Obamacare 2.0: More Brass Knuckle Lawlessness and Stunning Hypocrisy from Democrats

In April 2005, Sen. Barack Obama rose to oppose any change in Senate filibuster rules.

Republicans propose this rule “because they can get away with it not because they know it’s good for our democracy.” Ironic much? If there were ever a phrase that describes virtually every lawless action of the Obama administration that’s it.

Watch as other democrats in 2005 also lament “vaporizing” the “checks and balances” contained in the filibuster “changing the rules in the middle of the game,” “putting an end to democratic debate,” becoming a “rubber stamp” for the President, a “stunning moment,” a “fundamental power grab” that our Founders warned us against.

Yesterday, the democrats did the very thing that they so strongly opposed only 8 years ago, and blew up the filibuster. Of course, the hypocrisy is stunning. It’s important to understand what happened yesterday, and why.

First, the tremendous irony is that it is the democrats during George W. Bush’s presidency who came up with the idea of filibustering a president’s nominees. It has become a hackneyed liberal talking point, always accompanied with the predictable faux disgust and outrage, that Sen. Mitch McConnell actually said that he wanted Barack Obama to be a one-term president! What an outrageous, shocking statement especially since every democrat obviously wanted to repeal the XXII Amendment so that George W. Bush could serve at least three terms. What is in fact stunning and unprecedented is the pow wow that several liberal activists had right after Pres. Bush was sworn in. That’s where they cooked up the idea of filibustering judicial nominees. I wrote about it here. 

Second, there is a reason that the democrats were desperate to pack the D.C. Circuit. That’s where challenges to regulations, and to Obamacare, will be heard. Knowing that fact, the democrats pushed the panic button.

Third, as noted in a very cogent way, by the Wall Street Journal in their piece, Senate Rules for Radicals:

The move shows how foolish Republicans like John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Orrin Hatch were to worry that if they broke the filibuster, Democrats would then do it too. Democrats did it anyway. The only way to deter bloody-minded Democratic behavior is to treat Democrats as they treat Republicans. (emphasis mine) Democrats sicced special prosecutors on GOP Presidents for years, but they gave up the independent-counsel statute only after Ken Starr investigated Bill Clinton.

Absolutely. I know that they suffer from East Coast Brain Rot, but let’s hope that finally the GOP has learned its lesson. As I reminded them here, there was a reason that Ronald Reagan was so successful fighting the Left. He understood what he was up against.

So this disgraceful event is just the latest episode in the on-going drama that we find ourselves forced to live in, in which a radical leftist and his minions lawlessly “transform” our country.

One silver lining, noted in that WSJ piece: now we need only 51 votes to repeal Obamacare.

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Sorry, Children: Snowden is No Hero | Teri O’Brien – America’s Original Conservative Warrior Princess (just a useful idiot, whether you agree or disagree with the NSA’s surveillance programs

David Gregory, Glenn Greenwald Spar Over Snowden – Business Insider (Howdy Doody asks Snowden’s scribe whether he’s an accomplice in crime. Hilarity ensues.)

21 (and counting) Things You Have to Believe to Support Amnesty: Today on The Teri O’Brien Show | Teri O’Brien – America’s Original Conservative Warrior Princess

Simpson Mazzoli | The Weekly Standard (Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. What happened back in 1986 when we gave amnesty to 3 million.)

Six Degrees of Chuck Schumer-Connecting the Dots Between Amnesty and 1993′s Motor Voter Law | Teri O’Brien – America’s Original Conservative Warrior Princess (Have you forgotten about the Cloward-Piven Strategy? Did you remember, or did you even know, that Cloward and Piven attended the signing ceremony for the 1993 Motor Voter Law?)

Amnesty For Illegal Immigrants Will Cost Americans Trillions – Investors.com

LIke a Sleazy Used Car Salesman, Amnesty Proponents Press “Urgency” | Teri O’Brien – America’s Original Conservative Warrior Princess

Contacting the Congress: A Citizen’s Congressional Directory (tell your senator that we don’t want amnesty. We want the invasion of illegals to stop.)

The Weekend Interview with Lindsey Graham: The Senate’s Republican Deal Maker – WSJ.com (Projectile vomit alert)

Networks Ignore ‘Audit the IRS’ Rally; Minimize Coverage of $70 Million in IRS Bonuses | NewsBusters

‘Climate change is the threat of our time’: President Obama pledges to cut nuclear weapons and a greener world in Berlin speech – Europe – World – The Independent (Obama apparently agrees with another, although much much better looking con man, Mad Men’s Don Draper; that is, if you don’t like what they’re saying, change the conversation.)

Sen. Chuck Schumer Tries to Run Interference for Obama in War on Press

You can never have enough Gangs of Eight, right? So thinks Sen. Chuck Schumer. From The Hill:

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Sunday proposed a new bipartisan “Gang of Eight” to draft a bill to create guidelines for future investigations of media leaks by the government.

“I proposed along with [Sen.] Lindsey Graham [R-S.C.], we’ll be announcing that we have four Democrats, four Republicans, another Gang of Eight,” said Schumer on CBS’s Face the Nation. “I love these gangs of eight I guess.”

It was very unclear to me how this proposed shield law would have changed anything, and of course, it wouldn’t have, and the timing seemed awfully convenient. Right after the news that the Obama administration has a war on the press has been released, they decide they need another law. Unfortunately, it’s unnecessary. On May 14, 2013, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press sent a letter to Eric Holder, citing all the existing statutes and regulations that govern subpoenas to the press. From the Washington Post:

Subpoenas of the news media for testimony and evidence are governed by theAttorney General’s guidelines found at 28 C.F.R. § 50.10 and incorporated into the U.S. Attorney’s Manual. See § 9-13.400. These guidelines were enacted in 1972 and were expanded specifically to cover telephone records in1980. They were developed to accommodate both the interests of the government in prosecuting crime and the First Amendment interests in reporting on issues of public concern. We know this to be true because theReporters Committee played a role in their promulgation. In this instance,where the Department subpoenaed two months of records related to 20telephone lines, including records from major AP bureaus and the home phone and cell phone records of individual journalists, the Department appears to have ignored or brushed aside almost every aspect of the guidelines. Each one merits specific review.

Narrow scope of the subpoena: Section 50.10(g)(1) requires that a subpoena “should be as narrowly drawn as possible; it should be directed at relevant information regarding a limited subject matter and should cover a reasonably limited time period.” The available evidence shows that no such constraints were applied here. Instead of being directed at relevant records on a limited topic for a closely circumscribed time period, the subpoena appears to have covered all records that could be relevant so that prosecutors could  plunder two months of newsgathering materials to seek information that might interest them.

Seeking information from alternative sources: Sections 50.10(b) and 50.10(g)(1) require the Department to take “all reasonable alternative investigative steps” before subpoenaing phone records. Although the public is not in a position to know what alternatives were pursued, the sheer breadth of this subpoena suggests that it was an initial investigative step taken as part of a prosecutor’s desire to gather up even the most remote materialwhen beginning an investigation.

Obligation to inform and negotiate: Section 50.10(d) requires federal prosecutors to disclose their intent to pursue a subpoena and negotiate with the news media in “all cases” involving telephone records. Only if prosecutors determine that such negotiationswould “pose a substantial threat to the integrity of the investigation” are these obligations removed. The purpose of such an exception is to ensure, in the rare inquiry where there is a reason to be concerned about the preservation of evidence, that records are not lost or destroyed. By deciding in this case involving one of the nation’s oldest and most respected news organizations that a subpoena would pose such a threat, the Department has severely harmed its working relationship with the news media, which time and time again have undertaken good-faith efforts to cooperate with government lawyers in a way that protects the public’s interest both in law enforcement and in independent and autonomous newsgathering.

So basically the administration wants another law that they can disregard.

Let me say it again. Nice try.

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Teri_OBrien_LogoURLTo celebrate Memorial Day, we enjoyed some soundbites from Ronald Reagan’s 1st Inaugural and the 40th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy

Barack Obama appoints Eric Holder to investigate himself

New German book claims JFK admired Hitler

Gang of 8 immigration law doesn’t have the votes to pass the Senate

Dick “Eddie Haskell” Durbin is very concerned about the civil rights of Islamic head chopping lunatics if we admit that they are at war with us

Durbin asked why he wrote letter demanding IRS target Crossroads USA, but no “progressive” groups. Hilarity ensues. 

Obama Drone Speech Delivered At National Defense University (FULL TRANSCRIPT) (Pay no attention to the Islamic maniacs in Boston, London and Paris. Mission accomplished. Declare victory and exit the field.)

Obama’s Cynical War Speech | National Review Online (As usual, Andrew McCarthy nails it. FTA: “Two plus two equals five. I mean, I really want it to be five. So let’s just pretend it’s five and, before you know it, it’ll be five. After all, we are the ones (or is it the fives?) we’ve been waiting for. My narrow-minded opponents, stuck in the mathematics of a bygone time, would have us make a false choice between elementary addition and our values. But as James Madison or James Rosen or somebody said, “The arc of arithmetic is long, but it bends toward, um . . . five.”

That, it seemed to me, was about what President Obama was saying in his wag-the-jihad speech on Thursday at the National Defense University in Washington.”

French soldier stabbed while on patrol near Paris | Reuters (FTA: “A police union spokesman said surveillance footage of the attacker showed him as tall and bearded, aged about 35, possibly of North African origin and wearing a white Arab-style tunic.” Gee, what could possibly have been the motivation?)

Obama’s War on the Press

Leonard Downie: Obama’s war on leaks undermines investigative journalism – The Washington Post (FTA: “For the past five years, beginning with his first presidential campaign, Barack Obama has promised that his government would be the most open and transparent in American history. …But the Obama administration’s steadily escalating war on leaks, the most militant I have seen since the Nixon administration, has disregarded the First Amendment and intimidated a growing number of government sources of information — most of which would not be classified — that is vital for journalists to hold leaders accountable.”)

How Prosecutors Fought to Keep Rosen’s Warrant Secret : The New Yorker

IRS Scandal

IRS’s Tea Party Targeting Controversy Graphic – Bloomberg (Nice graphic showing the timeline and the players)

IRS Tea Party Intimidation An Echo Of Raids On Gibson Guitar – Investors.com

White House Feeds IRS Frenzy by Revising Accounts – Bloomberg

Menendez: Immigration bill doesn’t have enough votes to pass Senate – The Hill’s Blog Briefing Room

BREAKING: Sen. Schumer Admits Illegals Given Amnesty Won’t Have to Pay Back Taxes | Teri O’Brien – America’s Original Conservative Warrior Princess

How JFK secretly ADMIRED Hitler: Explosive book reveals former President’s praise for the Nazis as he travelled through Germany before Second World War | Mail Online

Shades of Obamacare. DHS Admits It’s Not Ready to Secure the Border.

Sen. Rubio, you’re starring in some new ads promoting the “comprehensive immigration reform” that Sen. Schumer is trying to sucker you into getting passed. The voiceover in the ad in which you are featured says that the proposed bill is “bold” “very conservative” and “Border Security On Steroids.” Have you seen this latest from the Department of Homeland Security?

From The Washington Times:

The Homeland Security Department’s auditor will paint a picture Tuesday of agencies not yet ready to administer a massive new immigration bill that would require it to boost border security and weed through petitions from millions of illegal immigrants.
In prepared testimony obtained by The Washington Times, Anne L. Richards, assistant inspector general for audits, will tell the Senate Homeland Security committee that the department has made major progress in the 10 years since it was formed, but there are still many outstanding problems with measuring data and planning for the future.

Gee, problems, you mean problems like the ones mentioned in this story cited in last week’s Show Notes? 

No worries. If this disaster becomes law, we can just rely on Big SIs, or her successors, to exercise the extremely wide discretion she is given to do the right thing. 

Also from the WT article:

The auditor said Homeland Security officials have plans to address many of the shortcomings, but she said “it takes time” to write and implement those plans.

To Sen. Rubio, Sen. Graham, and the other proponents of this mess who say “full speed ahead”, I say “Seriously?”