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January 6, 2012

Keep Your %$#@ Muddy Shoes Off Our Constitution!



As presented in the Investor Business Daily, Obama continues his trashing of the US Constitution.
Obama's Recess Appointments: An Impeachable Offense?

Constitution: President Obama's nonrecess "recess appointments" can't be excused as over-the-top electioneering. This president has crossed over from socialistic extremism into lawlessness and, perhaps, impeachability.

The U.S. Constitution established a strong presidency — so strong that even one of the most esteemed founding fathers, Patrick Henry, worried it would be kinglike. But this week saw a president exceed even those broad constitutional powers because doing so fits his election-year narrative of a "do-nothing Congress" so well.

Now we have the makings of a banana republic, where the rule of clearly written constitutional law is compromised by a ruler's subjective whim.

The Constitution is crystal clear on the recess appointment authority of the president.

"The president shall have power," Article II, section 2 states, "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 Senate has not been in recess. And Congress' authority over when it is and isn't in recess is no small matter of parliamentary procedure. Rather, it is a power the Framers explicitly bestowed in Article I, Section 5:

"Neither House, during the session of Congress, shall, without the consent of the other, adjourn for more than three days."

Yet Obama on Wednesday, with no recess in effect and against the publicly stated position of his own Justice Department, made four "recess appointments."

16 comments:

Quite Rightly said...

I depend on IBD editorials like this to patch up my threadbare sanity.

Darth Bacon said...

cool

IanH said...

Long live King Obama! Betcha a coffee he gets re-elected somehow.

Kid said...

They won't impeach him because they don't want to run against hilrod.

They Say/We Say said...

Patrick Henry was so freaked out about the Presidents' position of power that could not be fought off by the people even if the President (whomever, whenever) was so bold as to declare himself a Dictator, insisted on the passage of "The Bill Of Rights"; to be declared as such so strong that "The Bill Of Rights" were UNTOUCHABLE BY ANY GOVERNMENT; and were such, so Passed!
We had a "Bill of Rights Parade" Dec. 12th every year until FDR performed in the last one.
Wonder why the "Bill of Rights Parade", died out, of the public's interest?

Kid said...

Sig, another investment idea is HGX. Home Builders ETF. Which is a basket of companies designed to insulate you if one or more of them goes belly up.

Does your IRA give you the ability to purchase ETF's ?

In any case, now is not the time to buy. It's been rallying and you want to buy when it's weak. But lemme now and I'll put a couple charts together and post them to illustrate what the decision points are.

sig94 said...

QuiteRightly - they do help the hypocrisy to go down a little easier, no? Sorta like cream and sugar in a really, really nasty cup of coffee.

sig94 said...

Is this the Darth Bacon of Philly Phame?!?

sig94 said...

IanH - I won't take that bet. The system has been corrupted so badly that God only knows what will happen.

sig94 said...

Kid - beneath the public purview I believe they are all of the same corrupt cloth.

As Christ said, they are like whitewashed tombs full of rotting flesh. Shiny white and pretty on the outside, rotten and loathsome on the inside.

sig94 said...

TSWS - Never heard of such a parade and now long overdue. The Founding Fathers knew this because they had just got out of a long term engagement with tyrants; we're now just starting one and have again to learn those lessons.

sig94 said...

Kid - sounds good, real good. Keep me in mind.

Race Bannon said...

He is fixing the "weaknesses" of the constitution he spoke of for years before we elected him.

Kid said...

Sig, I'll make a post out of it tomorrow. And actually HGX is the Index, XHB is the ETF.

Confidence inspiring eh? heh.

I'll toss in a couple Tech ideas that I've been watching a while.

Andy said...

Oh that the men on Capitol Hill will have the procreational assets to bring this rogue to trial, then frog march him across the Potomac River.

sig94 said...

Andy - I certainly wish for the same thing. But we won't see it. Their "assests" as you so blithefully put it are not up to the task.