“It’s been a long, tough journey. But we have made some incredible strides together. Yes, we have. But the thing that we all ought to remember is that as much as good as we have done, precisely because the challenges were so daunting, precisely because we we were inheriting so many challenges, that we’re not even halfway there yet. When I said ‘change we can believe in’ I didn’t say ‘change we can believe in tomorrow.’ Not change we can believe in next week. We knew this was going to take time because we’ve got this big, messy, tough democracy,” President Obama said at a campaign fundraiser in Chicago
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.
They advise the President to use his “constitutional powers” –
- Executive orders
- Agency management
- Convening and creating public-private partnerships
- Commanding the armed forces
Obama likes to manufacture a crisis to help propagandize actions which would normally repulse the American public. Under this administration, when Congress has acted, they have often had to do so under the threat of a “crisis.”
If the Stimulus wasn’t passed without reading it, the economy would have collapsed according to the President. Obamacare was another “crisis.” Bailouts and takeovers of banks, AIG, and car companies were forced due to “crises.” They were taken out of the hands of the bankruptcy courts; Obama donors were put before the investors in the first case while creditors were put behind the union in the second, even though the law specified otherwise.
Obama has empowered his government agencies to become dictatorial arms of the Executive Branch. The EPA, USDA and other agencies are now to be feared by companies and individuals from the Amish farmer who was bullied into shutting down his organic farm to the Sackett vs. EPA Case which has recently been overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Contempt by the DOJ for Voter ID laws is nothing more than an attempt to steal the vote and stuff the ballot boxes. Allowing ACORN and the New Black Panthers to run amok is proof positive that the government supports corruption of the vote. Let’s not forget Obama’s campaign workers, the Occupiers or OWS, who are committed to starting race wars and class wars. They are led by organizations such as the AFLO-CIO, Media Matters and Move On who have ongoing direct access to the White House.
Obama’s diplomacy is to operate in secrecy with Medvedev, the Iranians and we can only imagine who else.
His command of the armed forces included an illegal war in Libya, a country now controlled by Al Qaeda. They are our enemy and they are armed with biochemical weapons. Obama continued the Libyan war without following the War Powers Act which required Obama’s gaining Congressional approval – he decided it didn’t apply.
Convening and creating public-private partnerships the Obama-way can be seen in his deciding what companies will succeed and what ones won’t from GM to Solyndra to First Solar and on and on and on.
Obama is legislating from the White House by writing Obamacare through his far left organizations, usurping a power which belongs solely to Congress.
The war on religious freedom is being fought by HHS using women’s rights as the straw man – pure propaganda. In this case, HHS is using rule making to further their agenda. The NLRB is establishing restrictive rules on businesses such as the speedy election rule which makes it near-impossible for a business to present its case when faced with unionization.
Executive Orders have taken over waterways (13547), rural lands (EO 13575), freedom to protest (HR 347) and he will undoubtedly fully implement the Law of the Sea Treaty (Cede sovereignty of the seas to the UN) in the near future. EO 13547 is a treaty put into effect without Senate approval because he called it an agreement. Under this agreement, we are relinquishing much of our natural resources to the U.N. – that’s insane.
His plan is to cede more of U.S. sovereignty through other U.N. treaties. Obama is a pure globalist. He wants open borders because he is a globalist. He shares one vision with the U.N. because he is a globalist.
His EO 10990, the National Preparedness Resources Preparation (a looming threat), redefines the term “national emergency” in very broad and vague terms – why? He told Congress that the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) must include a section which allows the government to strip a U.S. citizen of citizenship and all the rights thereof before he would sign the legislation. The NDAA uses vague language on this issue.
Senate Bill 1813 actually confiscates your proof of citizenship if you don’t pay your taxes provided you owe more than $50,000 (which could be changed to $10 if they so choose.)
Let’s not forget the 20,000 drones now flying over U.S. skies which will be misused by the government to spy on its citizens despite their insistence that they won’t.
Our current administration allows at least two agencies to go rogue, in other words, they have become independent of any constitutional requirements or oversight and operate solely under the Executive Branch. They are UNLIMITED GOVERNMENT WITHIN A LIMITED GOVERNMENT.
The latest abomination is the OFR, which is the brainchild of two sketchy characters, Barney Frank and Chris Dodd, and was reported about yesterday by Fox News.
The OFR (Office of Financial Research) was created by the Dodd-Frank bill (instead of locking these two up, they put them in charge of the money). It is the second rogue agency that has been set up to operate without any congressional oversight.
Its funding will come directly from the Federal Reserve and will not be subject to congressional oversight. It usurps Congress’ taxation authority by taxing banks. They are calling the charges “assessments,” in a ludicrous effort to camouflage the unconstitutionality of it. The “assessment” is clearly a tax.
OFR is starting with a $158 billion budget and there is NO limit as to how much they can grow or how much money they can spend. They will now fund themselves by taxing bank-holding firms with assets of at least $50 billion. There is no limit on how much they can tax these companies and they can tax them into non-existence or nationalize them in a “crisis.”
They will collect all financial data they feel they need from the companies – IP addresses, intellectual property, trade secrets – and funnel it through the Financial Stability Oversight Council. Supposedly this will prevent another Lehman Brothers. They will, however, be operating completely outside Congress and the Constitution.
They will have unlimited subpoena power. They can demand any American company turn over to the government any sensitive internal data and proprietary information. There will be NO secrets from the federal government.
This information could more easily be hacked and stolen. Furthermore, the government could turn it over to foreign nations or use it as they decide it should be used. There is nothing to stop them, not the Congress, not the Constitution. They can “leak” whatever they want. That already happens. How do you think we know the names of the fired secret service agents?
The OFR is all-powerful and only as trustworthy as the 2600 regulators who are being hired at great expense. That employee number of 2600 is only the beginning because, as I mentioned, there is NO limit to their growth. They will be the IRS agents of the financial industry and we know how well that works. They will be insolvent financially just as the post office is with unlimited access to funds from the Feds.
Ironically, in the end, the OFR will not be able to see any catastrophe ahead of Wall Street or any investor. The housing bubble, caused in part by the subprime crisis, was reported about for years before it burst.
The rogue OFR follows a similar model to the IPAB (Independent Patient Advisory Board), a rogue agency in Obamacare. IPAB is a 15 member panel which has no congressional oversight and which operates unconstitutionally.
IPAB is the council of so-called healthcare experts who will expand insurance coverage while controlling costs with rationed care and price ceilings.
IPAB will be the only federal agency endowed not only with lawmaking power, but also with the ability to operate completely outside of congressional, presidential and judicial oversight. It completely circumvents Congress, our Constitution and the rights of individuals over their own healthcare.
It is not included in the Obamacare case currently being considered by the U.S. Supreme Court but is part of a future case, Coons v. Geithner.
This government will continue to assume unconstitutional powers as demonstrated and we can only imagine what will happen if Obama is re-elected and he has “more flexibility.”
IBD wrote in a commentary recently, “A second term free of electoral restraints [for Obama] may be a frightening prospect. This is, after all, a president who has said he can’t wait for Congress to act and will govern by executive order and regulations if necessary. He has questioned the Supreme Court’s ‘unprecedented’ review of Obamacare.”
IBD pointed out that the Obama administration is in contempt of court over its ban on oil drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico –
“…U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman ruled that the Obama Interior Department unconstitutionally imposed an offshore drilling moratorium and the agency “simply established a second ban that was virtually identical.”
Judge Feldman said, ‘Each step the government took following the court’s imposition of a preliminary injunction showcases its defiance,’ Feldman said in his ruling. ‘Such dismissive conduct, viewed in tandem with the re-imposition of a second moratorium …. provides this court with clear and convincing evidence of its contempt.’…”
“I began warning about Barack Obama’s dictatorial ambitions before he even won the 2008 presidential election … Obama’s recent contention that it would be ‘unprecedented’ for the Supreme Court to overrule congressional legislation had dictatorship written all over it.”I will say yet again what I have been saying for more than three years: If polls indicate that Obama is going to win the upcoming election, no problem. He’ll keep flashing that fake Barry Obama grin until Nov. 7, then move swiftly to begin unleashing a dictatorial full monty – consisting of more regulations, higher taxes and less freedom – that will shock all but his staunchest Marxist allies.
“Nothing will be off limits – a national police force, instant citizenship for all Third World people … forced equalization of income (except for Obama’s wealthy supporters), widespread use of tax audits to carry out vendettas against enemies … suspension of habeas corpus … and much, much more…”
Could Ringer be right? Why does Obama need a civilian army more powerful than our military? Mark Levin, somewhat ironically, wants to know if he’s going to call it the Brown Shirts. Obama has help making this idea a reality from tax-evader, Charlie Rangel.
Rangel’s Universal National Service Act introduced in March 2011 mandates a draft that can apply to the armed forces or Obama’s civilian army. Rangel’s site describes it –
H.R. 1152 would reduce the burden and sacrifice that the 1% of the American population makes in defending our nation by requiring 30 million people in the United States between the ages of 18 and 25 to perform two years of national service in either the armed services or in civilian life.
Why does he need a civilian army except to use it against his own citizens?
Remember when Obama talked about forming his own army –
Then we have the soon-to-be-opened spy center in Utah. The NSA is building the Utah Data Center and it will be the largest in the nation’s history. It will collect all information on citizens that is within imagination. The information will be collected without subpoenas and citizens will have no rights to privacy. Why can’t Congress write some privacy laws to go with this new operation?
Wired.com: “…Flowing through its servers and routers and stored in near-bottomless databases will be all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails—parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, and other digital “pocket litter.” It is, in some measure, the realization of the “total information awareness” program created during the first term of the Bush administration—an effort that was killed by Congress in 2003 after it caused an outcry over its potential for invading Americans’ privacy.
But “this is more than just a data center,” says one senior intelligence official who until recently was involved with the program. The mammoth Bluffdale center will have another important and far more secret role that until now has gone unrevealed. It is also critical, he says, for breaking codes. And code-breaking is crucial, because much of the data that the center will handle—financial information, stock transactions, business deals, foreign military and diplomatic secrets, legal documents, confidential personal communications—will be heavily encrypted. According to another top official also involved with the program, the NSA made an enormous breakthrough several years ago in its ability to cryptanalyze, or break, unfathomably complex encryption systems employed by not only governments around the world but also many average computer users in the US. The upshot, according to this official: ‘Everybody’s a target; everybody with communication is a target.’…”
I see a future where neighbors could conceivably turn against neighbors.
Overreaching agencies and regulations have been cited by numerous states Attorneys General. Click here for the States Attorneys General Recorded list of Violations by the Obama Administration.
The second amendment is another target. I am not against some form of gun control. I don’t believe the mentally ill or criminals should be given gun permits, but this administration wants something far more extreme. Obama is supportive of strong gun control and promised the Brady family that he was working furtively to establish strong gun control laws. If he doesn’t want to put forth extreme controls, why the furtiveness? The DOJ’s contempt for the second amendment, which is probably the reason for the botched Fast & Furious program, is going nowhere right now.
President Obama has been named “Gun Salesman of the Year” by The Washington Times –
“…The economic impact of the firearms and ammunition industry – a figure that includes jobs, taxes and sales – hit $31 billion in 2011, up from $19 billion in 2008, according to a survey released Thursday by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). Background check requests for firearms purchases set records in 2010 and 2011, according to FBI data.
Jobs in the firearms business jumped 30 percent from 2008 to 2011, when the industry employed 98,750. The industry paid $2.5 billion in federal taxes in 2011, up 66 percent in three years.
Some in the industry attribute the jump in sales in no small part to fears –fed in part by leading gun lobbies – that the Obama administration will tighten gun control laws if the president wins re-election…”
Obama can create jobs apparently.
The actions by this President do not amount to a Leninist takeover because they are far more peaceful. They follow an Alinsky-style takeover, one that engulfs from within and gradually erodes the current structure. It involves a non-violent seizure of government control but we know from past history that these types of governments always end up in violence. When people do not comply, violations of rights must follow to maintain the absolute control which unlimited government demands.