Thursday, January 5, 2012

Constitutional republics are, like, hard (cont.)


Here's the President earlier today in Shaker Heights, Ohio defending his (not in) recess appointments of 3 members of the National Labor Review Board:

But when Congress refuses to act, and as a result, hurts our economy and puts our people at risk, then I have an obligation as President to do what I can without them. (Applause.) I’ve got an obligation to act on behalf of the American people. And I’m not going to stand by while a minority in the Senate puts party ideology ahead of the people that we were elected to serve. (Applause.) Not with so much at stake, not at this make-or-break moment for middle-class Americans. We’re not going to let that happen. (Applause.)
(italics, ours)

No he doesn't. No, he absolutely does not ahead of an obligation to the Constitution.

Fancy that: Our constitutional scholar forgot about that whole obligation to the Constitution thing. He took an oath to uphold it or something.

However, considering how we led from behind in our efforts to protect civilians from wartime atrocities... take out military targets... whack the leader of a sovereign nation that posed no threat to us without Congressional authorization, this whole issue of a few (not in) recess appointments is kind of small potatoes but potatoes they are.

We didn't think we would have to update so soon but we fear we would start running behind if we waited too long.

A crowd favorite we're disappointed to announce but here it is... the O > W boogaloo jambaroo:

* = new entries

Closing Keeping open Gitmo.

Ending Formalizing the indefinite detention of suspected terrorists.

Ending Maintaining military tribunals.

Not letting unemployment get above 8 10.5 percent with a $800 billion stimulus package.

Discontinuing Continuing other Bush-era policies like rendition, Project Gunrunner and TARP.

Ending Throwing into warp drive the politicization of the Justice Department under the leadership of the biggest hack in the administration.

Engineering a bankruptcy cramdown of domestic auto companies that will most likely cost the U.S. tax-payers tens of billions of dollars.

Interpreting the Patriot Act to collect information on people via mobile phone geolocating

A crony capitalism that is disguised as a green jobs program.

Including Fisker, SunPower and Beacon Hill

Engaging in an act of war against a country that posed no threat whatsoever to the U.S. with without the consent of Congress.

Swift Painfully slow response to national disasters.

Ending Maintaining the practice of signing statements.

Subjecting our national security to an expensive green technology boondoggle that doubles down on the cronyism.

For you visual types, how about a federal government - Goldman Sachs Venn diagram? (thanks, W.C. )

Signing off on predator drone strikes for the ostensible purpose of assassinating a foreign head of state. And then doing so.

Using executive orders and administrative actions and generally subverting the role of Congress in order to enact his agenda.

Shutting down Operating a seeming revolving door between the White House and Wall Street and K Street.

* Signing legislation that would allow the military to indefinitely detain terror suspects, including American citizens arrested in the United States, without charge. Got 4th amendment? Not anymore, you don't. *

Pushing through health care reform legislation in the sleaziest, most cynical, un-hopenchangey and business-as-usual manner possible.

Authorizing a program to assassinate American civilians.

Actually authorizing a drone strike hit that killed American-born Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan (from this point forward, we never... never want to hear a peep about water-boarding)

And adopting another Bush-like tendency in combating the war on terror: refusing to provide the legal justification for the killing of U.S. citizens.

The more we think about it, the more we think this Bush/Obama mash-up does an extreme disservice to President Bush.

Share it. Share it, brothers and sisters with friends, family and particularly all those alleged Bush-hating Obama supporters to see who it is are the hypocrites in your life.



Harrison said...

Yes the pot is calling the kettle black. Honestly, I'm surprised by how much attention this story has been getting both in the national media and on Conservative blogs.

Some are calling for impeachment over this.

Seems strong.

Dean said...

I'll take your word on the impeachment thing but I'll just settle for the unelected thing.