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Court: Obama appointments violate Constitution

By Associated Press

WASHINGTON - In an embarrassing setback for President Barack Obama, a federal appeals court panel ruled Friday that he violated the Constitution in making certain recess appointments and moved to curtail a chief executive's ability in the future to circumvent the Senate in such scenarios.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said that Obama did not have the power to make three recess appointments last year to the National Labor Relations Board because the Senate was officially in session - and not in recess - at the time. If the decision stands, it could invalidate hundreds of board decisions.

The court said the president could only fill vacancies with the recess appointment procedure if the openings arise when the Senate is in an official recess, which it defined as the break between sessions of Congress.

The ruling threw into question Obama's recess appointment of Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Cordray's appointment, also made at the same time, has been challenged in a separate case.

The White House had no immediate comment.

Obama made the recess appointments on Jan. 4, 2012, after Senate Republicans spent months blocking his choices for an agency they contended was biased in favor of unions. Obama claims he acted properly because the Senate was away for the holidays on a 20-day recess. The Constitution allows for such appointments without Senate approval when Congress is in recess.

But during that time, GOP lawmakers argued, the Senate technically had stayed in session because it was gaveled in and out every few days for so-called "pro forma" sessions.

GOP lawmakers used the tactic - as Democrats had done in the past - specifically to prevent the president from using his recess power to install members to the labor board. They had also vigorously opposed the nomination of Cordray. The White House argued that the pro forma sessions - some lasting less than a minute - were a sham.

The three-judge panel, all appointed by Republican presidents, ruled that during one of those pro forma sessions on Jan. 3, the Senate officially convened its second session of the 112th Congress, as required by the Constitution.

"Either the Senate is in session, or it is in recess," Chief Judge David Sentelle wrote in the 46-page ruling. "If it has broken for three days within an ongoing session, it is not in "the Recess" described in the Constitution."

Simply taking a break of an evening or a weekend during a regular working session cannot count, he said. Sentelle said that otherwise "the president could make appointments any time the Senate so much as broke for lunch."

The judge rejected arguments from the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel, which claimed the president has discretion to decide that the Senate is unavailable to perform its advice and consent function.

"Allowing the president to define the scope of his own appointment power would eviscerate the Constitution's separation of powers," Sentelle wrote.

Sentelle was joined in the ruling by Judge Thomas Griffith, appointed to the court by President George W. Bush, and Karen LeCraft Henderson, who was appointed by President George H.W. Bush.

The Obama administration is expected to appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court. But if the ruling stands, it means that hundreds of decisions issued by the board over more than a year would be invalid. It also would leave the five-member labor board with just one validly appointed member, effectively shutting it down. The board is allowed to issue decisions only when it has at least three sitting members.

Obama used the recess appointment to appoint Deputy Labor Secretary Sharon Block, union lawyer Richard Griffin and NLRB counsel Terence Flynn to fill vacancies on the NLRB, giving it a full contingent for the first time in more than a year. Block and Griffin are Democrats, while Flynn is a Republican. Flynn stepped down from the board last year.

The court's decision is a victory for Republicans and business groups that have been attacking the labor board for issuing a series of decisions and rules that make it easier for the nation's labor unions to organize new members.

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  1. thecitizenComment by thecitizen
    January 25, 2013 @ 12:25 pm

    Anytime a US entity can Constitutionally put Obama in check, good on ‘em.

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    • bna42Comment by bna42
      January 25, 2013 @ 1:29 pm

      Obama knew when he made those appointments that they were unconstitutional. He pushed the envelope to see if he could once again bully the Congress and get away with it.

      He will appeal to the Supreme Court hoping that Kagan and Soyomayor will support him, and I hope the Supreme Court upholds the ruling of the appeals court. Obama is determined to destroy the separation of powers, he has circumvented Congress several times, and has verbally attacked the judiciary when they didn’t agree with him.

      If the Supreme Court upholds this decision, Obama must then be impeached for his violation of the Constitution.

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    • susieqComment by susieq
      January 25, 2013 @ 1:37 pm

      Watch Obully start crying…

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    • sumitchComment by sumitch
      January 25, 2013 @ 2:14 pm

      bna42, I can only hope that you are right that he MUST be impeached. This would rub his arrogant nose in it even if he was not found guilty.

      Three (maybe four) cheers for the U. S. Court of Appeals. We’ve finally found someone in D. C. with a set. I was beginning to believe that they had all been neutered.

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    • sumitchComment by sumitch
      January 25, 2013 @ 2:20 pm

      susieq, how’s he going to blame this on Bush?

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    • bna42Comment by bna42
      January 25, 2013 @ 2:59 pm

      sumitch,

      If the Supreme Court upholds the ruling of the appeals court, then it is official that Obama has violated the Constitution which he swore to uphold. He has also violated his oath which could be considered an impeachable offense alone.

      When the GOP-controlled House brings up impeachment, the Democrats would be destroying their own careers if they didn’t give it serious consideration. I don’t think any Democrat is willing to die for Obama.

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    • bwtankerComment by bwtanker
      January 25, 2013 @ 3:22 pm

      if i have to adhere to the law then why does’nt he.good job for the judges,need more that will do the same

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    • commonsensegrandmaComment by commonsensegrandma
      January 25, 2013 @ 3:54 pm

      Thank goodness someone id defending the constitution. It seems like Obama is trampling on it and no one is holding him accountable. Score one for these judges!

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    • my04301933Comment by my04301933
      January 25, 2013 @ 4:08 pm

      Re: Comment by bna42

      Precisely my belief…

      I have never experienced a President who has such arrogance…not to mention the feeling of superiority over us all…as a kid we called them “stuck up”

      ……as adults we call them “aloof”…or “pompous rear-ends”

      But as Americans we call such as he extremely dangerous…

      … to our Republic and our Constitution because what they stand for are those things that block his efforts toward our serfdom.

      As you said…it was not a mistake, but an arrogance that thumbs his nose at all we believe in…should he be successful in destroying our base…we are toast…

      …AND HE KNOWS IT..

      We have to use the tools we have, and hang on to those tools, defend them…its all we have…

      Just how long have we been asleep at the wheel???
      God help us!

      I’d like to make a proposal, and toss it out here to all who fit the address:

      And that includes Democrats, Republicans, non-committed, Tea Partiers…but who believe in our Constitution, who would defend it to death, who love America…

      …I propose we put aside to what party we prefer…replace that with allegiance to AMERICA…what we believe in and are the most dedicated to…

      We the people…its America’s only hope against those who mean to dissolve us…

      And…we must UNITE again…FAST…because friends, if we don’t we won’t ever get the chance to again embrace our preferred party platforms…whatever

      We have allowed this to get out of hand in return for good salaries, popularity, power, self indulgence…

      And it is now WAY out of hand…

      AND WE MUST DO SOMETHING COLLECTIVELY and rid ourselves of those who abuse our trust…

      This ain’t a college fraternity competition, nor popularity contest…

      This is our COUNTRY, OUR CONSTITUTION, our REPUBLIC…

      OUR LIVES

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    • buckeeComment by buckee
      January 25, 2013 @ 6:31 pm

      String him to the Yardarm!

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    • sumitchComment by sumitch
      January 25, 2013 @ 6:36 pm

      I’ve contended for quite a while that it’s not either party but both that are burying us.

      I’ll go along with you on not identifying specific parties to blame, but I reserve the right to call Obama, Holder, Napolitano, Reid and Pelosi names no matter what party they are associated with.

      Deal?

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    • bdnscComment by bdnsc
      January 25, 2013 @ 6:46 pm

      Maybe it’s time for Boeing and South Carolina to file an extremely large lawsuit for damages!
      Next up…let’s go for the czars and the breaches of protocol on with his executive orders!

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    • oleteabagComment by oleteabag
      January 26, 2013 @ 12:17 am

      Amen. It is good that he finally got pulled up short on one of his many end runs around the Constitution. He’s been operating as a law unto himself ever since his election in 2008. It’s a pity there are not more court cases to undo the unconstitutional stuff he has done.

      While they are at it, somebody ought to sue over him converting his “campaign fund” to a “non-profit fund” where corporations and wealthy individuals can make “unlimited contributions” (AKA BRIBES) to help him advance his radical agenda. This makes George Soros and his other rich donors able to operate as a virtual arm of the Presidency, and I do not see how that can POSSIBLY be legal. I don’t understand anyhow. Thought Obama HATED rich people? Oh, yeah–I guess THIS is what he meant by “making them pay their fair share?”

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    • mcrankComment by mcrank
      January 26, 2013 @ 10:11 am

      The vigilante President comes face-to-face with Justice. Long overdue.

      O—may your experience be most unpleasant—but highly educational.

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  2. kpjlawComment by kpjlaw
    January 25, 2013 @ 2:12 pm

    Obama does not respect the Constitution and does not believe that it applies to him. The sooner ALL American people realize this, the better.

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    • my04301933Comment by my04301933
      January 25, 2013 @ 6:59 pm

      My belief is most already know…my concern is how to get all of us off the dime and do what we believe right for this country…

      We pay extremely high sums of money into our government DAILY…

      Its time that we call in the “promises”…particularly those that promised to defend the Constitution, the Republic…

      Its time

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    • Lee14Comment by Lee14
      January 26, 2013 @ 12:14 pm

      I have two words IMPEACH HIM!….

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  4. rattlerjakeComment by rattlerjake
    January 25, 2013 @ 2:37 pm

    It says a lot about who we have in Congress and the Senate when a blatant criminal is holding the executive position. Gee, who would have thought that with all the other laws and amendments to the Constitution he has broken, that he would do this? I’m sick of hearing about it, I’m tired of seeing this country that I sacrificed 22+ years for being destroyed by criminal politicians, and I’m tired of seeing this illegal, fraud, scumbag’s face on TV and newspapers without either bars in front of him or it be an obituary!

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    • bna42Comment by bna42
      January 25, 2013 @ 3:50 pm

      “. . . I’m tired of seeing this illegal, fraud, scumbag’s face on TV and newspapers without either bars in front of him or it be an obituary”

      Ditto!

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    • oleteabagComment by oleteabag
      January 26, 2013 @ 1:03 am

      Agreed. It just makes a person SICK to contemplate what he has done and is dong to this country. And if he is not stopped, it will only get worse. If he thought he was above the law in his first term, he believes he is emperor now, that he can do whatever he wants, no matter HOW illegal, and NOBODY can stop him. His rampant ego may yet be his undoing. We can only hope.

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    • Lee14Comment by Lee14
      January 26, 2013 @ 12:19 pm

      I mean seriously , when everyone saw a BLACK man trying to MAKE HISTORY they went head over heels for him. And know its the BLACK MAN who freaking has to mess up everthing and that just builds another sterotype for all black people. I mean all black people was like OMG he is just like us….. ummm i am black too and i wanted Romney, he is the closest to my religion and isn’t illegal in any way shape or form….

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  5. koranalystComment by koranalyst
    January 25, 2013 @ 2:37 pm

    Obama is the POTUS who would be KING. Although Hillary hates his guts, she DOES admire his regal pretentions. As we saw in her testimony before the Senate and House committees this week,she is attempting to become “the woman who would be QUEEN”. Let’s hope the people of the USA will not permit this to happen.

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    • sick2deathofobamaComment by sick2deathofobama
      January 26, 2013 @ 12:54 am

      Sorry for being so negative K.A., But if the American people would permit a despotic, megalomaniac tyrant a 2nd term in office, after seeing him in action in his first, I am scared to death what the people will permit next!

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    • Lee14Comment by Lee14
      January 27, 2013 @ 2:55 pm

      But if he gets impeached isn’t Biden president….. which if you think about it….. that’s probably worse…..they should be impeached as a package….. US delivery

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    • rzraickComment by rzraick
      January 27, 2013 @ 9:08 pm

      very good point Lee14,

      Perhaps impeachment is just a tool to be used in a complete purge of all the traitors in government. That would be quite a task. Perhaps the same thing could be accomplished with a revolution. Again an extreme action of last resort, but it may come down to that.

      The one thing for sure is that the nation is divided. Perhaps there are those who would gladly dispose of the Constitution in its entirety. They could then have the socialistic country of their delusional dreams.

      But on the opposing side are those who actually believe in the foundations of our country. In our civil war, the split was primarily a geographical one. But in our present split of philosophies and ideologies, the division in not so geographical.

      It would be great if we could say, “everyone who wants a Constitutional republic, move to the west and everyone who wants this socialistic democratic tyranny move to the east.” Then we could become two separate countries, and everyone could have what they want. It would not be long before those who have chosen tyranny, would see the mistake they have made.

      The only thing I know is that freedom must not die. And how this battle will play out is anybody’s guess.

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    • truth_will_set_you_free!!Comment by avantaa
      January 28, 2013 @ 3:09 pm

      If this nation does split geographically then basically the tyranny side would be lazy people with no morals and the free side would be hard working people.Then there will be no money for the government to evenly distribute because we will have it all and they will be the poor country. What a wonderful world!

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  6. Haywood JablomieComment by Haywood Jablomie
    January 25, 2013 @ 2:59 pm

    Leave it to the leftwing propagandists at the Associated Press to try to mitigate this common sense decision by stressing that the judges are “Republican appointees.”

    I don’t recall the leftwing AP even mentioning that the federal judges in cases brought by the ACLU against our free expression of religion are liberal activist judges appointed by Democrats. But that wouldn’t fit with their agenda, would it?

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  7. Jack ReacherComment by Jack Reacher
    January 25, 2013 @ 3:00 pm

    I’m telling you that this illegal alien with a huge “black” chip on his shoulder is going to destroy this country. He has already succeeded in many ways. This just goes to show that because he won the last two elections and because he’s black, that he is above the law and not subject to criticism for violating it. So it’s not surprising that his “peeps” have the same feeling of being above the law and demanding of more of YOUR tax dollars.

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  8. sumitchComment by sumitch
    January 25, 2013 @ 3:04 pm

    We learned years ago (or we were told) that she was the smartest person to ever live in the white house. Now we’re supposed to believe that Obama is.

    In an article yesterday we learned that she is a serial liar and has been all her professional life. Now we need to know if she’s number one or number two?

    Where do we pick up the team rosters and score cards for this game?

    It’s getting hard to tell who is the most un-American.

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    • dalehComment by daleh
      January 25, 2013 @ 4:45 pm

      Yep Mrs Clinton was a lawyer , schooled in the knowledge of how to lie her way through for her own benefit–plus she had a great teacher in her husband to learn from too –now we are going to have a man as Secretary of State that back in the ’70′s lied to Congress about his fellow Vietnam Veterans and also went to Paris to meet with the North Vietnamese, even though he had no status as any type of negoetiator and was still a Serving Naval Junior officer,– that should have been classified as treason–according to US law , legally he could not hold any Public office due to his actions in Paris , however that was swept under the carpet when Carter was president and in his home State of Massachusetts– There was some talk at the time of his election as a US Senator from Mass, his Military Record was updated due to his election- and he has never put his Military records out for Public View , even when he ran for President–he is a perfect candidate for obama to appoint as they both have hoaxed America —-

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    • oleteabagComment by oleteabag
      January 26, 2013 @ 1:08 am

      You are right, Sumiitch–she IS a serial liar. Remember when she was campaigning for President how she kept telling these “stories” about great personal sacrifice and being in danger and under fire in the Middle East–when there was VIDEO to prove it was a blatant lie. There were three or four of those “stories” she told that were quickly proved to be total lies, and of course she just shrugged it off and the media gave her a pass.

      So aren’t she and Obama a fine pair? Compulsive liars, both of ‘em, who would not know the truth if they met it face-to-face!

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  9. highsiderComment by highsider
    January 25, 2013 @ 3:15 pm

    Wha………. Why the nerve of these conservative judges! Makes me want to just throw my Obamaphone at them!

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    • sumitchComment by sumitch
      January 25, 2013 @ 3:30 pm

      Good one highsider.

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    • Lee14Comment by Lee14
      January 26, 2013 @ 1:31 pm

      highsider, that is soooo funny…obamaphone?! lol

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  10. arwenusaComment by arwenusa
    January 25, 2013 @ 3:16 pm

    No one really thinks Obama is embarrassed by this, surely? Angry and disdainful, more likely.

    And what is to stop him from simply appointing these people by Executive Order? Who is going to stop him; who will render the EO’s invalid, and then enforce that decision by removing appointees with physical force, if necessary?

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    • oleteabagComment by oleteabag
      January 26, 2013 @ 1:10 am

      No, he is not embarrassed, because he is shameless. But he is also childish and petulant, and certainly not above pouting or throwing a tantrum when he does not get his way.

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  11. NewsWatcherComment by NewsWatcher
    January 25, 2013 @ 3:19 pm

    Hopefully this sets in motion some more challenges to the constitutionality of a few of his executive orders .. especially the one gutting the welfare law legally passed by congress and signed by a previous democrat president requiring a certain definition of WORK for welfare .. and maybe even the one overriding congress on immigration law.

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    • CharlieComment by vietnamvet
      January 25, 2013 @ 4:16 pm

      He has been pushing the limits in every way that benefits his agenda, and (up to now) nobody had a good case to stop him.
      This may be the first in a series of things that have been working their way to the surface … which could reveal that he’s not as bulletproof as he has been thinking he is.

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    • sumitchComment by sumitch
      January 25, 2013 @ 4:59 pm

      I too was fortunate enough to win the lottery for an all expense paid trip to southeast Asia. Welcome home brother or sister.

      Let’s hope that now that someone has taken a stand against him that it’s like a snowball pushed downhill and gets bigger and bigger. And let’s hope he in it’s track.

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  12. icemancoldComment by icemancold
    January 25, 2013 @ 3:37 pm

    WELL WELL:: I was under the impression that everything DICTATOR OBAMA does is a violation of the constitution because the constitution states one has to be a natural born citizen born to two citizen parents TO HOLD THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT AND OCCUPY THE WHITE HOUSE. OBAMA HAS MADE IT CLEAR THAT HIS FATHER WAS KENYAN which made him a BRITISH SUBJECT therefore OBAMA is not a natural born citizen and his occupying the white house is a violation of the CONSTITUTION.

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    • bna42Comment by bna42
      January 25, 2013 @ 3:55 pm

      “. . . the constitution states one has to be a natural born citizen born to two citizen parents”

      You need to read up on your Constitution, bro. It says one needs to be a “natural-born citizen” and says NOTHING about born to two citizen parents.

      If you think about it, NONE of the anchor babies born to illegals are from “two citizen parents” but they are still U.S. citizens because of a misinterpretation of the 14th Amendment. And, they can also be considered “natural born citizens” because they were born on U.S. soil. Believe it or not, there will be a time when Hispanics outnumber Caucasians, and then one of the anchor babies can run for President and will be completely eligible because they will be 35 years old, natural born citizen, and resided in the U.S. for the past 14 years. That’s all it takes.

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  13. clint54Comment by clint54
    January 25, 2013 @ 3:47 pm

    Which goes to prove, if you do not know the constitution, you do not know what your doing.. Obama needs to get ” The Constitution for Dummies” Maybe he just loves to wing it, and shoot from the hip..Lets see if they buy it?…

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    • sumitchComment by sumitch
      January 25, 2013 @ 8:43 pm

      Obama needs to get several thousand copies of “The Constitution for Dummies” and send them out to several thousand people and if they don’t read it, cut off their food stamps.

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    • oleteabagComment by oleteabag
      January 26, 2013 @ 1:16 am

      To Sumitch: I think Obama had better read one of those “Constitution for Dummies” HIMSELF before trying to instruct anybody else about it. Obama may “think” he knows the Constitution, but he totally does NOT grasp the spirit and intent of it, which is to place carefully defined limits on the power of the Federal government, and make sure that no ONE branch of government gets too powerful and starts overruling the OTHER two, or dictating policy to the STATES, which is EXACTLY the situation we have now.

      I recall a quote where he sneered that “the Constitution is essentially a list of negative liberties.”

      Obama regards our Constitution as a quaint old document that has no relevance to this “modern” age, or to really smart people like HIM who knows a LOT more than the people who wrote that document.

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  15. Allen SComment by Allen S
    January 25, 2013 @ 3:51 pm

    -0 keeps going against the Constitution but nothing is done about it. This has not happened in our country by one of our presidents in this manner. When will someone do something about it? He has done enough already to be impeached or even tried for treason. There is already plenty of proof. Pray that We the People will start putting God first in our lives so God will heal this land.
    2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by MY name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
    II Peter 3:8… but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity.

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    • truth_will_set_you_free!!Comment by avantaa
      January 25, 2013 @ 9:14 pm

      My pastor just preached on this,and used these exact verses.I pray everyday for this nation with all my heart,and I wish all the church’s in this nation would get out of their political state and come to worship Him as one people,God’s people.The bible doesn’t say that the whole nation has to pray to him,because the whole nation is not his people,but the CHURCH within the nation is.The church’s of this nation have done God wrong to and turned into everyone else.I can’t listen to my gospel channel anymore,because during election time all I heard were ads about how certain pastors support gays and abortion even though the bible clearly speaks against it.Who are the true people of God who will rise up and speak?Marriage is between one MAN and one WOMAN!Thou shall not murder,whether the child is unborn or not,it is God’s creation.Come on ,wake up.My heart is burning and I want to see change,TRUE CHANGE! Not the lies being told,and this Devil in office claiming to be Americas hope.GOD BLESS AMERICA!GOD SHED HIS GRACE ON THEE!Well God,now may you shed all the MERCY within you on this nation and the Obama administration,who are openly and unfearfully trying to stop the people who KNOW the right way for this nation(True Republicans and Conservatives)from succeeding and messing up his agenda.I will not be quiet,and if I have to rally people from sea to shining sea to stop this man from destroying us,THEN SO BE IT!In JESUS NAME,Amen!Although Obama may think he has me and you in his puppet strings controlling us and our Nation,my God is A SOVEREIGN GOD and rules over all,and he will cut the strings of the puppet master off from us,and heal our land! Some reading this may think I am a nutcase who is holier than thou and way to religious,but call me what you will,nothing will bring me down and I will praise my God for all he has done for me. Will you stand with me in telling people the Good News?

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    • sick2deathofobamaComment by sick2deathofobama
      January 26, 2013 @ 1:18 am

      Avantaa, you must ponder the question, has this nation finally come under the wrath of God? Has he finally turned His back on this nation, because most of this nation, have long ago turned their backs on Him? Has the filth and sinful wickedness become so bad in this once great Christian nation, that we’ve crossed the proverbial line? Maybe Obama is just the beginning of being under this country’s judgement. I hope and pray that it isn’t so! Well known pastor and author, John Mac Arthur thinks that we are though!

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    • truth_will_set_you_free!!Comment by avantaa
      January 26, 2013 @ 7:48 am

      Have you seen the ad “I have hope for this nation because of Jesus Christ”? I believe this with all my heart,and if what the bible says is true,when the church’s get together in unity and put aside politics to see what this man really stands for,this land WILL be healed.All you and I can do is our part,just pray,tell people the Good News.I’m tired of being silent,tired of having to listen to lies being told,and ignorant unknowing idiots believing the lies.I’m tired of hearing someone say they are a christian,yet support gays and abortion.I’m tired of hearing the voice of a man who swore on the bible,and MLK’s bible,yet wants to get rid of the constitution.I’m tired of seeing his bumper stickers on every car,signs in every yard.I’m tired of this poverty.I’m sick,tired,and fed up with this nation that is no longer America which God has blessed ,but the nation that the Devil has taken in his hands.There is still hope.Sicktodeathofobama,do not give up.Judgement has been on this nation for a while.Let me tell you something my pastor told me.It truly is a revelation.

      What do you think 9/11 was?First time that those terrorist got to us because of security?No,it was God’s judgement.Right around the time that this nation was really going out of whack,this happened.People turned back to god for a little while,But when the security was “fixed” it was same old,same old.That was when we should’ve gotten back on track.God was saying,”My people,look to my face.”,But who was truly listening?God allowed this to happen,he did not cause it.This was a wake up call.Yet people say,where was God,why didn’t he stop this?God is a Sovereign God,idiots.I’m going to go back in history.America used to have slaves,which they knew was wrong,but they didn’t want to listen to God’s voice,they thought that because they are white,they are better.God made every human being in his image,so slavery is against God’s word.As a judgement upon America,There was a Civil War.That’s when things went back to the way it’s supposed to be,after war.
      Is that what it will take?Will this nation have to have a civil war in order to turn back to God?Right now,that looks like the case.

      You ponder on that.

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    • Lee14Comment by Lee14
      January 26, 2013 @ 12:23 pm

      Amen Allen S

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    • Lee14Comment by Lee14
      January 27, 2013 @ 3:10 pm

      I just thin back to our fore fathers and how they based the birth of America on the bible and Godly based theories and no it is so sad to se the world slip further and further away from under the right hand of God and his provision. And Obama….does not make it better what so ever…..really, going against the constituion….. God have mercy on us all…

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  16. sumitchComment by sumitch
    January 25, 2013 @ 4:01 pm

    I wish I could believe that we’re seeing a light at the end of a tunnel. But the way the wimps in the GOP have been caving like dominos the last four years I’m afraid that it might be the headlight of an oncoming freight train. Or is that the Obama Express?

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  17. shafawnComment by shafawn
    January 25, 2013 @ 4:37 pm

    The little king huffed and puffed and the little Reid and Pelosi in his pocket said “huff too!”

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  18. sickupandfedComment by sickupandfed
    January 25, 2013 @ 4:51 pm

    This man lacks virtue and integrity. I used to be of the belief that the office of the president was somewhat limited in what it could do because of our congress and the checks and balances. I also believed that our elected representatives were people of character, virtue and integrity. Now I know differently. We do not have it in any of our branches of government.

    In cards it is possible to be dealt a bad hand. We’ve been dealt the worst possible hand. Unlike cards we cannot fold and wait for the next hand. We are all in on this one. We may not have the ante for the next hand.

    Obama will continue to game the system by taking liberties that are outside the scope of the office and if challenged, just let the courts decide whether he can do it or not.

    It is not out of session cabinet appointments that will hurt us in the long term. Those folks will leave in three or four years. The real and lasting damage he may do to this country is in the supreme court appointments. Two more and we may be done for. Who knows, with just two more like the his last two winners and he may be able to somehow skirt the 22nd amendment. We may never be able to get rid of him with out violence or some form of civil war. We are in bad shape and there are dark clouds on the horizon.

    He is pressing hard on weapons bans and isn’t going to quit until the 2nd amendment is restricted to the point that we will all be like Barney and only be able to carry a single bullet in our shirt pockets.

    God Help us.

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    • sumitchComment by sumitch
      January 25, 2013 @ 8:53 pm

      I used to believe what we were taught in grade school; that we had three co-equal branches of government to keep any one branch out of dictatorial power.

      I used to believe in Santa and the Easter Bunny too. It took 70 years minus 4, but I finally learned otherwise. I didn’t realize I was that slow a learner.

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    • oleteabagComment by oleteabag
      January 26, 2013 @ 1:24 am

      Sickupandfed, it is unfortunate, but taking these cases to court is a crapshoot, too, because the courts have become so politicized that they are as divided as the rest of the country. Courts and judges were NEVER supposed to be “political”. We happened to get a “Republican” judge this time, who ruled against Obama, but it could just as easily have been a “Democrat” judge who ruled for him. They are NOT supposed to be Democrat or Republican or ruling according to any political party ideology. They are supposed to be JUDGES who interpret and uphold the LAW.

      I will say that I think we have “Repuboican-biased” judges out of self-defense, because the left-wingers started loading up the courts with ultra-liberal judges who would rule “their” way, but if things were not so MESSED UP, we should not have EITHER.

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  19. rzraickComment by rzraick
    January 25, 2013 @ 5:00 pm

    When looking at Obama, his actions speak louder than his words. It is time for Americans to start backing our words with action as well.

    This was once the home of the brave. It is time to be brave and start doing something to remove this tyrant from office.

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  20. teapartywonkComment by teapartywonk
    January 25, 2013 @ 6:59 pm

    The recess appointment power is archaic. It was needed when calling Congress into session was no easy matter. Today, alas,they are available on a day or two notice at all times. That is why it makes sense to stay formally in session at all times. The advice and consent of the Senate to all high executive appointments is a cornerstone of our freedom. It should not be trifled with.

    As to impeachment, I don’t think it makes sense unless it is known in advance that there are sufficient votes in the Senate to remove from office. Otherwise it is a fultile gesture.

    The only job the House has in the 113th Congress is to not pass any bad laws. One way to assure that is for Speaker Boehner to stick to the rule: no votes on any bill unless it is assured of passage by near unanimous GOP votes.

    The job of the Senate is to veto bad treaties and bad executive appointments—especially to the supreme court.

    None of this requires GOP leadership to ever talk to Reid or Pelosi. Not even “Hello, how are you”. I’d make an exception for “Congratulations on your decision to resign”.

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  21. sickupandfedComment by sickupandfed
    January 25, 2013 @ 7:03 pm

    Our problem with making noise and getting the attention needed to get him out of office is his adoring press. Look how they [press] have denigrated the tea party and tried to make us look like we are paranoid schitzo’s that wear tin foil hats to keep the aliens from reading our minds.

    How do we overcome NBC, ABC, CBS and all the printed media? They don’t do any investigative reporting like they used to. Anything negative to the “Chosen One” goes on the back pages of their web site so they can say they reported on it. Let’s face it. The ones that voted for him the second time (47%) are not highly informed nor politically active. They get their news from the TV if they try to get informed at all.

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    • truth_will_set_you_free!!Comment by avantaa
      January 26, 2013 @ 8:04 am

      Well,if the press will block us out from being heard,I’m willing to go to the White House myself.Once people do that let’s see if he still is doing what the people of America “need”.If you have watched the 2016 movie,you know that when the choice was being made to pass or veto Obamacare,there were people outside rallying.What really set me off was the fact that Nancy Pelosi said “We must pass the bill to see what’s in it.” And people clapped for that?Is it required for Congress to know everything about the bill in order for it to be passed?I’m wondering,because this is really just sad what this nation has come to,where you pass a bill to the American people because you won’t stand up and say “I want to know what is in the bill.” You can’t vote for something you don’t know about. Kind of like you can’t vote for Obama if you don’t know him.

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  22. thomasjeffersonComment by thomasjefferson
    January 25, 2013 @ 7:51 pm

    Get rid of the constitution, it doesn’t mean anything anymore anyway. Nothing but a bunch of wimpy couch potatoes in this country anymore. Tired of hearing about it.

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    • sickupandfedComment by sickupandfed
      January 25, 2013 @ 8:23 pm

      TJ,

      You just might be on the wrong site.

      Not to worry though. There is a little button on your computer that will fix that for you. It’s a little round button identified by a one with a zero circling it. Press and hold it for about 5 seconds. Then you won’t have to be bothered by reading about how our constitution is being desecrated.

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    • sumitchComment by sumitch
      January 25, 2013 @ 9:46 pm

      Surely you jest. The day may very well be coming soon when we’ll learn how many wimpy couch patatoes there are. I’ll put money on the lovers of this nation and our constitution.

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    • truth_will_set_you_free!!Comment by avantaa
      January 26, 2013 @ 8:06 am

      So you are either on the wrong site,or you are stating that since Obama has taken over,we should give up.What kind of patriotism is that?

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  23. bizzybuzzerComment by bizzybuzzer
    January 25, 2013 @ 8:07 pm

    Are the Democrats, the Blacks, the Spoiled in recess ? Good, I just wanted to say while I can, that if I was a Democrat, a Black or one of the spoiled, I would be mad as hell at Obama for letting me down. Now he has turned on the nation like a mad dog as if begging for impeachment. Chances are, if anyone in congress is man enough to take on their responsibilities he will be impeached very soon. Talk about killing the spirits of Democrats, Blacks, and the Spoiled.

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    • Lee14Comment by Lee14
      January 26, 2013 @ 12:39 pm

      ummm just saying I am black and i absolutely despise Obama and All his beliefs ( if he even has any legal ones)…

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  24. sick2deathofobamaComment by sick2deathofobama
    January 26, 2013 @ 12:37 am

    It would be the happiest day of my life if that marxist, muslim scum-bag would be impeached! It is so very hard for me as an American conservative, to live with such anger, hatred and hopelessness day after day! It is a burdon that just wears me down! He is the biggest low-life snake, to ever take any political office, yet alone the very top office! He is such a street smart thug, he knows how to worm himself out of anything, maybe even impeachment procedure’s! He even makes Bill Clinton look like a bible adherent!

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  25. oleteabagComment by oleteabag
    January 26, 2013 @ 12:54 am

    I heard a most interesting commentary by Dr. James Garrow, who has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for his work with Pinkpagodagirls in China. This is a group that rescues girl babies who have been abandoned and left to die because of China’s “one baby per family rule”. If they have a girl and want a son, they leave the girl to die. His group finds and rescues these abandoned infants.

    Since he lives and works in China, he hears THEIR news and opinions. Interestingly, he says the Chinese do NOT like Obama. He added that loyalty to country is very important to the Chinese people, and they have nothing but contempt for anybody who is not loyal to his/her own country. That being the case, they see Obama as disloyal and a TRAITOR to his country, a man without honor, and a disgrace as president.

    Wouldn’t Obama be surprised to know his pals, the Chinese think of him this way? He is IGNORANT and has NO CLUE how the rest of the world sees him. Either that, or he is willfully blind because his arrogance and ego will not allow him to see.

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