The Obama administration refuses to enforce Federal laws which Obama finds ideologically or politically objectionable, while claiming that He is obligated to enforce them.
On November 19th, House Speaker Boehner released an article titled 22 Times President Obama Said He Couldn’t Ignore or Create His Own Immigration Law. Here are Boehner’s introductory paragraphs:
With the White House poised to grant executive amnesty any day now despite the American people’s staunch opposition, on Sunday President Obama was asked about the many, many statements he made in the past about his inability to unilaterally change or ignore immigration law. His response was astonishingly brazen: “Actually, my position hasn’t changed. When I was talking to the advocates, their interest was in me, through executive action, duplicating the legislation that was stalled in Congress.”
This is a flagrant untruth: “In fact, most of the questions that were posed to the president over the past several years were about the very thing that he is expected to announce within a matter of days,” reported The New York Times. “[T]he questions actually specifically addressed the sorts of actions that he is contemplating now,” The Washington Post’s Fact Checker agreed, awarding President Obama the rare “Upside-Down Pinocchio,” which signifies “a major-league flip-flop.” Even FactCheck.org piled on.
Here are the first two examples on the list of Obama’s earlier positions:
“I take the Constitution very seriously. The biggest problems that we’re facing right now have to do with [the president] trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all. And that’s what I intend to reverse when I’m President of the United States of America.” (3/31/08)
“We’ve got a government designed by the Founders so that there’d be checks and balances. You don’t want a president who’s too powerful or a Congress that’s too powerful or a court that’s too powerful. Everybody’s got their own role. Congress’s job is to pass legislation. The president can veto it or he can sign it. … I believe in the Constitution and I will obey the Constitution of the United States. We’re not going to use signing statements as a way of doing an end-run around Congress.” (5/19/08).
Please also read and consider the remaining twenty. Was Obama Grubering — lying and obfuscating — when He said those things, is He Grubering now, or both?
There has already been ample speculation about the Royal Decree which Obama intends to sign and blather about this evening. Speculation is interesting. However, we should be in a better position after His address to compare what He says with what He is likely to do and to consider the potential consequences for us, for the Congress and for Him.
That said, we can expect with near certainty that Obama will Gruber as he blathers about His Royal Decree and what it means. As the propensity of Obama and His administration to distort and otherwise to lie about facts and their positions has evolved, there is little if any reason to believe what they say about anything — from the state of the economy to foreign policy to ObamaCare to Benghazi to Fast and Furious to the “Religion of Peace” to immigration “reform” and a multitude of others. The recent news about Jonathan Gruber and the administration’s relationship with him have shown this perception to be increasingly sound. In response, Obama and His administration have continued to Gruber. Here’s a short summary:
This is from left-leaning(?) MSNBC:
It’s also reasonable to assume that the “legitimate” media will find little if any fault with Obama’s Royal Decree or its implementation. Leftists generally seem to feel that He can do no wrong when He agrees with them, as He customarily does.
A voice from the past and the present
Chris Lehane is the proud author of the 1959 “vast right wing conspiracy” memo relied upon by St. Hillary of Clinton back when her husband was
wrongly rightly accused of multiple derelictions including sexual misconduct in the While House and lying about it, publicly and later under oath.
Ms Lehane wrote that, even now, “I absolutely stand by . . . [the memo]. Not only was it right about the right wing then, it is more accurate than ever today.” Here is the key paragraph of what she wrote in the linked Politico article this April about vast right wing conspiracy theories:
Today, thanks to this opt in/opt out dynamic, ever-larger segments of the population can believe in completely ungrounded conspiracy theories—such as that President Obama was not born in the United States—despite a massive trove of assiduously documented evidence to the contrary. Take, for example, Fox News’s non-stop coverage of the supposed cover-up surrounding the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, which at times has veered into self-parody—segments hyping shoddy reports produced by the very same people who believe Obama was born in Kenya. Or its coverage of IRS-gate, Solyndra or any other number of fever-swamp-driven pseudo-scandals that mainstream outlets have looked into and found rather less scandalous. And all of these nothingburger stories get duly hyped on zillions of right-wing websites, on conservative talk radio and on the Drudge Report, which boasts more traffic than ever, though it looks pretty much the same as it did during the Clinton years. [Emphasis added.]
She wrote her Politico article before the surfacing of “Grubergate,” to which the “legitimate” media generally found it appropriate to pay scant or no attention — until doing something was seen to be necessary. Even after the Grubergate debacle, the “legitimate” media are likely to ignore objections to Obama’s Royal Decree or treat them with the same disdain they lavished on non-leftist perceptions of the Benghazi, IRS and other scandal cover ups as “fever-swamp-driven pseudo-scandals that mainstream outlets have looked into and found rather less scandalous.”
After reading and interpreting copies of Obama’s address and His Royal Decree, I will try to analyze His Gruberings. Perhaps this time the “legitimate” media will do its job and illuminate at least some of Obama’s malfeasance. Don’t count on it.
After his party’s historic losses, [Obama] refused to even acknowledge the thrashing. Instead, he said the real lesson from that day was that Americans want everyone in Washington to “work together.”
Yet behind the scenes, the president was busy directing his team of lawyers to find real or perceived loopholes in the law — even the Constitution — in order to wave his royal scepter and instantaneously turn as many as 12 million illegal aliens into America citizens. Already he had quietly ordered the federal government to stop deporting aliens and unilaterally allowed some 60,000 “unaccompanied minors” to enter the U.S.
So he never had any intention of “working together” with Republicans, who in six weeks will control both chambers of Congress. Instead, he set off to circumvent Congress by granting amnesty to millions. Throughout, he knew that he would be, as GOP leaders said, “poisoning the well” and “waving a red flag in front of a bull.”
The bull will probably notice and respond. But how?