Constitutional Crisis?

Jimmy Clyburn, that dotty Democrat from the Palmetto State, suggests that if Congress forwards a debt-ceiling extension bill to the White House that isn’t to the liking of Barack Obama, he should veto it and raise the debt limit by executive order. The overwrought Mr. Clyburn inanely likens this unconstitutional usurpation of power to Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. We’re hearing much of that kind of talk from panic-stricken liberals these days, but no matter how they try and scramble the letters, it’s still spelled t-y-r-a-n-n-y.

tyr·an·ny [tir-uh-nee] – noun, plural -nies.

1. Arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power; despotic abuse of authority.

2. The government or rule of a tyrant or absolute ruler.

3. A state ruled by a tyrant or absolute ruler.

The U.S. Constitution is quite clear as to who holds the purse strings, and it’s not Barack Obama. Section 7 of the Constitution deals with Revenue bills. It states:

All bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.

Section 8 specifies the powers of Congress:

The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States; To borrow money on the credit of the United States

The 14th Amendment, which desperate liberals believe gives the President the power to overturn Sections 7 & 8, was adopted to deal with citizenship following the Civil War. In paragraph 4, it states:

The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.

[VALID. An act, deed, will, and the like, which has received all the formalities required by law, is said to be valid or good in law.]

Even Obama’s White House clearly recognized its Constitutional limitations in dealing with the debt:

The White House said on Tuesday that the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution was “not available” to President Barack Obama to avoid the Aug. 2 deadline to raise the U.S. debt ceiling.

“There are no easy ways out here. There are no tricks, there is no citing of the Constitution that suddenly allow us to borrow,” White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters. “It’s not available.”

Barack Obama (sans teleprompter) on July 25th:

“Now I know some people want me to bypass congress and change the laws on my own…Believe me, and…and, and, and believe me right now dealing with congress…the idea… But, but, but believe me…uh…believe me the idea of doing things on my own are very tempting….

Tempting, but patently illegal, as even he acknowledged:

“But that’s not how…that’s not how our system works… that’s not how our democracy functions”

But now?

There’s no place for a dictator in this country. We fight dictators, not elect them. An attempt by the current Chief Executive to unilaterally resolve the debt ceiling question would not only be unprecedented, but would most certainly be an impeachable offense.


“Right now the extremists have locked down this Congress. We’re doing nothing. The extremists have locked down the White House. They’re not able to do their work. The country is in an economic malaise and they want to keep this up.”

–Senator Harry Reid

High praise, indeed, coming from the senator from Nevada, whose own extremism is exceeded only by that of the insane Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi:

“Over 30 times we have lifted the debt ceiling since President Reagan was president. Over 30 times, not one time did we subject a president to this burden of saying you can’t – we won’t lift it unless we reduce the deficit. Of course we will reduce the deficit but it should not be connected and the idea that we could jeopardize whether they’re sending out social security checks or military checks or that our credit rating would be affected by this is appalling but I commend Senator Reid for trying to find a path. I commend the president for his patience, for his respect, for every view on democratic or republican view, giving it time, consideration, trying to make it work. I wish the same respect for his time was and the responsibility that we all have was there.”

“Of course” they will reduce the deficit?? Of course they will? The Democrats? Hell, they’re the ones responsible for most of it!  Ah, but Mommy must know best, as San Fran Nan continues:

“Look, I am a mom and a grandmother. I view my work in politics as an extension of my role as a mom. There are things we want to do for our children that are simply beyond us.”

Hey, I don’t know about the rest of you kids, but I think it’s way past time we dumped Mommy in the nursing home.

About Bob Mack

Retired since 2003. Military Service: U.S. Army, 36th Artillery Group, Babenhausen, Germany 1966-67; 1st Signal Brigade, Republic of Vietnam, 1967-68 Attended University of Miami, 1969-73
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30 Responses to Constitutional Crisis?

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  2. AFVET says:

    America is infested with ignorant people.
    Some exist within the 50% that pay no taxes, some in Hollywood, some in government.
    But are they really ignorant ?
    I submit that a large majority of them are just parasites, feeding on the system that created them.
    The host cannot support them much longer unless the freeloaders are taxed at some percentage.
    5 or 10% would be reasonable considering the rest of us are supporting them.
    The parasites in Washington need to be eliminated, and all of the parasitic bills passed in the last four years expunged.
    Time to start over, with the Constitution as our guide.

  3. billover70 says:

    The debt ceiling has always been raised by establishment politicians, more so by Democrats. The dumb masses have always swallowed the line of, “don’t bother us while we tax and spend now, because we have guaranteed to cut some other year”. That happens to constitute “legislative entrenchment” which has never existed. A sgnificant number of people seem to be waking up, and that really brings out the arrogance of the establishment. The difference is that the debt has encreased so much and so rapidly we can not afford to do things “the way they are done in Washington” any more.

    • AFVET says:

      The ignorant masses who watch American Idol religiously are paying no attention to those boring politicians.
      As you stated above, a significant number of people seem to be waking up.
      I agree with you.
      I would go a bit further than arrogance though, I see the glimmers of fear.
      Their regime is beginning to crumble in front of their eyes.
      As they continually attack the conservative viewpoints in any way shape or form, it is up to US to resist the last efforts of the Obama regime to take us down.
      These liberals are delusional, why else would they be willing to run this Country into the ground ?

    • Bob Mack says:

      There is no ceiling, just as there are no so-called “trigger mechanisms”. Two years from now, when Obamacare kicks in, Congress will override the spending caps. Unless, that is, the Progressives & RINOs get the boot first. Thanks for stopping by & commenting BILLOVER.

  4. billover70 says:

    Wupps!…Just read my bumbling effort…I know it’s “increased”.

  5. AFVET says:

    Hey Bob, you want to see what 14.5 trillion $ looks like ?
    Pay a visit to Roxy, she has some great graphics up.

  6. He clearly has no authority without congress, of course he thinks the Constitution is out dated.

  7. Obama is a cornered rat, Bob. Don’t put it past him to declare a State of Emergency and raise the debt ceiling unilaterally. How the people would respond to such a move is the big question. I really believe he is crazy enough to try such a stunt.

  8. LD Jackson says:

    I can only read or listen to so much of Pelosi before I have to go and be sick. She makes no sense whatsoever with her ramblings.

    As for her claims that they will reduce the deficit? I wonder why they haven’t reduced it before now? Just saying.

  9. As I said at my site, Nancy Pelosi needs a straitjacket — confining her mouth more than anything else.

    Great header in this post, Bob: “CALLS OF THE LOONS.”

  10. bunkerville says:

    With Zero’s poll numbers rocketing down to 40 disapproval, we are at least on the right track. Perhaps this “mindless exercise” is revealing to more folks what many of us have known. No body home at the WH.

  11. Matt says:

    An effective parasite never kills its host.
    Our parasites are forgetting that wisdom.

    • AFVET says:

      Although some do and just move elsewhere, until there are no more hosts.

    • Bob Mack says:

      We’re cursed with ineffective parasites.

    • billover70 says:

      Matt… That is what they are after…destruction of the Constitution. Total central control is the goal. Socialism, communism, fascism, oligarchy (basically and unhappily our current form of government) or monarchy all have that feature in common. When the Constitution is gone, those brilliant simpletons will be forced to fight that out among themselves. Each one thinks he wil be on top.

  12. roxannadanna says:

    I think he wants to do it in the worst way but I think he’s smart enough to know that with the election looming, invoking the 14th (as his lawyers and acolytes wrongly are) will really messy up his campaign.

    • AFVET says:

      The next 1 1/2 years will be the final test on how intelligent Obama and his regime really are. So far, IMO, not so much.
      It will also determine how intelligent the American electorate are.
      The smoke and mirrors that have been produced to this point, is NOTHING !
      You watch what happens when Obama’s polls go down the tubes big time.
      Maybe Barry will resign.
      Yeah wrong, he’s a thug.
      Watch for it.

  13. Angel says:

    I lost count a few billion ago..where will all this madness end!!!

  14. arlenearmy says:

    If Obama goes the dictator route to raise debt ceiling (w/out congressional approval) then we are in big trouble. Our freedom are already on the ropes. Obama will push .. push ..& push the envelope until it’s too let for folks to snap & just go off.

  15. billover70 says:

    You”d best check the “trigger mechanism” because there are some pretty nasty things in there. You can do well in Vegas betting the super dupper committee (stacked on the R side with RINOs)will come forth with a super dupper package which DOES requiire a simple majority up or down vote. When conservatives are faced with the choice bestween disaster and oblivion, the enemies of the Constitution wil declare “another victory” for the tea party while Constitutional destruction takes another giant leap forward.

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