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Citizen Signing Statements: If they’re legal for W., we should have the same right.

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On more than 750 occasions King George has attached what are called signing statements to new or previously passed legislation.  These statements express his direct orders to cabinet, department and agency heads directing them and their subordinates to ignore any or all of the provisions of the law.  In effect, he renders anything that limits his power to rule as a dictator as null and void.

 

Our congress, apparently following Bush’s lead, has made clear that they do not and will not represent the people of the United States and are instead pandering to lobbyists and corporate interests in the head long rush to dissolve our nation. In the interest of preserving themselves, congress has failed to stop the wars of aggression, failed to repeal any of the rights robbing legislation, failed to halt earmarking, failed to repeal the odious Patriot acts, the John Warner Defense Authorization Act of 2007, the Military Commissions Act or the REAL ID Act, among many other un-American and unconstitutional laws. 

 

Congress has however passed any law that promotes corporatism, militarism, illegal spying on US citizens, loss of civil liberties, invasion of privacy, establishment of a police state and many other invasive “laws” contrary to our Constitution.  Yet this same congress which is comprised of many individuals from previous congresses, has refused to impeach Bush and/or Cheney although mountains of evidence exists that proves they are guilty of many crimes; continues to try and push amnesty down our throats; has decided that we should all be tagged and tracked; refuses to end the war; bails out predatory lenders; sells off our infrastructure and allows the contamination of our food supply with GMO adulterated foods, and is now attempting to make our water supply available to corporate interests. 

 

On top of all of this, there is no attempt, not even a pretended attempt, to halt the Security & Prosperity Partnership or the creation of the North American Union.  In fact, if you even bring either of these things up to any one of them……….they look like a deer caught in headlights…..and you will most likely be escorted from the room at the very least.

 

What we have is a president who has decided that he alone decides what is law or what isn’t and a congress that has ceded so much of its authority to the executive branch that there is no reason for the institution to continue to exist and even less reason for US citizens to continue having to fund their own destruction and to pay the salaries of these parasites on the public. 

 

The majority of all the laws passed in the last seven years alone, have no legal basis and are arbitrary to the Constitution.  The signing statements issued by Bush have no legal standing whatsoever as there is no basis for this kind of self decided power either in our laws or in the Constitution.  Bush cannot legally use the term “commander in chief” as there has been no declaration of war by the congress, and therefore the War Powers Act does not apply and does not allow him unlimited powers and to rule unilaterally.

So many of us still hold out hope that the new Obama administration will reverse the most egregious of these actions and laws, but it isn’t going to happen.  Obama has made clear that he intends to continue the use of illegal signing statements, presidential directives and executive orders.  We are back to square one.  We have no representation in either house of congress and no president to protect our rights. 

 

At what point will we say “enough!”?  What will it take to make us stand up not only for our country, but for ourselves, our children and grandchildren and demand our government retreat from its fascist position and return to one of constitutionally based government? 

 

The days of our Republic, our democracy, are numbered.  Even the government knows this and in anticipation of that ending is assembling US and Canadian troops to [control] us.  We are in a police state with our own government just moments away from declaring war on us.  We have become the enemy most feared by our own government.

 

George Bush may have only days left in office but the damage this incompetent dolt did to our country or allowed to be done will remain with us for years if we do not stand up and demand our country back. 

 

All that is left to decide is whether we are true patriots or submissive sheep.  If the president can decide all on his own that he can change the law with the stroke of his pen, we as citizens should have the same right.  We can and should write our own laws, sign our names to them and force them onto this government that has decided it no longer needs to honor its oath of office or the Constitution.

 

This is still a democracy…..at least until they physically attack us.

 

© 2008 Marti Oakley

What Barack Obama Will Not Do as President

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                                       by Alan Adaschik

 

America just survived the nightmare of living under the worst possible president anyone could imagine; George W. Bush.  No one can say anything good about his accomplishments while in office and this includes Republicans who are loyal to him.  This is because everything George Bush did was to the detriment of the people of this Nation and to the rest of the world.  As a President, he was a total failure and he deliberately worked to destroy everything that was right about our Nation and its government.  This includes:

 

·     Turning the office of the President into a dictatorship

·     Tightening the New World Orders grip upon our Nation

·     Increasing government secrecy

·     Opening the revolving door between corporations and government agencies

·     Reducing the effectiveness of and politicizing all government agencies

·     Increased the national debt bringing the Nation to the brink of bankruptcy

·     Broke down the wall between the separation between church and state

·     Wrongfully rewrote legislation through the use of signing statements

·     Wrongfully rewrote legislation through the use of executive orders

·     Worked to eliminate checks and balances in government

·     Eliminated citizen rights including inalienable ones

·     Introduced torture as a legitimate tool of government

·     Broke treaties and ignored international law

·     Lied to the American people about everything

·     Established an illegal prison system outside our borders

·     Wrongfully invaded a weak foreign nation on a lie

·     Failed to prevent 9/11 and is remiss in fighting the war on terror

·     Mishandled the Katrina disaster

·     Etc., etc., etc., ad nauseum

No, George Bush did nothing good for America and nothing good for the world.  While in office, his actions were undertaken solely for the benefit of our New World Order masters and the corporate executives who hold him firmly in their pockets.  In the final analysis, the ultimate irony of this is that what he wrought is not even beneficial to these Fascists because the destruction of our environment and the collapse of our economic system benefits no one including the demented criminals of the New World Order.  Indeed, America is ready for change but it goes far beyond just being ready because George Bush has driven a dagger into the very heart of what America is supposed to be and if his actions are not reversed, the American experiment in Republican Democracy is definitely over.

Enter Barack Obama into the picture!  What a breath of fresh air this man brings to the Presidency.  He is intelligent, articulate, handsome, and dedicated to his beautiful family.  Beyond this, he honestly wants to be a President for all Americans including those who do not have six figure incomes.  Furthermore, he is black and the vast majority of us living today never thought we would see the day when a black man would be elected as our President.  Americans should be proud that we are mature enough to look past the color of a man’s skin and judge a person based upon the character and abilities he has to offer in the service of his country.  Truly, Barack Obama has already changed America by the very act of being elected and to further succeed all he has to do reverse and not do what George Bush did.  The real issue is how committed he really is to doing this?

Barack Obama is our President because he promised to bring about “change” and the areas he intends to concentrate his efforts on are the economy, Iraq, and health care.  Anyone who owns a television knows this is the case and certainly a majority of us are in favor of changes in these areas.  This is all well and good as far as it goes, but the reality of our situation is such that it doesn’t go very far and the truth of the matter is that we really know very little about what Barack Obama will actually do when he takes office.  This is the problem with electing a populist President.  He makes you feel good and proud to be an American and there is certainly something to be said for this, but substance and perceptions are two different things and it is substance that makes or breaks a presidency.

Like most Americans, I was overjoyed when Barack Obama was elected President, but I had reservations because he is a member of one of our two dominating political parties.  To be sure, our electoral process boils down to the party seeking power trying to convince people that they will solve the problems created by the party still in power.  But the real truth, which most Americans do not understand, is that we are where we are today because both political parties collaborated and cooperated to get us here.  Eight years is not time enough to entirely change where our Nation is heading, so it stands to reason that our hijacked ship of state is on a course determined by its equally culpable co-captains; the Republicans and Democrats in keeping with the wishes and mandates of our New World Order masters.  Therefore, while Barack Obama focused his entire campaign upon change, a prudent citizen is more than justified in wondering just how committed to change Barack Obama really is.  While no one can make this determination with definitive certainty, enough information is available to make a reasonable determination as to what he will and will not do.

 http://www.constitutionforum.us/

 

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