Jonathan Turley, Constitutional Law Professor who voted for Obama, testifying before congress:
“It is an honor to speak with you, at what could be an historic moment. There’s a growing crisis in our system, a shifting of the balance of power, within the tri-partite system, in favor of a now dominant chief executive. While both congress and the courts have lost authority over the decades, it is this body, the congress, which has lost the most. We’re seeing the emergence of a different model of government, the model long ago rejected by the framers… the president’s pledge to effectively govern alone is alarming … when a president can govern alone, he can become a government unto himself, it is precisely the danger the framers sought to avoid…”
“people misconstrue the separation of powers regularly, it is not there to protect the institutional rights of the branches, it is there to protect individual liberty, it was created by the framers to prevent any branch from aggregating enough power to be a danger to liberty. It is not about you, it is about the people that you represent.”
Ultimately what we’re debating here is something the framers were very much familiar with. Before we came together as a nation, we had history with our predecessors in England with King James who argued that he had a royal prerogative, as to how laws would be interpreted, how they would be executed. He insisted that he could use natural reason to change laws. That is precisely what our framers rejected”
“As much as I respect the President, the arguments he is making over presidential authority are extreme and they are devoid of the limiting principles that characterize our system.”
Recently, Eric Holder spoke about “racial animus” being a driving factor behind criticism of Barack Obama.
Dorothy Brown, professor of law at Emory University’s School of Law, subsequently wrote about it in a post for CNN:
“Why Holder Remark Made White People Mad:
‘This Week’ allowed many whites to hear what a black man is thinking about race. Most whites don’t know because most whites don’t have interracial conversations about race. To be fair, neither do most blacks. It’s just that we know what other blacks are thinking because, well, we talk to other blacks about race.
Let’s take a few examples that to me show unprecedented hostility directed toward the President, in my opinion, because he is black. First, the utter nonsense about the President’s birth certificate; it refuses to die — it is actively kept alive — despite all the evidence to the contrary. Second, the number of pictures or posters at rallies with the President’s face on a monkey’s body. Third, Congressman Joe Wilson yells “you lie” during the President’s State of the Union Address.”
Here is my response:
Sorry, but I’m going to be politically incorrect here.
First off ma’am, you said it – white people don’t really spend much time thinking or talking about race, but apparently black people do, a lot, it seems. Maybe they should stop talking about race and start talking about how to solve the problems in the black community. Starting with an unwed motherhood rate upwards of 70%. You can’t blame white people for that number. And that number is the primary driver of every other problem.
One big change that would make a big difference is school choice. But both President Obama and Eric Holder are working against school choice. They actively work to keep children trapped in failing government schools to appease teachers unions. Is it racist to criticize them for being against the best interests of inner city children, and against most inner city parents that support school choice? Here’s the rub – if George Bush were against school choice, you’d call it racist.
All of the examples you site could be called reprehensible for one reason or another, but none of them pertain to race. George Bush was portrayed as monkey constantly! Black Americans, sadly for them and for the country, have been conditioned to see racism everywhere. As an example – the rodeo clown incident. That clown has used that schtick with every president since Reagan. Yet with Obama, it was suddenly somehow racist. Oprah Winfrey, richest woman in the world – not the richest black woman mind you – the richest woman, worth billions, interpreted it to be racism when a shopkeeper in Switzerland couldn’t understand English well. Most of us have experienced some form of discrimination. I have been in a clothing store, without makeup, wearing sweatpants – and was treated differently then when I went in in a dressier outfit. These are just normal human things – but black people seem to automatically assume racism. It’s ridiculous – and it’s harmful to your own psyches.
Are there racists out there? Sure. Some of them are white, and some of them are black. But they are not lurking behind every tree, waiting to ruin your life. Get over it. Some people are jerks. Some people simply disagree with you.
It doesn’t matter because, ultimately, we all are responsible for making our own lives better, whatever obstacles we find in our way.
I find it especially sad that this is author is a professor, who will simply be part of perpetuating the victim mentality.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
Like most conservatives, I did not support Mitt Romney in the primaries. But after hearing his plan to repair the economy, watching the convention, and after his very wise choice of Paul Ryan as a running mate, I’ve come to see Mitt Romney as a pragmatic, competent, man who may be just what we need at this moment in history. I’m sure I won’t agree with every decision he makes as president, but hello! This is the real world, if you agree with every decision of ANY president, you need to learn to think for yourself.
But our country is in CRISIS. We are going BANKRUPT. Literally. We are one failed auction away from economic collapse. We owe more debt than anyone can actually conceive of and we’re adding to it by canyon loads on a daily basis.
Around the world, nations no longer respect us, allies no longer trust us, and enemies no longer fear us. We are in the weakest position we have been in decades and if we do not do something to turn this around, re-establishing our strength and our leadership in the world may be difficult if not impossible. Do we really want a world where the corrupt and vicious governments of China, Russia, and Iran lead the way? I shudder to think.
The media no longer makes even a pretext of being objective, and has become nothing more than the propaganda arm of the Democrat party. Too many Americans are utterly clueless about the dangers we face.
We are in serious trouble people! We are facing an existential threat. And you’re shooting off round after round of friendly fire? What the heck is wrong with you? Did your Ivy League educations leave you incapable of common sense? Do you just have a desperate need to fit in at Washington Christmas parties? It’s enough to make you wonder whose side you’re on. Maybe you could point that gun in the other direction? (rhetorically speaking, of course…eyeroll)
We face an adversary that plays cut-them-off-at-the-knees Chicago Ball. Their motto: Admit nothing. Deny everything. Make counter accusations. And they are good at it. Do you think you could not help them out by keeping your mouth shut!?
For the love of our country and all that is holy, if you can’t help us save the nation, then take a vacation until the election is over.