The Price of Freedom

2012 June 17
by justrand

The Oath of Office of the President of the United States:

I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

On Friday, June 15, 2012 Barack Obama amended that to read: “preserve, protect and defend the parts of the Constitution that I likeand uphold any laws I want, if and when I want to”.

The precedent thus set by Obama is that of a President negating the authority of the Legislative branch of our government…unless it pleases him (or her) to recognize it. And make no mistake, Obama will make a show in the coming weeks of claiming he WANTS the Congress to pass laws that he can enforce…really. Unsaid will be that any laws they pass that he DOESN’T want to enforce, he simply WON’T!

This has long been the “loophole” in our Constitution: the Executive Branch is responsible for enforcing the Federal laws of the land, as written by the LEGISLATIVE Branch.  But what if the Executive Branch simply says: “NO”?  Even when they disliked those laws the previous Presidents saw to it they were enforced. They could, and did, direct more or less resources to that enforcement…depending upon their like or dislike for a particular law. But NO President EVER declared: “I don’t like THIS law…so I’m telling my various Executive agencies to simply NOT enforce it!” Had Bush or any other Republican tried to exploit this loophole, there would have been calls for “Impeachment!”…from all sides…including me!

Obama has indeed crossed the Rubicon. He will pretend he has not, and the media will try to help him pretend…but it won’t change the facts. A short while ago Obama decided that HE, not Congress, could declare when they were, or weren’t, “in session”…and so he bypassed Congressional oversight and made a slew of “Recess Appointments”. Congress meekly went about their business, pretending they still had some authority.  Friday’s actions should (but won’t) convince them that they are now truly irrelevent.

Congress has THREE main roles:

  1. to make laws…Friday’s action demonstrates that only laws Lord Obama likes will be enforced
  2. to control appropriations…the various agencies under 100% Executive control (Energy, Interior, DOJ, etc) now control vast sums that Congress has NO say in directing
  3. to provide oversight of the Executive Branch…Obama has determined that he can “Recess Appoint” when it pleases him by declaring Congress is “in Recess”…even if they just take a long lunch!  And his various minions (e.g. Eric Holder), can and DO simply ignore Congressional subpoenas when they feel like it

All three of Congress’ key roles have now been watered down to nothing more than window-dressing, left in place to provide the masses with a belief that their votes still matter…and that someone is “representing” them.

Worst of all, these Imperial actions by Obama are taking place at a time when Obama is RESTRAINED by his need to be reelected. If he is indeed reelected all restraint will be removed. There will ZERO need to even pretend to be following his Oath of Office. Congress will still be there, and they will bluster about this and that. But Lord Obama will have assumed massive new powers…and he will wield them as he and he alone sees fit.

Such is the State of the Union…and a sorry state it is.

The mood of America has been described as “pre-revolutionary”, and the actions of Obama on Friday will only exacerbate that. If Obama is reelected we will either become slaves to his whims…or regain our freedom through disobedience, both civil and Uncivil. God forbid it should come to that, but if it does then the Price of Freedom will be, as it was on July 4, 1776: “our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor”.


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56 Responses leave one →
  1. 2012 June 17 9:43 am
    bc3b permalink

    JR –

    I’m condused. Since January 21, 2009 I thought it was Barack Obama’s responsibility to make laws or, at the very least, decide which laws should be enforced.

  2. 2012 June 17 9:53 am
    bc3b permalink

    Is Romney just playing it smart or will he turn squish on Obama’s DREAM executive order?

  3. 2012 June 17 9:56 am
    justrand permalink

    Romney needs to focus on HOW this was done…and what a danger it is to our Republic for a President to usurp the role of the Legislature!

    He needs to say: “IF this is to be done, it MUST be done by the Congress. The LAW as written MUST be enforced. For a President…ANY President…to only enforce laws THEY like is not the road TO tyranny…it IS tyranny!

    in fact, he should give that exact speech with that exact EMPHASIS!

  4. 2012 June 17 11:04 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Congress has no one to blame but themselves for the latitude that Obama has taken. For years Congress has passed laws so voluminous, so large and so complicated that none of them are debated on the merits individually and so the Executive has to end up reading the tea leaves. Congress needs to end the practice of omnibus bills in its entirety.

  5. 2012 June 17 11:20 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Interesting. One of Obama’s prof’s is stating that he needs to be defeated — — He’s hurting the Progressive Cause.

  6. 2012 June 17 11:25 am
    bc3b permalink

  7. 2012 June 17 11:37 am
    MI Conservative permalink

    1. If I had a son he’d be just like justrand.

    2. Greece election results soon. Is there a Ms. Greasy to post by bc?

  8. 2012 June 17 11:44 am
    justrand permalink

    shucks, thx MIC! 🙂

  9. 2012 June 17 11:53 am
    RepublicanPundit permalink

    All the Sunday shows had The Resident’s braintrust out trying to explain what the Won said in the great speech this week. After watching them all I have come to the conclusion:

    Obama did not know what he was trying to say, neither do all his syncophats.

  10. 2012 June 17 12:14 pm
    RepublicanPundit permalink

    Diapers and Politicians need to be changed for the same reason!!

  11. 2012 June 17 12:19 pm
    bc3b permalink

    #10 Good one RP.

  12. 2012 June 17 12:37 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Obama plays 100th round of golf as President:

  13. 2012 June 17 1:02 pm
    RepublicanPundit permalink

    I don’t know what this will result in, but the Conservative party won Greece.

  14. 2012 June 17 1:18 pm
    TLS permalink

    Rodney King found dead at the bottom of his swimming pool at 47.

  15. 2012 June 17 1:58 pm
    MI Conservative permalink

    Conservatives mean Greece will probly stay trying to get some concessions but want euro.

  16. 2012 June 17 2:32 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Results may not be that cut and dried in Greece —

  17. 2012 June 17 2:39 pm
    bc3b permalink

    A good take on the Greek elections – The Greeks want to have their cake and eat it too:

  18. 2012 June 17 2:47 pm
    drdog09 permalink

  19. 2012 June 17 2:57 pm
    bc3b permalink

    MIC –

    Just for you I’ve added Miss Greece World 2012.

  20. 2012 June 17 3:13 pm
    bc3b permalink

    As I have mentioned before, in a former life I worked in the Advertising Department of MacGregor when they manufactured football helmets and shoulder pads. The Patriots were the only NFL team we supplied helmets for, but many of the major colleges (Alabama, Florida, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Texas, Oklahoma and Nebraska) wore MacGregor helmets. Brunswick, MacGregor’s parent at the time, decided to get out of the helmet business because of potential lawsuits. Whenever there was a head injury, the helmet manufacturer was the first to be sued. The conglomerates that owned Wilson, Spalding and Rawlings made similar decisions.

    That left Riddel with the lion’s share of all helmet business. Air and Schutt started providing helmets for youth football, high schools and colleges.

    Football players are bigger than ever. One of the cons about the Lions first draft pick, an offensive lineman from Iowa, was that (at 300 pounds), he was a little undersized for his position. That says a lot about the game.

  21. 2012 June 17 3:33 pm
    gnqanq permalink

    Flag football.

  22. 2012 June 17 3:54 pm
    bc3b permalink

    I am sure there will be some rule changes. For example, they moved kickoffs back five yards last season, which made KO returns and injuries associated with KO returns almost non-existent.

  23. 2012 June 17 3:55 pm

    “Obama should sweep swing states”

    -Joe Scarborough, Politico

    (No way in hell I’ll post the link)

  24. 2012 June 17 3:57 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Eph –

    Happy Father’s Day. Check #6.

    Scarborough is like an organ grinder’s monkey. He dances for anyone who will throw money in his hat.

  25. 2012 June 17 3:59 pm

    18 DR,

    All the Amercian sports died years ago. Football is only sport I watch in it’s entirety.

  26. 2012 June 17 3:59 pm
    RepublicanPundit permalink

    French are always bass ackwards. As the Greeks have gone conservative, the French went Socialist.

    Is there any way we can give it back to the Germans?

  27. 2012 June 17 4:00 pm

    24. LOL!!!!

    Yeah but he’s Romney’s kind of conservative too. That’s the real problem.

  28. 2012 June 17 4:01 pm


    Joe Dickwads Politico piece might be threadworthy. Great case in point as to why WBF!!!

  29. 2012 June 17 4:13 pm
    bc3b permalink

    To no one’s surprise: Bill Kristol agrees that Obama’s move regarding the DREAM Act was “the right thing to do actually.”

  30. 2012 June 17 4:40 pm
    gnqanq permalink

    When the will of the people is disregarded.

    When the Rule of Law becomes pick & choose based on whim.

    The people realize it is no longer a Republic based on the Rule of Law but a sham and a hollowed out country.

    A Concord moment is coming.

    Sooner or later, some Citizen (Farmer, businessman, neighbor) will object and say “No More” to a corrupt government in Washington. His neighbors and friends will gather with him to say “This is Concord, the line has been drawn and we will go no farther.”

  31. 2012 June 17 5:44 pm

    29 BC,

    I’m starting to look at 2012 like this:

    If Obama wins, we get rid of Romney

    If Romney wins, we get rid of Obama

    Either way it’s a win-win. Sorry, but that’s as diplomatic as I can get…

  32. 2012 June 17 5:50 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Eph –

    I like it. It puts a positive spin on the election.

  33. 2012 June 17 5:54 pm

    32 However, the chances of re-nominating another RINO for 2016 are certainly there.

    No lessons will be learned.

  34. 2012 June 17 6:03 pm
    justrand permalink

    Gnqanq, you are correct…and if Obama is reelected then the moment will be sooner…much sooner.

  35. 2012 June 17 6:17 pm
    mulletover permalink

    Rino, shino….they p!ss me off too.

    Just this weekend…..

    Kristol says obama does the right thing with immigrants.
    Huckabee says obama is in the right on immigrants.
    McCain says Adelman’s money is foreign and dirty.
    Fox News gives a soapbox to Shep and Geraldo.

    Just shut up already.

    That being said, obama has to go if for no other reason than to get all the pinko libs out of government. The bureacracy is lost, but all his political appointees are destroying us at warp speed.

    Nobama in 2012.

  36. 2012 June 17 6:20 pm

    “Just this weekend…..”

    $10 says Obama’s apporval hits 55% this week.

    Thanks RINOs

  37. 2012 June 17 6:25 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Mulletover –

    Fox News gives a soapbox to Shep and Geraldo.

    I have been “FNC-free” for over a year and am far less frustrated. The only thing Murdock and Ailes understand is profit. Ratings = profits. As long as conservatives blindly turn on FNC every evening, nothing changes.

  38. 2012 June 17 6:39 pm

    37. Good point, BC. I stopped watching too for about 3 years now.

  39. 2012 June 17 6:45 pm
    mulletover permalink

    Ya’ll better get back to Fox News and quit looking at those dirty magazines.

  40. 2012 June 17 7:02 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Toronto Sun is a legimate newspaper. It is just more inclusive than most U.S. rags, with the Sunshine Girls, who barely pass JM’s inspection. Some Sunshine Girls are mostly overcast while others like today’s can cause heat stroke.

  41. 2012 June 17 7:31 pm
    gnqanq permalink

    bc3b – I have been Fox free for closer to 2 years. Get all of my news from the NET. Only local news for weather, sports and traffic.

  42. 2012 June 17 8:29 pm
    justrand permalink

    gnqanq, I watch ONLY Fox for news these days…and then verify and research everything for myself on the net.

    And I go to Yahoo several times a day just to see what the Left is spinning!

    FOLKS, the curtain has been pulled fullly back on what Obama intends to do. There IS NO 2016…NONE! There is only 2012. If Obama is reelected he will usher in the Imperium…and congress will be kept around only as theater. And the media will TRUMPET this!!

  43. 2012 June 17 8:41 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Fox Business is about the only channel I watch these days, from Fox.

  44. 2012 June 17 8:44 pm
    JustMary permalink

    UGH!!!!!! OKC lost tonight. Bummer. Great game though.

    Had a nice Father’s Day with the Hubs. Was the first kid to call my Dad today = cash and prizes. Good day.

  45. 2012 June 17 9:14 pm


    Fox business is much better than Fox News. Go figure.

  46. 2012 June 17 11:18 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    “Powerful government tends to draw into it people with bloated egos, people who think they know more than everyone else and have little hesitance in coercing their fellow man.”
    – Walter Williams

    Obama and Willard definitely fit this description…..

  47. 2012 June 17 11:27 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    “Accordingly, all the people who work for governments, which are all supported through confiscatory payments – that is, taxation – are, strictly speaking, ineligible for unionization.

    Public work, in contrast to private business, is something legally required and paid for involuntarily. So unlike going to the grocery store, of which there can be several in one’s neighborhood and which one can actually avoid if one decides to do with little food and household supplies, in the case of public services citizens are not free to deal with others or walk away from the providers.

    Clearly, then, the original idea of labor organization into unions does not fit the public service situation. Unfortunately, this is rarely kept in mind. Thus, when in Wisconsin or anywhere else for that matter public service employees are insisting on retaining the benefits they have obtained through bargaining with the government they were getting a very special deal. Public policy imposed their services on the citizenry and now the citizenry is no longer able to come up with the loot previously extracted from them via what comes to extortionist means. Yet, because much of the population – egged on by people who would very likely just as soon impose public services on everyone in every line of work (just check out Paul Krugman’s column in The New York Times on Monday, 2/21/11) – has sympathy for the usual laborer or worker when these are often dealing with powerful firms in a free market, the unions are getting a free pass in their current conflict with their employers.

    This situation needs to be seriously reexamined. It may indeed imply that the entire idea of public service, let alone public service unionization, is misguided.”–Part-I

  48. 2012 June 18 12:06 am
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    #3 Ain’t ever gonna happen…..Willard is pretty much a petty Tyrannt himself so he aint ever gonna rennounce an executive power grab since he is hoping to wield the same power or more when he gets in

    Willard simply has no grasp of the proper role of government so therefore will abuse executive power himself simply for different political reasons and constituentcies…..

    Again, until “We the People” actually support a candidate that real understands the role of government (ie protection of God-given rights ONLY) things will just keep getting worse and worse…..

    Willard may or may not be a “nice guy” or “better then Obama” but sorry, he is essentially clueless on what Limited, Consitutional government is….

  49. 2012 June 18 12:15 am
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    “In proportion as you give the state power to do things for you, you give it power to do things to you.” –Albert Jay Nock

  50. 2012 June 18 12:18 am
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    “Society exists for the benefit of its members; not the members for the benefit of society.” –Herbert Spencer

  51. 2012 June 18 12:23 am
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

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    What if the federal government passes a “law” and everyone ignores them or actively blocks its enforcement? What if a state said it no longer would comply with the EPA, HUD, DOE, DOT, DHS, etc. etc.? What if multiple states refused to comply with federal rules, regulations and “laws”?

    If they did, what then?

    Would the federal government send in Federal Marshals to arrest the Governor and Legislature? What if the people of the state resisted? Would they call up the National Guard and have them enforce Martial Law? Would they round up people and put them into Internment Camps? What if the National Guard refused to follow their orders? Would they send in the Army?

    Do the states have a right to refuse “laws” that violate the Constitution?

    If as the founding fathers understood that the Constitution is a contract among the several states, what is the remedy to violations of the contract? As any good lawyer will tell you, three remedies are available to the injured party when a contract is violated. First, you could take the party that breached the contract to court and obtain monetary damages. Second, a court could order the defaulting party to the contract to perform his contractual obligations. And finally, “rescission,” or annulment of the contract, the contract is canceled. The aggrieved party would ask the court to make them whole again by returning them to the same condition that they had before they entered into the contract.

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  52. 2012 June 18 4:01 am
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  54. 2012 June 18 5:41 am
    justrand permalink

    a long but powerful articlel from VDH…well worth your time.

  55. 2012 June 18 5:42 am
    justrand permalink

    good cartoon, IP…I’m “eagerly” awaiting my package! 🙂

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