October 22nd, 2010
By Amanda Terkel
With Democrats increasingly outraged over the Supreme Court's Citizen United decision that allowed unlimited corporate spending in elections -- a change conservatives have been more successful at taking advantage of -- a Democratic congressman is raising the prospect of impeaching the Supreme Court's chief justice over the issue.
"I mean, the Supreme Court has done a tremendous disservice to the United States of America," Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) told The Huffington Post on Tuesday. "They have done more to undermine our democracy with their Citizens United decision than all of the Republican operatives in the world in this campaign. They've opened the floodgates, and personally, I'm investigating articles of impeachment against Justice Roberts for perjuring during his Senate hearings, where he said he wouldn't be a judicial activist, and he wouldn't overturn precedents."
In his 2005 confirmation hearings, Roberts famously said, "Judges and justices are servants of the law, not the other way around. Judges are like umpires. Umpires don't make the rules; they apply them. The role of an umpire and a judge is critical. They make sure everybody plays by the rules. But it is a limited role. Nobody ever went to a ball game to see the umpire."
According to DeFazio, Roberts hasn't stood by his own doctrine. He pointed to former Justice John Paul Stevens's dissent in the case, in which he said the Citizens United case was not properly brought before the Supreme Court. "This procedure is unusual and inadvisable for a court," Stevens said of the process. "Our colleagues' suggestion that 'we are asked to reconsider Austin and, in effect, McConnell," ante, at 1, would be more accurate if rephrased to state that 'we have asked ourselves' to reconsider those cases."
"Justice Stevens makes the point that Roberts decided a case that wasn't even before the Court, and invited the issue before the Court," said DeFazio. "It was the most extraordinary condemnation I've ever read of a perverted majority on the Supreme Court, at least in recent years."
The last Supreme Court justice to face impeachment hearings was Samuel Chase in the early 1800s, who faced charges that he was being too partisan on behalf of the Federalist Party. The House of Representatives impeached him but the Senate did not convict, and he remained on the bench. Legal scholars doubt that impeachment hearings against Roberts would go anywhere.
"This is neither well-advised nor plausible," said Geoffrey R. Stone, a professor at the University of Chicago Law School. "Nominees may not perjure themselves, of course, but nothing in Roberts' testimony along these lines can fairly be characterized as perjury.
"I think it's probably an understatement to say it's extremely unlikely the House of Representatives will do anything about this," agreed University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law professor Michael J. Gerhardt. "Impeachment resolutions are introduced all the time, but very little comes of most of them, because most lack any merit and most just have no political support behind them."
Gerhardt added that Roberts has generally respected precedent. "[I]n this case, it could just be called a question of judgment," he said. "It appears to me that a judge, and in this case, the chief justice of the United States, has the independence to exercise his judgment."
DeFazio's race in Oregon's fourth congressional district has been thrust into the national spotlight because of the involvement by the Concerned Taxpayers of America, a shadowy Republican independent expenditure group funded by exactly two taxpayers who live in Maryland and upstate New York.*************************
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October 22nd, 2010
Posted By Robert Allen Bonelli On October 15, 2010 @ 6:03 am
Thomas Jefferson said, “When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.” The power of this statement is boundless, and its meaning is clear in its construction. These eighteen common words are taken together in a unique organization to express an undeniable and unbreakable truth; that a people of liberty, united in the cause of liberty, become the strongest force for freedom in all of God’s creation.
With these words I began the fifth chapter of my recently released book, Liberty Rising, A Treatise on the Restoration of Our Constitutional Republic. I repeat them to begin this article to remind all Americans that there has always been a third party among us, and that party is we the people. The United States of America, more than ever before in our history since the founding, needs its people to rally in the defense of liberty, self-reliance, individualism and the real concept of American Exceptionalism. Our great nation stands at a dangerous divide. On one side stands the America that in 234 years has become the greatest nation in the history of man. On the other side stands a downward spiral toward tyranny and a failed republic.
Since the Democrats took control of the Congress on January 1, 2007 and then with Barack Obama becoming President on January 20, 2009, single party rule in America became a self-appointed ruling class and began to dictate to the American people, against the will of the people. I have no excuses for the establishment Republicans who, in the years immediately prior, lost their way and set the stage for the assumption of this elitist group of power-mad progressives who believe that their ends justify their means. The stimulus legislation, the health care debate and resultant law, the House version of cap and trade legislation and countless un-elected special advisors and czars who were appointed to positions of power without even the consent of the Senate, are all examples of how in just 20 months the state has placed itself above the people in an arrogantly un-America fashion.
The response, however, has been typically American.
People across the country grouped together and began to speak among their family members, friends and neighbors. They then began to speak to others outside their inner circles, and then to the public at large. They found out that they were not alone and that their numbers were legion. They formed study groups, activist groups and staged rallies. They phoned, e-mailed and wrote letters to their House Members and to their Senators. They visited the offices of these elected officials and they demanded to be heard. They marched on Washington and in the streets and on the squares of thousands of towns and cities across the United States.
Many became part of the TEA Party Movement, many acted independently. All were mocked and smeared as being “fringe” and in some cases branded without any evidence as “racist.” The people were no longer silent; were no longer going to be talked down to; and were no longer going to accept having their will subordinated to the political agenda of those holding elected office.
We witnessed the power of a people united in the 2009 elections for governor in Virginia and New Jersey with the victories of Bob McDonnell and Chris Christie respectively. We admired the incredible resolve of a people of liberty in the January 2010 special Senatorial election in Massachusetts with Scott Brown’s victory. Recent primary-elections revealed a shift in the people’s focus from the Democrats to the establishment Republicans. The message is clear, if an elected official has acted against the will of the people then that official will be removed from office by the people.
The November 2nd Congressional election is only weeks away and those in power are fearful. They are fearful because they have demonstrated that in this time of financial difficulty and joblessness for the American people, the only job they care about is theirs. The actions of this Congress and this administration resulted in unsustainable growth of the central government, run-away entitlement commitments, intrusion of government deep into every aspect of the lives of citizens, deciding on politics over victory relative to our brave men and women at war and a shameful display of incompetence in foreign affairs. In less than two years their actions have humankind visualizing a world without America.
Our third party, which is not the TEA Party (though the Movement has helped to make many Americans active and has helped to educate many more), is the people! The people are in motion and there is hope for our nation. The Republican Party reacted with their Pledge for America and they have the basics correct: reduce the size and reach of government; reduce spending; repeal the horrible health care law and replace it with common sense health insurance reform, support private sector oriented economic policies of reduced taxes and un-obstructive regulations and promote individualism and self-reliance.
American Exeptionalism will return, not from the hand of government but from the will and actions of the people. We will once again see to it that the people will take their rightful place as the highest element of society in the United States of America.
Robert Allen Bonelli is the author of “Liberty Rising,” an accomplished business executive, public speaker and involved citizen.
October 22nd, 2010
October 22nd, 2010
By Barry Secrest
As the Druidic Season of Halloween bears down upon us, to many the traditional time of celebrating the harvest, along with the mysteries of life and death, has lost much of its former appeal. This is most likely due to the fact that most of America has been living through a never-ending Samhein Festival of economic upheaval, financial distress and Legislative horror for over two harrowingly long years now.
It's as if a dark cloud, complete with lightening and clashing thunder, has stalled over the US and refuses to budge while releasing artificially induced economic horrors on a bizarrely regular schedule. We have seen unemployment increasing, yet again, a Fed that is now actually contemplating a manufactured ramping up of inflation, and a new healthcare law creating chaos on all fronts --along with American uneasiness over rate of taxation questions. In fact, and in keeping with the festival of horror atmosphere, even the US Government has donned "We now are Goth apparel" by apparently sending out over 89,000 stimulus checks to the dead people of America for a reported cost of $ 22 million dollars.
Now, while some might see this $ 22 million dollar "error" as mere happenstance, we think something else might, indeed, be at work. Remembering that both Obama and the Democrats seemed expert in getting out the "dead vote" in the last election, we wonder if, perhaps, their latest "alms for the dead program" is nothing more than a veiled attempt at hoping the dead will work their magic yet again in the upcoming November elections. Think about it, the dead are a perfect special interest group for the Democrats in that they use very little space, require no oxygen, have little if any carbon footprint, can't reproduce and overcrowd the planet and have been highly descriminated against in the past by life itself. Most importantly, they offer little if any hope for America's future--and are a stridently silent base, having no active memory at all--perfect Democratic subjects.
Another item of Political news that gave everyone a bit of a shiver was what occurred during Obama's October 6th, 2010 speech at the "Forbes Most Powerful Women" summit in Pittsburgh. In what many Americans took to be a very bad omen (just in time for Halloween) the Presidential Seal actually fell from the podium and clattered to the floor of its own mysterious accord, with Obama's reaction being: "Well, you all know who I am."
Funny Mr. President, and uncharacteristically quick for the Messianic Magpie, but the next burning question would have to be "bad omen for whom?" So, after a lengthy and painstaking bit of research, the answer finally came to us.
On August 5th, 1994 during a speech by President Clinton the Presidential seal dislodged and fell from his podium where it also clattered to the floor. Only a few months later, in November 1994, Clinton lost both the House and the Senate to the Republicans in a sweeping mandate that ushered in the Republican's contract with America and a time of unprecedented expansion and opportunity.
This was the only instance in American history where we could find of a Presidential Seal having fallen off of a podium during a President's appearance.
Incidentally, this item of history was mysteriously later removed--no joke-- from the website where we had originally found it, however, as indicated by the link, we did find other records documenting this event. Many thanks to the historical deleters of the revisionist website where we initially found the entry and kudos to their diligence in apparently monitoring every hit that comes in.
The Fifth Kind
That not being enough, at least the Chinese also seem to be suffering macabre, other-wordly phenomena parked over their country. According to reports, the Chinese have had to repeatedly suspend flights at a number of larger airports due to varied "unknown craft" repeatedly, if not boorishly, inserting themselves into Chinese air traffic patterns and totally interrupting flights for long periods of time according to ABC News and other outlets. It leads us to wonder what, exactly, the Chinese may have sold them that has gotten them all worked up? Could it be the dreaded Chinese Drywall or maybe more poison laced baby formula? Or perhaps the Chinese have unfairly tied the Yuan to some offworld currency sparking an otherworldy show of power while conducting an aerial protest.
Who knows? But the goings-on all over the place seem to be getting stranger and stranger as time marches forward, and bits of news here and there leech out.
We have the Honey Bee die-offs, supposedly caused by a virus; even stranger, we have Obama granting healthcare waivers to various companies and of course Unions, 29 at last count, because the great and wonderful Obamacare just isn't working out for them at all, after it was touted as being the greatest thing for America since sliced bread.
We also have over $ 160 million missing or undisclosed from the Stimulus record books. As to where those funds were spent is anybody's guess at this point--perhaps the Zombies or Obama's medical "Corpse men" got those funds as well under the new alms for the dead program. To this end, it would seem that our "newly Transparent Government" has quickly become very opaque in stark contrast to Obama's inaugural address.
The Tell-Tale Media
Even more amazing is the latest fact that White, middle-class Americans are turning away from the Democrat Party in droves, which prompts us to ask: "What took you so long?" Even while a recent poll shows racial tension increasing as if it were a deep and dark mystery. This one strange fact isn't a mystery at all to the discerning. If one were to think back over the past 19 months and recall the unending stream of invective flowing from the media, Obama and the Democrats over the Tea Party, Conservatives, Republicans or even anyone that disagreed with Obama's ideas for America--the one accusation which was leveled repeatedly was the word racist.
Did the Einsteins within the Media think that it was just really, really cool to level these ridiculous charges and that all the dissentors would simply shut-up in fear of the now meaningless accusation? Or did the Media simply not understand that falsely reporting phantom racism would automatically induce increasing racial tension within an already politically divided populace.?
This being another form of meaningless evil at work, no doubt, as wrought by our fearless leadership and their cronies. The malodorous designs of failure seem to now be issuing from every corner of the Authoritarian's self-inflicted wounds--much like the drainage of a severe infection that knows only aggression in its cycle.
As we are now beginning to see the new political landscape take shape, some experts are predicting that the Senate will go to the Republicans along with the House. When we look at the history of House and Senate elections their is one other stunning bit of history. In the entire US Timeline of one party rule in the House and the Senate, there have been only six occasions where the House has changed hands and gone to the opposing party--and in each case-- the Senate also followed suit and went to the opposing party along with the House, even when not expected.
Fascinatingly, the word "Democrat" seems now to be appropriately associated with the word Evil--even as it regards their own members. Currently many candidates of the Democratic party now find that they must play down the offensive "D" aside their names and play up the theoretical Conservative side of their respective ideologies if they are to have even the faintest hope of re-election. In fact, many Democrats who are seeking re-election are actually refusing to appear with their ideological leader, the President, while many other long-time members find that their election race percentage gaps are increasing--for the worse. The word Democrat is now being associated with Evil to many Americans? Think that's just a little bit much? If we consult with Mr.Merriam-Webster, here is what we find:
Now, morally reprehensible in the form of continuously cutting backroom deals, buying votes from various members, stopping at nothing to put forth measures that the American people were consistently howling mad about, unendingly lying about the outcomes of, say the Stimulus, the conflict in Afghanistan or even healthcare. For instance, when we look at the new healthcare law the facts put forth by many in industry, financial experts and even a majority of medical Doctors had warned both Obama, the Democrats and of course the entire populace about how the healthcare law was going to damage the best medical system in the world. Low and behold, we are already seeing the ravages of the healthcare makeover.
The costs are already spinning out of control with only a few facets of the plan having been brought to fruition, while many plans are pending cancellation due to increased costs that are unaffordable. Even while nearly half of the States are currently suing the Federal Government over the constitutionality of the Government's forcing individuals to buy healthcare. The Imputed bad character or conduct definition appears to be the hallmark of the "new Democrats" as much has been made of Pelosi's promising to "drain the swamp" while she has actually been filling it at a prodigious rate. So according to the first definition, we appear to be on solid ground.