Is Obama making U.S. a lame duck country?

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Pundits are pointing to President Barack Obama’s recent decline in public opinion polls, and saying that he may now become another “lame duck” president, unable to accomplish much during his final term in office.

That has happened to other presidents. But it is extremely unlikely to happen to this president. There are reasons why other presidents have become impotent during their last years in office. But those reasons do not apply to Barack Obama.

The Constitution of the United States does not give presidents the power to carry out major policy changes without the cooperation of other branches of government. Once the country becomes disenchanted with a president during his second term, Congress has little incentive to cooperate with him — and, once Congress becomes uncooperative, there is little that a president can do on his own.

That is, if he respects the Constitution.

President Obama has demonstrated, time and again, that he has no respect for the Constitution’s limitations on his power. Despite his oath of office, to see that the laws are faithfully executed, Barack Obama has unilaterally changed welfare reform laws, by eliminating the work requirement passed by Congress during the Clinton administration.

He has repeatedly and unilaterally changed or waived provisions of the Obamacare law passed by Congress during his own administration.

President Obama has ordered Border Patrol agents not to carry out provisions of the immigration laws that he does not like. We see the results today in the tens of thousands of illegal immigrants entering the country unimpeded.

President Obama’s oath of office obviously means no more to him than his oft-repeated promise that “you can keep your own doctor” under Obamacare.

Why do we have a Constitution of the United States if a president can ignore it without any consequences?

The Constitution cannot protect our rights if we do not protect the Constitution. Freedom is not free, and the Constitution is just some words on paper if we do not do anything to those who violate it.

What can ordinary citizens do?

Everything! Theirs is the ultimate power of the ballot that can bring down even the most powerful elected official.

The most important thing the voters can do is vote against anyone who violates the Constitution. When someone who has violated the Constitution repeatedly gets re-elected, then the voters are accomplices in the erosion of protection for their own freedom.

Laws without penalties are just suggestions — and suggestions are a pitiful defense against power.

After voters have failed to protect the Constitution, the last-ditch remedy is impeachment. But Barack Obama knows that he is not going to be impeached.

Who wants to provoke a Constitutional crisis and riots in the streets? And, worst of all, end up with Joe Biden as President of the United States? Some cynics long ago referred to Barack Obama’s choice of mental lightweight Biden to be his vice president as “impeachment insurance.”

With neither the Constitution, nor the voters, nor the threat of impeachment to stop him, Barack Obama has clear sailing to use his powers however he chooses.

Far from seeing his power diminish in his last years, President Obama can extend his power even beyond the end of his administration by appointing federal judges who share his disregard of the Constitution and can enact his far-left agenda into law from the bench, when it cannot be enacted into law by the Congress.

Federal judges with lifetime tenure can make irreversible decisions binding future presidents and future Congresses. If Republicans do not win control of the Senate in this fall’s elections, a Senate controlled by Majority Leader Harry Reid can confirm judges who will have the power to extend Barack Obama’s agenda and complete the dismantling of Constitutional government.

Barack Obama can, as he said before taking office, fundamentally “change the United States of America.” Far from being a lame duck president, Obama can make this a lame duck democracy.

[Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305. His website is www.tsowell.com.] COPYRIGHT 2014 CREATORS.COM

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Lame duck country...

and now we have a mob that swarms a Kroger in Memphis attacking customers and workers:

http://newstome.blog.ajc.com/2014/09/08/three-beaten-as-mob-swarms-memph...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1RhHtj96bc

What the heck!!!!

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Conceal Carry

should solve these "problems", if the weapons are in the right hands.

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I can see it now. NBC's final headline for the 6 PM news reads Unarmed black kid shot and killed by some gun toting NRA type. Holder will swoop in and by-gawd he'll demand justice.

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Perhaps - Cyclist

Perhaps that would happen but it would be unlikely if I was confronted with this situation.

An unprovoked attack by a flash mob would be met with a warning first, if they persisted in their attack, then their force would be met with force. Not only to protect me but to protect others.

Let Mr. Holder come on down and demand whatever he wants.

Oh yes, I am not a member of the NRA.

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PTC O - NRA

It doesn't matter. As we all know, NBC will sensationalize any headline.

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Cy -bedlam

Anarchist teen gangs. Round 'em up, ship em over to Iraq. Give 'em a cross and a bible and let 'em go. Let 'em fight ISIL, or let 'em switch over. Either way, they're toast.

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DM - Do unto others

I thought I would come over here to Dr. Sowell's column to answer your premise concerning Jesus and his teachings. You see DM, Jesus was one heck of a guy, He persuaded people to follow God's teachings using faith, using words, using the logic of faith in an everlasting life. You know he never used force to get people accept his teachings, only love.

Now, let's compare that to what Socialism teaches and it's motivations. Socialism, worships the State, in fact it corrupts the teaching of Jesus and turns it inside out. It advocates that we must take care of one another through the State and that we need to make certain that everyone is equal. Some are more equal than others of course. Those shortsighted souls that don't see this must be forced to see it using law and coercion. In fact, until we all realize that it's the STATE that is supreme, the beating will not stop. Taken to its logical conclusion, the State is far more important than God. In fact, in most socialist societies religion is the "opiate of the masses" and competes with the worship of the State. Therefore, it must be eliminated or at the very least be used as a tool.

That brings us to your encouragement to "do unto others". Don't ever think that true Christians can't see through this use of religion as a tool by the state. The state has no moral equivalency to what Jesus teaches, The State uses force, the State is only interested in its own self preservation and expansion of power. If the church gets in its way it will be taxed, threatened or abolished outright. So, don't preach God's loving grace to me, I will listen to Him as one of His children and given a non-forced choice, will spread His love without the State's forced help.

The State does more to crowd out charity than any known evil in the world and like everything else it does, it does it poorly.

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PTCO

Thank you for again sharing your point of view.

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60 Days

Before the mid terms here's the likely outcome.

Senate
Dems - 0 Pick-Ups
Repub - 7 Pick-Ups AR, IA, LA, MT, NC, SD, WV

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It is also 60 issues of the AJC and their agenda

Michelle Nunn and Jason Carter have been declared king and queen of the November election by the AJC. They don't even pretend to be neutral anymore. Don't think Carter has a prayer, but I would not be surprised to see Nunn beat Purdue. But even that's ok if the Republicans take 7 states.

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Mid-Term Elections

Let's see how the Emperor's decision to delay immigration reform till after the election plays out.

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Cy-Immigration

Guess it won't be much of an issue in California. Two weeks ago, in L.A., Mexican president Nieto said this, "We want to be a factor of cohesion, not division, with full respect for the sovereignty of the U.S. This, at the end, is about - and only about - a matter of justice for those who contribute so much for the development of the American society."

He was welcomed by Gov. Jerry airhead Brown, who signed a bill into law last year that will enable undocumented immigrants to get driver's licenses starting next year. Brown go the message after a visit to a Monterey artichoke factory where the workers yelled, "licencia, licencia."

Say what??

I say we set up border crossings from Ca. to get into the rest of the U.S. I mean, why even bother with them?

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CA driver licensing

Perhaps the consideration was made that if the illegal workers were taken out of the CA economy it would hurt greatly. Now there is the option of having an illegal and undocumented population or an illegal and documented one. The latter sounds more prudent to me.

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Rolling Rock & CA Economy

Maybe, just maybe, their economy would be helped if the Feds backed off that water control in favor of some stupid fish and give the farmers some hope--and the CA Govt hasn't helped bunches either! That's what they get with Bonzo Brown, who they richly deserve, having voted him into office! Believe many folks leaving the state for lower-tax places--can't blame them.

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I believe that most if not all civic engineers would agree that water flows towards money. CA has some serious water supply situations on the horizon and yet in my current endeavor I look at CA residential properties all day long and see mostly green grass and landscaping.

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Maybe Rolling

We can just go ahead and register them as Democrats and get it over with, then they'll be documented too.

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Illegal to Democrat

Seems to me that the need for citizenship would temper that process, but I can see the reason that those opposed to all things Democrat would be concerned.

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All things Progressive - Rolling

aka Socialist

You're correct of course, there is the need for citizenship, but that wasn't my point Rolling. It's the incrementalism of the Progressive movement that is at work here. Socialism continually fails to deliver on its ideas. Its supporters merely shrug off these failures by saying that 1) we haven't thrown enough money at the problem in question or 2) greater control over the "problem" is being thwarted by their opponents.

Since they can't win in the arena of ideas or results, and lose support over time they must replenish their base with "dissatisfied" groups. Immigration "reform", is a perfect scenario for this political action. Remember that social democracies only work with victims that seek revenge from the "ruling class".

Concerning incrementalism George Will said it best I think.

"busybody, nanny-state liberals who, as the saying goes, do not care what people do as long as it is compulsory"

The socialists need some "new blood" and immigration provides it.

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I think the responsibility for the size of the illegal resident population is evenly spread between agendas of The Federal Government, Democrats, Republicans, farms, restaurants, construction companies and home owners. An immigrant will work for less than market value, an illegal immigrant will work for less than that and can't complain. The cheap labor was too useful and fit right in with free markets, borders notwithstanding. The reality is that the illegal resident population is too big and too ingrained to move, so if you can't move it why would you not want to make sure that there are picture ID's on as many as you can and make sure those driving can read signs?

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"busybody, nanny-state liberals who, as the saying goes, do not care what people do as long as it is compulsory"

The quote sounds muffled, like whomever said it was hiding under their bed.

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Reading signs? Rolling

Well there are current citizens of the US that can't read, much less signs part of the result of government education, but that's a different subject.

So, read this and get back to me.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/01/30/in-1986-congr...

Here's what I think, not that it matters a whole lot. We should close the boarders, North, South, East and West; except for trade. No one comes in until we have our little problem with ISIS solved.

Now about all those people here illegally, well I think we should document them all. However, I would do this with a positive incentive. We tell everyone that is here illegally that they will not be deported and not allowed to vote now or in the future, even if they become citizens. They will be ineligible for any public assistance during their stay in the US. We collect taxes and SS on all of them, they get a SS number and an account. If they return to their home country we will pay them at age 50 a prorated share of their contributions to the SS system. If they stay, they get nothing. If they leave before age 50, they can't come back, even if they have children here.

Finally, we should amend the Constitution to eliminate Birthright citizenship in the United States.

There you go Rolling, something else for you to think about.

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PTCO - please keep expressing your views. Thanks!
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We tell everyone that is here illegally that they will not be deported and not allowed to vote now or in the future, even if they become citizens.

Really?

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DM - Thanks

Will do, I assume you object to this? Voting is a privilege DM and not a right no matter what you've been taught in government schools. Don't you believe that people should be punished for committing crime? You do know, I am sure, that felons can't vote?

Now your always asking for solutions and when I give some you seem to always object. So, would you give them full rights to vote? Oh yes, I almost forgot, you're a Progressive aka Socialist. Of course you would, new blood what?

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Hey moe

President Nieto:
"It wasn't very long ago that the governor of California was outlawing driver's licenses for people who were undocumented from Mexico," Brown said. "That's not the law anymore."

What's interesting is in order to get a drivers licenses in any of the Mexican states one needs to show legal residency.

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So Cy

Let me understand this. Today, Jose Guacamole can say he is a Mexican resident and has his Mexican drivers license to prove it. Tomorrow, Mr. Guacemole can say he is a California resident and shows his Ca. license to prove it.

How am I doin'?

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moe- Doin….

Marvelous…simply marvelous.

Now, go get that crevasse!!!!

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Muchas gracias

Voy a tener una cerveza...aplausos!

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moe - Proposition 187

Was passed by California voters in 1994. It was titled "SOS" or Save Our State and was a state effort to prevent illegals from enjoying the same California benefits as citizens or those with legal status. Of course this was met with the typical cry of that's unfair.

I like what then President Clinton said; ""it is not wrong for you [Californians] to want to reduce illegal immigration," Clinton asked voters to allow the federal government to "keep working on what we're doing".

So I have to ask, just what was Clinton smoking ( and inhaled) when he made that statement?

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Of course this was met with the typical cry of that's unfair.

I considered it unfair! I couldn't enjoy the freedoms of citizenship in all states in the United States until after the passage of the Voting Rights Act. My family had been in this country since the 1700's. One should be a citizen before one has the right to vote in our country. Illegal immigration provided 'cheap labor' - not too different from 'slavery'. Hmmm - there were those who benefitted and those who didn't.

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Cy - That Prop

was defeated in the courts. Just what was Clinton smoking is right. The floodgates opened and we have no Mexican U.S. border anymore.

And now, the newest contribution by the Mexican government to our country? Heroin smuggling. So much that it is at the highest level ever in the history of the U.S. Know why? The legalization of marijuana in Ca. and Wa.

The cartels are now out of that illegal crop delivery to the US, and have now decided they will kill and pollute our citizens with heroin, either grown by them in Mexico or bribing border officials to allow it come here from Central America thru Mexico.

If Obama thinks the Dems can win this election on his decision on immigration alone, he has spent too much time in Colorado. I, unlike the early polls are hinting, predict the Republicans will come out in droves to vote. And will do it just to deny Obama any means at all of messing up this country any more than he already has.

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Moe - Business

No market - no business.

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A little reality check for Moe and friends

For those who were sure that Romney would win. Remember?

Regarding this immigration issue and reality. It can be confusing.

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/117412/deportations-under-obama-vs-bu...

The history of California is interesting. The Spanish nomenclature is not accidental. When visiting Mexico in the 70's, we were told by a Mexican professor that they intended to take their country back. Thanks to the availability of jobs for non-citizens in California, it looks like the goal has been accomplished.

REMEMBER - Some of the families in California were 'citizens' before some families were 'documented' at Ellis Island. If you make your cake, eat it, and indigestion occurs, whose fault is it? WE NEED IMMIGRATION REFORM! - Not a 'hate' program that identifies some Americans as Jose Guacamole. Geez!

The 'Ugly American' that many Europeans, Hispanics, (Mexicans, Central and South Americans) Asians, Africans, and Middle Easterners refer to can be found on these pages. We and all of our ancestors are part of the global community. We're in a situation in 2014 where we need the 'global community' to work with us in fighting ISIS and other terrorist groups. Our intolerance on our own shores is not helping!!

What makes the news in foreign countries regarding the US? Our 'unrest' and perceived intolerance of non-whites. It's too bad that the media does not highlight our ability to get along as Americans.

It's unfortunate that publications like The Fayette Woman' are not circulated abroad. The citizens of other countries would get a different picture of an American community - diverse - and respectful of the skills and contributions of American citizens to their diverse (American) communities.

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Wake up. smell the coffee. Cling to the futile hope for rationality. But
embrace reality. Her name is Hillary.

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SPQR - Hilliary

Long way to go to 2016 SPQR a long way, Hillary could win but it depends on who runs against her, she has baggage and a lot of it.

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More pandering

by our leader today.

“If I were looking for a good job that lets me build some security for my family, I’d join a union.”

Now we understand his non-recess appointments to the NLRB to get around Congress.

More on Mr. Obama's NLRB.

http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/labor/216341-nlrb-goes-rogue-again...

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Get Mr, Obama

Is like beating a dead horse. The American people have spoken. Now they are listening for what the Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, etc. are going to do for the American people. Jobs, Security, Immigration Reform, Tax Reform - and most of all PEACE.

Mr. Obama will have completed his term of office in 2016. He tried to get more jobs, better health care, immigration reform, tax reform, recovery from a recession. What ideology, political party can convince the American people that they can achieve what the President and Congress have not?

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Mr. DM

I always thought it was proper to address the leader of our country as President Obama. Whenever I see someone call him Mr. Obama I take it as disrespectful - which is most often done on purpose. Kinda surprising seeing such a vociferous supporter addressing him as such. Or is that just being old fashioned?

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Brewster

I definitely share your feelings about respect for the current president of the US. Poor use of terminology on my part. Unfortunately, my use of 'their' terminology was thoughtless.

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DM - Short term memory

Some people need to refresh their memory, I remember when Mr. Obama was elected, the feeling in the country was electrifying, President Obama had the entire nation behind him, he was an unstoppable force and had both Houses of Congress with a Democratic majority. Yes, it seems like yesterday when for no apparent reason he won the Nobel Peace Prize, ranking him right up there with Mr. King in stature. His message of Hope and Change rang true with most all well wishing Americans. Remember? There were no Red States or Blue States only the United States? Even those evil white people voted for him and without them he could have never been elected. Remember?

So, what happened DM? As leader of the Free World Mr. Obama failed in his promise to America to pull us together as a nation. He has divided us along race, wealth, class and national origin. What happened DM is a failure in leadership, he had the entire world at his feet and only divided us. His hope and change turned into bitter divisions that will take years to heal. His Peace Prize has become a joke as we yet again fight a re-emergence of the terrorist state that our young people fought so brilliantly to defeat. He didn't pull us together, he pulled us apart.

No, DM he may be your President but he is not ours, he has broken his word too many times and lied to us repeatedly. He is a classic example of failure at leadership and dare I say as a man that keeps his word. He has in fact changed our country but not for the best. He has as all social engineers do, pitted us against one another and torn us asunder, to advance HIS causes and view of the world.

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PTC---great post

PTC-- -Thanks for saying what many, many of us are thinking and feeling. I think we, as a country, must claim some of the blame. This country was in such a state of euphoria when he was elected president---white, black, regardless of religion--we felt we had done it--put a black man in the White House--he was going to be our president. In a short amount of time he proved he was not for the good of the country but for his own agenda. The country we are living in today is nowhere near the country we were living in when he was elected. What we have accomplished is to put ourselves into a position where to disagree with the president leaves us open to be called racist. Those calling us racist seem to forget that we helped put Mr. Obama into the greatest office in this country. God help us, because we sure don't seem to be doing too much to help ourselves these days.

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