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Every week on Monday morning , the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question: What was your reaction to the President’s New Executive Order On Immigration?
GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD : Kinda shocked at the lawlessness. I mean, if a GOP pres decided to Executive Order a Berlin Wall type barrier along the South 40 – ppl would totally freak. Methinks the GOP will NOT fall into an over reaction trap – instead they’ll use the Cruz Maneuver:
“Step number one that I have called for is the incoming majority leader should announce that if the president implements this lawless amnesty, that the Senate will not confirm any executive or judicial nominees, other than vital national security positions, for the next two years, unless and until the president ends this lawless amnesty,” Cruz told Chris Wallace on Faux News Sunday. “If the majority leader would announce that, it would impose real consequences on the president and the administration.”
Cruz didn’t say if he regards the attorney general as a “vital national security position,” leaving open the question of whether he wants the GOP to block confirmation of Loretta Lynch, 44’s nominee to replace Attorney General Eric The Red Holder.
“The second constitutional power we’ve got is the power of the purse,” Cruz continued. “And we should fund, one at a time, the critical priorities of the federal government, but also use the power of the purse to attach riders.”
By riders, Cruz is likely referring to an appropriations bill that would fund the Department of Homeland Security but stipulate that none of the funds appropriated may be used to implement 44’s recent executive orders. And, following Cruz’s thinking, if 44 vetoes that bill next year, it wouldn’t result in a government-wide shutdown because Congress will have passed bills funding other parts of government.
Cruz’s plan is very similar to the one he hoped to execute during the fight to defund the health care thing, with one crucial difference: Republicans now control the Senate, so Harry Reid, in theory, can’t block the bills that would fund the rest of government.
Also, tired of the tired refrain that somehow deporting 11 million ppl is undoable. Au Contraire mon frer!
Mass Deportation is very doable – after all – if the Germans can tote off over half that many folks and kill them – we can certainly carry off that many folks to their nation of origin and ensure they have a sack lunch on the bus.
Think of the economic boom the nation would enjoy – thousands of busses, drivers, relief drivers, petrol, safety officers, translators, sack lunch fixer uppers, paper pushers etc etc.
Or how about fining sanctuary cities for helping craft and continue the entire sorry mess to begin with? And the sudden stoppage of the drain on municipalities resources for illiterate and semi literate unskilled workers and families as they shed the ‘shadow dwellers’ by the bus loads simply raises quality of life for citizens.
The Right Planet : So often times those of us who want a secure border and current immigration laws to be enforced are labeled as “xenophobes,” “racists,” and the like, by the rampagin’ “open borders” crowd—the implication being we’re “anti-immigrant.” Hey, I have no problem with legal immigration. I think it’s a good thing. But we have immigration laws, like most nations do, thank you very much. George Stephanopoulos asked the president, “If you can selectively enforce immigration law, what prevents another president from not enforcing tax laws?” Obama’s response? Oh, that would be wrong. And how do legal immigrants feel about Obama’s imperial decree to grant executive amnesty after they followed all the rules? You can read more about that here. Back out quiet.
JoshuaPundit: First we have to start by understanding this. This was not about compassion, or fairness or the good of the nation. It was about politics. The president’s aim here is to create a brand new bloc of government-dependent Democrat voters. See if in one year or so there isn’t a push by the Democrats and this president to provide these people with a streamlined ‘path to citizenship’ and voting. “After all, they’re here, they’re paying taxes…”
The other reason it was done in this way is because the president hopes to provoke the Republicans into a government shutdown come December 12th and recreate what happened previously, where he deliberately shut down things that would most impact and inconvenience the American people while blaming it on the GOP while his media sycophants sing the same song.. In his mind, he’s still as popular as he was back then and the midterm elections meant nothing.
I think the Republican caucus did exactly the right thing by getting out of Dodge just now. They need to plan a cohesive strategy, some of which I explored here.And they need to feel out who’s really on board and whom isn’t. For instance, Senator McCain, the creature of his biggest financial backer UniVision cannot be trusted.
Lawsuits are not only useless but take far too long. First, everything connected with the president’s new executive diktat can be defunded by congress, and anyone whom believes the nonsense that entities like the USCIS can’t be defunded ‘because they operate using fees rather than appropriations’ needs to click on the above link to find out exactly how ridiculous that is.
They can halt any of his nominations and appointments, saying quite frankly that since this president has shown his contempt for the incoming congress and the separation of powers, they feel under no obligation to cooperate with him on anything.
They can pass common sense legislation that forces him to use his veto pen and shows whom the real obstructionists in congress are. They can block anything he plans to do including his planned global warming $3 billion slush fund and honestly say that until he reverses himself, that’s simply how things are going to be. This can easily apply to ObamaCare also if the Supreme Court doesn’t gut it first, since the president has said he will never sign any legislation repealing or changing it in any way.
I personally would extend the defunding to the president’s discretionary funds. No more lavish fundraisers and vacations on the public’s dime, severe cuts in his and the First Lady’s personal staff..no more personal chefs, masseuses, hair stylists and ‘assistants.’ No more pricey state dinners and parties featuring Hollywood entertainers, no more greens fees for his golf games. Let the president pay for these himself, if he likes.
And most important of all, the very first thing the new House and Senate need to do is pool their resources and hire a special prosecutor and staff to collect evidence so the House can prepare articles of impeachment.
I think a lot of people get confused and think that impeachment is a legal remedy because it has a legal process. It is actually a political remedy, and only works when a president has gone so far off the rails as to be unpopular enough with the American people that it can succeed. I think the president (whose approval ratings I think are at least 5-10% exaggerated in his favor) is at that point now, and that will become even more obvious if the articles are prepared properly and the American people get a good summation of everything this lawless, would-be autocrat has done to disgrace his office.
At that point, even many Democrats are likely to urge him to resign to save themselves, dangling a pre-arranged pardon okayed by soon to be interim President Biden as an incentive.
Once he’s gone, Congress can simply reverse what he’s done. And a far better solution to illegal migration can be formulated, one that protects the borders and deports people here illegally whom do not benefit America in the 21st century while importing other immigrants who do.
Laura Rambeau Lee, Right Reason: President Obama knows once the newly elected Republican led Senate and House members convene in 2015 they will not pass a comprehensive immigration bill he would sign, which is why he issued this executive order. This action defies the powers granted to the executive branch in our Constitution. Even President Obama acknowledged on many occasions he did not have the power to act unilaterally on this issue.
The President is correct in saying that rounding up and deporting millions of illegal immigrants in this country is not practical. He said that by issuing this executive order he was being fair and just. The Republicans should appeal to the immigrants who have waited for years to come here legally, and to every American citizen whose hard earned tax money will be used to pay for this illegal “amnesty.” Is the President being fair and just to them?
I would love to see the Republicans put forth a bill building on this executive order to enforce and enhance border security, assure criminals who are caught are deported immediately, and those given permission to stay under this executive order should never be permitted to become American citizens unless they leave the country and apply through the proper legal channels to do so.
The goal of the left in granting amnesty to illegal immigrants is to create a new voting block of millions of voters who will vote for Democrat candidates. The Republicans can stop this by not allowing them to become citizens. Let them work here legally, out of the shadows, and take advantage of the opportunities available to them. They should not be rewarded for their crimes by being given a special path to citizenship. I believe this is fair and just, not just to the illegal immigrants, but to those of us who are American citizens by birth or who went through the proper legal channels to become American citizens.
The President will not sign such a law, but the Republicans can show the American people that the purpose of this executive order is to gain millions of new Democrat voters and has nothing to do with compassion.
Well, there you have it!
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Amnesty: Pundits warn that a funding fight over the president’s move to grant de facto amnesty to illegal aliens threatens a politically risky government shutdown. But there’s something much more important at stake here.
The Founders had good reason to give Congress the power of the purse: Short of impeachment, it’s the most effective way to stop a lawless president from disobeying the will of Congress and usurping powers not granted by the Constitution.
The question is: Will Congress use this power to thwart President Obama’s shredding of the Constitution with his executive amnesty plan?
Incoming Senate Budget Committee Chairman Jeff Sessions is on record as opposing any long-term budget resolution that would include funding for this executive travesty. He wants a short-term bill to get us to the point where the new Congress can fund everything except the Homeland Security Office responsible for carrying out the president’s amnesty plan.
“This executive amnesty scheme will give work permits, photo IDs and Social Security numbers to millions of illegal immigrants, taking jobs directly from unemployed Americans. Congress must not fund this effort,” Sessions said a week ago.
Liberal talking heads and administration spokespersons are again warning of a government shutdown and its political peril for the GOP. After the 2013 shutdown, when the GOP controlled only the House, they also went ballistic, blaming Republicans for putting barricades in front of veterans in wheelchairs who were trying to visit the World War II Memorial.
Yet somehow the GOP recovered in an election in which voters were not too stupid to realize that they could no longer trust Democrats with purse strings or power. Go ahead, Mr. President, make our day.
Even if a shutdown were to happen, and Sessions’ piecemeal approach seems designed to prevent it, the media and the White House could not blame it on an intransigent GOP House of Representatives with the president an above-the-battle bystander. This time, the bills would be on his desk, and it would be his choice.
There’s more at stake here than mere political fortunes. We are at the constitutional tipping point that Georgetown University law professor Jonathan Turley warned us about as Obama continues to wield executive authority that he himself once said he did not have.
We live in a constitutional republic, and the president who says he cannot wait for the Congress to act ignores a Constitution that says he has to. Article I, Section 8 gives Congress exclusive authority to “establish a uniform Rule of Naturalization” and Article II, Section 3 says that it’s the president’s duty “to take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.”
Professor Turley told the House Judiciary Committee at a Dec. 3 hearing that Obama’s abuse of executive power has grown to the point that “he’s becoming the very danger the Constitution was designed to avoid.”
It’s time to protect the Constitution. Don’t show him the money, Congress.
h/t: Daniel John Sobieski
Hat Tip: James Simpson
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn) revealed on Saturday that Republican leadership, led by Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Oh), has no intention of resisting President Obama’s executive amnesty that he ordered on Thursday.
Breitbart News Executive Chairman Steven K. Bannon asked the congresswoman, who was a guest on Breitbart News Saturday Sirius XM Patriot channel 125, “Has there been any firm commitment from the leadership of the Republican party saying that this amnesty is not going to happen?” Bachmann replied with a question, “Do you want the truth? Okay, I’ll tell all of Breitbart listeners what happened this week. I was floored!”
In the weekly meeting called “Republican Conference” in the House of Representatives, “we all knew that the big issue for the week was going to be the president announcing his amnesty,” she explained. Bachmann recounted that all of the leadership went to the microphone, including John Boehner.
“They acted as though the amnesty issue wasn’t even an issue. They said that the President is going to do what he’s going to do, and we are not going to get down in the mud with him. We are not going to engage, and what we are going to do is to talk about our positive solutions on jobs, the economy, education, and manufacturing,” Bachmann said.
She added that each congressman who spoke reiterated that not engaging Obama and staying positive was a “brilliant strategy.”
“We will not engage,” she reiterated with disgust.
Bachmann, who was elected to Congress in 2006 and is ending her service this year, is stupefied by the Republican leadership not taking action or having a plan. “While the country is talking about amnesty, and the president is taking unconstitutional actions, our leadership wants to change the subject and not engage,” she said.
Bannon said he was “stunned” that, on the walk-up to a day that is going to go down as “one of the most important days in constitutional history,” there was no pre existing plan or course of action by the GOP. The Congresswoman asserts that Boehner and the leadership “think that the smarter strategy is to not engage.”
Earlier in the broadcast, co-host and Breitbart News Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow said that, after reading Breitbart News’ report on Friday about Republicans flying out of town after Obama’s speech without devising a plan, is evidence that “the Republican establishment doesn’t cares about Obama passing executive amnesty.”
Marlow mused, “We’re having this debate: should there be a lawsuit? Should there be impeachment? Should the government be shut down? What should we be doing?”
Breitbart’s EIC deduced that Republicans don’t have a coherent plan for a reason. “I actually think this is by design. Republicans have wanted comprehensive immigration reform, they wanted cheap labor… they knew this was coming for nine months, and they did absolutely nothing to get the conservative base on the same page. It’s such a colossal failure that I don’t think that it’s possible to fail this badly. All they had to do was pick a plan and rally everyone behind it. They never did it. Now everyone has a different idea of what needs to be done, and they are leaving town without making a decision.”
Bachmann says that her plan is to “frame the debate so that we fight about the president’s unconstitutional power grab on issuing work permits, despite what the president says. It is an illegal action, and he cannot do it. We would win on that fight, and we would win on that argument.”
Breitbart News reported that the Congresswoman is organizing a rally on Wednesday, Dec. 3rd at high noon on the western steps of the capitol in Washington, D.C. to fight back against the president. Bachmann is asking for all to come to the capitol to show solidarity, as well as urging listeners to “melt the phone lines” of our representatives to defund executive amnesty. The Congress will be in session from Dec. 1-11, so this will be the window during which to call them.
Bachmann also invited one and all to a rally at the United States Capitol in Washington D.C. to take place on December 3rd. She also asked listeners to “melt” Congress’ phone lines on that day. Details are forthcoming.
Hat Tip: Trevor Loudon
Bwa …. Bwa … BwaHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
But … hey… wait a minute … let’s take a closer look at that avatar!
HOLY CRAP IT’S PAJAMA BOY!! No WONDER he’s defending Obamacare! Obama must have called up his friends at the Washington Post and told them he needed yet another favor …
By: Brent Parrish
So often times those of us who want a secure border and current immigration laws to be enforced are labeled as “xenophobes,” “racists,” and the like, by the rampagin’ “open borders” crowd—the implication being we’re “anti-immigrant.” Hey, I have no problem with legal immigration. I think it’s a good thing. But we have immigration laws, like most nations do, thank you very much.
The administration and its supporters consistently insist they “care” more about the plight of immigrants, unlike those “hateful, xenophobic, racist right-wingers who just sit around and watch Fox Noise.” So, it might behoove us to define our terms.
Just what is caring?
Do you care more about people if you’re willing to allow anybody into this country, especially considering what happened on 9/11? Wouldn’t we want to know who’s coming and going at this point? (Just a thought.) How about all those unaccompanied children pouring across the southern border who have gone through G-d only knows what on their treacherous journey? Is it caring to facilitate it? What if it was your child?
Is it caring to give someone whatever you think they need in order to create a dependent, for the express purpose of creating compliance in that individual? Don’t psychologists call that enabling? … creating a co-dependent relationship that is harmful and self-destructive to both parties?
And what about all the people who have legally emigrated to the United States–the people followed all the rules and waited years to become American citizens? Fairness and equality? “Bring them out of the shadows”?
A quote from Barack Obama’s book Audacity of Hope:
Well, enough of my rambling. Just needed to get that off my chest. I think a LEGAL immigrant can sum it up much better than I can. So, for your edification, I’ve included an epic rant below by a legal immigrant (Twitter: SúperLEGALImmigrant) that went viral recently during Chairman Obama’s decree to grant executive amnesty to several million illegal immigrants. Let’s just say she systematically abolishes every one of Obama’s talking points regarding his recent imperial actions. In this, there can be no doubt.
So, enjoy … back out quiet …
That’ll leave a scar.
Via Fox Nation:
9 News — Surveillance cameras have captured the moment a group of Russian thugs picked on someone their own size and sensationally lost.
Nicolai Vlasenko, a professional boxer and martial arts expert, didn’t take too kindly to the gang harassing his wife to join them at their table at a bar in Starokorsunskaya in Russia’s south.
When the 29-year-old told the men to leave his wife alone, the apparent leader, Leonti Yevdokimov, 33, suggested that they continue the discussion outside.
By: Brent Parrish
You know, every once in while—while I’m “scouring the bowels of the internet“—I stumble on something that just really knocks my little right-winger socks off.
Just about every day I visit Doug Ross’ blog. He’s does, in my opinion, a great job at quickly coalescing, categorizing and aggregating a lot of conservative-libertarian leaning articles and reports, as well as many other news sources.
Well, today, like any other day, I jumped over to Doug’s blog and I see this headline: GREAT NEWS: I Made the White House Enemies List:
I have no idea how a two-bit blogger like myself could get included in a list like this one.
If you followed the link, you’ll discover it’s a Townhall.com article written by Katie Pavlich concerning a document dump by the DOJ, made public on Friday, that was ordered via a FOIA request by Judicial Watch. It’s being reported the documents reveal collusion between the DOJ and the White House to target so-called “out of control” investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson.
In addition to going directly to the bosses of reporters for intimidation purposes, during her tenure Schmaler regularly worked with far left smear machines like Media Matters to attack other reporters and DOJ whistleblowers.
If you followed the link in the preceding quote, you discovered it links to an article written by Matthew Boyle at The Daily Caller from September 2012.
Boyle writes (emphasis mine):
Among others, Gertz sent Schmaler attack pieces he wrote about Townhall Magazine’s Katie Pavlich, who also authored a book on Operation Fast and Furious; Breitbart.com writers Joel Pollak and Ken Klukowski; Fox News Channel’s William LaJeunesse, Judge Andrew Napolitano, Megyn Kelly, Martha MacCallum, Bill Hemmer, Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity; Sipsey Street Irregulars blogger Mike Vanderboegh; DirectorBlue blogger Doug Ross; National Review’s Andrew C. McCarthy; and this reporter.
So, Media Matters and the White House were colluding to attack the usual suspects—Fox News, along with Katie Pavlich, and Joel Pollak and Ken Klukowski at Breitbart. Huh. Imagine that. The fun never ends.
Now, this is where it starts to hit very close to home for me, not to mention Mike Vanderboegh and Doug Ross, and others I know. I don’t know Doug personally, but we’ve provided mutual support, I guess you could say. Quite often, articles and posts from some of the members of the Watcher’s Council, including myself, are cross-posted or linked at Doug’s blog, or his BadBlue news service.
My good bud and fellow Council member Terresa at Noisy Room is a good friend of Doug’s. I can’t speak for Terresa. But, like Doug, I just consider myself something akin to a “two-bit blogger.” I’m just bumbling around the “intertubes” and other seedy locales for the truth … or some semblance of it. Needless to say, it’s a little unsettling, I’m sure, to be targeted by the White House—yet a distinct honor as well, thank you very much—’Merica.
So, why did the White House go after “two-bit bloggers” like Doug and Mike? I would assume they were posting and reporting on scandals like Operation Fast and Furious and Benghazi which put the Obama Administration and the DOJ in very unfavorable light. But there are a number of other sites that aggregate conservative-libertarian-leaning news and editorial content who were reporting on the same scandals as well.
So, once again, why Mike and Doug? I can only offer my opinion and speculation, ladies and gentlemen.
I, myself, have been researching the history of communism and socialism for the past seven years. My articles are regularly cross-posted at TrevorLoudon.com, NoisyRoom.net and Gulagbound.com, and numerous other blogs. I have also done a great deal of political research and lengthy study into the core ideology that underpins Marxian socialism.
I mention all this because I find it very, very interesting that Mike, as an ex-communist, is targeted by Media Matters and the White House. What is it about Mike Vandergoegh’s blog that requires attacking by the admin and its minions?
Furthermore, the targeting of Doug Ross’ blog—which often links to articles written by fellow Council members Terresa Monroe-Hamilton at Noisy Room, Sara Noble at IndependenSentinel.com, Rob Miller at Joshuapundit, Snoop at Simply Jews, and even this blog—certainly made me sit up and take notice and wonder why. What was it about the content at Doug’s blog that put it on the White House radar?
Well, I think I can comfortably speak for the aforementioned Council members (since I’m in regular contact with them) that we’re not real big fans of Marxian socialism, i.e. liberalism, progressivism—to say the very, very least. So, if there is a common link between Doug, Mike and the aforementioned members at the Watcher’s Council, we are vehemently against the whole notion of collectivism, but instead strongly support individual liberty and jurisdiction of the U.S. Constitution.
I’m sure they’ll correct me if I’m wrong.
It is truly a sad, sad thing when an American administration views citizens who desire accountability and integrity coming from the highest office in the land as de facto “enemies.”
But, nonetheless, proud to be an official member on the “White House Enemy List.” It’s truly a badge of honor.
The few, the proud, the irregulars.
By: Charles Ortel
As Americans distract ourselves absorbing deeply troubling domestic implications of President Obama’s defiantly extra-Constitutional and economically illiterate actions on illegal immigrants, Russia and China may move swiftly in coming days to support Iran and then redraw spheres of influence over minimally-defended, energy-rich nations throughout the Middle East.
Backing Iran openly and aggressively now against America’s naive and feckless foreign policy team would, at minimum, strike justifiable fear into monarchs in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, and Bahrain.
At worst, Russia and China might enable and facilitate the overthrow of these and other backward-looking states, all of which offer rich economic prizes that seem ripe for the plucking.
Looming trouble over Iran
This time of year, we remember that miracles do happen as we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving and contemplate Christmas and Hanukkah. Is it reasonable to expect a miracle in America’s tortured relationship with Iran?
In a word, no.
For reasons we dumb American citizens cannot possibly fathom, the Obama administration presses theoretically tougher and tougher sanctions against Russia while it also relies upon the good offices of Russian counterparts to make progress with Iran — an implacable and unrepentent enemy of ally Israel — and with Syria, which descends toward the chaos America created in Libya.
However negotiations are described especially by Mr. Obama’s misnamed press spokesman Josh Earnest, utterly discredited National Security Adviser Susan Rice or other members of the surrender wing of the Democratic Party, you are not even smart enough to be “Grubered,” if you believe what you hear without checking the complete file on whatever historic deal may be coming into view.
Does our team truly know what is going on inside Iran with its nuclear program?
Of course not.
Why, then, did we cave in and lift sanctions this year, letting Iran spread money, military weapons and influence many places in ways that certainly are detrimental to America’s long-held national security interests?
Unless interminable negotiations with Iran are extended beyond Nov. 24, Mr. Obama and his shamelessly humiliated negotiating team will soon find themselves fumbling to explain why any outline agreement truly protects national security interests of America, Israel and our fraying Western alliance.
When harsh lights shine on bold lies
Starting Jan. 20, 2009, Americans too charitably and too willingly suspended our natural disbelief, so Mr. Obama benefited as Prince Hippolyte did in Leo Tolstoy’s “War and Peace”: “Because of the self-confidence with which he had spoken, no one could tell whether what he said was very clever or very stupid.”
Interestingly, until scant days ago, the media and the incurious general public surrendered to an unelected “clerisy” that ardently believes only they know best, despite widespread and wholly contradictory evidence.
Sadly today, Team Obama cannot even recognize cold truth when it stands alone in an empty room.
Mr. Obama never will corrupt America’s system of governance fast enough to gain absolute power at home, but he certainly may diminish our country’s stature and geopolitical influence abroad for decades if left unchecked for much longer.
And right now a gigantic power vacuum presents itself to Russia and to China as each wrestles at home with differing sets of vexing and unresolved economic and political problems.
Watching Mr. Obama repeatedly flout domestic and international law, energy-starved China and pugnacious Russia now have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reign in America while redrawing the global balance of power decidedly in their favor.
Protracted and inevitable domestic unrest caused first by Mr. Obama’s lawless catering to non-voters and non-citizens against the clear will of the American electorate, and second by fomenting discord over events in Ferguson, Missouri, certainly could push off front pages any further aggressive moves by Vladimir Putin and new best friend Xi Jinping to wrest erstwhile American allies into the Russo-Sino orbit.
As Mr. Obama flies above Earth with his entourage, concentrating on a reality that only he can appreciate, Americans must consider how different our lives will become should we permanently lose access to the energy resources upon which this economy still relies.
Do we truly wish to let a dwindling minority of progressives in the Democratic Party “date-rape” citizens in this country who deserve to inherit the American Dream?
Or should an endemic and unrepentant pattern of willful lying by too many who control levers of power inside the Obama administration finally and swiftly have meaningful consequences?
Russia and China must be sorely tempted now in America’s gathering weakness.
Will you go silently into the night or speak up and help push America back from the brink?