So I will."

When Community Organizers Attack.  [Scroll down]  Most curious, the donation link at Attack Watch — where "folks like you" can donate to support the truth, or volunteer to share the facts — redirects supporters to the site where, speaking of fact, contributions go directly to the Obama campaign. ... It reeks of juvenile insecurity and utter desperation — just stop picking on me!  Far worse, it is behavior endorsed and propagated by the sitting President of the United States.  It's a disgrace to the office.

Big Brother Obama is watching.  Be careful, if you dare to criticize Citizen Obama, comrade.  The Web is watching.  This week, President Obama's re-election team launched "Attack Watch," an interactive website that allows the president's registered supporters to report instances of "attacks" against the commander in chief or his record.  Citizen snitches are asked to detail who the attacker is, the type of attack, and whether the offending words were actually heard or passed along as second-hand rumors.

Richard E. Coyote.  The [AttackWatch] site features ominous red-white-and-black graphics and a form called "Report an attack."  There's also a Facebook page, which we're told is a parody, but who can tell?  The whole thing is both creepily paranoid and bumblingly buffoonish, as if produced by a chimera of Richard M. Nixon and Wile E. Coyote.  And the site's substance is no less marvelously mockable than its style.

Groucho Marx Saves America.  A hilarious barrage of catcalls and insults has greeted Obama's latest debacle, a Soviet-style website called Attack Watch.  With its terrifying design of red and black cellblocks, and scary photos of Obama's critics looking like Mafia hoodlums, Attack Watch openly solicits Americans to turn in their friends and neighbors for thoughtcrimes against the president. ... Within nanoseconds of Attack Watch's debut, a parody video by Ezra Dulis and Misfit Politics had blasted through the web.  Then came the howls of Hurricane Twitter, a Category 5 of one-liners, as Americans competed to turn themselves in and report anti-Obama crimes.

Despotism Breeds Federal Paranoia.  During the summer of 2009, we saw this with the White House healthcare "snitch site" ( where citizens were encouraged to turn in information — or people — who were reporting "lies" about ObamaCare.  Eventually — largely due to public outcry and immense amount of deliberately false and frankly riotous commentary rammed into the site — it was pulled down.  To date there is not a general feeling of comfort about what the government has done with the data that was presented to them.  Not learning from their earlier mistake, recently Team Obama launched  If you follow the link, you will notice the address is ""  How touching, how personal, and how very, very creepy.

Democrat Thanks Obama for Bypassing Congress on Immigration Reform.  Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) thanked President Obama for circumventing the Legislative branch when it comes to immigration law.  Title 8 Section 1325 of the U.S. Code makes it a federal crime to be in the United States illegally.  Nevertheless, the Obama administration in August directed federal immigration officials to use "prosecutorial discretion" in deciding which illegal aliens to detain and deport.

A New Chorus for the Mob.  We don't know whether the brave, new and fundamentally transformed America of Obama's dreams would install him as "dictator," but his physical demeanor doesn't exactly emit an air of humble servitude, his community organizing has been firmly grounded on the "arousal of passions," and his speeches certainly include lots of "catchwords."  "Hope."  "Yes we can."  "Winning the Future."  "Pass this bill."  Don't read it first, analyze it, or think about it.  Just pass it with "the fierce urgency of now."  Then we can find out what's in it.  "Pass this bill!" ... If he could, Obama would bypass Congress to pass it himself, but he's held back by the "rigid idea" of what's left of the Constitution.

President Obama Acting Like King George III.  The specific problem here is that the President has no constitutional authority within the houses of Congress.  He can not order their performance according to his druthers.  Yet, it is clear that Mr. Obama believes he should have such authority, and he is determined to exercise it even if he does not. ... This "minor" incident has all the indicia of gravity that would suggest the need for wakefulness to a looming threat of tyranny, such that thoughtful citizens will need to wonder whether they can decently wait the interval of fourteen months for the chance to remove the pretender in an election.

Even Republicans Rejected Info About Obama's Past.  What would you do if you knew that the top Democrat running for president was lying about his past?  That is the question I was faced with in 2008.  I had met the young Barack Obama while he was a sophomore at Occidental College, and I knew that his commitment to socialism was deep, genuine, and longstanding.

Meeting Young Obama.  [Scroll down]  Whatever impact our encounter might have had on him, I know something about what Barack Obama believed in 1980.  At that time, the future president was a doctrinaire Marxist revolutionary, although perhaps — for the first time — considering conventional politics as a more practical road to socialism.  Knowing this, I think I have a responsibility to place on the public record my account of this incident from our president's past.

The "yes I can" executive mentality.  It now appears that the drunk Obama family, 'Uncle Omar' Obama, is a benefactor of the president's new Executive Amnesty for Illegal Aliens program," communications director John Kennedy stated in a press release last week.  This confirms that Congressman King's suspicions were on target; the Obama administration seemingly used the new rules to grant amnesty to the president's uncle.

Did someone mention Uncle Omar?

Obama's 2012 Campaign Strategy: War?  Obama has a secret weapon and it's being unleashed on the American public with increasing frequency, ferocity, and vulgarity.  Carefully implied calls for lawlessness and threats of violence are raining in from Obama's radical leftist buddies.  Whether it's the Congressional Black Caucus, Big Labor, or the increasingly incoherent Rev. Jesse Jackson, the anger is palpable and the rage is rising.

Obama: "If You Love Me, You Got to Help Me Pass This Bill".  Flashbacks from 2008 ought to be in full swing, as President Obama attempts to champion legislative support by resorting to the cult of personality — claiming that, to love him, we must implement his political agenda.

Obama: Love me!  President Obama now sports the lowest approval numbers in California since becoming president, where less than half — only 46 percent — approve — an eight-point drop since June, according to a new Field poll.  Fifty-four percent disapprove of Obama's handling of the economy.  He's starting to lose seniors and African-Americans, along with Democrats and Independents.  Unemployment in California is at 12 percent, three points higher than the rest of the nation.  When a lefty president is on shaky ground in California, you know he's in trouble.

Muslim-leftist radical in the White House.  Barack Hussein Obama is the most successful enemy penetration of the US Government in American history.  During his lifetime, he was nurtured, mentored and supported by radical leftist and fundamentalist Islamic elements both of which hate the United States and seek its demise by whatever means necessary.  Obama's immediate family were close to the Communist Party or sympathetic to its aims.  His mother Stanley Ann Dunham has been described by former classmates as a "fellow traveler."  His grandfather Stanley Armour Dunham arranged Obama's mentorship by Communist Party member Frank Marshall Davis, originally from Chicago and the former editor of the Chicago Communist paper, the Star.

Obama intent — Destroy America.  While the bloodletting continues, we have a usurper in the White House who has committed a federal crime on April 27th by showing a forged birth certificate.  Obama has revealed his original intent in his own books and well before he was elected President.  He is a redistribution of wealth, Marxist/communist.  Obama's intent is quite clear by his words, actions, history and associations.  He wants two classes of people, the international ruling class, headed by him, and the worker bee surfs who obey.

EPA: Fundamental Transformation through Regulation.  What happens when the information our government's "specialists" provide becomes driven by agenda rather than fact? ... The EPA, finding organized resistance to its regulating machine, has turned to offering "guidance," which it then enforces as if said "guidance" were the product of regulatory channels.  The big difference, of course, is that "guidance" is not subject to the same rigors of accountability and oversight that regulations must meet.  These crone-tended kettles at the EPA are really just an end-run around the law.

The Cult of Obama.  The moment Obama became president, he upped the signals.  At the Grant Park rally celebrating his victory, the entire family eerily chose to wear black and red, colors associated with communism and black nationalism.  Obama's first radio address was broadcast in the Arab world.  Obama returned Britain's gift of a Winston Churchill bust while embracing dictators.  He gave a white police officer a dressing down for doing his job, in effect calling the officer a racist.  Obama's greatest magic trick?  Brainwashing the masses to believe that racism is a greater danger than radical Islam, and that Obama himself is in constant peril.  Opposing health care means you oppose Obama.  Oppose Obama and you are the enemy.

Obama: I'm Done Working with Congress.  Pundits decrying the level of rancor between the Obama White House and Congress should hold onto their hats — it's about to get worse, if the New York Times is right about the president's planned jobs speech to a Joint Session of Congress. ... Buried late in the article is a window into the two-part strategy the president will deploy at the speech:  blame his captive audience, then announce he will be enacting policies that don't require congressional approval.

Growing Proof of Obama's Imperial Presidency.  An imperial presidency is one in which the executive branch usurps Congress' role, which is the only branch with authority to make laws, and asserts power not granted to it by the Constitution.  President Obama is now claiming powers far beyond what any president has before, remaking America's economy even when Congress refuses to go along with him.  For the sake of restoring our constitutional order, each of these issues must be taken to court as soon as possible.

Rule by decree.  The Obama administration announced last week that it would suspend deportation proceedings against many illegal immigrants who pose no threat to national security or public safety. ... Lynn Sweet's more detailed Chicago Sun-Times post includes quotes and primary materials that make it clear the policy applies to all illegals whose presence cannot be determined to raise a threat to public safety.  The new policy is something like amnesty by executive decree.

Tossing aside "hope" and "change".  Like a dictator currying favor by releasing political prisoners just before an "election," Mr. Obama decided to reject the repeatedly expressed wishes of Congress and halt deportations of illegal immigrants.  If you doubt whether this is a shocking and unconstitutional overreach by the president, just ask the great constitutional law scholar himself, Barack Obama.  "The idea of doing things on my own is very tempting, I promise you, not just on immigration reform," he said earlier this month in an address to a militant pro-amnesty group.

Obama's immigration shake-up.  President Obama is using his executive authority to grant backdoor amnesty to millions of illegal aliens.  In a letter sent to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Thursday, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that the administration's immigration-enforcement efforts would ignore "low-priority cases."  That means most criminal aliens can stay, and only convicted felons will get the boot.

Beware: Obama's executive fiat.  Mr. Obama has a profound resistance to the Constitution's separation of powers, whereby the legislature is the lawmaking body and the executive branch implements the laws passed on the other side of Pennsylvania Ave.  He's overstepped his bounds on numerous issues already, ignoring the law to further his liberal agenda through federal agencies.  Oppressive environmental regulations against businesses and property owners jump to mind.

These are words you would expect from a cult leader.
Obama: If you love me, ask Congress to pass my jobs bill.  President Obama continued pushing his jobs bill in battleground states on Wednesday [9/14/2011], telling a fired-up crowd of students at North Carolina State University that, "If you love me, you've got to help me pass this bill!"

NPR Blogger: Obama Like Jesus with Call to 'Pass This Bill'.  We couldn't make this stuff up if we wanted to.  Yesterday [9/14/2011] NPR blogger Frank James saw a parallel between President Obama's rally cry to a supporter to help him pass his "jobs bill" with Jesus's charge to the apostle Peter to "feed my sheep".

For the Love of Obama, Pass This Bill.  In a North Carolina appearance ignored by everyone who wasn't there, President Obama pushed his "jobs bill" to a group of students by saying, "If you love me, you've got to help me pass this bill!"  This is one of the strangest and most disturbing moments in this failed presidency.  "If you love me?"  That's so very "Il Duce" of him.  I wonder if the Founding Fathers ever thought the American presidency would be reduced to a pathetic and desperate man begging for power by exhorting his followers to express their personal affection for him.

The Gibson Guitar Saga Gets Steadily Curiouser.  It has come out that [Gibson CEO] Juszkiewicz is a Republican donor, while the CEO of one of his principal competitors, C.F. Martin & Company, is a Democratic donor.  Martin reportedly uses the same wood, but DOJ hasn't raided them, leading to speculation that the Obama administration is sending a warning to Republican businessmen that they had better not oppose his re-election, lest they face criminal investigations.  Normally such speculation would not be credible, but Eric Holder has politicized the Department of Justice to a point where such questions must be taken seriously.

Gibson Guitar CEO: Feds Are Out to Get Us.  Juszkiewicz says that 20 heavily armed officers from the Fish and Wildlife Service and Homeland Security stormed his factories.  Since when do we heavily arm officers from the Fish and Wildlife Service?  Juszkiewicz also explains how Gibson guitar owners must fill out multiple forms of paperwork to prove the material used to build the guitar is legal.  Yes, the federal government is now worried about unregistered guitars floating around in the market place.

More about Obama vs Gibson Guitar.

The War is On.  Just as America has failed to acknowledge that we are at war with radical Islam, too many conservatives have failed to come to grips with the fact that we are at war here at home with the Marxism of Barack Obama, the Congressional Black Caucus and labor unions.  It has nothing to do with race — at least not for conservatives — and everything to do with ideology and power.  Obama has declared war on the traditions of the United States of America.  In his most revealing, unguarded moments he tells us who he really is.

Obama's downgraded America.  The Obama administration has made history by presiding over the first-ever downgrade in the U.S. credit rating.  President Obama has outdone all his predecessors in wrecking America's good name.  His answer to this problem:  Spend even more.

Where did Obama's grand landlord plan come from?  Conn just noted this new Obama Treasury Department proposal to convert the federal government into the nation's largest landlord.  This follows on earlier Obama administration actions turning America into the world's largest private equity firm, employee benefits manager, union organizer, and automaker.

Fascist Fairy Tales.  Even if he wanted to, Barack Obama could not be a strongman, in part because he is a weak man and in part because America's constitution is a strong charter of liberty.  But if Obama had the means and inclination to impose a dictatorship, is there any doubt that Drew Westen and Joe Klein, at least at the outset, would goose-step with gusto?

Obama's unhelpful advice.  At Wednesday's town hall in Atkinson, Ill., a local farmer who said he grows corn and soybeans expressed his concerns to President Barack Obama about "more rules and regulations" — including those concerning dust, noise and water runoff — that he heard would negatively affect his business.  The president, on day three of his Midwest bus tour, replied:  "If you hear something is happening, but it hasn't happened, don't always believe what you hear."  When the room broke into soft laughter, the president added, "No  — and I'm serious about that."

The Editor says...
In other words, Obama wants you to believe that every action the government takes will be kept secret until one day it just happens without warning, and if you hear rumors of impending government restrictions, they must be right-wing lies.

Obama Is the Obstacle.  This is a willfully obstinate president, ideologically committed to intrusive regulations, higher taxes, and bigger government no matter how much evidence shows that his policies don't work.  When he continues with the same stale talking points, the same arrogant disdain for all who disagree with him, and the same dyspeptic disposition, markets have no reason for confidence — and neither do consumers, ratings agencies, or foreign bondholders.

Obama: Still the Alinskyite.  Obama is still every inch the Alinskyite organizer.  He talks about uniting, even as he deliberately polarizes.  He moves incrementally toward radical left goals, but never owns up to his ideology.  Instead, he tries to work indirectly, by way of the constituencies he seeks to manipulate.  "Leading from behind" is classic Alinskyite strategy.  The idea is for the organizer to find out what the people he's organizing want, give them enough of that to gain authority and control, then slowly and quietly push the group in his ideological direction, all the while making it seem as though the plan is what the people themselves have asked for.

Unprecedented Obama.
  •   Never, in the entire history of America, have the people been so transparently lied to by their government, every day, at every level, and on every issue, as they have been under Obama-Soetoro and the neo-fascist Democrats.
  •   Never, in the entire history of America, has a Congress and/or an administration so willfully ignored and by-passed the Constitution.
  •   Never, in the entire history of America, has a Congress and a president so knowingly ignored the wishes of the citizens, repeatedly passing laws that are unequivocally opposed by large, clear majorities.
  •   Never, in the entire history of America, has a "Justice" Department refused to enforce the laws of the United States, based on racism and political agendas.
  •   Never, in the entire history of America, has fraud and corruption been so widespread in government, and so totally ignored and/or covered up.

Obama, the Tyrant King.  Americans hate tyrants.  Tyrants are ruthless villains, hostile to the basic freedoms granted to humanity by God.  Enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness have spoken hope to Americans and to freedom-loving people around the world for 235 years.  But, these basic, God-given rights are under assault.  Not by international forces, but from within.  From within America.  From within the U.S. government itself and directly from the Office of the President.

White House to Monitor Social Networks for "Extremist Propaganda".  A White House terrorism strategy released today says Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks aid in "advancing violent extremist narratives" and should be monitored by the government.  The 12-page strategy, which outlines ways to respond to violent extremism, promises that:  "We will continue to closely monitor the important role the Internet and social-networking sites play in advancing violent extremist narratives."

The 70-Million-Check Constituency.  In a population of 309 million, almost 23% of the population is receiving some kind of check from the federal government.  I have bad news for conservatives who think Obama is leading the nation down the path to socialism:  the barn door is open and the cows are long gone.  Obama is not leading the nation to socialism; we are a socialist nation and have been for some time.  Conservatives who think Obama is a Marxist and an anti-capitalist radical are surely correct, but what is also surely correct is that he represents an actual constituency of tens of millions who care about nothing other than the fact that the government check is in the mail.

You asked for it!  I keep hearing this nonsense from the deceivers:  "We are all Americans and we are in this together, and we need to work together to fix this."  [Nonsense!] ... We will fix this only when get a spine and recall, impeach and try, or defeat every subversive working against our Constitution.  These adversaries of Constitutional Government are ignoring the People.  Did you hear Obama yesterday?  For him, nothing has changed.  After all of his Potemkin machinations he still intends to erect a rubber-stamp Super-Congress and a "fundamentally transformed " Super-Welfare State.

Proof that Obama has contemplated becoming a dictator:
Obama: Idea of Changing Immigration Laws on My Own 'Is Very Tempting'.  President Barack Obama told a Hispanic civil rights group on Monday [7/25/2011] that the idea of reforming the U.S. immigration system on his own "is very tempting," but under the U.S. Constitution, he is unable to do so without Congress. ... [Obama told the National Council of La Raza,] "Now, I know some people want me to bypass Congress and change the laws on my own — and believe me, right now, dealing with Congress--"  The audience interrupted him with chants of "Yes you can!  Yes you can!"

Victoria Jackson says Obama is basically Hitler.  "Saturday Night Live" alum Victoria Jackson wants you to know that President Obama is just like Hitler.  In a column written for WorldNetDaily called "The 3 scariest things about Obama," Jackson writes that Obama is a socialist "(like Hitler)," controls the media "(like Hitler)" and has the right to form a private army "(like Hitler)" according to a provision in the health care reform bill.

The 3 scariest things about Obama.  A clause hidden in the Obamacare bill, which is now law, gives Obama the right to form a private army.  Why isn't anyone freaking out?

President is flexing his executive powers.  President Obama increasingly is using his executive authority to move his policies forward when confronted with congressional opposition.  The administration chose not to defend the federal Defense of Marriage Act banning gay marriage, and Obama bypassed military tribunals and the Guantánamo Bay prison in Cuba to send an accused terrorist from Somalia to a U.S. civilian court.

The Soft Dictatorship.  [Scroll down]  The final piece to the puzzle of the soft dictatorship is the completely unconstitutional creation of executive orders.  Not only is there no basis in the Constitution for executive orders, but executive orders are often used to outright violate the Constitution.  Franklin D. Roosevelt used executive orders to demand the seizure of all gold owned by Americans and imprison all Americans of Japanese ancestry. ... George W. Bush signed executive orders that, among other things, established an alternative government in the case of a presidentially declared emergency.  Barack Obama has continued the tradition of unconstitutional executive orders by granting wide powers to Interpol in America and sealing his own records from inspection, and he is now looking for means to impose gun control through executive orders.
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Obama's Final Solution.  President Barack Obama is the most dogmatic and dangerous leftist we have ever seen in this country.  He is not hard to understand.  Obama is very simple.  All his ideas were frozen in concrete a hundred years ago by Marxist-Leninism around 1920.  In Dreams from My Father, Obama celebrates third-world Socialism, but that's just Marxist-Leninism with a racial overlay.

Obama's culture of death.  Mr. Obama is a Leninist — a committed revolutionary, who is embarked upon an ambitious project to transform America.  He worships statism and secularism — the very antithesis of our Founding Fathers.  He has put the United States on the path of civilizational decline and moral ruin.  And Obamacare is his Trojan horse.

Net Neutrality is the Future of Censorship.  [Scroll down]  The Executive Branch panoply of departments, agencies and commissions was during that time frame in overdrive to execute as many power grabs via regulatory fiat as possible.  To briefly discuss but a few...  The Democrat Congress couldn't pass the energy sector-killing Cap & Trade?  No problem, President Obama's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) just began to implement it as if it did.  The Democrat Congress couldn't pass the union-payoff, anti-free choice Employee Free Choice Act?  No problem, President Obama's National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) just began to implement it as if it did.  Then there is President Obama's Federal Communications Commission (FCC) — and its December 21 illegal Internet power grab executed so as to then impose the absurd Network Neutrality.

Top 10 Obama Attacks on Capitalism:  [#1]  Spread wealth around:  This famous utterance — "I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody" — to Joe the Plumber during the 2008 presidential race, remains the saying that most succinctly sums up Obama's worldview, that of a community organizer, which is that accumulated wealth is to be reviled and rectified through redistribution.  Nothing could be more antagonistic to entrepreneurship, free markets or business investment than to have the government seize the rewards of sound economic decisions in order to try and engineer social equality.

Our Lawless President?  Is President Obama completely heedless about straining all the constitutional joints of our political system, or is it deliberate?  He's clearly pushing the constitutional envelope more aggressively than any president since FDR, so it may be deliberate since he admires and wishes to emulate the example of FDR.

Obama, the new Caesar.  President Obama has crossed the Rubicon.  He now believes -- and acts -- as if he is above the law; the Constitution no longer applies to him.  This is the real meaning behind the U.S. military intervention in Libya.  Mr. Obama is abrogating the linchpin of our democracy:  the rule of law.

Rule of Lawlessness.  When it came to the best way to achieve revolution, [Saul] Alinsky explictly argued for moral relativism in fighting the establishment:  "In war the end justifies almost any means."  Specifically, "the practical revolutionary will understand... [that] in action, one does not always enjoy the luxury of a decision that is consistent both with one's individual conscience and the good of mankind."  It appears that the left has decided to throw conscience aside and put the raw exercise of political power first.

White House Executive Order on Rural Council.  On June 9, 2011, few people paid attention to the Executive Order establishing the White House Rural Council. ... This piece of legislation from the Oval Office establishes unchecked federal control into rural America in education, food supply, land use, water use, recreation, property, energy, and the lives of 16% of the U.S. population.

American Stalin, Obama, Seizes Control of Food and Energy Production.  With the issuance of the unconstitutional White House Executive Order #13575, Obama is taking control of all aspects of food, energy and fiber in rural America — the areas that did not vote for Obama.

Property Rights at Risk with Executive Order 13575.  This may all amount to nothing, but if this administration is true to itself, Executive Order 13575 is another power grabbing over-extension of federal power.

White House to cut access to half of federal websites.  As part of the Obama administration's campaign to promote transparency, the White House announced today it intends to eliminate the public's access to half of the federal government's websites within the next year.  The White House said there are nearly 2,000 websites operated by the federal government, which it said confuses people. ... White House officials didn't say how the administration will determine which web sites to cut.  But the president is creating an 11-member "government oversight and accountability board," comprised of current executive branch officials, "to help federal agencies improve their performance."

I'm not confused.  Are you confused?  If there are 100,000 names in the phone book, is that confusing?  No, the real motive here is concealment.

Time to Curb the NLRB's Mission Creep.  Like so many federal programs, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has expanded its mission far beyond its original purpose in order to wage ideological battles on the taxpayers' dime.  The NLRB was never meant to micromanage where companies can locate or how many products they can manufacture, as the NLRB under the Obama administration is currently seeking to do.  To stop it, Congress should exercise its power of the purse to return the board to its original mission.

More about the NLRB vs Boeing.

Libya: A War Fit for a King.  Remember back in your high school civics class, when you were taught about the constitutional division of authority in matters of war?  When you learned that the president has all the powers of an emperor, and Congress has all the powers of a potted plant?  Neither do I.  But the people occupying high office in Washington went to a different school.  They have done their best to prove that when it comes to using military force, neither the law nor the Constitution means a thing.

More about Obama's war in Libya.

Truth beware: The Internet "Obamanator" is here.  Internet web sites, pundits, bloggers, commentators and denizens of the "alternative media" who are critical of Barack Hussein Obama beware, as you will now be "officially" in the crosshairs of the Obama White House.  As part of his 2012 re-election campaign, the Obama administration this week created an "online rapid response team" tasked specifically with quashing any Internet articles and news critical of Obama.

Your president is calling.  "The system — called PLAN or Personal Localized Alerting Network — uses cell phone towers to send messages to everyone currently in a certain area, regardless of whether they're visiting from out of town or have a phone registered elsewhere.  People won't have to register in advance to receive the alerts.  "The messages, including urgent blasts from the President, information on imminent threats and Amber Alerts about missing children, will supercede all other phone traffic so they won't be stalled or delayed."
[Emphasis added.]

Barack Obama's Arrogant Marxist Rhetoric.  So far, the analysis of President Obama's deficit speech has focused largely on its vagaries, obfuscations, and outright lies. ... But the true heart of Obama's speech wasn't the faulty budgetary analysis or the demagoguery of attacking Paul Ryan personally.  It was Obama's soaring rhetoric. ... And the soaring rhetoric is unvaryingly drawn directly from Saul Alinsky. ... Obama was raised in the Alinsky tradition, and he speaks with Alinsky's forked tongue.

Black Chamber of Commerce President Blasts "Marxist," "Brownshirt" Obama.  Today [4/29/2011] on The Laura Ingraham Show, Harry Alford, president and CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce, blasted President Obama's anti-business administration in an explosive interview.  Alford, a 2008 Obama supporter, labeled the administration "Marxist" and "fanatical."  "They might as well put on the brown shirts and swastikas," he said.

Rewarding his friends and punishing his enemies:
Texas Twisted.  The month-long cold shoulder that the White House gave Texas' plea for a disaster declaration was bad enough.  Now the wildfire-scorched state has been turned down flat.  Don't think this isn't about punishment.

Richard Milhous Obama?  In a television interview last October, President Obama accidentally let slip a key element of his political philosophy:  "We're gonna punish our enemies, and we're gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us." ... This incident is worth remembering as the president prepares to issue a far-reaching executive order that would require the government to collect detailed information about the political activities of anyone applying for a federal contract.

'Responsibility to Protect'.... Everyone except Texans.  Over 2.2 million acres of Texas land have been lost to wildfires due to severe dry conditions caused by drought.  Across the state, hundreds of homes and countless livestock have been lost.  As a result, Texas Governor Rick Perry requested federal emergency funds to assist in fighting the ongoing fires.

Texas Burning.  The governor is asking for a federal emergency declaration that will make additional firefighting resources available.  The Obama administration is not budging.  Never mind that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has seen fit to declare a snowstorm -- in Connecticut, in the winter -- a federal disaster this year, along with "severe winter storms" in Oklahoma and Missouri. ... I am fairly confident that if 3,400 square miles of Northern Virginia or New Jersey went up in flames, a federal emergency would be proclaimed.

NLRB vs. Boeing — Tyranny vs. Freedom.  One of the shameful hallmarks of a dictatorship is the restriction of movement — telling citizens or groups they cannot travel or relocate freely.  We are now witnessing a shocking example of that dictatorial practice at the hands of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which is insisting that a major U.S. employer may not move some of its operations from one state to another because to do so might somehow violate workers' rights.

Obama's 'Gangster Politics'.  The president is expected any day now to sign an executive order that routs 70 years of efforts to get politics out of official federal business.  Under the order, all companies (and their officers) would be required to list their political donations as a condition to bidding for government contracts.  Companies can bid and lose out for the sin of donating to Republicans.  Or they can protect their livelihoods by halting donations to the GOP altogether — which is the White House's real aim.

Gangster government attack on oil companies.  The main feature of the Democrats' bill, which was defeated in the Senate but which we probably have not heard the last of, was to deny five major oil companies the domestic production tax credit that is available to all manufacturers and mining companies, including oil companies.  The justification?  Well, big oil companies get lousy ratings in polls.  So stick 'em with a higher tax bill.  Sounds a lot like gangster government to me.

Mr. Magoo Goes to Washington.  [Scroll down]  Obama actually believes he is doing a good job.  That thought struck me like a thunderclap.  It seems improbable, I know.  And I don't discount for a second the thuggishness and habit of calculation ingrained by his Chicago background and cronies.  But watching Obama perform these last weeks, I suspect that there is something more than political calculation behind his brittle contempt for his GOP opponents, his Marie-Antoinette disdain for ordinary Americans, his tone-deaf self-absorption and sense of entitlement.  What is it?  The delusion of competence.  Listen to those off-the-cuff remarks, ... to some of his high-rolling donors:  Obama actually seems to believe that his disastrous policies have made things better.

WH Working on Executive Order That Critics Say Will Stifle Political Speech.  In what the White House calls a push for transparency, a pending executive order would require companies doing business with the federal government to disclose political contributions to independent groups, but would not place the same requirement on public employee unions or federal grant recipients that typically donate to Democrats.

President Obama Issues "Signing Statement" Indicating He Won't Abide by Provision in Budget Bill.  In a statement issued Friday night [4/15/2011], President Obama took issue with some provisions in the budget bill — and in one case simply says he will not abide by it.  Last week the White House and congressional Democrats and Republicans were involved in intense negotiations over not only the size of the budget for the remainder of the FY2011 budget, and spending cuts within that budget, but also several GOP "riders," or policy provisions attached to the bill.  One rider — Section 2262 — de-funds certain White House adviser positions — or "czars."  The president in his signing statement declares that he will not abide by it.

Obama proves once again that he can't be trusted.
Obama Keeps 'Czars' Despite Budget Deal That Eliminated Them.  President Obama may have never met a "czar" he didn't like and he's not about to bid farewell to any of them now, despite a budget deal he struck with Republican leaders last week that eliminated four of these positions.

Obama signing statement: despite law, I can do what I want on czars.  In marked contrast to vows as a candidate not to use presidential signing statements as "an end run around Congress," President Obama released a statement on the just-signed spending bill saying despite the law's restrictions on "czars," he will "construe" the law not to interfere with "presidential prerogatives."  The move is an aggressive power play by Obama to gain an added advantage from the deal struck a week ago between the president, Republican House Speaker John Boehner and Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to narrowly avert government shutdown.

Scalise says Obama violates Constitution over 'czars'.  Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), the chief sponsor of the effort to defund administration-appointed advisers known as "czars," reacted angrily Saturday [4/16/2011] to a signing statement from Obama saying he plans to keep them.  In a statement emailed to The Hill, Scalise accused Obama of acting like a "dictator."  "President Obama should know that it is the courts, not the executive branch, that has the authority to determine the constitutionality of laws passed by Congress, especially considering that he agreed to this provision and signed the law himself," Scalise said in an emailed statement.

Mean streak: Obama is not as nice as he looks.  Obama [has so far] retained a reserve of public good will reflected in consistently strong personal favorability ratings.  People who didn't like his policies generally still saw Obama as a likeable guy, somebody they would enjoy having over for dinner with the family.  But that may be changing.

Baracknaphobia:  Each time the man who leads what used to be the most powerful nation in the world goes on television, my stomach turns.  When he speaks, I convulse at the sound of his conceited, self motivated, lies.  When he travels abroad, I cower in embarrassment.  When his arrogant, condescending tone reverberates in the halls where true leaders like Regan stood, I cringe.  Baracknaphobia is the inescapable fear that this country will be subjected to another four years of ideological, radical, in-your-face narcissistic control.

Your president is calling.  "The system — called PLAN or Personal Localized Alerting Network — uses cell phone towers to send messages to everyone currently in a certain area, regardless of whether they're visiting from out of town or have a phone registered elsewhere.  People won't have to register in advance to receive the alerts.  "The messages, including urgent blasts from the President, information on imminent threats and Amber Alerts about missing children, will supercede all other phone traffic so they won't be stalled or delayed."
[Emphasis added.]

The first five Presidential Emergency Text Messages.  The nation's top cell phone carriers (Verizon and AT&T) are already signed on for the system, but users can opt out of receiving the local alerts and Amber alerts.  However, no one will be able to opt out of the Presidential Alerts, which as a result will eventually become compulsory for all cell phone users nationwide.
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Another Obama Constitutional Grab in the Works.  President Barack Obama, the confiscator-in-chief of your constitutional rights is at it again.  As we've come to expect, when President Obama tramples on the Constitution it's usually under the guise of some noble cause.  He embraced new rules for broadcasters designed to silence conservative talk show hosts under the guise of localism and diversity.  This year, he's pushing for so-called "common-sense" legislation that ultimately deprives citizens of their Second Amendment rights.

Pushing Back against a Decree.  Since taking office, Pres. Barack Obama has shown a remarkable penchant for changing the law by fiat.  From Citizenship and Immigration Services' debating how best to let the maximum number of illegal aliens off the hook to the EPA's declaring it would treat carbon-dioxide emissions as a pollutant, the administration has taken the stance that votes in Congress aren't really necessary, even for dramatically contentious subjects.  Who needs a debate and a vote when you can rule by regulatory decree?

Obama Attacks Libya, and Where's Congress?  On the eighth anniversary of the day President George W. Bush ordered U.S. troops into Iraq in 2003, with the full support of the U.S. Congress and majority support from the U.N. Security Council, Barack Obama launched a Tomahawk missile assault on the sovereign nation of Libya with no majority support in the U.N. and without even consulting Congress.  Acting alone while Congress was away on recess, solely at the command of the United Nations and without constitutional authority, Barack Obama dropped over $70 million worth of Tomahawk missiles on Libya — a dictatorial maneuver to force a regime change in a foreign land.  Under what authority did Obama green-light this dictatorial assault?  To be certain, Qadaffi is no prize, but what Obama just did is nevertheless unacceptable.

The coming meltdown of Barack Obama.  Politics has recently replaced the Constitution as the basis for the rule of law in the United States.  It is a recipe for chaos, if permitted to continue.  More and more Americans are beginning to realize that Barack Obama is an illegal President and/or has a potentially damaging personal history.

Welcome to Obamageddon.  From the day of Mr. Obama's election, many concerned patriots have warned about his goals.  Mr. Obama is a follower of radical Marxist strategy, like Saul Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals" and Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven's strategy of overwhelming the system to create economic crisis and chaos.  Based on those strategies, one would be foolish not at least to wonder whether Mr. Obama's goal from the start was to wreck capitalism; redistribute wealth by punishing, penalizing and demonizing the wealthy; force Americans to their knees to beg for help from big government; and then in response to those pleas, put government in control over every aspect of our lives.  Examine the state of the union and the world under Mr. Obama.  Judge for yourselves whether we are in a state of Obamageddon.

None of the Above on Energy.  [Scroll down]  There are some Americans who are born communists — those who fancy the Mao suit, the masochistic fall-into-line mentality, the fondness for self-abasement and diminishment.  These natural-born comrades, eager to hand over their liberties to some vicious and inscrutable dictator, must like what they see in Obama.  The rest of us will continue fighting to preserve our liberties.

The Powers of This President.  Not all the powers President Obama has wielded or claimed seem clearly identifiable in the U.S. Constitution.  Whether that is tolerable or even desirable appears to require consideration since the entire point of having a constitution is to limit government in the hope of fending off tyranny.

Disregard for Constitution harms the nation.  Barack Obama took [the] presidential oath of office two years ago, but he has repeatedly violated it.  The more his time in office goes along, the more instances we see of his disregard of the Constitution as it applies to his presidency and the future of the United States.  Even before his Inauguration, Obama claimed for himself the nonexistent post of Office of the President Elect.  That made-up title seemed almost comic in its grasping for power and position.

Obama recruits an army of community organizers.  The community organizer who became president has launched a massive pre-reelection year campaign to assemble and train an army of new community organizers to carry Obama's "movement forward for years to come."  Strengthening "our democracy" presumably has something to do with reelecting the revered leader in 2012.  However, the Organizing for America recruiting message says nothing about politics or election campaigns and strangely talks in military terms of "a grassroots program that aims to put boots on the ground and help foster a new generation of leaders — not just to help win elections but to strengthen our democracy in communities across the country."

Meeting Young Obama.  [Scroll down]  As I recall, Obama repeatedly used the phrase "When the revolution comes...."  In my mind, I remember thinking that Obama was blindly sticking to the simple Marxist theory that had characterized my own views while I was an undergraduate at Occidental College.  "There's going to be a revolution," Obama said, "we need to be organized and grow the movement."  In Obama's view, our role must be to educate others so that we might usher in more quickly this inevitable revolution.

Feed Me, Obama, Feed Me:  The Plan for Food Dependency.  What does any would-be tyrant need in order to gain control over the lives of citizens?  Three things come to mind:  martial law, socialized medicine, and food dependency.  In at least two of these categories, President Obama has already succeeded.  By way of executive proclamation, President Obama has secured for himself the power to declare martial law in the event of a national "emergency," real or contrived, and without the accountability typically required by the Posse Comitatus Act and the National Emergencies Act of 1976.  This is the legacy of the "conservative" Bush administration.  National emergencies have now been transformed into power-grabbing devices thanks to the virtually unnoticed National Security Presidential Directive (NSPD) 51.

Manmade famine in America.  It seems inconceivable, but people in America are going hungry en masse due to a famine caused by political authorities.  Fresno, California is not yet a sister city of Kiev, Ukraine, but the two cities, capitals of rich agricultural regions, share a history of mass hunger caused by central governments indifferent to the suffering of their people, in the pursuit of ideological goals.

The Rise of Unchecked Presidential Power.  In order to achieve a dictatorship in a country, you have to go one of two ways.  Either you have to foment a violent revolution, using the power of the military to seize the government, or you have to be voted into the position and seize the power slowly.  In the USA, it is all but impossible to achieve the takeover via violent overthrow, and the separation of powers makes it difficult to take over via slow seizure of power.  However, the plans of the progressives have been working steadily since the Woodrow Wilson administration, and the task is almost complete. ... All of this has been accomplished slowly and cautiously to avoid raising the alarm, because the powers involved definitely do not want to raise that alarm.

Obama's Malice Aforethought:  [Scroll down]  Even a "temporary" or "emergency" lock-up of this kind of speech is intolerable.  Under a statist regime, "temporary" means permanently.  The regime also decrees what is an "emergency."  Nazi Germany existed in a state of permanent emergency, from the day Hitler came to power in 1933 to its collapse in 1945.  Obama and his allies in government are pining for a Nazi-style "Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda" that would filter, interpret, suppress, and outlaw news and information they deem harmful to and critical of the government's policies, powers, and actions.  The Obama administration, at first defensive of its powers, policies and actions, has conducted an offensive against any and all who question the motive and wisdom of that administration.

The Missing Link in the Evolution of Barack Obama.  Obama's childhood mentor was chosen by his guardians, his grandparents, and was avowed communist Frank Marshall Davis.  Obama did in fact gravitate toward communist professors in college; moreover, we now know about ex-communist John Drew, a contemporary of Obama's at Occidental College who verifies that Obama was "in 100-percent total agreement" with his communist professors and was a flat-out "Marxist-Leninist" who believed in old-style communist revolution.  We also know that upon graduating, Obama spent twenty years in a black-power church, Trinity United of Reverend Jeremiah Wright fame, and had an alliance with self-proclaimed communist and ex-terrorist Bill Ayers.  It also appears — and I have yet to see anyone address and disprove this association — that Obama was a member of the socialist New Party in Chicago in the 1990s.  Then, upon being elected, Obama appointed avowed communist Van Jones to his administration and also Anita Dunn, who cited mass-murderer Mao Tse-tung as one of her two favorite philosophers.  There's more, too, but greater detail is hardly necessary.  It also shouldn't be necessary to ask the question, but I will:  What is nuttier:  to claim that this man is a communist or to claim that such an assertion is out-of-bounds?

Obama, As Red As It Gets.  Isn't it about time that the mainstream media and all others begin to examine the record and conclude that a Communist holds the reins of power in the White House? ... While others have written how obvious it is that Obama is a "Socialist", I think this is a matter of caution in a society that has not seriously used the word "Communist" since the 1950s, when entities like the House Un-American Activities Committee actively investigated and exposed how many existed in the government, the unions, and Hollywood.  It's not like Barack Hussein Obama has come out and said, "Yes, I'm a Communist", but you don't have to have a PhD in Political Science to connect the dots.  The process is made murky by the way Obama has deliberately covered his tracks wherever he could, while dropping broad hints.

Well-Meaning or Not, Obama Threatens America.  [Scroll down]  Let us also keep in mind that socialism, like Marxism, is fundamentally incompatible with freedom, democracy, and capitalism as embodied in America's founding documents and as practiced in America.  If Mr. Obama is indeed a socialist — and he is — then his belief system, his way of thinking, is innately hostile to America.  Socialism and American democracy cannot coexist, so if Mr. Obama is pursuing socialist policies, American democracy must, of necessity, be weakened or destroyed.  But if this is true, how did Mr. Obama become president?  It boils down to this:  He lied.  He lied about who he is, about his background, his fundamental beliefs, his intentions, and his methods.  He employed standard Marxist/socialist tactics and concealed his true nature so as to seize power and impose his will, and for two years, he pretty much got away with it.

Obama's Discriminatory Application of Laws Abounds.  Is there anything a