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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

ELON, N.C. — Conservatives are not accustomed to being on the defensive.

They have long experience with attacking the evils of the left and the abuses of activist judges. They love to assail “tax-and-spend liberals” without ever discussing who should be taxed or what government money is actually spent on. They expect their progressive opponents to be wimpy and apologetic.

So imagine the shock when President Obama decided last week to speak plainly about what a Supreme Court decision throwing out the health care law would mean, and then landed straight shots against the Mitt Romney-supported Paul Ryan budget as “a Trojan Horse,” “an attempt to impose a radical vision on our country,” and “thinly veiled social Darwinism.”

Obama specifically listed the programs the Ryan-Romney budget would cut back, including student loans, medical and scientific research grants, Head Start, feeding programs for the poor, and possibly even the weather service.

Romney pronounced himself appalled, accusing Obama of having “railed against arguments no one is making” and “criticized policies no one is proposing.” Yet Romney could neither defend the cuts nor deny the president’s list of particulars, based as they were on reasonable assumptions. When it came to the Ryan budget, Romney wanted to fuzz things up. But, as Obama likes to point out, math is math.

And when Obama went after the right’s willingness to use the power of the Supreme Court for ideological purposes, conservatives were aghast — and never mind that conservatives have been castigating activist judges since at least the 1968 presidential campaign.

Thus did a headline on a National Review article by John Fund read: “Obama makes Berkeley liberals look like statesmen.” My, my. Writing in The Wall Street Journal, Daniel Henninger argued that it appeared to be “unprecedented” for a U.S. president to have “attacked the Supreme Court before it handed down its decision.”

Perhaps conservative pundits couldn’t stand the fact that Obama called them out explicitly. “I’d just remind conservative commentators,” he said, “that for years what we’ve heard is, the biggest problem on the bench was judicial activism or a lack of judicial restraint — that an unelected group of people would somehow overturn a duly constituted and passed law. Well, this is a good example.” Yes, it is.

Now it’s true that after Obama spoke, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney placed some limits on the president’s claim that knocking down the Affordable Care Act would be “an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress.”

Carney explained that Obama was “referring to the fact that it would be unprecedented in the modern era of the Supreme Court, since the New Deal era, for the Supreme Court to overturn legislation” on a “matter of national economic importance.”

And that is precisely the point. What’s lost in our discussions of judicial activism is that in the period from the Gilded Age after the Civil War to the middle of the New Deal, it was conservative Supreme Court majorities that nullified progressive laws aimed at regulating the economy and expanding the rights of workers and consumers.

The threat now is a return to pre-New Deal conservative judicial activism.

  • Michael Sankpill

    Obama knows the Dems are about to win by an overwhelming landslide. He’s ready!

  • evergreenfarms82

    By hook or by crook Obama will win in Nov. but it will be the end of of our Constitutional Republic so many have died to defend. He is ineligible to be our President as per the Constitution but then when would he have started abiding by the Constitution. He is a Muslim Fraud put here by design to take our Nation for Mohammed the Evil One. It’s working.

    • Since the beginning of our country, not one president has enacted an Easter Morning Prayer Breakfast asking Christians to come and pray for this country. Obama comes along and does it. He’s a Christian not a Muslim. There’s not one shred of evidence that he’s Muslim. There’s not one shred of evidence that he’s not an American citizen. And the accusations go on and on, yet after 3 1/2 years not one bit of proof has been offered, just racists accusation hidden under a klan robe called politics and economics.

    • Stephen Anderson

      You are so right (pun intended). And of course there was never any moon landing, that was staged by NASA… Elvis lives…and…and…: Damn, having opposition with the level of intelligence exhibited by e-82 and a few others here, President Obama should have no problem winning and serving another term. I sincerely hope he does. I’ll begin praying for victory in November; let me see now… which way is Mecca?

    • Sometimes doing the right thing includes speaking up. It is not unusual for people to accuse others of being rude and out of line when their misguided behavior or actions are brought out into the light. Bullies never expect to be confronted, but even they run like crazy if they are. The truth is all the religious or pretend talk in the world cannot hind the fact that the Supreme Court is judging from ideology instead of established law and the Constitution, or that the decisions are hurting the majority of Americans and the Country. So I shout loud and clear, thank you President Obama, this is only making me love and respect you more than I already do. And, besides the majority of this Country already know the “Radical Right” who have gained control in Congress do not understand what they are doing; anyone who counts will not listen to them anyway.

      • Thank you Elsa………AS I SAID IN MY POST PRESIDENT OBAMA WE WOMAN GOT YOUR BACK…We can and do understand….

    • rustacus21

      Sad. Just SAD!!! What is U’r complication, by the way? If U didn’t want to even bother reading the article, what!? Whatever U ‘think” is going on w/this Prez., we ARE – COLLECTIVELY & INDIVIDUALLY – much better off than we were in ’08 & far better than if McCain were in the W.H. All that ‘rhetorical’ monologueing above – it’s Fox n.work – VERBATUM! But here’s an idea: turn off Fox for several days. Try a channel involving nature, the outdoors, animals, art, classical music, books – or even REAL, LIVE political proceedings, as they’re happening (i.e., CSPAN) in REAL TIME. I GUARANTEE YOU, by the end of that few days (granted U don’t CHEAT & slip back to satisfy the “Fox” addiction), U’r humanity & common sense will return. It’s understood that Conservatives have the cognitive/psychic rigidity of granite, so I’m looking 4 no miracles, but at some point, U’ll realize, 4 yrs in, things are looking pretty ‘upbeat’ so far, w/Prez Obama having pulled the nation up from out of the gutter Conservatives have put the nation in. & having done so virtually alone, by himself -? I’d say is damn commendable…

  • jimackermann

    You libs have a great talent in spinning things. Labeling the Supreme Court’s current project as “judicial activism”. Please, read the Constitution. They are doing their job. Me thinks Obama needs to re-read it as well. I though he was a Constitutional scholar. The above article is tripe written by an agenda based lib.

    • Liberal 1

      We’re spinning things, really? If you do not believe the Supreme Court Justices are conservative right wing ideologues, then how do you explain their decision in Bush v. Gore, which literally and unconstitutionally gave Bush the election. In that case, they even acknowledged their decision could not be used as precedent, because they knew what they did was wrong. They clearly did not follow the law or the Constitution in that case.

      Then there is the more recent decision the Supreme Court issued in the Citizens United case, which states corporations are people, and allows unlimited amounts of money to be contributed to politicians running for office in the form of Super Pacs. By issuing this outrageous decision, the conservative justices on the Supreme Court prevent a democratic form of government representative of the people, by the people, and for the people, to one that is now run exclusively by corporations and the wealthy who can control the outcome of elections by throwing millions and millions of dollars to elect the politicians of their choice, and who will support their interest rather than that of the people.

      And you say liberals are spinning things – think again. The Constitutional scholar here is President Obama calling on the Supreme Court to do their job in an impartial manner by following the Constitution and the laws and not issue a decision based on their political ideologies, as they have already proven they are quite willing to do – laws and Constitution be damned!

    • rustacus21

      … we also SPIN success… i.e., the state of the nation was… what, on january 19, 2001? On January 19, 2009, what was the state of the nation? In between those 2 administrations, this current rates where, between the other 2? If U can be honest, jimackermann, U will be 1 of many ‘former’ conservatives who will know the correct thing 2 do on election day this November… That is & only IF U can be honest w/U’r self…

  • montanabill

    You will get hammered jimackermann. Most of the people who write for the National Memo and the people who believe it also believe that the end justifies the means. Therefore, lying or re-interpreting the Constitution are no wrong. It is not wrong to spend trillions more than Bush and call him ‘unpatriotic’ for his spending, but consider Obama’s is good. Don’t stop spending when we can ‘tax the rich’ to get them to ‘pay their fair share’. Democrats actually believe that would cover their spending! It is a real problem for people who can’t do math.

    • jimackermann

      They can hammer me all they want. It’s kind of fun watching all these little girls get their panties in a bunch. The bottom line is that you have to stand up for what is right. At the end of the day, you can’t dispute “Truth”, no matter how much you spin it. Twenty years from now, history will look at Obama much the same way as Jimmy Carter.

      • rustacus21

        … U also have 2 know the difference between rite & NOT rite even B4 U attempt to ‘stand’. U’r still conservative, w/sentiments emotionally tied to those who actually, documentatively DID try to DESTROY America & came pretty close!!! It’s more a shame & a disgrace that there are still Americans who DON’T know the difference, which is disappointing, not angering, as U may hope…

  • After the Supreme Court allowed corporations to be considered “persons”, the Congress should pass a mental competency exam for the members of the Supreme Court, since every 5 years old normal child could point a clear difference between a PERSON and a faceless CORPORATION. There are several more decisions lately that puts the mental competency of those judges in question.

    As for as Obama, his health care program is too complicated and expensive, and would be better scraped and replaced with Medicare for all. without the drug provision that makes it expensive and enriches pharmaceutical companies. We should have a universal health care system that is independent of person’s work status, and liberate American business from paying for it. The money we save from military waste would cover such an efficient and just system for ALL Americans.

    Obama himself should heed his advice about not being a wimp in a field of foreign policy where he is catering to Islamists and therefore endangering not only our military, and US citizens but entire Western civilization.

  • gguerti

    Jimackermann, what is your credentials concerning this article and criticizing the president??? Probably none, so next time make your statement as in your opinion. You Tea party radicals are famous in putting something or someone down with no knowledge of what you are talking about. Me thinks you need to read the Constitution before making any recomendations. The only thing you have any knowledge of are your radical talking points, get a life.

    • jimackermann

      My Credentials: I can read.

      The judicial power shall extend to all cases, in law and equity, arising under this Constitution, the laws of the United States, and treaties made, or which shall be made, under their authority;–to all cases affecting ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls;–to all cases of admiralty and maritime jurisdiction;–to controversies to which the United States shall be a party;–to controversies between two or more states;–between a state and citizens of another state;–between citizens of different states;–between citizens of the same state claiming lands under grants of different states, and between a state, or the citizens thereof, and foreign states, citizens or subjects.

      Just what are your credentials.

    • jimackermann

      Is that whole “Balance of Power” concept getting in your way? Get up every morning and thank God it is there. It prevents one or more branches of government from going seizing control or stealing our liberties.

      • rustacus21

        That was THE issue that should have been dealt w/11 yrs ago (when the LIBERTIES were, in fact stolen – U’ve only just now noticed, which says what about U’r attention span or cognitive abilities?!?) when the nation was fed a steady diet of fear & paranoia! We all saw what was happening. Liberal/Progressives warned the nation what would & actually DID HAPPEN!!! Conservatives weren’t paying attention then. They are now, but why NOW? The damage is already done!!! President O., in his attempts to clean it up, can’t do so, b/c Conservatives on all sides say NO!!! But why, if it will help them as well?!?!

  • Melvin Chatman

    Question:
    How many “White Presidents” has this Country had?
    So how can one “Afro- AMERICAN”) President do so much feared DAMAGE?
    Seems like when Barak Obama was elected, he somehow “snuck” into office, then the Country woke up and found out he was President. This one “Black Man” tricked all the intelligent folks in this Country who now SCREAM about him being everything from a Muslim to a tar Baby, to a LIE, anti Constitutional, a Socialist, and a Food Stamp President!
    How could the “GOOD” citizens of the USA allow this theft to occur – SHAME ON YALL.
    So the answer is, let’s just say any and everything about him and HOPE this will scare him away and the everything will be again RIGHT in the Universe.
    I always thought most of the Democrats were and still are “SPINELESS”. The minute the Repubs raise their voices, they run and hide. What Obama reminds me of, is an All Pro Quarter Back with no Offensive Line. It get worse when HE plays an “AWAY” Game and the Fans are hostile!
    Slaves built the White House and there’s nothing wrong with a Black Man living in it for just a few years. Slaves did most of the “Heavy lifting” DURING THE INFANT YEARS OF THIS COUNTRY AND IT TURNED OF PRETTY GOD, NOT PERFECT, BUT PRETTY GOOD!
    more women need to be in Congress because they seem to have the Spine most Democrats can’t seem to find.
    One thing that you can “TAKE TO THE BANK” is, “If God be for you, no Man can against you”!
    Just ask “W” how he made it 8 years in the “HOUSE THAT SLAVES BUILT”

    • jimackermann

      This has nothing to do with race. When the facts do not bear out your agenda, you just yell race, race, and race.

      I believe that Obama has done one thing of importance. A black man was elected president. That is a wonderful step for this nation. And do note, it took ALOT of white votes to get him there.

      Now, he is at a point where is going to be treated great fairness. He has the same opportunity to fail as many of our former presidents have had.

      • I am gonna agree with Melvin on more women need to be in Congress because they seem to have the Spine most Democrats can’t seem to find….Don’t you worry President Obama because thats his name ( show some respect) we REAL woman gottcha back blk white orange green we gottcha…

        An intelligent man indeed ( i will keep race out because jim says thats what we do) and duh we all know he received white votes as well but that still doesn’t mean a thinking man who was doomed to fail by the good ol boys from there own lips why because this country isn’t ready for anything New everybody like the status quo well i don’t and i know Middle americas doesn’t…

        NOBODY LIKE AN INTELLIGENT MAN WHO HAPPENS TO BE A DEMOCRAT..and yes he is Black and Jim i hate to say it but some white folk have used racial undertones to describe there dislike of this President,that goes for them folk in congress they knw who and what color they are….So my dear child we don’t have to scream RACE WHEN THOSE THAT SHOULD KNOW BETTER DISRESPECT BY CALLING HIM OUT OF HIS NAME WHICH HAS BEEN REPORTED IN THE NEWS ON THE INTERNET ETC ETC…..AND PLEASE DON’T ASK FOR EXAMPLES WE ARE NOT IN FUCKING SCHOOL… DUECES

        • jimackermann

          Dear Trash Mouth,

          As always, the conversation degenerates to race rather than what the issue is. The issue here is the Supreme Court. Also, it is my belief that the real racism in this country is the black person to the white person. The blacks have become what they hate.

          As for the “********” school statement, you may want to consider going to one. It is almost impossible to understand what you are trying to say.

          • My dear i am a grown woman thank you and i see u had no problem understanding what i said you responded and i know what the story was on but i chose to come back at your comment differently…. And what i become is hard working proud parent to a wonderful grown son that goes to school and works…Thats who i am PROUD… As far as TRASH MOUTH LMBO SON IF I WANTED TO FLIP THE SCRIP ON YOU I WOULD HAVE..I WAS BEING KIND TO ALL YOUR IGNORANT COMMENTS THAT YOU HAVE ON THIS POST..Because they are very personal like i stated in my to REPLY TO U….It’s people like you that i don’t like THAT HIDE BEHIND THE RETHORIC AS AN EXCUSE TO BE HATFUL….. ME thinks i hit a nerve…………

          • jimackermann

            Do know this, I will take my (as you like to hatefully call me) “IGNORANT” self into a voting booth and vote for someone who can put this country back on track. My mantra is no what yours was in the last election, “It’s about the economy stupid”.

          • i intend to vote for the same person dear and unlike you i do realize it will take sometime to turn things around and if he had a congress that was willing to step up and do there job instead of blocking each and everthing he has tried to do..But people like you don’t realize that it’s so much easier to blame the President when we all should look in the mirror..AND OH BY THE WAY IF YOU THOUGHT THINGS WERE GOING TO BE ALL WONDERFUL IN 4 YEARS YOUR STUPID..IT DIDN’T TAKE 4 YRS TO GET IN THIS MESS…DID IT?…….INSTEAD WHY DON’T YOU GO TO YOUR LOCAL CONGRESSMAN AND ASK HIM, WHY INSTEAD OF TRYING TO HELP THIS PRESIDENT GET THINGS ON TRACK WHY DID THEY BLOCK EVERYTHING HE TRIED TO DO, ASK HIM WHY WAS IT SO IMPORTANT FOR THIS PRESIDENT TO FAIL..ASK HIM AND HIS CROONIES….don’t preach to me about the economy or nothing i see things for what they are..I am a REALIIST.. YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS TO BE A REALIST……I KEEP IT REAL..AND THAT MY MAN IS REAL TALK..

          • lazycs

            he had a majority democratic congress for 2 of his 3 years. As Ron White would say regarding obama ‘you can’t fix stupid”

          • JG4th

            and you are living proof!

        • Co-sign.

      • WTH?! It has everything to do with race since McConnell and his knuckle-dragging party vowed to make him a one term Prez before he was even inaugurated and we all know why he said it don’t we? Folks always want to sweep anything to do with race under the rug just like they do with slavery or the Holocaust and pretend they didn’t exist but sorry bub; not going to happen.

      • lazycs

        That’s it?? His so;e accomplishemnt is he’s colored??

      • rustacus21

        I will disagree, that this does have much 2 do w/race, more so than people even realize. Pathologies, phobia’s, instinctive, visseral reactions which can’t be xplained (i.e., T-baggers ‘irrational’ opposition to spending on the xact programs allowing them to like a dignified & healthy retirement!!!), DO reflect a degree of craziness. But racism is, in fact, a mental illness & as we ALL understand, the mentally ill have absolutely no clue of their affliction. He’s conducting his W.H. w/the exact same policies (but w/a twist, more oriented TOWARD benefiting citizens) as the preceding administration, but a specific, opposing demographic of Americans doesn’t care nor see this. They DO see the color of this man & that’s all that matters. If he were white, I bet my entire (future) Social Security that they would respond the same as to the very southern, very lower middle class Bill Clinton, who was given the benefit of the doubt – early on at least, by the same fence-riding, middle-of-the-road voter who now viciously HATE Obama – & the policies that are keeping the nation – if only barely- above water… Yes, it is about race – otherwise, why oppose that which is making U (& the nation) better than U were B4 2009?!

    • lazycs

      how many afro americans does this country have?? so why do they comprise the majority on welfare roles, murders ,rapes and everything else that is contrary to the goals of this country

      • Actually, they don’t. But don’t let that stand in the way of your ill-informed babbling.

        • lazycs

          sorry renny just another left wing marxist who refuses to acknowledge reality. Next time try a new feature that is out there for those who don’t read, its called google and you can find some answers for a change

          • rustacus21

            There are no more ‘marxist’, or ‘socialists’ or ‘communists’ anymore. It shows U’r media savvy is actually the viewing width of a pencil, in U’r attempts to ‘SEE’ the world. It ain’t happening! All the marxist/socialist/communists, if U’ve been paying attention, are now trying to be capitalists (see “Red” China & ‘nuevo’ Russia). But, now it seems all the capitalists are trying to be plutocrats, so it seems dear sir, as if reality has again, confounded yet another Conservative…

          • lazycs

            your right and the moon is made of green cheese, thanks for you valuable input…

      • they are NOT the majority on welfare (and learn to spell “roles”, PAL) and not the majority who murder. You’re just another right wing hack that can’t get is facts straight, b/c you’re intellectually LAZY !!!!

        • lazycs

          another afro american who can’t face reality. there is NO question my figures are correct that’s the problem with the blacks in this society they aren’t capable of doing the right thing

          • rustacus21

            … especially when the unending money of racists is piled against THOSE African Americans, as high as Mt. Everest, making the job of climbing it far more difficult than the entitled whites, who show each other the short cuts… but ‘we won’t tell the blacks!’ They’ll take ‘advantage’ of a ‘easy way’ out… THAT is the ‘right’ thing U’r referring to, no doubt… Why, by the way, did Bush have such an easy time allowing the theft of the nations treasure, including sending sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, Mom & Dads (to their death in the illegal wars), but still free from being prosecuted for executive mismanagement & war crimes? Entitlement has its ‘PRIVILEGES’… OBVIOUSLY…

          • lazycs

            sorry rufus the $$ that afro americans have received via benefits is twice all the other races and it continues to do no good. they don’t want to learn to fish they just want free fish. The fact that generations live on the dole is nothing short of unseemly and disgusting.
            You right whites do show others the shirt cuts, being honest going to school working hard yep those are secretes only whites know and we aren’t sharing them with anyone. We let it slip to orientals and look what happened we won’t do that again.

            Guess history isn’t something your familiar with W had the approval from congress to go to war, Barak on the other hand didn’t when he bombed Libya. Now go get a book and try and catch up with the rest of society rather than worrying about grills and 40’s

      • Rigel54

        What do you mean by welfare roles? People acting as though they are on welfare? The functions of welfare in society? Perhaps you meant welfare rolls? Chicago is right, and you are wrong, on all the other points. Higher rates per capita perhaps?

        • lazycs

          Sorry not per capita ABSOLUTE %’s. Afro’s comprise 39% of all who are on welafre whites 36%

  • evergreenfarms82

    Thanks Sidney for responding in a civil manner. I’m not accustom to civility from liberals. In response to your Presidents Prayer Breakfast , I wish you could spend time with my Pakistan friend who understands the Muslim Scam in progress and how they will take our Nation through subversive lies and deceit. This is a well designed and orchestrated coup that few will ever know is happening until it is too late to respond. Lucky for Germany in the 1930’s & 40’s when it happen to them they had us to come to the rescue. Who’s going to come to our rescue? Re. that one thread of evidence to prove he is not an American citizen, what part of a Counterfeit Birth Certificate and SSC Card do you not understand? Why spend $1 MM plus to hide the truth re. ones past if there is nothing to hide? Sidney, wool is warm and comfortable, just be aware it can blind you when it covers your head. That’s where your eyes, ears, and brain are kept.

    • evergreenfarms82 you would be a good republican politician. You’re condecenting and a “Henny Penny” crying, “the sky is falling!” You still, as I said without a shred of truth claiming Obama is a muslim and not a US citizen. Yet you go even further by listening to a Muslim (as if that makes him an authority) accuse Obama of perpetrating a Muslim Scam. The word I said is proof and all you can come up with is conjecture. Don’t trip on you white robe while crying, the sky is falling. The sky is falling.

  • Would you Conservatives stop worrying about Obama’s birth certificate and religion and you Liberals stop worrying about the scraps of health care Obama promises and pay attention to his, and Congress’s overwhelming support of removing our rights to due process: the presumption of innocence, indefinite incarceration with NO lawyer and NO trial. While they pretend to disagree, both branches of government and a Scotus that will go along are robbing us blind, fighting false and unnecessary wars and attempting to take away our free and open internet after already cowing the Mass Media into obeiscence. They claim to have no money, but found it in their hearts to appropriate huge amounts for FEMA camps and $63 BILLION for domestic drones to spy on us, arrest us and even kill us.
    Let’s bury the hatchet long enough to fight the top priority threat: an impending POLICE STATE.

    • rustacus21

      … & the solution IS… that we vote in Liberals & Progressives, who have a stated commitment to conducting OUR government from the Progressive/Liberal foundations our Democracy IS & REMAINS based upon! Doing this half-way is NO solution – We, as citizens – if our belief is in the fact that the Constitution is the ultimate authority to any questions or misunderstandings or disagreements we may have, we can only trust the legislators who BELIEVE this as well! If they say 1 thing & do another, our AUTHORITY as the ARTICULATED MANAGERS of this nations government, obligates us to invoke recall of any & ALL ‘representatives’ (they ARE NOT our LEADERS – as they & a voting majority mistakenly thinks) who disobey OUR directives. Its time Americans STOP crying & complaining about THIS!!! If government doesn’t work, WE’RE RESPONSIBLE!!! Not the legislators!!! If U, Maynard, are walking down the street & some 1 walks up 2 U w/a BIG bag full of money & says ‘throw a rock thru U’r neighbors window, run & I’ll take care of the rest…’, U’d probably take the money & do what they asked. If U did, than U’r a Conservative! If U didn’t, then U’r a tru, Red, White & Blu Progressive/Liberal… Which is what the nation needs more of, if we’re to take the nation back from THIS brand of Conservatism…

  • hubydoll166

    Its very easy to understand why BIG BUSINESS has a stranglehold over this nation and why the american people dont stand a chance when you read almost every post below. Most people understand very little and in that lack of understanding champion on for BIG BUSINESS grip on your pocket books and lives. They literally have their way with 310 million people with no guard at the homefront gate. What amount of profit is enough and at wat expense? We give whole new meaning to freedom that no longer includes economic freedom. There is a reason why BIG BUSINESS loves the great USA and too many people still havent figured out why. I personally think we have a government for a reason and that they are suppose to be an extension of the people they serve in their districts or thats how it use to work at one time before personal ideologies and agenda’s hijacked our govt away from the masses. Things have got very twisted over the last 30 years and if you think your somehow safe or exempt from the long arm of BIG BUSINESS touching your life then think again my friends. There are those who still have not figured out that the severity of our economic issues we have been in and the rest of the world still in the toilet makes it very difficult to escape the BLACK HOLE. The GOP sure havent helped on any front. Anyone who has or have run a business knows that when your biz hits hard times that you dont just lay down and give in, you boost your biz up with stimulus, whether it be on a credit card or offering deals to customers that all cost capital. I can only imagine the destruction that weould have been created if the GOP had their way with axing social programs all in the effort to discredit a president they set out on day one to destroy. Makes me wonder if people even think or even research before they spout off. Thats the real reason this country is in the toilet and BIG BIZ, Millionaires excused themselves from taxes while taking more from the taxpayers. Ignorance is a phenominom in itself and eye opening. How people forget so easily how this country became what it once was is astounding and Benjamin Franklin’s words about having a republic for as long as we can keep it rings more loudly than ever now. Im not ready nor will I ever be ready to live under the ideology of those who should have been have been let to whither up on the vine. This is what we get for keeping people from losing their mega fortunes and at the wheel, steering the SHIP of the USA. The GOP plan is very good for those who know how to avoid paying into or paying back the very society that gave them the chance to get where they are today. Lets never forget that any business needs customers and this is a two way street and the sword cuts both ways. The sleeping ginat has a new enemy to wake up to in this new era and its from within our own borders.

  • evergreenfarms82

    Mr. Anderson – Obviously you are much more intelligent that I and must have studied and proven Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s investigation of Obama’s Birth Certificate and SSC Card to be invalid and without merit. Our major media has been directed, I mean, have chosen to do the same based on their investigations I’m sure. As an open minded layman I ask, what if it is true and those documents are in fact “Fake”, who would do that to the President i.e. substitute fake documents for his real documents from Hawaii. I’m sure the real ones will probably be submitted shortly so he can meet the Constitutional requirements all Presidential Candidates must comply with, that being a Natural Born Citizen of the United States. Am I understanding the requirement correctly or maybe it has been declared obsolete by executive order or some UN Directive and no longer applies. Uhmmm, Just curious and ignorant.

  • the increadable assualt on our freedom and due process has been in the works since g.h.w.bush and company killed john and bobby. and put nixon in office,why are you supprised by anything the nazis do?

  • gguerti

    I can read also, but in my opinion a Constitutional law professor’s knowledge of the Constitution far exceeds any reading ability you may posses. The president has studied law and his degree tells me he understands the law, you claim you can read but what credentials do you posses that indicates your understand of what you read and justifies you to ridicule others.

    • jimackermann

      The law is an inconvenient roadblock for Obama. He is arrogant enough to believe that he can do anything he wants. And our president now believes that he should “ridicule” the Supreme Court. I believe they know more about Constitutional Law than he does. Today, I thank God for the Constitution. If it weren’t for that document, Obama would have already created a communist state.

  • bockvl

    Utterly, utterly agree with this writer. It is time for Democrats to take a STAND. Wimping out, sitting around passively thinking things would get better, is what cost the Democrats and this country the mid-term elections. Democrats need to realize that if they don’t get out and VOTE, they will reap the disaster that the Republicans sow.

    • joyscarbo

      Like you, bockvl, I’ve quietly stewed in my own juices over feeling that our Dems were placating and not standing up and crying foul against the GOP progressively-grinding our grovernment-to-a-near-halt!! Dems, stand the hell up and say something and say loudly! I you can’t stand for something then you’ll fall for anything. And the Republicans have a lot you could fall for. Pleeaassee…for God’s sake! The middle class is struggling and holding our breath that we’ll be able to make our house payments! But those below us are really hanging on…but just barely!! They’ve already lost their home. It’s being sold as a”short sale,” or it’s owned by the bank….they’re people who’ve had to take all 4 of their kids back into an apartment. Our credit has been desimmated. Our black and white brothers are trying to find jobs…but many are only temporary! As parents, we’re trying not to cry…we just don’t know what to do.
      I dream of an easier time when everything sorta matched….until the jobs fell away…I want to live in a smaller hourse and just be okay. Just have my job, a little house and just be okay.
      Will someoe please stand up for us, pleeesaaassseee???

  • gguerti

    The balance of power is to determine laws by and for the people not by and for the corporations. The Supreme courts ruling that corporations are individuals, in my opinions, indicates they have out lived the usefulness and can only make decisions based on party lines.

  • Gail_Lelyveld

    I agree. I am really unhappy that the conservatives and fey conservativesmake things sound very different from what they are. It is known as “The Big Lie”. Yes Mitt, Newt and Rick. If the shoe fits, you have to wear it.

  • Sometimes doing the right thing includes speaking up. It is not unusual for people to accuse others of being rude and out of line when their misguided behavior or actions are brought out into the light. Bullies never expect to be confronted, but even they run like crazy if they are. The truth is all the religious or pretend talk in the world cannot hind the fact that the Supreme Court is judging from ideology instead of established law and the Constitution, or that the decisions are hurting the majority of Americans and the Country. So I shout loud and clear, thank you President Obama, this is only making me love and respect you more than I already do. And, besides the majority of this Country already know the “Radical Right” who have gained control in Congress do not understand what they are doing; anyone who counts will not listen to them anyway.

  • gguerti

    Bush proclaimed himself as the desider and declaired war on Iraq without congress, showing that he was not to be inconvenienced by any law of the land, if anyone was arrogant enough to believe he could do anything he wanted, it was Bush. Nothing Obama said was to ridicule the Supreme Court, we don’t even know what the judges have ruled, so how could Obama riducle them, ridiculed what????

  • hard to support the guy, he has signed our rights compleatly away to the right wing agenda. he is the only human running tho….but he would like his family to servive, so he does what he’s told.

  • gguerti

    As far back as I can remember the Republican party has always accused the Democratic party of leading our country towards a communist, or socialist state and yet democracy has prevailed. We have social programs in our great country for a reason, I believe every American citizen, man, women and child, should have a roof over their heads warmth in their home, food on their table, a health program to meet their needs and an equal education for all children. After the basic needs of all Americans are met then we can continue to develop our capitalistic economy. That is the platform the democratic party has followed and maintained. Communist and socialist are nothing more then talking points and fear mongering by the Republican party.

  • jebediah123

    It took me a while to understand why the republican party critizised President Obama from day one of his term in office. The first thing has to be the DEEP HUMILIATION that the republican party must feel after running this country into economic disaster (do you realize that if the banks were not bailed out there could have been a complete economic failure in the industrial nations). And to have a democrat president (black)!!!! come to the rescue would make them all look like fools—–thus the “PARTY OF NO” blocked any helpful legislation Obama proposed.

    Almost as much humiliation they felt when Spiro Agnew and Nixon both resigned in disgrace.

    The second thing is THE DEEP FEAR held by the supremely rich and powerful, politically connected people of USA that there could be a “political rebellion” in this country whereby legislation would be passed to greatly enhance the living conditions of the masses at the expense of the rich.

    If you would laugh and call me “paranoid” when I say there are secret political organizations whose aim is to uphold the “status quo” of the rich and powerful then you are very naive. Start digging!!!!!!! And if you dig deep enough you will find out who really runs this country.

    • William Deutschlander

      You hit the nail smack dab on the head!

  • Isn’t it funny both sides interpret the constitution to say what they want. Read it, see where it says no demonstration or Christian Government. But you hear both. A imaginary person is real? Is this Walt Disney?

    • rustacus21

      The Constitution says, fundamentally, only ONE thing: Liberty, equality, justice, opportunity & freedom from the dominion of the unruly elite & corportists (religions included!!!), are the obligation of the citizenry to unsure, one to another. These ‘fundamentals’ are quite unmistakable & should not be subject 2 ‘misinterpretations’. However, by DETERMINING to continually create economic, social & political chaos, it’s understandable why Conservatives would want everybody in mental/emotional contortions over religion, the 2nd Amedment, the 14th Amendments, etc. W/out the input of Conservatives, the Constitution is a basic, simple blueprint for living & conducting government. Add Conservative opinions, it looks like some Disney or better yet, a ‘Loony Tunes’ diagram to build a bridge to the moon!!! Understanding how ludicrous a proposition that IS, U begin to understand the illogic of giving Conservatives any credibility to even be involved in such ‘SERIOUS’ minded debates as Constitutional ‘philosophy’. They don’t understand it. But by no means, don’t stop talking to them about it!~ No 1 is COMPLETELY devoid of comprehension… Not completely. 2/3’s mayB, but not entirely… I want to hope… at least…

  • My dear i am a grown woman thank you and i see u had no problem understanding what i said you responded and i know what the story was on but i chose to come back at your comment differently…. And what i become is hard working proud parent to a wonderful grown son that goes to school and works…Thats who i am PROUD… As far as TRASH MOUTH LMBO SON IF I WANTED TO FLIP THE SCRIP ON YOU I WOULD HAVE..I WAS BEING KIND TO ALL YOUR IGNORANT COMMENTS THAT YOU HAVE ON THIS POST..Because they are very personal like i stated in my to REPLY TO U….It’s people like you that i don’t like THAT HIDE BEHIND THE RETHORIC AS AN EXCUSE TO BE HATFUL….. ME thinks i hit a nerve…………

  • My dear i am a grown woman thank you and i see u had no problem understanding what i said you responded and i know what the story was on but i chose to come back at your comment differently…. And what i become is hard working proud parent to a wonderful grown son that goes to school and works…Thats who i am PROUD… As far as TRASH MOUTH LMBO SON IF I WANTED TO FLIP THE SCRIP ON YOU I WOULD HAVE..I WAS BEING KIND TO ALL YOUR IGNORANT COMMENTS THAT YOU HAVE ON THIS POST..Because they are very personal like i stated in my to REPLY TO U….It’s people like you that i don’t like THAT HIDE BEHIND THE RETHORIC AS AN EXCUSE TO BE HATFUL….. ME thinks i hit a nerve…………

  • evergreenfarms82

    The USofA had the best form of Government ever devised because in most part it was founded on Christian principals and family values. We’ve lost both and wer’e about to loose what remains. All people of the World have envied what we Americans had because relatively speaking they had so much less. We will become like them for a while (historically about five generations) as we go through this cycle of life. We have become victim to our own personal CIA i.e. Complacency, Indifference, and Apathy and now Political Rhetoric (brain washing) will finish us off. When the end comes and you’re looking for a “Safe Haven”, hopefully we will have recreated a “New America” in a foreign land, away from the Greed, Power, and Ego’s that have invaded all levels of society in our Home Land. We will not be easy to find and many of you will not want what we will have to offer if you favor the current direction our Nation is heading. Beware of two imminent threats few are prepared for. Both will destroy life as you know it but there is little you can do to stop either i.e. a significant EMP Event re. 1859 and the creation and spread of Islam re. the early 600’s. Many will scoff but I suggest you do a little research on both to understand what is coming.

  • William Deutschlander

    E J, thank you once again for clearing the air in a language that any open minded layman can understand!

    Please KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

  • Obama was right.

  • howa4x

    This is why it’s critical that Romney not make the next SC pick

  • lazycs

    Typical Marxist response. You would think that some one who pretends that he went to law school would have read the constitution but when your a quota admission the requirements are far far less

    • rustacus21

      When listening to “propaganda”, there’s always the risk of believing something to outrageously untru, that U look witless & overwhelmed by what U secretly desire – another administration like the 1 U voted for in 2001-2009, which abused, mistreated & lied 2 U, 2 such a degree, U’r entire world is unrecognizable now. There’s no way to ‘fake’ Law school attendance. Think about it for a moment & it will make sense even 2 U… We both know the reason for the dilapidated state of the nation & we BOTH know who was responsible. Being angry @the person trying to ‘fix’ this disaster makes U look even more oblivious than U probably are, but I’ll give U the benefit of the doubt that U’r just being arbitrary, like most teens relish being… often…

      • lazycs

        Really I’ve yet to see a transcript for any college that barak attended. based on that its much more plausible to say his education is non existent. After seeing him in action its obvious that the constitution was a topic he never took and is required by most law schools

        • rustacus21

          Must U see them? The x-scripts, that is? Do U think U’r that important enuff that it should make a difference, if even the FBI didn’t bother going beyond the ‘traditional’ Senatorial background check, on his: education, family background, citizenship, BIRTH CERTIFICATE?! I would say a federal agency would have more resources, to do a much more complete job than some hacks in a AZ shack or on the Fox network – combined. U, on the other hand, would believe anything negative or crazy, only due to this mans skin color. This is the ancient thinking of Americans prior to the realization that African Americans were in fact, human. There’s help 4 U tho, but where to direct U, I haven’t a clue. The wilderness surrounding U is thick indeed!

          • lazycs

            Every president has voluntarily provided them. This guy has refused to provide any documents regarding his life prior to his election to the Senate. You think that there isn’t a reason for his unwillingness to be forth coming?? The FBI doesn’t do a background check on anyone running for office never has that’s an old wives tale.
            The whole issue of citizenship, prior passports, acceptance of money from the mafia or his dealings with the underground let alone his homosexual affairs have been white washed by libs becasue he’s black

          • JG4th

            As usual you spout inane and false information… Do you have anything to do besides sit in front of keyboard all day? are you gainfully employed or are you a welfare case?

          • lazycs

            Sorry GG its on the internet

          • JG4th

            DOH! is it just because you say so? what a tard

          • lazycs

            I’m a CS so your right by defination I sit at the govt teat and am no different than a welfare recipient

  • rustacus21

    What?! Is this the SAME Prez. Obama who allowed bludogs to sabotage the entirety of 2010, prior to the Midterm elections? Whatever happened, I LIKE IT!!! In fact, LOTS of Americans are liking this incarnation of Mr. Obama & lets hope it continues!!! Now that the electorate is FINALLY paying attention, lets make it pay off in policy action! Ending tax cuts at THIS precise moment WILL yield immediate benefits that will translate into IMMEDIATE jobs & the realization of the obvious – that its ALL Americans responsibilities to ensure a secure, prosperous & PEACEFUL nation. Whatever the nation is not currently, is the fault of Conservatives & if they don’t want to lend a hand in rebuilding the nation they & their party are majority responsible for destroying, forget them!!! Riding this success into the Nov election will virtually guarantee the Prez. will be bringing in a sizable Progressive/Liberal majority, which means Conservatives will be where they are anyway – IRRELEVANT!!!

  • ayau12

    The solution to all this BS is very simple and can be resolved in nine(9)months with the stroke of a pen -” DO AMERICANS OF ALL RACES HAVE THE —– TO V O TE DEMOCRAT IN 2012 ” ????. I PERSONALLY DOUBT IT , WHY ?? THE PEOPLE VOTED FOR A REPUBLICAN CONGRESS AFTER BEING ” BUSHWACKED ” BY GEORGE W. USING ‘ LIES (WEPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION ” TO SEND OUR ” L O V E D ONES ” TO WAR TO BE KILLED.
    WAKE-UP A M E R I C A ” The future is in your hands “!.

  • howa4x

    All of the Democrates need to stand up and fight for their principals. They caved in on health care and should have fought for the public option. When they act like republicans is when they get colbbered. The individual mandate was a Republican Idea, and the democrats took the fall.bama needs to come out swinging and let the republicans yell about class warfare. Bring the case to the American people

  • The Reactionary Majority of the Supreme Court completely is oblivious to the plight of those who are uninsured. The Affordable Care Act is constitutionally sound, and once again, the Court uses a double standard. They would chafe if their rich friends couldn’t pump billions into elections, and campaign finance law “is judicial activism” but they’ll think nothing of letting poor, uninsured literally die b/c of lack of health insurance.
    & as far as fighting back goes, that’s absolutely what people who support liberal policies have to do. Rush is full of crap and is an entertaininer, nothing but that, Sean Hannity another political hack lacking logic and facts. He takes a few facts and uses arguments to support his rich friends.
    If you want to stay on the sidelines, you will hear very little but Republican reactionary BUL-SH-t. Talk back and join the overwhelming facts that support the fact that:
    -money concentrated in the few will take us back to the Depression

    -taxes help relieve the fact that rich have gotten more rich since the Loathsome George W was prez
    -Republicans have not supported Dems policy of more money for infrastructure (B/C it doesn’t help their rich friends enough)
    -claiming that we can’t have health insurance more structured through the law rightfully passed in 2010 is a victory for the rich. & those who disagree need to answer for the fact that Americans spend more in HEALTHCARE THAN ANY OTHER NATION, and are not as healthy as the top 5 nations. So try to answer that!

  • evergreenfarms82

    Thanks rustacus21 for your perspective. Many in Hitler’s Germany were lulled into a false sense of security and bliss also. I’d follow the Fairy Tales on TV but I don’t have TV or take a News Paper. I will not fall into the trap or follow the path Mr. O is taking our nation as he leads the ignorant. I prefer listening to the wisdom of experience and proven leadership. If interested I will provide you links to truth and wisdom based on reality. One interesting topic is EMP. I’d rather deal with that than four more of what we have just experienced. Oh, by the way, ask your local Muslim Imam about your destiny. You might enjoy Islam. I’m sticking with Christ.

    • rustacus21

      Reality is ‘relative’ as U know. Fear has over-saturated U’r, among many others, way of perceiving, but more, U’r way of thinking. As a conservative, U MUST B aware that the Bush/Walker family supported (financially/politically/ideologically) Hitler? Yet, the actions of that admin caused U no discomfort what ever. If it did, U would speak of it, in relation to not WHAT this Prez. is doing, but what he isn’t doing – namely, failing to take the hammer to every remaining policy from the prior administration & smash them to bits – that includes those nasty tax cuts for the rich only. This Prez is TRYING to lead U, among many other conservatives, to the enlitenment that, as this is U’r nation 2, U have an obligation to work on its bhalf – not sit back, complaining & doing nothing, then when the recovery happens, U grumble all the way to the bank, w/a new round of prosperity not possible by Republicans & their fanciful free-market, trickle-down, supply-side, cockeyed bafoonery. U can provide the links, but I must warn U, I have a pathological aversion for propaganda & fear-mongering… but post them anyway, as the truth, too, is also ‘relative’…

  • Agree …with E.J. and will add that the Supreme Court has no right in a decision process on a bill which has been passed !!! It degrades our Nation’s leaders and be-little”s our “Constitutional Values” toward every decision made in creating a better Society

  • evergreenfarms82

    rustacus21 – I will gladly provide links re. Pro-Life vs. Pro Death, illegal amnesty for 12 million plus illegals many of whom are Muslim terrorist, destruction of the family unit with forced education about the virtues of being gay, support of forced union dominance in the work place, insurmontable debt (14 trillion plus) that not even our Great, Great Grand kids will be able to overcome especially if Bernake is allowed to keep printing devalued dollars and/ or Obamacare survives, efforts to eliminate our 2nd Amendment rights guaranteed by our Constitution for a reason, fake documents being used to qualify for being President, and the list goes on. At the moment I am developing “Sustainable Survival Communities” harden against EMP which will allow some of humanity to survive even if major Solar Storms, man made Aerial Nuclear attack from Muslim Nations that have expressed a desire to do that, or four more years of you know who. The threat of the latter is forcing me to consider Third World Countries for our developments. I’ve got some deadlines to meet so I will gather and send links on the above and more soon. Note; from your comments I take it you are not a Christian. I can send links on Jesus also. Contrary to what my Muslim contacts say, He is real and is alive today and His name does not start with an “O” or “M”. He will be a good one to know when the “End” comes. Many Muslim want to meet and know Him but they know they sign their death warrant if they pursue Him. Wow, Islam, the ideology of Love.

  • jimackermann

    Me thinks it is time to fix the educational system. I have no idea of what you are trying to say. I don’t live on a diet of fear and paranoia. I am a based on results kind of guy; and based on results, this President has done a very sub-standard job. To quote the lefts mantra in the last election, “It’s about the economy, stupid”. Me thinks you would vote for a dead lizard if it was a Democrat.

  • jimackermann

    You carry alot of anger and your writing shows it. Let me say that I am not mentally ill. I take a logical and “base on results” perspective. I wish for the best for every man, woman and child in this this country.

    I voted for President Obama because I didn’t like what the Republicans were doing. If I could, I would take that vote back. I would even pay money to have Clinton back in office.

    You speak of “Teabaggers”. These are people that are concerned about our economy. They are not violent and are not racial. Why do you hate them? Personally, I will support any group that will try to balance a budget.

    Know this, this Democrats are more your enemy than the Republicans. The Republicans want you to have the opportunity to succeed, not live off of government dole.

    The government has instituted numerous programs to assist those that have a less than opportune chance at life. Unfortunately they mostly fail. I think that the problem is that these children have been poorly parented and it is too late.

    And if I were to choose where the greatest racial hatred is: It is the black person toward the white person. You have become what you hate. You have the Black version of the KKK.

    • rustacus21

      If U voter 4 President Obama again – AS WELL as ALL Liberal/Progressives running, we can see what ‘success’ looks like. The ’10 elections deprived him of this opportunity. Let us NOT, as a nation, deprive ourselves of the opportunity to see this thing all the way thru. Understanding the prior administration was a disaster & a nitemare, it’s time we wake up & get about the business of saving our nation & a planet. Afterall, it’s the only 1(‘s) we have & who else is up to the task?! That is a question 4 U & all Americans to consider leading up 2 November…