Comment preface.Two wrongs don't make a rightThe
president has has surpassed his predecessors in overstepping bounds
Comment.I agree with the bulk and the premise of what Mr Will has
written.What Mr Will did NOT say is very telling.How can
you have a reasonable article about Obama's excessive overreach without at
least admitting that we have excessive congressional obstruction. And this
obstruction is mostly purely partisan, as opposed to substantive.The
latter does not justify the former, but it is the main contributing factor.While the founding fathers would probably express outrage at
Obama's tactics, they would most likely have equal rage at how congress is
Every time George W. Bush broke the law Republicans/Conservative laughed in the
face of America.Now it is so much different.
Something has to be done. Obama is a menace to our constitution.
Our country must restore the rule of law. A president's powers are very
clearly spelled out in our Constitution. They must faithfully enforce the law.
If they don't like a law the president should ask Congress to amend the
law. The list of lawlessness of the current administration is endless.
Typical Will bilge, and just as bad and reprehensible as his column where he
said that university co-eds derive value from being sexually assaulted. If Will
wants to talk about a "lawless" president he should talk about GWBush
and all of his signing statements which negated the bills he "signed",
and not our current (and real) president who is doing his best to clean up
George's mess with absolutely no help and with a lot of
trying-to-make-him-fail, from the far right extremists. Will -- again and still
-- needs to get a clue and show some integrity in what he writes.
Will's commentary is so strident and over the top, he loses all
You claim to have been wronged in all kinds of ways, George, but offer no
Executive Orders can be rescinded by Congress and when they (EOs) violate the
rule of law or create law, they should be. Sadly, Congress is derelict in their
duty to act on this issue. Lawsuits are preferable to doing nothing and can
effectively be brought by one house, but representatives of both major parties
in both houses should be willing to stand up and oppose usurpation of power by
any president, no matter which party.
So you all say no, no, no, we won't act, we won't agree, we won't
do anything. Then when the President says enough is enough the country needs to
function and does something you're going to impeach him because he's
lawless. Absolutely despicable. Keep up this partisan craziness
and watch the left become emboldened about pursuing war crimes against Bush and
The Constitution states: All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested
in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of
Representatives.It doesn't say that "some legislative
Powers". It doesn't say that legislative powers be shared with the
Executive Branch. It clearly states that ALL legislative powers shall be vested
in a Congress.That is the supreme law of the land. No one can
change that law without an amendment to the Constitution. The President is
bound by that law. The Court is bound by that law. No President or judge can
legislate. Only Congress can legislate.The duty of the
President:"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute
the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my
Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United
States."A President cannot faithfully execute the Office of
President and defend the Constitution when he ignores that Constitution as he
legislates from the Oval Office.Mr. Will is correct.
Who is making the decisions. Who is in control of the money. It's the
golden rule. Who controls the Gold has the control.
When will we wake up and recognize that people like George F Will are not on the
side of people and are feverishly working their mouths to prevent the American
government from becoming a government of the people? When do the efforts of the
business promoted smoke amount to any thing more than smoke? When will we
recognize that the Tea Party mentality is not the American way. As
one of a tiny minority of leaders elected to our government who would actually
represent the people of America, the anti-people group has used every means to
discredit the President and cause his failure. Even to the destroying his
stature and power in the foreign arena. And then complain about his
ineffectiveness. George Will accuses President Obama of being
lawless. If so let him present his evidence in a court of law, and not just in
the minds of conservatives.
There is no doubt that we have major problems in Washington. We need term
limits on all of these people.Clearly our President is taking us
down a path of nonsense.
For George Will, a lawless President is any President that isn't a
republican.But when a republican is in charge and trampling the
Constitution? Anything goes! He's silent.
More partisan nonsense. When Congress point blank refuses to govern, sosomeone has to.Classic example: when conservatives were clamoring for
military intervention in Syria, President Obama said 'fine. Article One
Section Eight. Go ahead. Declare war.' Congresses response? Crickets.
Gutless silence. And this 'lawless President' argleblargle is
just more partisan noise.
I can only thank God that the minority voice(will's voice in this case) can
still be heard. The division in this country is a great thing, considering what
is at stake. Slavery was wrong, even if a state said otherwise (SSM is on a
similar track). You may squash men's voices, but God's voice will be
heard. The Courts may rule against God, but eventually, and unfortunately the
south learned, that His wrath will be felt. Whether a dithering idiot or a
voice of reason, both are protected in America. The point of all legislation is
action. When a president himself, the one who is sworn to uphold those laws,
violates the very laws that are passed, we are living under tyranny! Those who
are blind to this simple reality are accomplices. Whether the current
President, or George Bush, history is not kind to those who swing their arm up
to the state in blind obedience! All those who blindly check either the
Republican or Democratic line of reasoning is willfully acknowledging that abuse
of power is all well and good! I only have pity for you!
Question: Do only those laws created by legislation have the authority and
meaning of law? Does the Judicial have the ability to create law
by disallowing improper laws created by the legislature?Does the
President in the execution of the office of president of the United States, have
the ability to add, subtract and modify the laws created by the legislature?
Would someone tell Red that the president DOES serve limited terms, and that
that has been the case for about 60 years now? In the meantime I join with
others in noting Mr. Will's consistent partisan outlook on who IS and who
is NOT "lawless". If every accusation against Obama were TRUE, he still
wouldn't be in the "lawless" class with Nixon or
We are given eyes to see, ears to hear and hearts to feel. All of us, who read
the paper and track Obama's actions, know that he has extended his
authority into areas where we have not authorized him to act. That is common
knowledge. No one can claim that his "modification" of Obamacare was
not "legislative" in nature. Anyone who does claim that he had the
right to modify Obamacare does not understand what the word
"legislative" means. No one can deny that he has NOT built the fence
that Congress funded nor has he supplied border patrol people to enforce our
Southern border. That is a fact that no one can dispute.There are
many other instances that anyone can find showing Obama's contempt for the
other branches of government.Congress represents the people and the
States. Congress has no obligation to do the will of the President. In fact,
after examining what people think about Obama, the House is doing exactly what
the people expect it to do. They are opposing any idea that comes from the
White House. They are representing the will of the people. Obama could learn
When GW Bush is tried for starting wars, lying, torture, spying, and corporate
hand outs -- call me Will, and the rest of the GOP lemmings.otherwise -- I file this under 'politically motivated, biased
opinion', without reason.
"They are opposing any idea that comes from the White House. They are
representing the will of the people. Obama could learn from that."Far off base Mr Richards. Far off base.So, America is against
"any idea that comes from the White House"?How about uniform
background checks? Americans strongly favor that.How about Same Sex
Marriage. According to a May 2014 Gallup poll, SSM is supported by 55% of the
people.The country is fairly evenly split on raising the minimum
wage.That is 3 quick ones that are all supported by "the White
House"Is the House representing "the will of the people"
in these matters?You may want to look a bit closer Mr Richards.
Hate to break it to you but your views are far from Main Stream.
If you remove the emotion and look strictly at the facts you will find that
Ronald Reagan issued 381 executive orders in his eight years serving as
President! In George Bush's four year term, he issued 166 executive
orders. In Bill Clinton's eight years, he issued 364. George W. Bush
issued 291 in his eight year term. In Barack Obama's five years of
service, he has issued 168 executive orders. This data can be found from the
American Presidency Project and reflects executive orders issued by each
president through January 20, 2014. Regardless of your politics, every
president has used executive power to issue executive order(s)and many have
used this power to a greater degree than President Obama. The facts are the
facts whether they support your opinions or not.
The president is the only person in Washington that was elected by the people of
America. Congress is elected by the people in individual states under the
control of local business interests.
Obama refused to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act because he didn't like
it.Obama has written multiple executive orders implementing policies that
both parties Congress would not approve.The House of Representatives is
supposed to have the power of the purse. We went at least four years without a
budget over the objections of the House.Unconstitutional Law after
unconstitutional law was passed against the will of the people under
Obama's watch.Obama would not even enforce his own signature law;
Obama Care, granting exemptions to his friends (unions) and delaying the
inevitable backlash until after the 2014 elections.Congress is now
almost powerless so much power has either been usurped or delegated to the
executive branch.There there is the Benghazi scandal that reminds me
of King David and Uriah.Nixon talked about using the IRS for political
reasons. Obama's people did it.Nixon was missing 18 minutes of a
tape recording. Obama has six crashed hard drives and two years worth of missing
email records, in an age when institution stores data that way.If
there was ever a compelling case to impeach a President, this is it.
Joe Blow: Mr. Richards is not concerned with whether his views are mainstream
or not. Whether Barack Obama is upholding the law is what he is concerned with!
God is not concerned whether His views are mainstream either! Those in favor
for SSM are on the same standing as those who wanted to keep slavery. Slavery
was wrong, no matter how may southerners thought otherwise! God knew it was
wrong and eventually both the north and the south suffered the consequences of
supporting an evil practice. God didn't take an opinion poll about
slavery, nor has He about SSM. If America is still the land I love, then
expressions of truth will still be tolerated
Gotta love somebody like Mike Richards proclaim himself the voice of the
American people. Michael, you my friend, are far from mainstream. Far.Sorry, but Americans support background checks and limited magazines for guns.
Do you support that?Americans believe in cap and trade. They also believe
in the development of green technology. Do you support that?Americans
believe in raising the min wage. Do you support that?Americans believe in
raising tax rates on the rich. Do you support that?Americans believe in
marriage equality. Do you support that?Americans believe in unions,
pensions, universal health care, and strict regulations for Wall Street. Do you
support that?Americans believe in leaving Iraq alone. Do you support
that?Americans believe in keeping the government open and not using a
shutdown in an attempt to repeal legislation. Do you support that?Americans believe in federal government ownership of public lands. Do you
support that?Clearly, my friend, you are out of touch. Just as the
GOP, which hasn't won the popular vote in a. Presidential election in quite
some time.In fact, very few view the world in your ultra conservative
Mormon perspective. They, not you, are the mainstream.
The American public needs to be educated as to what is happening on both sides
of the aisle and take seriously the fact that our country is in big, big
trouble.I would like to suggest that everyone go see the movie,
"America, Imagine a World Without Her" which comes out in the theaters
on July 2nd across the country. We saw this in a preview in SLC last night. I
learned things I never knew about America. And, I feel like I know a lot about
the history of this great country. This film especially needs to reach young
people!This is an outstanding documentary film and one that will
leave you thinking and contemplating what we can do collectively as a people to
help keep America great. The photography and story line are very well done. I
strongly encourage everyone to make this a "must see" this summer. We
need to elect good people in November across this country to heal this political
divide.God bless America!
@ BYAlumI would discourage all church members from watching that
film. It has some very questionable material in it which isn't suitable for
church members. Not only that, but this director has a long history of making
bogus movies on crackpot right wing subjects. He's essentially the Michael
Moore of the right. Please, no church member should see things like that. Our
minds are computers. What we put in we ultimately get out. Garbage in and
garbage comes out. We should be in search of uplifting and enlightening movies.
The movie mentioned above is neither.
It's the talk of the news industry, the fact that Mr Will has gone a bit
around the bend, with some recent columns offending a lot of people, and has
been dropped by a number of papers.This article seems to validate
Regardless of what Congress does or doesn't do, the president is
constitutionally prohibited from usurping power. Obama has gone off the rails
and there are still people on these boards who have bought into the fallacious
argument that he has to do it because Congress won't act. That is the
prerogative of Congress and Obama has no right to make laws and ignore laws.Jonathon Turley, a constitutional law professor and liberal Democrat,
has stated that Obama is the most lawless president in history. That's
saying something. I can't believe the sheep on these boards to are willing
to follow Obama no matter what he does.
"I would like to suggest that everyone go see the movie, "America,
Imagine a World Without Her"Seriously? This is the Desousa book
made into a film who's stated purpose is to vehemently counter the
Progressive agenda that is destroying America, and then goes on to spin history
so that America wasn't stolen (his words) from the Indians, the Southwest
wasn't taken from Mexico and the best of all, children of slaves are better
off here than in their own country.Now that's some hubris and
BYUalum South Jordan, UTThe American public needs to be
educated as to what is happening on both sides of the aisle and take seriously
the fact that our country is in big, big trouble.I would like to
suggest that everyone go see the movie, "America, Imagine a World Without
Her" which comes out in the theaters on July 2nd across the country. ============= No thanks!It's another
one-sided biased, political "documentary" produced by far-right-winger
Dinesh D’Souza.D’Souza is the director of the 2012
documentary “2016: Obama’s America,” based on his 2010 book
“The Roots of Obama’s Rage.” The documentary
attacks a variety of noted liberals such as Bill Ayers, Noam Chomsky and Alan
Dershowitz.FYI -- D’Souza was indicted in January on charges
of making illegal contributions to a 2012 U.S. Senate campaign.
All you Libs out there need to knock of the revisionist history that you are all
so fond of. I do recall Will, several times, knock Bush for some of the stuff
he did. Same thing with Reagan. Will isn't the sycophant that you all
think he is. He is reasoned, intelligent, and does his homework.Here's the Oath. “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will
faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the
best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United
States.”Figure it out for yourselves.LDS Liberal,
I count you and your cohorts among the Democrat Lemmings, so there you go.Otherwise I file this under 'politically motivated, biased
opinion', but very reasoned and intelligent.
Can't wait to see dinesh's film! Isn't it great that in America
you can express an opinion, contrary to what some here would rather have, an
America where only Michael Moore can speak! not my America. I welcome
Michael's "trash" just as much as dinesh's "trash".
God will win in the end, and that is my America!
Light and Liberty "Isn't it great that in America you can express an
opinion, contrary to what some here would rather have, an America where only
Michael Moore can speak!"And just where did you read
The RockFederal Way, WAIf there was ever a compelling case to
impeach a President, this is it.8:06 p.m. June 22, 2014[I think launching attacks into countries based on lies about imanginary
Weapons of Mass destruction that do not exist, and further passing the
"Patriot Act" of legalized spying on American Citizens -- trumps
anything you listed.]======== FlashbackKearns,
UTLDS Liberal, I count you and your cohorts among the Democrat Lemmings,
so there you go.----OK Flashback -- Here's
the Oath I swore -- "I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm)
that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all
enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the
same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and
the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the
Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God." What oath did
you swear to uphold?BTW -- I'm not a Democrat.
Under some liberals view of things, if President Hillary only issued one
executive Order, which suspended the Constitution and imposed communist
dictatorship--they would scream about how she was the least aggressive president
in history, compared to that fascist Buuuuuuushh! It's not the
number, it's the content. Obama is rewriting the laws that he signed,
passed by Congress. In short, he's being a dictator -- he is literally
dictating what the law is. Not once, not twice--numerous times. And you
liberals are cheering him for it. You say--Bush invaded Iraq!!!
So? He did so after going to Congress, presenting his case (based on evidence
that Clinton gathered, no less), and got Congress to sign off. Note that Obama
didn't go to his completely Democratic Congress and get that rescinded....
Obama invaded Libya unconstitutionally. Didn't bother with Congress, ever.
Obama is a dictator, and you leftists cheer him on. You guys
support dictatorships, it is clear.
to Cats & Mike RichardsHow exactly has Obama differed from his
predecessors (since RR) who were also Ivy Leaguers?
This coming November the Senate will swing to the right and BO gets no money to
Light and Liberty, you sure use god to back up your argument a lot. Tell you what, if you want to use god in claiming you are correct, then do me
one favor first: prove there is a god. If you can't even
establish that a god exists I really don't see how your use of him, or her,
gives your argument any credibility. I'll wait.
markSalt Lake City, UTLight and Liberty, you sure use god to back up
your argument a lot. ======= It's the same argument
Al Queda and the Taliban use as well.
Republicans are so upset that Obama DELAYED the health care mandate, yet they
are against the mandate in the first place. That's right up
there with complaining that Obama didn't stop BP's oil spill fast
enough. Ya, I remember this stuff.
re: airnaut"It's the same argument Al Queda and the Taliban
use as well."What about Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, etc...?
Almost forgot (?), Tomas Torquemada, the Spanish Conquisatadors, The
Ayatollahs in Iran.
The US needs to look closer at the role of the Attorney General. Both parties
now appoint someone who protects the White House while they are breaking the
law. The party who has their guy in the WH stay quiet or help run interference.
This is devastating to our system of justice. With a few more tweaks the US is
going to be confused with USSR.