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Saturday, June 16, 2012
Lone ranger challenges Obama immigration fiat
'I don't need Congress to defend the Constitution'
AMES, Iowa – Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, told WND that he plans to file a motion in federal court to block the Obama administration from implementing a controversial executive order announced this week excluding many young illegal immigrants from deportation.
But King says Obama’s move defies the U.S. Constitution by attempting to create new laws via executive order after the DREAM Act, a bill that would have similarly granted benefits to young illegal aliens, failed to pass Congress.
“I don’t need Congress to defend the Constitution,” King said, indicating he was open to others in Congress joining him, but that he planned to proceed, alone if he must.
“Barack Obama’s executive order defies the will of the American people,” he explained. “Congress has considered and refused to pass the DREAM Act.”
King told WND that he has a team of lawyers working through thorny legal problems, including venue – in which court he should choose to file the action – and standing, the argument that this is a case that allows King to bring legal action in the first place.
“Obama has directly challenged the separation of powers, a principle fundamental to the Constitution,” King said. “If we stand by and allow Obama to succeed, we might as well get out a black pen and start marking out those parts of the Constitution Obama finds offensive to him.”
King noted that Obama’s statute disregards existing federal law that demands illegal immigrants be apprehended and deported, regardless of the age at which they came to the United States or if they have graduated from high school.
He also pointed out Obama’s speech in March last year, when Obama said he did not have the authority to do what he just did.
“I intend to file a legal action in the courts as soon as possible,” King stressed, “before Obama has a chance to do even more damage to the Constitution.”
King’s fellow elected official, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, also questioned the president’s authority to ignore immigration law and grant a form of soft amnesty to what some news sources have estimated is roughly 800,000 illegal aliens.
In a statement, Grassley said that Obama’s action is “an affront to the process of representative government by circumventing Congress and with a directive he may not have the authority to execute.”
“The president once denied that he had the legal authority to do this, and Congress was assured more than once that the administration would consider individuals for this sort of deferred status on a case-by-case basis only, and that there was no plan to implement a broad-based program,” Grassley said. “It seems the president has put election-year politics above responsible policies.”
King is locked in one of the most highly visible congressional contests in America, with his Democratic opponent being Christine Vilsack, wife of former Iowa Governor and current Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.
Though King represents a Republican-leaning district, major Democrat donors have targeted the congressman for toppling by backing Iowa’s former first lady, including Hollywood producer Norman Lear, Jonathan Soros, son of billionaire financier George Soros, Obama advisor David Axelrod, super-lobbyist Steve Elmendorf and New Hampshire yogurt company CEO Gary Hirshberg, as well as major political action committees, like EMILY’s List, the influential Washington, D.C.-based organization that boosts Democratic women who support abortion rights, and CREDO SuperPAC, which boasts it has donated over $70 million since 1985 for “social change” causes like Greenpeace, Planned Parenthood and the homosexual lobby.
King, a favorite among tea partiers in Iowa as well as nation rallies, has a long history of duking it out with the Vilsack family, extending back to the 1990s, when he and Tom Vilsack both served in the Iowa State Senate.
Then in 1999, while King was still an Iowa state senator, he brought a successful lawsuit in state court against then-Governor Vilsack, who had decreed by executive order that state government offices would not discriminate against homosexual and transgender individuals in employment decisions.
A judge in 2000 ruled that Vilsack had indeed exceeded his authority in issuing the order, a result similar to what King hopes to see in his challenge of Obama’s executive order.
“It’s a very, very similar case,” King told the Des Moines Register.
An earlier WND interview with King, in which the congressman asserted he was preparing to take legal action against Obama’s executive order, can be heard below:
A Comprehensive List Of Obama’s Worst Executive Orders
By Laurie Roth / The Western Center for Journslism
There have been over 900 Executive orders put forth from Obama, and he is not even through his first term yet. He is creating a martial law ‘Disney Land’ of control covering everything imaginable. Some of the executive orders he has signed recently have been exposed thanks to ‘Friends of Conservative Action Alerts.’ They have compiled a choice list of ‘Emergency Powers, Martial law executive orders’: Get your headache medication out while you still can without a prescription.
* Executive Order 10990 allows the Government to take over all modes of transportation and control of highways and seaports.
* Executive Order 10995 allows the government to seize and control the communication media.
* Executive Order 11000 allows the government to mobilize civilians into work brigades under government supervision.
* Executive Order 11001 allows the government to take over all health education and welfare functions.
* Executive Order 11002 designates the Postmaster General to operate a national registration of all persons.
* Executive Order 11003 allows the government to take over all airports and aircraft, including commercial aircraft.
* Executive Order 11004 allows the Housing and Finance Authority to relocate and establish new locations for populations.
* Executive Order 11005 allows the government to take over railroads, inland waterways, and public storage facilities.
* Executive Order 11049 assigns emergency preparedness function to federal departments and agencies, consolidating 21 operative Executive Orders issues over a fifteen-year period.
* Executive Order 11051 specifies the responsibility of the Office of Emergency Planning and gives authorization to put all Executive Orders into effect in times of increased international tensions and economic or financial crisis.
* Executive Order 11310 grants authority to the Department of Justice to enforce the plans set out in Executive Orders, to institute Industrial support, to establish judicial and legislative liaison, to control all aliens, to operate penal and correctional institutions, and to advise and assist the President.
* Executive Order 11921 allows the Federal Emergency Preparedness Agency to develop plans to establish control over the mechanisms of production and distribution of energy sources, wages, salaries, credit, and the flow of money in U.S. financial institutions in any undefined national emergency. It also provides that when the president declares a state of emergency, Congress cannot review the action for six months.
It is more than clear that Obama is planning for the total control and takeover of America via Martial Law. Food, energy, transportation, work, banking, and health…he has it covered.
While Obama is busy pulling executive orders out of the sky to control everything inside our country, he has been issuing executive orders to force us to submit to international regulations instead of our Constitution. Sher Zieve exposed this in one of her recent articles. Damn the U.S. Constitution, damn the American people and damn U.S. sovereignty.
We must send faxes, emails, and make calls to all congressman and demand they stop Obama’s perverted, extreme, and Unconstitutional abuse of Executive Orders. It is time to demand our elected leaders start protecting America, our sovereignty, and our Constitution. So far, they seem to be protecting the Obama – Marxist takeover plans…peppered with a little U.N. and Islam.
Why Is The “Blame Bush” Strategy Working Again?
By Michael J Nellett / The Western Center for Journalism
Are we Americans that easily deceived? Two things account for where our country is today: The Neighborhood Reinvestment Act signed into law by President Jimmy Carter and the complete abdication of oversight with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Oh yeah, their is a third thing: an artifical housing bubble caused by the SOCIALIST PROGRESSIVE agenda pushing an artificial “level playing field” for housing.
When Bush proposed the TARP program (an enormous bailout plan for financial institutions caught in the housing scheme perpetuated by Congress), one Senator Barack Obama supported the idea, but now, it’s all Bush’s fault? Instead of cutting back on spending to buy votes and repay political cronies, Obama opened up the spigots of the United States Treasury and tried to buy financial ability. Obama basically screwed private investors in both Chrysler and General Motors in order to turn over both entities to the unions. It cost thousands of jobs to do that, but remember, it was Bush’s fault!
Obama spent tens of BILLIONS of taxpayer dollars to “jumpstart green energy”, only to see most of these companies go out of business and take our money with them….but it’s Bush’s fault? Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency is shutting down coal plants left and right, causing energy prices to “necessarily skyrocket” and hurting the people in this country who can least afford it. It will cause a lot more unemployment….but it’s Bush’s fault. Obama has placed a halt to oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico because of the BP oil spill and in spite of a federal judge’s order to resume drilling. This action has caused hundreds of thousands of layoffs in the Gulf coast region and the loss of billions in oil revenue and lost wages……but it’s Bush’s fault? Oh yeah, Obama’s decision NOT to allow the Canadians to pump their oil to us through the Keystone Pipeline has initially cost America about 20,000 good paying jobs. Obama’s decision made even the unions angry…..but it’s Bush’s fault? These energy decisions hve made us MORE dependent on the Middle East countries that really don’t like us……but again, it’s Bush’s fault!
We are borrowing 40 cents of every dollar we spend in this country because Obama and the SOCIALIST PROGRESSIVES refuse to stop spending money we don’t have. Obama refuses to put forth a workable budget (as does the Democratic Senate) because they don’t want to be held accountable for the limits on spending that a budget would impose….but that too, is Bush’s fault.
Obama and his progressive minions in Congress are pushing their power grab of our economy…er sorry, their Obamacare health plan that scars the bejesus out of businesses because of what it will eventually cost them. Contrary to what the President and progressive boosters have told the public, their health care plan will cost EVERYONE more money and add a TRILLION dollars or so to our deficit…….but it’s Bush’s fault?
Obama keeps pushing for his “jobs plan”, citing over and over again the country’s “need to hire more teachers, police, and firefighters” (which isn’t even a federal concern.) It is a local issue since it is the local municipality that has to determine its own individual personnel levels and be able to pay for the extra employees. It is NOT a federal concern unless you’re a politician concerned about the union vote……but that too is Bush’s fault?
This man, Obama, ran for the presidency of this country promising hope and change. He told everyone who would listen that HE was capable of changing the way Washington D. C. does business, but now, after failing to live up to his rhetoric, it’s Bush’s fault? It seems that Mr. Obama is not willing to take the blame for any of his failed policies but is more than willing to try and take the credit for what others have done. Obama denigrates the wealthy as some kind of slimy evil incarnate, yet thinks nothing of running to them with his hand out for campaign cash. He wants to level the”playing field”, but it costs on average about $35,000 to attend one of his fundraisers. Seems like the wealthy pay MORE than their fair share just to get a picture taken with him. His insatiable appetite for campaign cash is Bush’s fault, somehow? Personally, I’d rather have someone in the White House who doesn’t keep blaming other people for his failures to both listen to sound advice and act in the best interest of the American people instead of a few special interest groups. Obama says the economy is fine, so why then doesn’t Bush get some of the credit for that?
My solution is simple. Why doesn’t Mr. Obama take up running , get away from the White House, and find out what’s really going on in the real world……like Bush did? If the American people are going to believe this BS and let Obama get away with taking absolutely NO responsibility for his presidency and it’s policies, what are they going to do if he gets re-elected and really doesn’t care? Or is that Bush’s fault too?
Photo credit: Lisa Sunde (Creative Commons)
House members call for answers about U.S. Government's involvement with Muslim Brotherhood
Posted by Robert Spencer / Jihad Watch
Bravo. "House Members Seek National Security Answers from Inspectors General," from Representative Michele Bachmann's site, (thanks to The Religion of Peace):
Today, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (MN-06) and Congressmen Trent Franks (AZ-02), Louie Gohmert (TX-01), Tom Rooney (FL-16) and Lynn Westmoreland (GA-03) sent letters to the Inspectors General of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice and the Department of State. These letters seek answers about the U.S. government’s involvement with the Muslim Brotherhood, a group that calls for "civilization jihad."
In the letter, Bachmann, Franks, Gohmert, Rooney and Westmoreland questioned the Inspectors General about the direct influence within the intelligence community of Muslim Brotherhood operatives. They explained that the U.S. government in federal court has established that the group’s mission in the U.S. is "destroying the Western civilization from within." The members went on to request that the respective offices of the Inspectors General conduct a formal investigation or evaluation of the extent to which Muslim Brotherhood-tied individuals or entities are involved.
"The national security of our country depends on getting straight answers from the Inspectors General to the questions we posed in these letters," said Bachmann. "The Muslim Brotherhood is not shy about their call for jihad against the United States. We seek answers through these letters because we will not tolerate this group and its affiliates holding positions of power in our government or influencing our nation’s leaders."
"Evidence indicates that this administration continues to bow before groups associated with the goal of ‘destroying Western civilization from within,’ and about whom the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has found that there is plenty of evidence indicating that they support terrorism," said Gohmert. "For departments of this administration to continue meeting with such groups and agreeing to further blind our government agents charged with looking for enemies wanting to destroy us is at best foolhardy. At a minimum, we need an independent inspection regarding the role, the roots and the results of such destructive groups within this administration. Our enemies have been identified; now we need to know what they have done to our ability to protect ourselves."
"The Muslim Brotherhood openly calls for violence against the United States, but we’re learning that this organization may be infiltrating our ranks, even within our military," said Rooney. "We need our top security agencies to investigate thoroughly the degree to which members of this organization are active in our defense and intelligence communities, and what impact that has on our national security."
"We must always stay vigilant when fighting against those who want to destroy our way of life," said Westmoreland. "The Muslim Brotherhood may not have the name recognition of al-Qaeda or the Taliban, but that does not mean they don't have the potential to be just as deadly. I'm hoping these letters will send the message to our country's intelligence, law enforcement and diplomatic agencies that we cannot ignore the Muslim Brotherhood and must look into their operations and membership with the seriousness that is necessary in order to root them out of our government."
Founded in 1928, the Muslim Brotherhood’s motto reads, "Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Qur'an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope."
Signers of the letter serve on the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (Bachmann, Rooney and Westmoreland), the Armed Services Committee (Franks and Rooney) and the Judiciary Committee (Franks and Gohmert). Additionally, Gohmert is the Vice Chair of the Judiciary subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security.
Copies of the letters are available here: Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice and the Department of State.
Hey Obama...your policy change won’t help you
By: Diane Sori
Yesterday, Janet Napolitano announced that a new immigration policy will IMMEDIATELY go into effect, bypassing Congress, where those ‘young undocumented immigrants’ as she calls them (let’s call them what they really are...ILLEGALS), who came to this country before age 16 and are no older than 30, can now legally stay here and get a temporary work permit which can be renewed indefinitely until they are ready to apply for a green card and then citizenship. The criteria for this included being in school or having a degree or G.E.D., no criminal history, having served in the military and/or and having lived at least 5 continuous years in the U.S.
Janet Napolitano flat out said that the announcement had NOTHING to do with politics...LIAR!!!
“To mend our national immigration policy to make it more fair for young people...who are in their hearts and minds Americans but not on paper.” These are Barack Hussein Obama’s words for his implementing this policy change through what amounts to yet another Executive Order.
My words or should I say ‘word’ is...bullshit! Obama is using these people for his own re-election bid and these people will be the ones screwed by him when all the dust settles.
Last year Obama said he could not do what he has just done without Congress, yet how convenient is it that with just 5 months until the election and with his considering the Hispanic vote a possible deciding factor, he now decides to go against his own words and cater to these very people. Done deliberately while Congress was NOT in session, this man has no bounds to how low he will sink for votes nor does he care that he is out and out trashing our Constitution, while subverting, mocking, and rendering Congress impotent yet again.
During yesterday’s news conference, which started 45 minutes late as he probably had to change out of his golf clothes; Obama said he blames (there’s his favorite word again) having to do this on Republicans because they did not allow his Dream Act to pass in the Senate. “Send me the Dream Act; put it on my desk and I’ll sign it immediately,” were his words, which were NOT mere words but words that masked a threat to Congress that they better do his bidding...or else.
And here’s something else to think about...with this change to our immigration policy (involving 800,000 future probable Democratic voters who will now be competing with Americans for jobs), this miserable excuse of a president has deliberately defamed and dishonored all those who LEGALLY came before; all those who had to wait the given amount of residency time, learn the language, study American history in order to pass citizenship tests, all required on the road to becoming true American citizens. Your ancestors and my ancestors have just been shit upon by this man who cares more about the votes this abomination will get him than he cares about the true meaning of what it means to be an American.
Of course some will now arguably say that this policy change is really not that different than the plan Republican Senator Marco Rubio proposed. But it is, as Rubio's plan was to be brought before Congress for discussion following parliamentary procedures and would NOT be rammed through without Congressional and Senatorial approval, and that my friends, is one HUGE difference.
Senator Rubio said after yesterday’s press conference that, “Today’s announcement will be welcome news for many of these kids desperate for an answer, but it is a short term answer to a long term problem. And by once again ignoring the Constitution and going around Congress, this short term policy will make it harder to find a balanced and responsible long term one.”
And Mitt Romney agreed with Rubio’s sentiments saying this is just a short term fix that needs a long term legislative solution. Romney also made it clear that this can be reversed by subsequent presidents.
How right he is, wink, wink.
The point blank bottom line is that this is indeed motivated by political expediency and political expediency alone. If Congress allows this to stand and does not call Obama to task for violating our Constitution, then every single member of Congress is just as responsible for this violation as Obama is.
But while Obama thinks he’s pulled off a big political coup, there might just be a silver lining to all this, and it involves numbers, simple numbers. By the numbers: Mexican-Americans comprise 32 million voters, the largest Hispanic voting bloc and this who Obama has directed this policy change towards. Of those 32 million, 21 million live for the most part in just four states, California (14 million), New York (3.5 million), Illinois (2 million), and New Jersey (1.5 million). Those states always go Democratic anyway so even factoring in those numbers there is no game changer here as those states would remain blue no matter what.
The other 10 million Mexican-Americans live in Texas (9.4 million) and in Arizona (1.9 million). Those states always go Republican so again no game changer here.
Colorado (1 million) and New Mexico (1 million) could go either way but those numbers will not be a game changer as the electoral votes between the two add up to only 14 votes (Colorado has 9 and New Mexico has 5) and I don’t believe the election will be close enough for that to matter in the end as ‘We the People’ see through what Obama is trying to do.
And while Florida has 4.5 million Hispanics, Obama forgets they are mostly Cuban-Americans who have completely different opinions on immigration than Mexican-Americans do due to the ‘Wet Foot/Dry Foot’ policy currently in place, and who for the most part always vote Republican. I can guarantee that in this election they will continue to do so simply out of fear that Obama would rescind that long held Cuban-friendly policy.
So in the end it might just be a miscalculation in the importance of the numbers that screws Obama and I, for one, could not be happier about it!