Coming soon to the USA….
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra dissolved the nation’s parliament Monday and called for new elections. But the move did little to appease anti-government protesters who remained on the streets by the thousands.
Between 100,000 and 150,000 demonstrators rallied in Bangkok, with protest leaders saying their goal Monday is to storm Shinawatra’s office, known as Government House.
The country will hold new elections by February 2, but embattled Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra may not be her party’s choice to run, a government spokesman told CNN on Monday. “I don’t know whether the Pheu Thai Party will still vote (for) her to run again or not,” said spokesman Teerat Ratanasevi, referring to the ruling party.
“Let’s say somebody were [in the White House] and they wanted to destroy this nation. I would create division among the people, encourage a culture of ridicule for basic morality and the principles that made and sustained the country, undermine the financial stability of the nation, and weaken and destroy the military. It appears coincidentally that those are the very things that are happening right now.”
A third term for President Obama? Impossible you say. Unconstitutional you say. True. The 22nd Amendment says, “No person shall be elected to the office of President more than twice.” In 1947 FDR had just been elected to an unprecedented fourth term. After twelve years in office, political cronyism was so deeply ingrained in public law and philosophy that Congress called a Constitutional Convention for the purpose of proposing the 22nd Amendment; subsequently ratified by three-fourths of the states and enacted into law.
So how can President Obama seek a third term? Well, the Constitution also says in Article II, Section 1 that, “No person except a natural born Citizen. . . shall be eligible to the Office of President.” How’s that one been working out for ya? We will no doubt be hearing much more about that should Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) seek the presidential nomination, but that’s another story for another day.
Family Security Matters
While Democrats quite intentionally defy the Framers’ design, Republicans frustrate it by aggressive passivity. The Constitution divides power by subject matter, not percentage of governmental control. The party that controls the House has full primacy over taxing and spending, every bit as much as the party that controls the executive branch has plenary control over prosecution decisions. Constitutional authorities are not contingent on how much, if any, control the party in question has over the rest of government. In theory, then, nothing in government can happen unless the House, with ultimate power over the purse, agrees to fund it. If a corrupt administration uses the IRS as a partisan weapon to audit and harass its detractors, the House can refuse to fund the IRS – or other parts of the executive branch – to quell executive overreach.
Nevertheless, Republicans incessantly tell supporters that, since they control only the House (just “one-half of one-third of the government,” as the tired refrain goes), they are impotent to rein in Obama’s excesses. And when conservatives in the House or Senate urge that Republicans use their command over the purse to stop Obama’s excesses – just as congressional Democrats have historically used the power of the purse to stop Republican presidents from prosecuting the Vietnam War and aiding the Nicaraguan Contras – Republican leadership turns on those conservatives with a ferocity rarely evident in their dealings with the president.
With Democrats energized by Obama’s lawbreaking, and Republicans paralyzed by the prospect of government shutdowns, there is no realistic prospect that Congress will starve Obama of funding. That leaves impeachment as the sole remaining constitutional safeguard against executive imperialism.
There is nothing else.
Lincoln in Richmond (FAU.edu)
Good for Grand Old Partisan for remembering this historic anniversary. On December 6, 1865 the Republican Party abolished slavery. Grand Old Partisan reported:
On this day in 1865, the 13th Amendment — abolishing slavery — became part of the Constitution — when ratified by three-quarters of the states.
Despite protests from the Democrats, the Republican Party made banning slavery part of its national platform in 1864. Senator Lyman Trumbull (R-IL) wrote the final version of the text, combining the proposed wordings of several other Republican congressmen.
All Republicans in Congress voted for the 13th Amendment, while nearly all Democrats voted against it. So strongly did President Abraham Lincoln (R-IL) support the 13th Amendment, he signed the document, though presidential approval is not part of the amendment process.
Yes, outlawing slavery was a Republican achievement.
Stand for the Truth
by Susan Knowles
There is a buzz going around about the need for a Convention of States. It is time, some declare, to put an end to the overreaching of the federal government that we continue to see almost daily from this Administration and Congress.
Who started the buzz? Mainly author Mark Levin who proposes the idea of a Convention of States in his new book, The Liberty Amendments. He contends that Article V of the U.S. Constitution may hold the key for American citizens to save the Republic. Article V reads as follows:
The Daily Sheeple
The Fourth Circuit handed down an interesting Fourth Amendment decision in United States v. Robertson, involving a consent search at a bus shelter.