THE ONE THING WE MUST STOP HIM FROM DOING

Don’t Let Obama Fill Scalia’s Seat

Congress has frittered away virtually every constitutional power save one:  the power of the Senate to deny presidential appointments to the federal bench.  If Senate Republicans expect conservatives to ever trust them on anything, then they must decline to consider Obama’s nominee to replace Justice Scalia. 

There is precedent for this.  In 1968, when Republicans were a Senate minority possessing only the power of filibuster, Everett Dirksen prevented Lyndon Johnson from appointing Associate Justice Abe Fortas to replace retiring Chief Justice Earl Warren and then appointing Homer Thornbury to take Fortas’s seat as an associate justice.

Senate Minority Leader Dirksen did not run the Senate or control any Senate committees.  Republicans, in fact, held only 36 Senate seats, and several of these were leftists.  Yet Dirksen was able to cobble together enough senators to prevent Johnson from filling a Supreme Court office during a heated election year.  The left, of course, squealed and yelled, but it lost, because Senate Republicans and a handful of Senate Democrats stood firm.

If Everett Dirksen, who was only a moderate conservative holding a very weak hand, was able to thwart LBJ, who had been Senate majority leader before he was vice president and who knew all the ropes and all the tricks of the Senate, then Senate Majority Leader McConnell clearly has the power to do the same.

In fact, all McConnell and the Republican leadership have to do is to decline to consider any nominee appointed by Obama.  State clearly that the Senate is exercising its constitutional power and, unlike Obama who presumes powers he does not have, that the power to confirm or deny a presidential appointment is at the heart of the Senate’s control of the Executive Branch.

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This is also crunch time for any candidate for the Republican presidential nomination.  The argument is quite simple: the presidency and the Supreme Court threaten to overwhelm all other parts of our constitutional system.  Let the American people this November decide who will pick the next Supreme Court justice.

In fact, make this presidential election a battle about the proper role of the federal bench in our constitutional system.  Those who want more power flowing to unelected and unaccountable figures in Washington vote for the Democrat nominee.  Let those who think that lawyers and judges ought to run our nation support the Democrats.  Let those who want power to devolve back to the people and to the states support the Republicans.

The president could, of course, make a recess appointment to the Supreme Court – an appointment that would end with the new Congress and new president – but there is no right of any president to insist that his nominees be confirmed or even considered.  Any president who has acted as arrogantly and contemptuously toward the powers of Congress as Obama deserves no special consideration from the Senate at all.

The stakes are monumentally high.  Winning the presidency while delivering the Supreme Court to a radical leftist majority means guaranteeing that the drift of our nation into secular humanism and unconstitutional arrogations of power to judges, federal administrators, and others who are immune to our wishes will continue toward a cataclysmic end of the America we have known.

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Moreover, this is a battle that we can win, if those Republican leaders who seek our help every election cycle will stand boldly against the left.  It has been a long, long time since Republican leaders in Congress have actually given conservatives anything like a political victory.  If these Republicans cannot or will not do so now, then it is truly time for conservatives to abandon the Republican Party and form, instead, around a political party and movement that are serious about what happens to our nation.

The timing, in some ways, is awful for conservatives, but in other ways it is perfect.  Do this one thing – let the next president and next Senate fill this seat – and we will begin to trust you again.  Fail, and there is no reason for conservatives to ever trust Washington Republicans again.

Congress has frittered away virtually every constitutional power save one:  the power of the Senate to deny presidential appointments to the federal bench.  If Senate Republicans expect conservatives to ever trust them on anything, then they must decline to consider Obama’s nominee to replace Justice Scalia. 

There is precedent for this.  In 1968, when Republicans were a Senate minority possessing only the power of filibuster, Everett Dirksen prevented Lyndon Johnson from appointing Associate Justice Abe Fortas to replace retiring Chief Justice Earl Warren and then appointing Homer Thornbury to take Fortas’s seat as an associate justice.

Senate Minority Leader Dirksen did not run the Senate or control any Senate committees.  Republicans, in fact, held only 36 Senate seats, and several of these were leftists.  Yet Dirksen was able to cobble together enough senators to prevent Johnson from filling a Supreme Court office during a heated election year.  The left, of course, squealed and yelled, but it lost, because Senate Republicans and a handful of Senate Democrats stood firm.

If Everett Dirksen, who was only a moderate conservative holding a very weak hand, was able to thwart LBJ, who had been Senate majority leader before he was vice president and who knew all the ropes and all the tricks of the Senate, then Senate Majority Leader McConnell clearly has the power to do the same.

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In fact, all McConnell and the Republican leadership have to do is to decline to consider any nominee appointed by Obama.  State clearly that the Senate is exercising its constitutional power and, unlike Obama who presumes powers he does not have, that the power to confirm or deny a presidential appointment is at the heart of the Senate’s control of the Executive Branch.

This is also crunch time for any candidate for the Republican presidential nomination.  The argument is quite simple: the presidency and the Supreme Court threaten to overwhelm all other parts of our constitutional system.  Let the American people this November decide who will pick the next Supreme Court justice.

In fact, make this presidential election a battle about the proper role of the federal bench in our constitutional system.  Those who want more power flowing to unelected and unaccountable figures in Washington vote for the Democrat nominee.  Let those who think that lawyers and judges ought to run our nation support the Democrats.  Let those who want power to devolve back to the people and to the states support the Republicans.

The president could, of course, make a recess appointment to the Supreme Court – an appointment that would end with the new Congress and new president – but there is no right of any president to insist that his nominees be confirmed or even considered.  Any president who has acted as arrogantly and contemptuously toward the powers of Congress as Obama deserves no special consideration from the Senate at all.

The stakes are monumentally high.  Winning the presidency while delivering the Supreme Court to a radical leftist majority means guaranteeing that the drift of our nation into secular humanism and unconstitutional arrogations of power to judges, federal administrators, and others who are immune to our wishes will continue toward a cataclysmic end of the America we have known.

Moreover, this is a battle that we can win, if those Republican leaders who seek our help every election cycle will stand boldly against the left.  It has been a long, long time since Republican leaders in Congress have actually given conservatives anything like a political victory.  If these Republicans cannot or will not do so now, then it is truly time for conservatives to abandon the Republican Party and form, instead, around a political party and movement that are serious about what happens to our nation.

The timing, in some ways, is awful for conservatives, but in other ways it is perfect.  Do this one thing – let the next president and next Senate fill this seat – and we will begin to trust you again.  Fail, and there is no reason for conservatives to ever trust Washington Republicans again.

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Obama is doing it out of revenge

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“To the last, I grapple with thee; From Hell’s heart, I stab at thee; For hate’s sake, I spit my last breath at thee.”   -Captain Ahab in Moby Dick

 

Obama is doing it out of revenge.

By Mario Murillo

Listen to me America.   You must wake up!  What is a man of God if he does not warn when the Lord tells him to speak out?  tonight is the eve of a great misery.  I hate to bear evil tidings but everything within me tells me I must warn you.  Obama is obsessed with hurting us in that way that Captain Ahab was obsessed with killing the whale Moby Dick.

He knows it will bitterly divide the nation.  He knows that it will destroy an already fragile economy. He knows it will take jobs away from black people.  He knows it will overwhelm all social agencies.  He knows it will increase crime.   In short, he knows that there are few things he could ever do that would hurt the nation he swore to protect as much as what he is about to do…but he will do it anyway and make no mistake, he is doing it to hurt you and those you love.

Obama is about to bring upon us the most preventable disaster in our history.  He is not doing it for humanitarian reasons.  He is doing it completely out of spite and revenge.

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He is vicious, full of rage and will take his revenge.  He will eviscerate the Constitution.  He will do whatever he can to hurt us now that we rejected him.  The midterm elections enraged him because the opposition voted against his policies and his own base, disillusioned with him, stayed home.  It was the final humiliation for an utterly narcissistic president.

So with one sweep of his pen he will take his revenge on you and your children.  He will create an illegal law to legalize 5 million illegal immigrants.  He will tell the world to just sneak in here and take our dwindling resources. He will take the money of hard working Americans and give it to 5 million people who are illegally here.

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He is bringing upon you and your children the most preventable disaster in our history.  He is not doing this for humanitarian reasons.  He has proven that he does not care about illegal immigrants.  From 2008 till 2010 Democrats had control of the House, the Senate and the White House and did nothing.  They could have passed comprehensive immigration reform but they did not, he did not.

He can wait but he won’t.  He is only interested in illegal immigrants now because they can hurt those he hates.

He can give the new Congress a chance but he won’t. To the last he will rage against us, to the bitter end he will show malice and depraved indifference.

Wake up my friend!  It is time for the entire church to become one voice of righteousness in America.  Time is up, what we do we must do right now.

A Letter to 60,000 Ministers threatens IRS Action Against Pastors who speak out against Obama and Democrats

 

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Americans United for Separation of Church and State Tries To Scare Churches.

 

Americans United for Separation of Church and State recently announced that it sent over 60,000 letters to churches across the country, warning them from becoming involved in “partisan politicking” during this election season. The letter tries to intimidate churches by ominously warning “If the IRS determines that your house of worship has engaged in unlawful intervention, it can revoke the institution’s tax-exempt status or levy significant fines on the house of worship or its leaders.”

Letters like this are a favorite tactic of AU. For years now, it has attempted to intimidate churches into silence during election season. But here’s the problem. AU is using an unconstitutional law to try and intimidate and scare churches.

The Johnson Amendment, upon which AU bases its letter, is blatantly unconstitutional. Under the First Amendment, the pastor has the right to determine what is said from the pulpit, not the IRS.

It’s ironic that an organization committed to the “separation of church and state” is arguing for more governmental monitoring and control of churches and pastors. AU wants the IRS to monitor a pastor’s sermon, and to censor that pastor if the IRS agent happens to think that the pastor crosses the line. This is especially problematic because the line of what is prohibited under the Johnson Amendment is very fuzzy. That makes it convenient for AU to argue that churches have crossed the line when in fact they have not.

It’s time to remove the Johnson Amendment from the hands of AU. It has been used as a weapon of intimidation against churches for far too long.

View the letter for yourself:

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To remain a free nation we must deal with Benghazi

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His handling of ISOL, Ebola, and our southern border all show a man unwilling to protect Americans.  It all stemmed from Benghazi.  Here he first crossed the line to permit Americans to die so he could be reelected.

Obama gave a graduation speech in which he told students that the idea that their government would be guilty of tyranny was absurd and that they had no reason to fear their government.   Now, he has given all us of the proof that we need that he acted with tyranny in sacrificing 4 Americans in Benghazi in order to protect his reelection.  The first question you must ask yourself is this…”what else is he willing to do to protect his power?”

He has vilified gun rights as we know them and has now become a poster child for why we need the Second Amendment.  He has shown us that in all prudence we must use our remaining rights to protect ourselves from him.

Jay Carney said that “Benghazi was a long time ago.”  Imagine how that sounded to the four families who lost loved ones in that embassy inferno?   He said that an independent council had reviewed the events in Benghazi and given them a clean bill of health.  The problem is they never spoke to the ranking diplomat in Benghazi who was most aware of all of the events.

Where was Obama during those eight hours of attack?  Why were rescuers told to stand down?  How could they blame the attack on an anti-Muslim video for two weeks after they had proof it had nothing to do with the terrorist attack?  How could they threaten and excoriate those brave leaders who tried to talk to congress?

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Hillary Clinton is equally guilty of lying and covering up the truth.  She is not fit to lead this nation and has given us fair warning that her presidency would be more of the same cronyism, duplicity, arrogance and incompetence of the current administration.   

AIR FORCE GENERAL CRITICIZES LACK OF MILITARY RESPONSE TO BENGHAZI ATTACK

Retired Air Force Brigadier General Robert Lovell testified today that the military should have done more to try to help the Americans who were under attack in Benghazi on September 11, 2012. At the time of the attack, Lovell was the deputy director for intelligence at Africa Command.

Lovell told the House Oversight Committee:

Many with firsthand knowledge have recounted the heroism displayed by the brave Americans in Benghazi that night. They fought the way they trained. That is in the record.

Outside of Libya there were discussions that churned on about what we should do. These elements also fought the way they were trained. Specifically, the predisposition to interagency influence had the military structure—in the spirit of expeditionary government support—waiting for a request for assistance from the State Department.

There are accounts of time, space and capability discussions of the question, could we have gotten there in time to make a difference. Well, the discussion is not in the “could or could not” in relation to time, space and capability—the point is we should have tried. As another saying goes: “Always move to the sound of the guns.”

It is with a sense of duty as a retired General officer that I respectfully submit these thoughts and perspectives.

There seems, then, to be no getting around the fact that Hillary Clinton and/or President Obama failed to respond properly to a deadly attack in which four Americans were killed. Either they were grossly incompetent or criminally cynical. In the interest of accountability, we should find out which was the case.

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Your blood should be boiling over Benghazi.  If it is not, then you are probably the victim of the other heinous villain of Benghazi: The American Media.  Their breathtaking betrayal will also live in infamy.  How can the Washington Press Corps live with their cowardice and compromise?

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How is it possible for them to lay claim to the noble profession that tediously and relentlessly tracked down the crimes of Watergate when they are acting like belching lap dogs for Obama.  They refuse to face facts; they refuse to ask the hard questions.  They will do whatever they have to do to insulate a man that has shown nothing but contempt for them!

What makes you want to pull your hair out is that we do not know why.  Why Obama is allowed a pass for these crimes?  Now is the time for a groundswell of outrage from the general public!

 

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You and I can no longer say that we did not know what this president did with our rights.  We cannot say Obama kept it from us. Benghazi is our national litmus test to see if we deserve to remain a free nation.  If we fail to find the rage, the love of liberty and the clear sense of how wrong Benghazi is, then we declaring ourselves unworthy of freedom.

I am first and last a man of Faith who believes in a loving God who is all powerful.  It is in this faith that I make this declaration: God has His vessels out there and it is time for them to roar.

Benghazi emails: Proof Obama White House put politics ahead of truth.

Benghazi emails: Proof Obama White House put politics ahead of truth

 

 

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Some are calling it the “smoking gun” in the Benghazi scandal.

A just-released email from a top White House communications adviser clearly shows the political strategy behind then-U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice’s appearance on Sunday news programs — blaming the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya — which resulted in the murder of our ambassador and three other U.S. citizens — on a fictional violent protest of an internet video instead of a well-coordinated attack by Al Qaeda.

The email dated September 14, 2012 – three days after the attack – was sent by then-White House Deputy Strategic Communications Adviser Ben Rhodes to top spokespeople in the White House and State Department. The title of the email says it all:  PREP CALL with Susan.

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Instead of protecting our diplomats, the Obama administration was more concerned about protecting the perception of not having a foreign policy failure.

And among the key objectives to convey to Susan Rice hours before her media appearances:

  • “To convey that the United States is doing everything that we can to protect our people and facilities abroad;”
  • “To underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure of policy;”
  • “To show that we will be resolute in bringing people who harm Americans to justice, and standing steadfast through these protests;”
  • “To reinforce the President and the Administration’s strength and steadiness in dealing with difficult challenges.”

Here’s the problem — ALL of those objectives were designed to hide the truth — and score political points.

It is clear that these talking points were deeply flawed. The U.S. did not do everything in its power to protect our diplomats in Benghazi.

In an 85-page report, the Senate Intelligence Committee concluded:

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“The failures of Benghazi can be summed up this way: the Americans serving in Libya were vulnerable; the State Department knew they were vulnerable; and no one in the Administration really did anything about it.”

No one has been held accountable. The State Department initially put four employees on administrative leave but later said they would be reassigned to different positions at the State Department and would return to work. The bottom line: no one was fired.

And, instead of portraying the president’s “strength and steadiness” – this strategy to deceive underscored the president’s weakness and inconsistency.

From the very beginning, the unfolding facts about that deadly Benghazi attack did not fit into the Obama administration’s political narrative. After all, why would the administration admit that the attack was part of an Al Qaeda plot — especially since the president — in the run-up to the November election — had been touting that “Al Qaeda was on the run” – that Al Qaeda had been “decimated.”

How could Al Qaeda be “decimated” if it was behind the Benghazi attack?

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It’s not the kind of question the administration would want to address – or the kind of media focus that they would want – just weeks before the election.

For 20 months, the administration has failed to provide the truth to the American people and to Congress about Benghazi. Instead of protecting our diplomats, the Obama administration was more concerned about protecting the perception of not having a foreign policy failure.

The administration put politics ahead of the truth.

What’s worse, this unredacted email wasn’t initially turned over to Congressional investigators. The administration didn’t include the complete text of the email in the heavily-redacted information it provided to Congress. No, it took a federal lawsuit by a private organization to unearth this damning email.

Now, there are reports that the administration finally turned over the unredacted email to a Congressional committee just days ago — at the same time it was released to the private organization.

That appears to be the only way to get to the bottom of Benghazi and a growing list of Obama administration scandals — including the unlawful IRS scheme targeting conservative and Tea Party groups.

The Obama administration ignores Congressional requests and subpoenas. They can’t ignore federal lawsuits.

Is the newly released email the real “smoking gun” in the Benghazi scandal?

Time will tell.

There are still many questions that need to be addressed about what happened at our Consulate and why.

The fact is the court-ordered release of this new information about Benghazi reinforces what we already know about the Obama administration – it will stop at nothing to prevent the American people from getting the truth.hillary

Dodge. Deflect. Delay.

It’s the strategy of choice for this administration. And the strategy of a president who takes great pride in his assertion that his is the “most transparent administration” ever.

Really?

 

Jay Sekulow is the Chief Counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ). He hosts a daily radio show – Jay Sekulow Live! – carried on more than 850 stations nationwide, including Sirius/XM. Follow him on Twitter@JaySekulow.