It is a fundamental fight, and one we must win.
I present these musing under the rubric, “Requiem for the American Republic.” I do so with a profound sadness at the destruction wreaked upon our civic system through the decades-long phenomenon of uncontrolled immigration. In presenting his new policy of granting illegal immigrants legal status through executive action, President Obama said he did so in part because of “who we are as Americans.” Who we are is a nation of laws. Our government has ignored the law for a generation or more in allowing law-breaking immigrants to enter the country. Now the president doubles down on that assault on American law by promulgating an unconstitutional executive order.
Inevitably, those who are unconcerned about the flow of illegal immigrants—either through humanitarian impulses or because they see a political realignment in the making (or both)—can’t perceive why anybody would view the president’s action as the least bit malign.
But this is a brazen assault on the separation of powers doctrine of our Constitution. When the president says his action is “just like [what] law enforcement does every day,” he heralds the arrival in distilled form of Orwell’s “Newspeak.” Newspeak is a corrosive force, as Orwell made clear, because it contributes to the slow erosion of verities, such as the fundamental elements of the American Creed.
HT: Brit Hume
‘Dirty Jobs’ Mike Rowe In Epic Skewer Of Liberal Who Says “It Is Impossible To Be A Christian And Vote Republican”
High five, Mr. Rowe!
Via Young Cons:
Mike Rowe, former host of Dirty Jobs, has come to be known as a salt of the earth type of guy. Someone the average Joe can relate to and who understands that true economic stimulation comes from folks working hard for their income and living within their means.
Apparently, Rowe can add culturally savvy marketing expert and dispenser of wisdom to his resume after completely owning a rather obnoxious liberal who was attempting to commandeer his Facebook page to promote his book in a rather unsavory manner.
Rowe’s response is simply epic.
From Mad World News:
Jim Green: It is ALARMING when we do the demographic post mortem on this election, because it is probable that it was decided by our RACISTS–voting against President Obama, who wasn’t on the ballot—that gave the Republicans their election wins—OUR GREED AND IGNORANCE, Amazon.com
Jim Green: Why is the media avoiding that we have a U.S. Senate bought and paid for by the Koch Bros/1%–and what they want for their dollar is to cut THEIR taxes [for pure GREED], and cut regulations to increase the bottom line [for pure GREED]….in short “OUR GREED AND IGNORANCE” [Amazon] ruled the day
Jim Green: Why on Earth would ANYONE vote Republican? A reptile has more decency than the Republicans in Congress! Only an odious toad would pass Ryan’s budget or gut Food Stamps—and these depraved snakes made them THEIR HIGHEST PRIORITY! If only one child in America goes hungry because of the Republican’s War on Children it explains why—IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO BE A CHRISTIAN, AND VOTE REPUBLICAN, Amazon/Kindle
Here’s Mr. Rowe’s response via his official Facebook page:
Via Weekly Standard:
The White House pool report notes President Obama is golfing with Derek Jeter and that the White House condemns today’s terror attack in Kenya:
Subject: Travel pool report No 3 – golf partners, statement on Nairobi attack
Golf partners, per WH:
Statement by NSC Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan on the Nairobi-Bound Bus Attack:
The United States condemns in the strongest terms today’s horrific attack in Kenya by the terrorist group al-Shabaab against innocent civilians traveling aboard a Nairobi-bound bus. We extend our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the 28 individuals killed. The United States stands with our Kenyan partners in the effort to counter the threat of terrorism and affirms our ongoing commitment to working with all Kenyans to combat these atrocities.
And the fans were Canadians. Thank you, O Canada!
Hilarious. They realize she has a major connection with the public problem, so they are trying to polish her up, increase her humanity. Listen, for each ‘reason’ they outline for why you should be ‘ready’ for Hillary, the exact opposite is actually the case.
1. “She really does care about the average American”. Yup, with all those mortgages for all the houses and being a ‘dead broke’ millionaire, she can really relate. I’m not critical of her having money, I’m critical of her attempt to lie and ‘look like a regular person’.
2. Hillary “can articulate a vision”. I’m still waiting for what that is, other than “I’m next to be in line to be president, and dammit, I deserve it!”
3. “Whether you say it or not, you trust Hillary Clinton”. Um, Hillary has a long history of deception from being fired on the Watergate to team to lying to the parents of the dead Americans killed in Benghazi, there are few people I would trust less.
4. “She isn’t afraid to talk about difficult decisions”. Where was she on the night of September 11, 2012? Who made what decision that night? Who decided to send Susan Rice out to lie on the Sunday shows about a video? Who thought up the video lie? Why did you lie about it to the parents of the dead? Why did you obfuscate about your decisions at State that caused the lack of security in Benghazi. I could go on and on, and there are so many more issues of failures, but you get the point.
5. “Someone who wouldn’t forget about the little people like us”. Unless you’re dying on a roof in Benghazi.
6. “I want my future to be in her hands, and I think she can lead this country to places it’s never been before”. Oh poor deluded woman, your future is in YOUR hands, why would you hand it over to anyone else, much less a politician who couldn’t give a rap. And yes, I am very afraid that she can take this country to “places it has never been before”…
7. “She did an amazing job as Secretary of State”. Pray tell, what are her achievements in the position? Please list them for me. She can’t even list them. She earned reports criticizing her on the security provided in Benghazi. Is that an achievement?
8. “She’s out of sight”. Would that were true.
9. “She’s a strong woman” (as she hugs Bill Clinton). Well, I’ll give her that. She is a strong woman, anyone else would have run from him long ago. But there were her own political desires to be achieved.
10. “We’re all familiar with her, her work ethic and her beliefs”. Ok, then please outline those for me in specifics, what do you believe she will do as President. I think we will find answers to that question amorphous, emotional and lacking in concrete actions or facts.
11. “You are our best hope. You are our next hope”. How did that last hope work out for you?
12. “I’m back!”. So are deported illegal aliens, but we’re not voting for them either…
Democrats in Congress who don’t object basically are saying they are irrelevant.
Via Weekly Standard:
A handful of Senate Democrats are publicly expressing disapproval of the president’s executive action on immigration, but it’s not yet clear that any of them are willing to do anything to stop him.
“Our immigration system is broken, and I support a comprehensive plan to fix it, but executive orders aren’t the way to do it,” Missouri senator Claire McCaskill said in a statement issued late Friday afternoon.
“I am as frustrated as anyone that Congress is not doing its job, but the President shouldn’t make such significant policy changes on his own,” Senator Joe Donnelly of Indiana said in a statement Thursday.
“I’m disappointed the President decided to use executive action at this time on this issue as it could poison any hope of compromise or bipartisanship in the new Senate before it has even started,” Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota said in a statement Thursday.
Senator Angus King, an independent from Maine who caucuses with the Democrats, told Politico: “I worry that his taking unilateral action could in fact inflame public opinion, change the subject from immigration to the president. I also have constitutional concerns about where prosecutorial discretion ends and unconstitutional executive authority begins.”
Via NY Post:
The short bios in The Post and other places featuring immigrants who are in the United State illegally were fascinating. I was struck by their courage to leave their homelands, their pluck at navigating a new culture and their patience in waiting for America’s official welcome mat.
Something else struck me, too. Not a single one expressed remorse for jumping the fence or overstaying visas. The law was simply a nuisance, an unfair barrier to their right to live in America, and they felt no qualms about violating it.
Some of these immigrants, including one woman who sneaked in from Mexico 18 years ago, even complained that presidential amnesty doesn’t include free health care.
“It isn’t fair,” Graciela Flores whined.
What luck — she and the other 5 million who benefit have found their soul mate in Barack Obama. He’s not into obeying laws, either. And he is endlessly entitled to whatever he wants, whenever he wants it.
Stephanopoulos Asks Obama: If You Can Selectively Enforce Immigration Law, What Prevents Another President From Not Enforcing Tax Laws?
What does Obama say? Oh, that would be wrong.
Via The Blaze:
If President Barack Obama can exercise “prosecutorial discretion” — basically deciding not to enforce the law in certain cases — when it comes to immigration, could later presidents decide not to enforce other laws?
Could, say, a Republican president decide not to enforce tax laws?
That’s the question that ABC News correspondent George Stephanopoulos asked the president in a Sunday morning interview, and Obama fired back by saying, essentially, there were too many illegal immigrants to enforce immigration law and because tax cheats are richer and less numerous, they couldn’t get a free pass in the future:
The reason that we have to do prosecutorial discretion in immigration is that we know we are not even close to being able to deal with the folks who have been here a long time. The vast majority of folks understand that they need to pay taxes, and when we conduct an audit, for example, we are selecting those folks who are most likely to be cheating. We’re not going after millions and millions of people who everybody knows are here and we’re taking advantage of low wages as they’re mowing lawns or cleaning out bedpans, and looking the other way.
Obama added, “Everybody knows, including Republicans, that we’re not going to deport 11 million people.”
“So you don’t think it’d be legitimate for a future president to make that argument [that tax law should be selectively enforced]?” Stephanopoulos asked.
“With respect to taxes?” Obama said. “Absolutely not.”
It’s a simple concept. You cannot make new law with executive action. If it’s new or in contravention of present law, you can’t do it. And that is why Obama’s actions are unconstitutional.
A new video released by the GOP on Friday calls out former Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton for her hypocrisy on the issue of executive action.
In 2008, Clinton said the George W. Bush administration was transforming the executive branch into an “imperial presidency.” In 2014, Clinton said she supported President Obama’s decision to grant citizenship to more than four million illegal immigrants.
Clinton unknowingly provided the narration for the GOP’s newest video.
“Unfortunately our current president does not seem to understand the basic character of the office he holds,” Clinton said of Bush in April 2008. “Rather than faithfully execute the laws, he has rewritten them through signing statements, ignored them through secret legal opinions, undermined them by elevating ideology over facts. Rather than defending the constitution, he has defied its principles and traditions.”
Why have any laws at all? Everyone knows there are going to be people who steal. Everyone knows there are going to be people who kill. Everyone knows there are going to be dead Democrats who vote…twice.
Via Daily Mail:
President Barack Obama brushed off complaints levied by the GOP that his immigration actions are illegal in an ABC News interview that aired today, saying that the U.S. has ‘limited resources’ and it only makes sense for the government to prioritize the removal of ‘felons, criminals and recent arrivals’ over longtime residents and families.
‘Everybody knows, including Republicans, that we’re not going to deport 11 million people,’ Obama told George Stephanopolous during a Friday interview for his Sunday morning program This Week.
‘The reason that we have to do prosecutorial discretion in immigration is that we know that we are not even close to being able to deal with the folks who have been here a long time,’ he said.
In the extended interview Obama and Stephanoplous also discussed the grand jury investigation into Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson and the 2016 presidential race.
NYC public schools are overwhelmed, just normally, nevermind this.
Via NY Post:
New York has sent a warning to its schools: Expect more illegal immigrants.
The city Department of Education has told principals it plans this year to enroll 2,350 migrant children from Central America who crossed into the United States unaccompanied — with many more to come.
“It is expected that children will continue to arrive in large numbers in the coming years,” says a DOE memo to principals obtained by The Post.
The notice comes as the city rolls out a $50 million red carpet for 1,662 minors who crossed the border this summer to escape violence and gangs in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
In the “surge,” 5,000 of the 63,000 migrant kids caught trying to cross US borders — or who turned themselves in for refuge — have been released to relatives or other “sponsors” in New York state. Most live with other illegal immigrants.
Meanwhile, as this pushes resources to the breaking point, the Mayor of NYC tweets about rainbows and unicorns.
— Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) November 23, 2014
Meanwhile Wilson and other police officers and their families have had to go into hiding because of threats.
Via Daily Caller:
Benjamin Crump, the attorney for Michael Brown’s family, said on ABC’s “This Week” that he doesn’t worry about due process for Ferguson Officer Darrell[sic] Wilson, the police officer who shot his client’s son.
HOST GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: It sounds like you’ve prejudged what the grand jury is going to say. You’ve already decided the process is unfair?
CRUMP: No, the process is completely unfair. 99 percent of the time, police officers aren’t charged when they kill young people of color. So when you look at the face of those overwhelming statistics and you think that we are upset because…
STEPHANOPOULOS: But let me ask the question — let me ask, what if there was a struggle. What if there was a struggle for the gun and the evidence shows that?
CRUMP: You know what, in America we have a constitution; you have a right to trial by jury. And I have no doubt if they were to indict the police officer, he would be guaranteed his full constitutional rights of innocent until proven guilty. He would get every benefit of the doubt. I don’t worry about the due process for Officer Wilson. I worry about the due process for the little black boy dead on the ground.
The ‘little black boy dead on the ground’? Isn’t that racist? By the way,’little’ Mike Brown was 6’4″, 292 pounds, on his way from just having strong-armed a clerk in a Quik-Trip and stealing Swishers.
Why the continual infantilizing of Brown? He was 18 which in most places in the world qualifies as an adult, except perhaps in Obama’s America where childhood with government as father seems to extend forever. The only reason is to again exaggerate the ‘victim’ versus evil police dynamic.
If you claim to care about justice, you should care about due process for Darren Wilson. Either there is law or there is chaos.
Hear The Sound Of Cancelled Reservations: Delta Airlines Tweets Support Of Obama’s Immigration Debacle
— Delta Air Lines News (@DeltaNewsroom) November 21, 2014
Why any public carrier would tweet out something so inherently bad for business is beyond me. You can imagine the response.
Here’s one take:
— Lori_NMetroATL (@perpetualvjlinz) November 23, 2014
@perpetualvjlinz Let's work together. We would love to assist you with your travel needs. Please follow/DM details. *PW
— Delta Assist (@DeltaAssist) November 23, 2014
— Lori_NMetroATL (@perpetualvjlinz) November 23, 2014
Major Newspaper Pulls Cartoon Critical Of Obama’s Executive Action Because Of Claims Cartoon Was ‘Racist’
Truth is inherently racist, if you’re a progressive. You must inoculate the public from it by shutting down any criticism.
Via The Blaze:
After the Indianapolis Star published a political cartoon on Friday that was decidedly against President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration reform, the paper’s executive editor Jeff Taylor said many readers were offended and called it “racist.”
So on Saturday the Star pulled the political cartoon by Gary Varvel. Taylor said Varvel “did not intend to be racially insensitive in his attempt to express his strong views” about the issue but added that ”we erred in publishing it.”
Bad News For Hillary: Obama Says People Are Going To Want That “New Car Smell” Not Someone With “Mileage”
President Obama took a thinly veiled shot at Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential aspirations on Sunday, saying American voters want that “new car smell” and “something that doesn’t have as much mileage as me.”
“I think the American people, you know, they’re going to want — you know, that new car smell,” Obama told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. “You know, their own — they want to drive something off the lot that doesn’t have as much mileage as me.”
When asked about Clinton’s potential 2016 run, Obama said he was prepared for Clinton to attempt to distance herself from his administration.
“She’s not going to agree with me on everything,” Obama said. “And, you know, one of the benefits of running for president is you can stake out your own positions.”
Most importantly, however, Obama seemed to prioritize ensuring that the next president is a Democrat.
“I am very interested in making sure that I’ve got a Democratic successor,” Obama said. “So I’m going do everything I can, obviously, to make sure that whoever the nominee is is successful.”