Gee George nothing about how the Republicans were blocking every single thing
the President was trying to do at that time. Remember how McConnell pledged to
basically shut the government down in order to defeat the President. Pretty
duplicitous to block all political action, scream about how the President needs
to lead, and then when he does act unilaterally call what he does in those
circumstances unconstitutional. But hey I guess it's the only card the
Republicans have now.
The answer to this problem and many others in Washington is for the Senate to
reform its filibustering rules. Since Obama's election the Republicans
have insisted that to get anything approved in the Senate, there must be 60
votes. The rate of such filibusters has increased rapidly during Obama's
administration, to the point that it is now crippling the country. The answer
is simple, and Senator Reid should proceed to change the rules of the Senate so
that 60 votes are no longer required, at least for the approval of judges,
administrators, and other appointees.
pragmatistafterlife: You are forgetting one important thing: It doesn't
matter who is president; he should be a defender of the Constitution. the
Constitution is most important document ever written for freedom. Aside from
the fact that it has been butchered, most recently here by Obama, it still
stands for something.
Skeptical Chymist reveals the underlying problem: The Senate has
become a tool for obstructionism. I disagree with just about
everything he stands for, but Sen Rand Paul had the courage and integrity to
mount a real Filibuster, the old style, ala Mr. Smith goes to Washington. At
this point Senators merely threaten filibuster and grind things to a halt.Similarly, the Senate has figured out a way to essentially have no
recess, even though all the Senators were at home for the Christmas break. This
sounds like union rules that allow workers to get overtime while sleeping.Maybe we need to modifying the Constitution so these children can stop
bending the rules and laws in cynical ways to their own maximal benefit. What a
horrible example to our children.
The President does not represent the people. The House represents the people.
The Senate represents the States. The President represents the nation, or our
federation of States, to the world. He is required to get the consent of the
Senate whenever he acts as our representative of the nation to the world. He is
forbidden from acting alone without the consent of the Senate for more than a
few days at a time (War Powers). It is not the House that MISREPRESENTS the
people; it is the President.He illegally appointed people to office
when the Senate was in session. He now wants those illegally appointed people
to dictate to business that a business' right of free speech be inferior to
his right to dictate terms and conditions to those businesses.If
anyone cares to look, the checks and balances guaranteed by the Constitution
forbids having a dictator. The oath of office requires that Obama either do his
duty according to the Constitution or that Congress remove him from office.Since Obama will not do his job, it's time Congress did its job.
It is sad that so much of the world is anti-people. It is really sad that the
anti-people have most of the money.
I wish people could come out of the hole of 200 year old history and see the
world as it is today. The president of the United States is the
only significant government official elected by the American people. Because of the voting roadblocks, hurdles and hoops placed in the way of the
voting public in the states, neither the Senate or the House of Representatives
can claim to represent the people. At best, the Senate and house represents
only the business interests in their respective states. But as business is no
longer associated with just states or even nations, even that representation is
suspect. For America to survive with even a tiny bit of democracy,
the people must gain control of their government. The chances of that happening
are looking pretty bad.
Completely omitted from this piece is the fact that Republicans have been
blocking all of President Obama's appointments to the NLRB. As the piece
states, without a qurom, the board cannot function. If it can't function,
employers are free to violate any and all labor laws, because there is no one to
enforce them. That is the Republican goal, the death of labor laws, without
actually repealing them, which would be highly unpopular politically.
bandersen...most important document ever written? I thought you would claim
that for the bible or book of Mormon. The President is allowed to make
appointments when Congress is not in session. This will go to the SCOTUS and
we'll see if they were or weren't.
The Senate can't plead it was circumvented when it was their willful
dereliction that put the President in a position of either acquiescing to an
intolerable situation or to take Executive action to keep the NLRB
functioning.Now we hear George Will putting the President's
adroit use of power in the same category as George Wallace's obstructionism
to preserve segregation. Will once again demonstrates his dexterity as a
Pharisee who is glaringly selective in expounding on the letter of the law.
George Will invoking George Wallace to define Obstructionist Republicans?Nice.
Re: "Maybe we need to modifying the Constitution so these children can stop
bending the rules and laws in cynical ways to their own maximal benefit."Yeah, and I'm sure liberals will bleat the same refrain after the
2014 elections, when Republicans control the Senate, right? And,
that they were in the forefront of demands for changing Senate rules to
eliminate the filibuster during the 2003-2007 period when Republicans controlled
the Senate?Liberals have, not the slightest concern for the people,
the Constitution, or the Nation. Their sole concern is advancing
liberalism's agenda.It is unmitigated hypocrisy to now chant
their support for "hope and change" of Senate rules!
Most of us conservative folks despise just about anything this President does
simply due to the fact he insists and persists in governing from the far left.
What do you expect we who are right of center to do? Do you expect us to just
bow down to this President and accept his refusal to govern in a more moderate
fashion. That's all we ask. You who are left of center should be allowed
to object if the tables were turned. No President should attempt to govern from
far left or from far right. Is that too much to ask? So don't go accusing
all conservative folks of standing in the way of a united America until the
President moves closer to the center and truly makes sincere attempts to govern
for a majority of Americans. Meanwhile I am not holding my breath as this
President has his own agenda and lacks the leadership skills to build a united