The Constitution as it Relates to Obama Scandals

by drclarkjensen on May 26, 2013

IRS-Target-590-LIAs I have listened to the buzz about the IRS’s heavy hand being directed towards conservative tea-party types, as I have listened to the charges that the Obama administration inappropriately seized phone records of a number of AP reporters and as I have listened to the continued charges towards Obama and his administration over the mishandling of Benghazi I have noticed that no-one really gets to the heart of the matter.  They never really talk about the Constitution to any significant extent or discuss how corruption has become the norm in our nation as we have drifted away from Constitutional principles.   The phrase “limited government” doesn’t mean anything anymore!

So, let’s go back to the beginning of our nation and briefly talk about how our Constitution came about and the concerns our Founding Fathers had about potential abuses of power by our own government as they crafted our Constitution.

The Revolutionary War was initiated because the British government was abusive to their own subjects, here in America.  The Revolutionary War was waged because government was too powerful, had too much power that was concentrated in the hands of too few people and because the government that was supposed to protect the people was instead abusing the rights of the people.  (Sound familiar?)

Therefore, our Founding Fathers crafted a constitution that-by law-limited the power of government-in part-by spreading the power between the three branches of government (judicial, executive and legislative) and by further spreading the power of government between the federal government, the state government and the people.

The Constitution also attempted to limit the power of government by specifically enumerating the powers granted to Congress (the federal government) and by reserving all other powers to the states and to the people (the Tenth Amendment)

The Framers of the Constitution further limited law making (legislation) in the federal government to one and only one branch of government.  In article 1, section 1 of the Constitution we read that all legislative power rests with the legislature.

The Framers were fearful of too much political power being concentrated in any one place.  They understood that no man can be trusted absolutely with unlimited or unchecked power and they understood that the history of  the governments of this world was a history of war, bloodshed, greed, corruption and oppression of the people by their own governments.

Don’t you think it is interesting (today) that of the three branches of government, we seem to aim most of our displeasure, as a society, at the legislative branch of government, even though most of the pain we experience is created by the executive branch.  You probably know that Congress is the least popular branch of government.  Congress’s approval rating has not been above 20% for a long time.   It is easy to understand why Congress’s approval rating has been low, but hard to understand why Obama’s rating is so high when the executive branch is causing at least as much pain as Congress.

If we were an educated people, if we truly understood the beauty of the Constitution, we would understand that the executive branch of government is the branch of the federal government that has moved furthest away from the Constitution restrictions placed upon it.  (Do we even care?)  We would also understand that executive branch agencies are threatening our freedoms, our prosperity and our way of life by imposing regulation upon regulation on businesses and individuals.  If we understood our history and our heritage we would not blame, just Congress, for the political, moral and economic mess we are in.

The truth of the matter is that Congress is better than either of the other two branches of government at being true to the Constitution. In fact, if Congress is to justifiably be blamed for anything , most of the blame should be for allowing the executive branch to assume the role of lawmaker.  Congress has allowed the executive branch to become the dominant law making branch of government at the federal level.

Congress has allowed the executive branch to grab the power to make law by edict.  Congress has allowed the executive branch of government to create executive agencies that create law by unelected, unaccountable, bureaucrats with virtually no legislative  branch oversight.  About the only time Congress does anything to restrict executive agencies or executive agency law is when there is enough protest by the American people that Congress pays attention.

Through the combination of executive agencies (the IRS, EPA, SEC, HHS, OSHA, FDA, etc) and executive orders, the executive branch of the government writes much more law than the legislative branch could ever hope to write.   Those hundreds of federal executive branch agencies routinely make decision that are oppressive and restrictive to businesses and to the people.  Most of those agency oversteps are ignored by Congress.  The recent IRS scandal is just the tip of the iceberg.  It is only a small part of the problem.

Because congress has allowed the executive branch agencies to become a law unto themselves, our government has become as top heavy, expensive and potentially oppressive to the people as the government we fought to free ourselves from in the Revolutionary War.

These three scandals (and growing) that the Obama administration is trying to ignore and downplay all have happened because the executive branch has ignored the Constitutional restrictions placed upon it.  The Obama administration is actively trying to avoid Constitutional restrictions.  In fact Obama has publicly stated, on at least one occasion, that if Congress does not act, he will make an end run around Congress and issue a proclamation of some kind.

Obama’s excuse that he didn’t know anything about the IRS overstep, the AP oversteps by government or the assertion that he was unaware of what was going on in Benghazi do not comfort me in the least, they only confirm my concern about a government that is out of control because they have chosen to ignore the limits placed upon them by the Constitution.

Either Obama is lying to us about his lack of awareness of serious missteps by members of the executive branch of government or he is a woefully inadequate and ignorant  leader of the executive branch and our nation.

Either way we need to chart a different course.  The solution to our problems does not lie in destroying our Constitution and going even further towards a dictatorship, it lies in moving back towards freedom, towards responsibility and towards abiding by the principles of limited government as masterfully outlined in the Constitution.

Who agrees with me?

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Common Core

by drclarkjensen on May 12, 2013

Common CoreGlenn Beck has been trying to warn us about his concerns about Common Core.  I also read an article by Michelle Malkin about her concerns about Common Core.  Malkin says she is most concerned about data mining.  Conversely, I have been reading in the newspaper multiple articles about Common Core by Kaycee Eckhardt who has been trying to convince us how great Common Core is going to be.

What is Common Core?  I wish I knew the details of the program, but my understanding is that Common Core is an education program that is being pushing on the States by the Obama administration under the guise of improving education.

Kaycee is pretty much convinced that Common Core is a big improvement because the education system is already such a mess.  Listen to her words:

Fact:  Our children are not prepared for college.  2012 ACT date tells us that only 25 percent of students taking the ACT even pass all four sections, while 28 percent cannot pass any of them…

Our education systems come in 22nd compared to other nations-and this gap is increasing   We are ranked 15th in literacy, and 24th in math against other nations.

I will not argue with Kaycee’s assessment that education in our nation is a mess.  That is obvious, but I have a real problem with her solution.   Again, here are her words:

 The Common Core presents a powerful and viable solution: Educate all students equally, with the skills most necessary for them to complete internationally and perform effectively in a career that can support a family of four, or in a college trajectory.

Wait a minute.  How did Kaycee come to the conclusion that replacing one failed federally sponsored program (No Child Left Behind) with another federally sponsored education program (Common Core) will fix the problems we are facing in education?  That doesn’t make sense to me!  This is another liberal smoke and mirrors kind of a deal.

George Will recently wrote an article titled Propaganda as pedagogy.  Mr Will addresses some of my concerns about federal education programs.   Here are some excerpts from his article:

The real vocation of some people entrusted with delivering primary and secondary education is to validate this proposition: The three R’s — formerly reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmetic — now are racism, reproduction and recycling…

Wisconsin’s DPI (Department of Public Instruction), in collaboration with the Orwellian-named federal program VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America; the “volunteers” are paid), urged white students to wear white wristbands “as a reminder about your privilege, and as a personal commitment to explain why you wear the wristband.”…

Today the school systems in 20 states employ more non-teachers than teachers. The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice reports that between 1950 and 2009, while the number of K-12 students increased 96 percent, full-time equivalent school employees increased 386 percent. The number of teachers increased 252 percent, but the number of bureaucrats — including consciousness-raising sensitivity enforcers and other nonteachers — increased 702 percent. The report says states could have saved more than $24 billion annually if nonteaching staff had grown only as fast as student enrollment. And Americans wonder why their generous K-12 financing (higher per pupil than all but three of the 34 Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development nations) has done so little to improve reading, math and science scores…

Heather MacDonald notes that in 2011, while the University of California at San Diego was pruning academic offerings, it created a “vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion” to augment a diversity apparatus that included an assistant vice chancellor for diversity; faculty advisers, staff, graduate and undergraduate diversity coordinators and liaisons; a director of development for diversity initiatives; the Committee on Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Issues; the Diversity Council; the Campus Council on Climate, Culture and Inclusion; and much more. Perhaps tens of millions could be diverted from progressive gestures to academic purposes by abolishing on every American campus every administrative position whose title contains the words “diversity,” “equity,” “race,” “ethnicity,” “sustainability,” “green,” “gender,” “inclusion,” “identity,” “interconnectivity,” “globalization,” “climate,” “campus climate,” “cross- cultural” or “multiculturalism.”

So George Will is telling us that education has become a propaganda machine and that education dollars are not being used to educate they are being used to indoctrinate.

This reminds me of communist nations both past and present that teach the children to spy on their own parents and inform the authorities if their parents say anything opposed to the beliefs of the regime.  Are we looking at a time when political correctness will be forced upon our children?  Are we already there?  That scares me more than just a little bit.

I don’t think Glenn Beck’s and Michelle Malkin’s fears are the result of hyper-inflated paranoia so much as it is looking into the future and observing how this administration always lies to us upfront in order to hide their real intentions.

As Obamacare falls apart and destroys our freedom of choice in healthcare are we going to allow this administration to do to education what it appears they are succeeding at doing to healthcare?

The more I watch what Obama and his fellow liberals are trying to do to this nation the more adamant I become about the need to enforce the Tenth Amendment.  Just to remind you.  It states:

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Education is not one of the enumerated powers granted to the federal government in article 1, section 8.  The federal government does not have the right to control education.  Furthermore, I believe  the primary reason our educational system is such a mess is because control of education has gone from the state control to the federal control.

The solution to the education problem is to put the control of education back in the lap of the States and the people rather than pushing out one more “new” federal program in an attempt at fixing education.  The federal solution always promises great results, it always also costs a lot of money.  But each new federal education program is always more controlling and intrusive than the last progressive attempt to fix the problem.  We don’t need more government control of education we need less.

Freedom is the answer, not totalitarian control of our lives in the health care and possibly soon the education arena.  Please weight in.  I need to hear what you think about common core.

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Conscious Capitalism and Isaiah

April 24, 2013

I recently finishing reading the Book Conscious Capitalism by John Mackey and Rajendra Sisodia.  It’s a good book.  If you are in business, you should read it.  It you are an employee, you should read it.  The book makes some really interesting and worthwhile points.   However, the words I read on page 366 of […]

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Health Insurance Premiums Going Way Up Under Obamacare

April 17, 2013

In the Sunday (March 24, 2012) Casper Star Tribune there appeared an article on the editorial page from Kathleen Sebellius.  The article is addressed to the people of Wyoming and is titled, “Wyo and the third anniversary of the ACA.” Kathleen Sebellius is the secretary of Health and Human Services.  She is over Obamacare, in case you were wondering. […]

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Are We a Dying Nation!

April 13, 2013

Obama is a remarkable politician even if he is a terrible leader.  He has done a better job of creating chaos, blaming the aftermath on someone else and getting away with it than any other politician I can have ever seen. Politicians are known for pointing fingers at others.  It is what they have become […]

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