“That the said Constitution shall never be construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press or the rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms … ”
– Samuel Adams, Debates and Proceedings in the Convention of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, at 86-87 (Pierce & Hale, eds., Boston, 1850)
The only reason we are free is because of the protections the Constitution affords us. If the leftists are able to disembowel it as they hope, we will no longer be free. It’s the simple truth.
When the Republicans try to hold the line on Obama’s spending over the debt ceiling, it will quickly become a manufactured “crisis” that can only be overcome by Obama bypassing the Congress. The stage is being set as we speak.
Suddenly, we are hearing about the layoffs in the military because of sequester. Prior to the election, Obama made certain that no one was given a layoff notice.
Panetta said he has warned the Pentagon that we are facing a “triple crisis” if Congress fails to act. [How about the president acting?]
Meanwhile the Pentagon has pulled back on “non-critical military maintenance, froze civilian hiring, stopped issuing certain contracts and taken “other steps” against the possibility of a roughly $45 billion budget across-the-board spending cut that could take effect in March, unless Congress intervenes.” [Politico]
Obama ran up the bills and is now demanding Congress pay for his extravagances as he continues to spend. He is empowered by his re-election and his increased control over the Senate. He even won some seats back in the House.
He has made it clear there will be no debt ceiling and no curbs to his spending:
Obama let the House Republicans know that they will not have any say over the debt ceiling.
Obama’s machinations to avoid the debt ceiling include a platinum coin to pay the debt because it is the only currency the Treasury can mint to pay off debt according to some loophole they discovered.
The coin would be near-worthless of course and no one would take it. You’d need about 26 million pounds of platinum to give it the appropriate value.
Much more likely a scenario is that Obama will bypass Congress by an illegal use of the 14th Amendment.
To make it seem as if he has no choice, the media, and now the Senate Democrats, are demanding that he use the 14th Amendment to bypass Congress.
Jay Carney said yesterday Obama would not use the Amendment. In reality, Obama will use it after being “badgered” by the media and Senate Democrats.
Carney said the president only wants to pay for the debts the Congress approved and that’s all the debt ceiling is about. In other words, he thinks the debt ceiling is meaningless and the president should be allowed to spend unhampered.
The excuse for using the 14th Amendment is this wording from section 4, “the validity of the public debt of the United States…shall not be questioned.”
What they fail to tell people is that section 5 says this, “The Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.”
There is no conceivable way that it is constitutional to use the 14th Amendment to bypass Congress.
The balance of powers established by our Constitution was meant to avoid abuse by any one branch. Obama wants to grab the power to spend from the House and put it squarely in the hands of the Executive Branch. This is what they do in dictatorships.
Under Obama, the US has gone from $10.6 trillion in debt to $16.4 trillion and we are running deficits of over a trillion dollars a year. Yet, just yesterday, Jay Carney said “Deficit reduction is not a worthy goal in onto itself.”
This administration has no interest in doing anything besides spending and taxing us into a Socialist nation ruled by the Executive alone. The Constitution and the balance of powers get in the way of his fundamental transformation of the country.
The Senate Democrats reported today that “in a letter, Senate Majority Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) and the Senate’s other top three Democrats encouraged Obama to ‘take any lawful steps to ensure that America does not break its promises and trigger a global economic crisis — without Congressional approval, if necessary.’”
Harry Reid has no regard for the truth or for our laws and he is willing to not let a good crisis go to waste as he gladly gives up the powers of Congress to the President.
This administration is lawless.
The leftists will behave no differently on the issue of the Second Amendment. They like to claim that guns were only meant to be in the hands of the militia – the government. They are claiming that George Mason said he was drunk when he wrote the Second Amendment and didn’t know what he was thinking.
They are rewriting history to suit their own ends. George Mason said on June 16, 1788 in Debates in Virginia Convention on Ratification of the Constitution, “I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people, except for a few public officials.” Was he drunk then too?
The Second Amendment reads, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” [The WH rewrote the Bill of Rights on their site and changed the wording to "The Second Amendment gives citizens the right to bear arms." That is inaccurate. We the people have an inherent right to bear arms and no State gave us this right.]
If the Founding Fathers only meant the government should have arms, they would have had no need for the Third Amendment which forbids any Soldier in time of peace being quartered in a persons’ home without their permission. This clearly gives the rights to the individual over the State.
Alexander Hamilton wrote in the Federalist Papers, “The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.”
Trench Coxe wrote in Remarks on the First Part of the Amendments to the Federal Constitution, “Whereas civil-rulers, not having their duty to the people duly before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as military forces, which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow citizens, the people are confirmed by the article in their right to keep and bear their private arms.”
Was he drunk?
The latest thing I heard is that they are going to put soldiers who served their country honorably on the no-gun list if they have PTSD. That illness in of itself is no reason to deprive a soldier of his/her Second Amendment rights but this administration doesn’t care about a soldier’s service or ability to bear arms. They have a one-size fits all mentality.
The First Amendment is also under attack and religious freedom is in the crosshairs. Religious people are being told they must violate their core values and pay for abortifacients. Abortions will be provided by healthcare exchanges under Obamacare and they will pay for those too.
The First Amendment clearly avers that the State shall not establish a national religion but it does not say we can’t mention religion or keep our historical references to our Judeo-Christian heritage. It does not mean that we must abandon religion and become a secular godless nation yet the ACLU would have us believe otherwise.
Recently, Ken Cuccinelli, AG of Virginia, applauded the efforts of relgious groups to hold off the attacks on religious freedom as a result of Obamacare but he also said they had better be prepared to go to jail. Unfortunately, he is correct.
There are so many occasions in which Obama has overstepped. Recently he appointed three members — a controlling majority — of the five-member National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), as well as the first director of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau while the Senate was in session, claiming it was in recess [some Republican senators stayed behind to make certain he was not able to make these appointments].
He was the first president in US history to do this. Normally, the Senate approves these appointments but when in recess, the President has the power to fill the vacancies.
Article II, section 2, clause 3 of the Constitution states that “The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions, which shall expire at the End of their next Session.”
This clause seems clear to me. It “expires at the End of the next Session.” That being the case, even though the President made the appointments unlawfully, the appointments should end regardless. It is the End of the Session.
Cynthia Chase of New Hampshire, the Live Free or Die state, wants to restrict the freedoms of Libertarians and Conservatives in her state so they feel unwelcome.
She said they are the single biggest threat facing the state:
“In the opinion of this Democrat, Free Staters are the single biggest threat the state is facing today. There is, legally, nothing we can do to prevent them from moving here to take over the state, which is their openly stated goal. In this country you can move anywhere you choose and they have that same right. What we can do is to make the environment here so unwelcoming that some will choose not to come, and some may actually leave. One way is to pass measures that will restrict the ‘freedoms’ that they think they will find here. Another is to shine the bright light of publicity on who they are and why they are coming.”
Personally, I think she and her ilk are the single biggest threat. Her thinking is no longer unusual and no longer unacceptable which should alarm people.
This country is heading for one party rule and a dictatorial Executive. The administration believes we are too stupid to rule ourselves and that they need to become our benevolent dictators.
What kind of nation are we living in? Are we going to allow Obama’s fundamental transformation of America?