Dem Constitutional Prof levels serious charges against Obama

February 28, 2014

Liberal Jonathan Turley accuses Congress of inert passivity in face of Obama overreaches

Professor Jonathan Turley, a constitutional law expert at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., warned Congress during a hearing Wednesday that the legislative branch of the U.S. government is in danger of becoming irrelevant in the face of continued executive overreach. Turley stated America has reached a “constitutional tipping point” under the watch of President Barack Obama.

“My view [is] that the president has in fact, exceeded his authority in a way that is creating a destabilizing influence in a three branch system,” Turley said. “I want to emphasize, of course, this problem didn’t begin with President Obama, I was critical of his predecessor, President Bush, as well — but the rate at which executive power has been concentrated in our system is accelerating. And frankly, I am very alarmed by the implications of that aggregation of power.”

“What also alarms me, however, is that the two other branches appear not just simply passive, but inert, in the face of this concentration of authority,” he added. Liberal Turley acknowledged he agrees with many of the president’s policies and positions — just not the way the White House has gone about implementing them.

“The fact that I happen to think the president is right on many of these policies does not alter the fact that I believe the means he is doing [it] is wrong, and that this can be a dangerous change in our system,” he said. “And our system is changing — in a very fundamental way. And it’s changing without a whimper of regret or opposition.”

Turley stressed that Congress must take action if it wants to hold onto its power as the “thumping heart of our system.”

“We are now at the constitutional tipping point for our system. If balance is to be reestablished, it must begin before this president leaves office and that will likely require every possible means to reassert legislative authority,” he said.

“No one in our system can ‘go it alone’ — not Congress, not the courts, and not the president. We are stuck with each other in a system of shared powers — for better or worse. We may deadlock or even despise each other. The framers clearly foresaw such periods. They lived in such a period. Whatever problems we are facing today in politics, they are problems of our own making. They should not be used to take from future generations a system that has safeguarded our freedoms for over 250 years,” Turley warned.

Watch Turley’s testimony.

H/T Washington Free Beacon


Dem swagger embodies intolerance, unipartisanship

January 22, 2014

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo: Calls Pro-Life and Pro-Second Amendment Americans “extremists” and tells them to leave New York.

“Their problem is not me and the Democrats Their problem is themselves. Who are they?” the governor asked. “Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that’s who they are and they’re the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are.”  Watch.

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President Barack Obama: Threatens to continue circumventing Congress by issuing executive orders bypassing the legislative body, to carry out his pledge to “fundamentally transform the United States of America.”

“I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone.” he boasted. “And I can  use that pen to sign executive orders.”  Watch.


2014: This New Year rich with opportunities

December 31, 2013

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Seeing Red AZ sends sincere best wishes for a satisfying, productive, safe and healthy New Year to our readers.

As we embark upon this New Year, there is no better time to renew our acquaintance with America’s founding documents: The Declaration of Independence, our U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. They have served us well. The least we can do is stay familiar with what they contain and ensure that our children know what blessings we have been given as a nation.

We urge our readers to get involved in the elective process. This year will feature important mid-term congressional and statewide elections. It is crucial we elect dependable and consistent conservatives to turn this country around — while there is still a chance.


WH in panic mode as Obamacare fails

December 20, 2013

Latest policy shift delays individual mandate for those whose plans were canceled

The administration, clearly in panic mode, has a new scheme in the works, as Obama’s signature health care overhaul is exposed as a series of lies, security breaches and malfunctions.

The latest incarnation of the debacle is the offer of an exemption of Obamacare to the millions of people who lost their own insurance — the one  Obama repeatedly promised we could all keep. This was exposed as a blatant lie after millions of people received notification from their insurance companies informing them their current policies did not meet coverage requirements of the so-called Affordable Care Act, and could no longer be offered.

Under the new dodge, Obama is urging insurers to expand offers of bare-bones health insurance plans to cover catastrophic care. This strategy will also allow people to self-determine if they are in a hardship situation.

The Obamacare mandate requires everyone to have health insurance or face a tax penalty. These latest exemptions are certain to intensify the confusion for consumers.

Instead of continuing exemptions, waivers and delays, Obama should provide all Americans relief from his failed socialist experiment. Forcing citizens to purchase a product they don’t want — one dictated by the federal government — or face sanctions from the Internal Revenue Service, violates basic principles of freedom.

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), summed the situation up with these words, “The sad reality is that when the law takes effect [on] January 1, more Americans will be without coverage under Obamacare than one year ago.”

No wonder this latest poll shows 53% of Americans would like to see Obamacare repealed, while 67% want it delayed. Overall, by a 54-38 percent margin, people wish the health care law had never passed and the 2009 system were still in place.

Read more and watch the informative FOX News video here.

And Barack Obama?  He and his family are taking advantage of the generosity of strapped American taxpayers and are preparing to hop aboard Air Force One for their annual Christmas soiree in Hawaii. They’ll be gone 17 days.


Sen. Kelli Ward acts to ban unconstitutional NSA spying in AZ

December 12, 2013

Conservative values first honed listening to Rush Limbaugh

Republican State Sen. Kelli Ward (Dist.5) is making national news. The Washington Times reports that the Lake Havasu physician/legislator will introduce legislation in the upcoming session to ban the National Security Agency from unconstitutional operations in Arizona. Ward describes her nullification legislation, the Fourth Amendment Protection Act, as a pre-emptive strike against the federal agency’s overreaches.

“While media attention is focused on a possible effort to shut off water to the NSA data center in Utah, I’m introducing the Arizona Fourth Amendment Protection Act to back our neighbors up,” Ward said, referencing actions by Utah’s privacy advocates to drive the agency from its borders.

“Just in case the NSA gets any ideas about moving south, I want them to know the NSA isn’t welcome in Arizona unless it follows the Constitution. There is no question that the NSA program, as it is now being run, violates the Fourth Amendment. This is a way to stop it.”

Arizona would be the first state to take such action against the NSA, though Ward’s legislation could well serve as a template for other states.

Critics claim the move has no teeth, that the Supremacy Clause binds all states to every federal mandate, regardless of its constitutionality. Advocates for constitutional protections against federal power abuse disagree, citing* both Supreme Court precedents and the philosophical roots of the Constitution itself. As more states move to assert their constitutional rights, the debate over state’s rights will surely continue.

Ward’s legislation would ban state and local officials from providing material support to the NSA — including water and electricity —  make data collected by the NSA without a warrant inadmissible in state court, forbid public colleges from working with the NSA and levy sanctions against companies working with the electronic spy agency.

Read the complete news article here. And while you’re at it, take some additional time to read Dr./Sen. Ward’s impressive bio, linked under her name in the first paragraph of this post. Arizonans are electing some impressive conservatives

*H/T Heritage Foundation


Dissing God creates problems in LD 28

December 7, 2013

God was the clear winner over mere mortals at the Executive Guidance Committee of the Maricopa County Republican Committee (EGC) meeting Thursday night.

When County Republican Chairman A. J. LaFaro asked the members to introduce themselves, former two-term County Chairman Rob Haney did so in no uncertain terms.  Haney, also a former district chairman, identified himself as a member of LD 28, “Where they’ve taken God out of the meetings.”

The Legislative District meetings no longer begin with both a Pledge of Allegiance and invocation. The invocation has been deemed nonessential and side-railed in favor of a moment of silence.

Clearly riled at the disclosure, District 28 Chairman Scott O’Connor pointed to Haney’s comment as an example of the divisiveness within the party, saying there were members of the district who objected to Christian prayer and the 9-member board decided no prayer was a satisfactory substitute.

The Rev. Clyde Bowen, Chairman of the Arizona American African Republican Committee, invited to give the prayer preceding the EGC meeting was diametrically opposed to O’Connor’s position. Before leading the group in prayer Rev. Bowen reinforced the concept that our rights are derived from God and that fact should be acknowledged in our political lives.

Our nation’s founding documents repeatedly credit our Creator and honor God. Since 1789 the U.S. Congress and Senate have had Offices of the Chaplin and a prayer opens each session, led by guest chaplains of various denominations. Every argument before the U.S. Supreme Court and every opinion the justices render are within the presence of the frieze depicting lawgivers, including Moses carrying the Ten Commandments — God’s law — carved on the high court structure.

Scott O’Connor, the son of former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, should be well acquainted with that depiction.


Elected Sheriff Arpaio hindered in duties by appointed judge

October 3, 2013

Law enforcement authority constrained as illegal invasion OKed

U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow has unilaterally approved a plan to install an independent monitor inside the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office to ensure the department is not “racial profiling.” Snow’s 58-page ruling can be read here.

Last May, Snow ruled that Arpaio’s office was engaging in racial profiling aimed at targeting and detaining Hispanics suspected of illegal entry into the United States. Snow was nominated to the federal bench by President George W. Bush.

For additional background on this ongoing attempt by the federal courts to constrain Sheriff Arpaio in the performance of the duties of his office, read our 2011 post, Federal judge ramps it up on Sheriff Arpaio.

As sheriff, Arpaio is the chief law enforcement officer for Maricopa County, overseeing a massive office. He is the longest serving sheriff since statehood, unprecedentedly elected by the citizens to six 4-year terms. Maricopa County ranks fourth among the nation’s counties with a population greater than 23 states. In land area alone, it is greater in size than seven states.  Arizona abuts the sieve-like Mexican border.

Judge Snow’s latest ruling irrationally orders the sheriff’s office to promote an internal policy “that unauthorized presence in the United States is not a crime and does not itself constitute reasonable suspicion or probable cause to believe that a person has committed or is committing any crime.” His words signal an unmistakable green light to our nation’s invaders — all of them.

Read Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s statement regarding Snow’s Melendres v. Arpaio ruling here.


AZ Republic’s Dokes advocates socialist “evolution” & UPDATE

September 29, 2013

Today’s Quick Hit by Arizona Republic editorial board member and Viewpoints editor Jennifer Dokes is telling. It should more aptly be titled a Marxist Drive-by.

Dokes writes that the “big change[s]” of Obamacare will require people to “evolve” to accommodate to what she describes as shattered norms. Dokes slickly omits the soaring costs, limitations and restricted medical care contained in the 20,000 page law.

In six short sentences she makes the case for Socialism. Revolutionary Socialist Karl Marx would have been proud. As Western European nations are reeling from the unsustainable costs of their socialized delivery of medicine, America — under Barack Obama and aided by liberal advocates such as Dokes, are running headlong into the abyss.

According to the Government Accountability Office, Obamacare is projected to add $6.2 trillion to the nation’s long-term deficits, despite presidential assurances that it wouldn’t add a “single dime” to our red ink.

Reading her words, it’s obvious even Obama stooge Jennifer Dokes didn’t believe the Prez when he repeatedly said, “If you like your doctor or you like your health care plan you can keep your doctor or keep your plan. Period.”

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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is neither “affordable” nor does it offer “protection.”

Does Obamacare loving Jennifer Dokes realize that provisions within the 20,000 pages actually sanction federal authorization for forced warrant-less home inspections on the American people? Is she willing to “evolve” that far? Among the specifically targeted groups are “eligible families who, or that include individuals who, are serving or formerly served in the Armed Forces, including such families that have members of the Armed Forces who have had multiple deployments outside of the United States.”

The entire list of Americans who have lost their Constitutional right to security within the walls of their own homes is here under the title “Affordable Care Act – Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program.” Are you among those targeted for “programmatic areas of emphasis?” You are if you or anyone living in your home use tobacco products or even if your kids are scoring low on school tests.  Serving your country in the military assures you have lost your rights.  Check this out for yourself.


Biggs, Burges ace Goldwater legislative report card

August 25, 2013

Arizona’s 51st Legislature, First Regular Session 2013

The Goldwater Institute has released its 11th annual Legislative Report Card.  It analyzes 328 votes taken by the Arizona Legislature in 2013 — 165 in the Senate and 163 in the House of Representatives, out of the 1,252 bills introduced overall. The Report Card separates legislative votes into four categories: education, constitutional government, regulation, and tax and budget

The highest overall score was that of Senate President Andy Biggs and Sen. Judy Burges, both at 74 percent. Freshman state Rep. Darin Mitchell received the highest score in the House: 72 percent. Be sure to read through the various categories to see how your own district legislators rated.

Table 12 on page 38 highlights the top-five scoring legislators in all score categories.

Table 13 on page 39 shows the lowest-five scoring legislators in all score categories.

“After redistricting, and with the battle over Medicaid expansion producing unusual anti-liberty coalitions, it appears the pro-liberty gains of past years have been blunted,” said Nick Dranias, Goldwater Institute Director for Policy Development and the author of the report. “Hopefully, this will prove to be a temporary phenomenon. There is reason to hope because, while average scores are lower, most median scores are higher, indicating that more legislators have improved their scores than otherwise.”

Click here to read the report card.


Amnesty: The good news?

July 12, 2013

Have they gotten “caught trying to sneak an illegal bill past the Constitution’s borders?”

Those who are intent on giving away our nation might be stymied in their attempt if Congressman Dave Camp (R-MI), the chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, is correct.

U.S. Rep. Camp says the senate’s amnesty bill (S. 744) is unconstitutional because only bills originating in the House can raise revenues. The Senate has not officially transmitted S. 744 to the House yet but Camp’s statement implies he will move to prevent the House from taking up the bill when that occurs.

The U.S. Constitution provides that “All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives.” To implement this provision, the House developed a procedure called a “Blue Slip” to kill any revenue-raising bill that originates in the Senate. The House can pass a resolution providing for a blue slip but, as Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Camp has the ability to issue one himself. On July 10th the official House Ways and Means Committee Twitter account tweeted “Chairman Camp: Senate immigration bill a revenue bill; unconstitutional and cannot be taken up by the House.”

U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) had been pushing House members to support a blue slip should the Senate transmit S. 744. In a “Dear Colleague” letter sent Members, Stockman noted that Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) had not sent the bill to the House and concluded that the reason was fear of a blue slip.

Stockman wrote, “Even Harry Reid now admits the Senate’s amnesty bill is unconstitutional and cannot become law…By creating their own amnesty taxes Senate Democrats broke the rules. Senate Democrats were so hell-bent on ramming through a gift to radical political activists they didn’t bother to check if it was even legal….They got caught trying to sneak an illegal bill past the Constitution’s borders.”

Stockman pointed to Section 2102 of the bill, which “requires the payment of certain taxes and forgives the payment of other taxes as a condition of receiving amnesty and other benefits.” The Congressional Budget Office’s assessment of the bill also notes “enacting S. 744 would have a wide range of effects on federal revenues, including changes in collections of income and payroll taxes, certain visa fees that are classified as revenues, and various fines and penalties. Taken together, those effects would increase revenues by $459 billion over the 2014-2023 period, according to estimates by JCT and CBO.”

The Senate bill violates Article 1 Section 7 of the U.S. Constitution due to the imposition of fees, penalties and tax rules.

Breitbart has more here.


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