Obama’s Coming Coup d’etat?



This is essentially the nexus of three articles that caught my eye. Barack Obama is on the edge of forcing a Constitutional crisis. Obama has already acted in an unconstitutional manner when he unilaterally rewrote IRS rules regarding Obamacare. Now he’s on the verge of doing it again. Remember- these aren’t extremists.

Glenn Reynolds:

LET’S HOPE THIS IS A SIGN THAT SOMEONE THERE IS IN TOUCH WITH REALITY: WH: Obama undecided on immigration steps. “White House officials are downplaying stories that President Obama is prepared to take executive action on immigration that would allow millions of undocumented people to stay in the United States.” Such an action would be an extraconstitutional coup, entirely justifying the impeachment talk.

Actually, it might justify more. I can imagine governors — Rick Perry, perhaps — simply taking matters into their own hands. They’d have a better argument for self-help there under the Constitution — Article I sec. 10′s authorization to go to war when actually invaded, or in such danger as will admit of no delay — and the federal government’s default on its duty under the Constitution to protect them from invasion. There’s a lot of room for constitutional self-help there, and realistically what’s Obama going to do about it?

Ross Douthat:

This is the tone of the media coverage right now: The president may get the occasional rebuke for impeachment-baiting, but what the White House wants to do on immigration is assumed to be reasonable, legitimate, within normal political bounds.

It is not: It would be lawless, reckless, a leap into the antidemocratic dark.

And an American political class that lets this Rubicon be crossed without demurral will deserve to live with the consequences for the republic, in what remains of this presidency and in presidencies yet to come.

John Hinderaker:

That seems like an awfully strong word, but it is the term that distinguished law professor Glenn Reynolds, no hysteric, uses to describe the Obama administration’s oft-reported plan to issue executive amnesty to five or six million illegal immigrants in violation of federal law. Glenn’s characterization is a fair one. When a tyrant asserts the right to rule by decree in a state that has formerly been subject to the rule of law, he is commonly described as carrying out a coup d’etat.

That is just what the Obama administration has done, and reportedly will continue to do. When Obama changed the Affordable Care Act by decree–to name just one example, substituting “2014″ for “2013″ in a critical provision of the statute–he acted as a tyrant. In his refusal to enforce the immigration laws, contrary to the Constitution which requires him to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed,” he has acted like a tinpot dictator, asserting the right to change or ignore the law by fiat. If he now directly nullifies Section 274(a) of the Immigration and Nationalities Act by legalizing, and issuing work permits to, five or six million illegal immigrants, thereby repealing federal law by decree, how else can we describe his action but as a coup? The Obama administration openly takes the position that the rule of law no longer applies.

Hideraker creates the litmus test for a coup- could Nixon have gotten away with this?

Can you imagine the furor that would have resulted if President Nixon, in the midst of the Watergate crisis, had asserted the right to repeal or amend federal statutes by decree? No, actually, you can’t. Forget impeachment; he would have been escorted out of the Oval Office by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. What, then, makes Barack Obama special? How can he claim the right to rule by decree without suffering the same condemnation? Well, the answer is obvious: he is a Democrat. But is that really enough? No president, Democrat or Republican, has ever dreamed of asserting such unconstitutional authority.

Everyone knows why. 1. Obama is a democrat. 2. Obama is black. Opposing his imperious action is racist.

democrats have been employing the most cynical of ploys. They talk up impeachment because it is a fundraising success but you must also note that when the right is being pushed in a certain direction more is afoot. That “more” is cover for Obama to act extra-constitutionally.

Barack Obama has spent his tenure as President not respecting or enforcing the Constitution, but rather making every effort to circumvent it and distort it. We’re approaching a tipping point.

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@Rich Wheeler:

Who ate 3 squares and slept in a cushy bed

I did some research on military service prior to joining. I don’t rank one service over the other. They’re all great.

@Redteam: Rich, how do you like this letter written to BHO in response to the letter he received from BHO when his Marine son was killed in Afghanistan:

“I wonder how many of these get returned to you!
“Mr. Barrack Hussein Obama,

I am deeply saddened that you are the President of the United States. You sir are an embarrassment to the Oval Office. My son, as well as most Marines I know, despise you and your lack of representation for our military.

Your ridiculous rules of engagement have caused the massive amount of casualties on your watch in Afghanistan. While we watch your media pander to your administration and clearly sweep things under the rug for you, I fully understand Marines die. You have tied their hands & feet!

I am thankful I did not serve under a Comm. in Chief such as you. I am sickened that my son had to. I wonder… I doubt that you will see this, I hope you do though!”

Steve Hogan”

Read more at http://freedomoutpost.com/2015/01/fallen-us-marines-family-returns-obamas-condolence-letter-incredible-rebuke/#yrIDM5S6ScWJJK6r.99

@Redteam: A distraught father expressing his First Amendment rights. God Bless America and the world’s greatest fighting force The United States Marines ooh rah.

@Rich Wheeler: Uh, gee…..you wouldn’t call him an extremist?


Who ate 3 squares and slept in a cushy bed

For you, Redteam:


@Redteam: You are confused RT I believe we all would,and have, gone to extremes in defense of our country.
You are an extremist because of your bizarre treatment of the Obama Presidency. Goldwater never questioned Presidential legitimacy–was a gentleman whu didn’t demean himself by questioning LBJ’s or JFK’S religion. He didn’t childishly resort to name calling. It is your behavior and wild accusations that label you an extremist. Not your defense of liberty.

@Rich Wheeler:

You are confused RT I believe we all would,and have, gone to extremes in defense of our country.

And because I vigorously defend the country, I’m extreme? If more of us don’t get ‘extreme’ we will end up with a dictatorship. I don’t question Obama’s religion, where do you come up with that stuff? Goldwater never questioned? that’s because there was no need. Legitimate presidents don’t need to be questioned. So when someone asks you for a voter ID, and is questioning your legitimacy, he’s extreme? Name calling? is the pot calling the kettle black? you’ve numerous times called me extremist, doesn’t that qualify as name-calling? I’d like for you to enumerate those wild accusations you speak of. I know of none. I notice you didn’t answer any of the questions in No. 48. Is that because you don’t know the answer or just want to ignore the answer?

@retire05: Thanks Retire. That looks interesting.

@Redteam: I’ve explained many times why you are a political extremist and not a mainstream Conservative–no mas.
I know Obama’s history quite well–thank you.

@Rich WheelerEL:

I know Obama’s history quite well–thank you.

I don’t believe you know it at all. I think you have your head in the sand, the old, ignorance is bliss concept. So when I question Obama’s citizenship, I extremist, but when the polling precinct worker asks for your ID, he’s not extreme. Do you have your Quackers in a row? So we’ll just have to agree that you’re an extremist leftie and I’m an extremist rightie. So you can sign in as Rich WheelerEL and me as RedteamER.

@retire05: Retire, my goodness, on page 6 of that book is a picture of Vice Admiral Roy Johnson, He was the very first Captain of the Forrestal CVA59, of which I was a crewmember and later Commander Carrier Div 4 on board the Forrestal. Very admired man.

Is Obama scared of giving his SOTU speech in front of Congress, the Supreme Court and some of our top military?
Seems so.
He’s going out to practice it in front of supporters at least three times before giving it officially.
Maybe he won’t stutter, say ”aaaaaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnnd,” or lose his spot on the teleprompter so often.
And maybe he’ll lose some of his most kindling-dry straw men while he’s on the road.

“I served this country as a member of the military during the Vietnam War.”
“How did that happen? I thought you had always been gay. Did you lie to get into the military?”

I served with distinction and was honorably discharged from the Fleet Electronic Warfare Support Group after six years of service in which I broke no guidelines of the UCMJ.
As there is no human being – dead or alive – who lives without error or “sin,” you have no legal or moral authority to question what I do or did. I felt a moral obligation to serve my country, and I did so. Don’t tell me that you have never found yourself in an ethical predicament in which wrong-thinking “rules” interfered with your desire to do what you knew was right. I did what was right, and have been vindicated.
You let me know when the world reaches the state of perfection you seem to expect. In the mean time, I won’t be holding my breath.

@George Wells: Good answer.

Thank you.