Walk, then Run!

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The latest outrage from the Obama Administration is the “recess” appointment of Richard Cordray to the new “Consumer Protection Agency” and 3 individuals to the National Labor Relations Board, despite the fact that the Senate was still in pro forma session. Once again, the Obama Administration has assaulted the Constitution and, once again, the Republican leadership has responded to unConstitutional behavior with…letters and “requests for more information.”

Hogwash!

Elsewhere on these pages, my dear friend and colleague EPU, has outlined a series of steps that the Congress and Senate should take in response to this outrageous flaunting of the U.S. Constitution. While sharing completely his frustration with our repeated feckless responses to Obama’s Constitutional outrages, I just thought I’d opine that I’d be ecstatic just to see us walk for once.

I don’t have a problem with the impeachment and Senate conviction of the most unConstitutional President in our history; he’s certainly earned it. But, unfortunately, we (as in our spineless, testicularly-challenged Congressional leadership) has set *zero* background for impeachment hearings so to do so now would strike the average American as “what the hell is this all about,” to which the MSM would be more than happy to supply the answer: Raaaaaacism!!!!

Now, had we been fighting this unprecedented usurping of the Constitution from the get-go, we could now take the next steps which would include impeachment. But, as usual, we didn’t do squat. So the first thing we need to do is grow a set and start with something along the lines of:

“The Republicans in the House of Representatives, in reaction to the President’s unConstitutional and thus invalid appointments, have introduced, and will pass, legislation withholding funds from the agencies to which these invalid appointments were made. We’re sure that President Obama, who has often referred to himself as a Constitutional scholar, recalls that the House must concur with any Senate adjournment. The fact that that did not occur in this instance is reflected by the fact that President Obama signed into law the payroll tax cut which passed the Senate while according to the President, it was supposedly not in session. (If the President could clarify how that’s possible, that would be most helpful).

“Therefore, in a reminder to President Obama of the checks and balances placed into the Constitution by the Founders, and to clarify for him the authority given by the Founders to the House regarding appropriations and oversight, the House will pass a resolution which defunds the agencies to which these invalid and unConstitutional appointments were made. Our message today to President Obama is that no one individual, not even him, is allowed to supersede the Constitution of the United States of America.”

Breatholding in anticipation of Speaker Boehner, or any other member of the House Leadership, making such an announcement commences….NOW!

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eburke
Constitutional conservative living in the frozen tundra. American first, conservative second, and Precinct Committeeman because I got tired of ColdWarrior hassling me about it (which, btw, led me to being elected as GOP County Chair, to my Congressional District Central Committee and to the state Central Committee).
Fervent believer that if we followed the Tenth Amendment more, we'd be hassled by the government a lot less.
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Constitutional conservative living in the frozen tundra. American first, conservative second, and Precinct Committeeman because I got tired of ColdWarrior hassling me about it (which, btw, led me to being elected as GOP County Chair, to my Congressional District Central Committee and to the state Central Committee). Fervent believer that if we followed the Tenth Amendment more, we'd be hassled by the government a lot less.

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redneck hippie
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January 12, 2012 6:57 pm

There is a world of common sense in what you say, Mr. Burke. The teapartier in me says, go full Monty. However, this is Washington DC we are discussing, and they do not even have the testicular fortitude to play strip poker in their bathing suits, so I’ll take walking, even though it is with a cane and a spine brace.

bobmontgomery
January 12, 2012 7:28 pm

Concurrently, since Mr. Holder handled the NBPP case of Voter Intimidation in Philadelphia so well, the Republicans have agreed to allow Mr. Holder to remain in office at least until he is able to oversee the federal election coming up next November. He has just an enormous task ahead of him in challenging state voter ID laws and in insuring potential voters, expecially in the Southern States, are not deported until they have had a chance to cast their ballots. It would be very unfair to withhold funding from his department, or to shut down the government until his resignation… Read more »

E Pluribus Unum
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January 15, 2012 8:10 pm

Good work Burkey! I don’t know precisely what it takes to defund though. Does such a resolution have to pass both Houses and get signed by the Boy President? Isn’t there some action they can take that will absolutely, affirmatively defund those agencies, that does not require Senate or BoyPrez hands to touch it? I am in favor, in terms of what can be done right now that would put a great big hurt on them, of shutting down all business in both House and Senate, until the invalid “appointments” are rescinded, while loudly proclaiming at daily press conferences exactly… Read more »