We get attacked as “Republicans” from the cannon fodder left – those hypocrites who have sacrificed principles and whore themselves to the corrupt Obama Dimocratic Party. They hate us because we continue to remind them of what they used to say when it was a Republican in office. They loathe us because we refuse to let them sweep the many words Barack Obama gushed out during the primaries against Hillary Clinton.
We’re frankly surprised that conservatives and Republicans have not yet fully learned the lessons we continue to teach them. Hey, Republicans/conservatives, ever hear of “unitary executive”?
In 2007/2008 Barack Obama and the hypocrites of the left and what once was the Democratic Party attacked George W. Bush and Hillary Clinton as exemplars of the “unitary executive”. To these hypocrites of the left Barack Obama would return constitutional restraint and balance to the White House. Barack Obama would not rule with dictatorial powers or impulses, said these wackadoodle hypocrites of the left.
During the 2008 primaries, at the DailyKooks and other Obama supporter Hopium dens, attacks on the “unitary executive” used to be all the rage. They would scream and stomp against signing statements by the president, the “power grabs” by the executive using the “war on terror” as pretext, and recess appointments by the Republican president.
Now, not so much. Today, the hypocrites of the left applaud presidential power grabs. DailyKook Chris Bowers, the haiku writer and once the big mouth against the “unitary executive” is asking for emails praising Barack Obama for recess appointing Richard Cordray and three other appointments to the National Labor Relations Board.
After November, when there is a Republican president what will DailyKook Chris Bowers say? What will the cannon fodder left say as every supposed principle they espoused is exploded by them in service of Barack Obama’s reelection campaign? In January 2013 when these recess appointments constitutionally expire, the new Republican president will have a lovely day.
Put aside for a moment whether Barack Obama is justified or not (he is most certainly not) in these recess appointments. Why would any person with principles, simply on the basis of long-term strategy, support this abomination? Even if Obama wins the sure to come lawsuits what does it gain for those from the left? What these recess appointments by Obama mean is that any future Republican president can effectively subvert the constitution and congress when it comes to appointments.
Recess appointments are constitutional only because the writers of the constitution did not anticipate that one day there would be instantaneous communications. (Of course if a nuclear bomb would wipe out congress the writers of the constitution would be proved prescient even in these easy to communicate times.) These particular Obama recess appointments are especially toxic to the constitution.
Article II, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution states: “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.” The U.S. Senate was not in recess, as required by the Constitution, when Barack Obama made these recess appointments.
The U.S. Courts usually do not interfere in the proceedings of the co-equal legislative branch. The Congress stated they were not in recess so it is more than likely that the courts will not question that assertion. Obama Dimocrats are hypocrites, and stupid hypocrites who hurt themselves in order to aid Obama. Eventually the very expensive bill for such hypocrisy will come due and the next Republican president will enjoy stomping over protests from the minority Dimocrats in the Senate after this year’s elections.
Indeed this is an Obama power grab that those who think the presidency has become much too imperial will live to regret. The cannon fodder hypocrite left is disgusting in their whoring for Obama:
“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. [snip]
If he were acting within the confines of the law and the Constitution, the argument might make sense. But Obama has now adopted a theory of executive power so expansive that a reporter at a recent press conference understandably asked whether the president believes we have a virtual monarchy, a president of unlimited powers subject only to periodic elections but not to the rule of law.”
A virtual monarchy aided and abetted by the unprincipled cannon fodder hypocrites of the left:
“According to a 1993 brief from the Clinton Justice Department, Congress must remain adjourned for at least three days before the adjournment constitutes a “recess” for the purposes the recess appointment power.
The origin of this three day period is Article I, Section 5 of the Constitution, which states: “Neither House, during the Session of Congress, shall, without the Consent of the other, adjourn for more than three days.”
In other words, the president can only recess appoint when the Senate has adjourned for more than three days, and the Senate cannot adjourn for more than three days without the consent of the House.
Speaker John Boehner has properly withheld that consent to prevent Obama from installing radical appointees into key positions.
There is recent precedent for this action and for its legitimacy. In fact, then-Obama Solicitor General Elena Kagan wrote to the Supreme Court on April 26, 2010:“Although a President may fill such vacancies through the use of his recess appointment power … the Senate may act to foreclose this option by declining to recess for more than two or three days at a time over a lengthy period. For example, the Senate did not recess intrasession for more than three days at a time for over a year beginning in late 2007.”
The cannon fodder hypocrite left does not wonder why Elizabeth Warren, not Cordray, was recess appointed. Instead the rants from the hypocrite haiku writers of the left are about how necessary it is to activate the CFPB. But the CFPB is not why Obama made this power grab.
“So are the appointments really the issue? In part, yes, but they are just the excuse. Obama’s campaign theme is to run against Congress. What better way to run against Congress than to create a confrontation with Congress?
Republicans in Congress have no choice but to retaliate against this power grab, and that is just what Obama wants. [snip]
Obama was elected by crisis, he seeks to create crisis at every turn, and he never lets a good crisis go to waste.
I say give him the crisis, but do it carefully so that this time we are the ones who get to take advantage. We have a President who is arrogant, dismissive, and out of control, the nation knows it. It has to stop, and it sets the issue up nicely for November 2012.”
Republicans/conservatives have reacted wisely thus far. They know Obama wants to goad them into attacking him on an issue that he can exploit and pretend is for “the people”. Republicans reacted calmly to Nancy Pelosi’s ‘I’m darned proud of Obama for making these illegal recess appointments’.
“Article 2, Section 2 of the Constitution requires presidential appointees to be confirmed by the Senate before they can take office unless the Senate is in recess or if the appointments are to inferior offices that Congress has legally given the president the power to control. When the Senate is in recess, the president can make temporary appointments that last only until the end of the next session of Congress.
However, the Senate was not in recess on Wednesday.
At a Capitol press conference on Thursday a reporter asked Pelosi: “Was the Congress in recess yesterday, and are you at all worried that President Obama has set a precedent that may make it easy for a president in the future to circumvent Congress when making appointments?” [snip]
A reporter then followed-up, asking, “The Senate, however, was in a pro forma session yesterday and critics are saying the president was not able to make those recess appointments because Congress was not actually in recess –”
Of course, with Obama there is always treachery but also there is almost always boobery. Yes he is corrupt and treacherous – but he boobs at every turn. In this instance Obama’s power grab is a stupid one tactically. Anyone who is adversely affected by any of these appointments will immediately have standing to sue in the courts. There are other boobery issues to consider with the news that “doubling down, Obama follows Cordray recess appointment with three more to NLRB”:
“So shameless is this power grab, in fact, that even John Yoo, whose name is a curse word on the left when it comes to executive overreach, thinks Obama went too far. Lefty Timothy Noah, who supports Cordray’s appointment, candidly admitted today at TNR that he can’t figure out how this could possibly be constitutional. (If Obama has the power to define when the Senate is and isn’t in recess, writes Noah, then he could theoretically treat every weekend of the year as a recess.) In fact, according to Mark Calabria at Cato, not only does the Cordray appointment flout the Constitution, it actually violates the terms of the Dodd-Frank statute pushed through by O’s own party:
More importantly the “recess” appointment of Cordray doesn’t solve the President’s problem. The Dodd-Frank Act is very clear, even a law professor can probably understand this section, that authorities under the Act remain with the Treasury Secretary until the Director is “confirmed by the Senate”. A recess appointment is not a Senate confirmation. Now don’t ask me why Dodd and Frank included such unusual language, they could have just given the Bureau the new authorities, but they didn’t. So even with this appointment, the CFPB won’t be able to go after all those non-banks, like the pay-day lenders and check-cashiers that caused the financial crisis (oh wait, those industries didn’t have anything to do with the crisis).“
What a boob! Did Obama even read the Dodd-Frank statute? Does Obama know how to read a law? What a boob!
As Timothy Noah observes the biggest boosters of Obama’s recess appointments decision are former Bush lawyers! Bush lawyers and the cannon fodder left united at last. What boobs!
Obama is a corrupt treacherous boob. The cannon fodder hypocrites of the left that enable him are far worse.
This all reminds us of our article of July 9, 2008. That article was about Hillary Clinton’s “no” vote on FISA. Barack Obama lied to his Hopium addled hypocrites and they persisted in support of him. At the time we wrote:
“Today, Obama proved once again he cannot be trusted. Obama voted FOR FISA.
Hillary Clinton voted AGAINST FISA.
Obama supporters do not care about the issues. If Obama supporters cared about the issues they would vote for Hillary.”
Obama supporters, the cannon fodder left, the hypocrites on Hopium, don’t care about the issues. They pretend they care about the issues but they don’t. Consider the Keystone Pipeline issue (which we will discuss at length at a more appropriate time). As bad as Barack Obama is on this issue our condemnations are reserved for labor union bosses and the phony “environmentalists.”
We understand the political motivations for Barack Obama to vote “present” on the pipeline. We condemn Barack Obama’s refusal to take a stance one way or the other on the pipeline. But what is much more contemptible and disgusting are the phony environmentalists and the self interested labor union bosses.
The labor unions support the Keystone pipeline and believe it will create tens of thousands of jobs. Environmentalists are opposed to the Keystone Pipeline and believe it will hare the environment. Or so they all say.
Our “J’accuse” is directed at these corrupt labor union bosses and phony environmentalists (throw in Occupy Wall Street and those who remain enablers are issue after issue and continue to protect Obama) who put aside their constituents, principles, and positions in order to protect Barack Obama. Why don’t the labor union bosses and the environmentalists get together and demand BEFORE THE ELECTION that Barack Obama take a position NOW.
The labor union bosses and the phony environmentalists won’t demand a clear cut position from Obama BEFORE THE ELECTION because they are protecting him. If they really cared about jobs or the environment they would demand a “yes” or “no” from Barack Obama. Instead these corrupt entities accept Obama’s “present” but not voting ploy.
On FISA the hypocrites of the left accepted, with fawning thanks, Obama’s lies and snubs. On the Keystone Pipeline labor bosses and phony environmentalists protect Barack Obama. The left and the Obama Dimocratic Party protect Obama on his unconstitutional recess appointments even though they know that their stance is unprincipled and will come back to bite them. Disgusting.
In 2013 as Republicans and conservatives celebrate their victories they should reserve their first toasts of Champagne for their savior and greatest help ever – Barack Obama. Disgusting.