Obama’s Pen Is Mightier Than Any Sword. It’s Filled With An Ink Called Tyranny

It’s not news to anyone who isn’t sleeping 24/7 that President Barack Obama has little regard for the constitution, court orders, or laws of the land. It’s also not news that this president uses Executive Orders (EO) to bypass Congress and do whatever he pleases. Here, however, are two things that may be news to you.

1.White House guts the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) in 2009

Don’t feel bad if you weren’t aware of this. The White House didn’t want to make a big deal out of it. It only came to light when Cause of Action, a watch dog group that monitors government transparency and accountability, got a hold of an April 15, 2009, memo from then-White House Counsel Greg Craig instructing the executive branch to let White House officials review any documents sought by FOIA requestors that involved “White House equities”.

What are “White House equities”? That’s a good question. Mr. Craig did not to define the term and you won’t find the term anywhere in the Freedom Of Information Act. As it turns out, a “White House equity” is anything of interest to the White House, which means all documents requested under FOIA must first go to the White House for review and redacting. Bruce McQuain of Questions and Observations writes:

What this effectively does is stop federal agencies from answering FOIA requests which might include “White House equities” within the 20 days required by law.  There is no apparent limit to the review time the White House can take with its “review” of such requests.  Since the White House gets to decide what are “White House equities” and how long it will take to review requests which include them, the change effectively neuters the intent of the FOIA law.  This gives the White House the ability to delay release of such information until it is politically beneficial for them to do so (or, in reality, not at all):

The Washington Examiner chimes in with this:

The equities exception is breathtaking in its breadth. As the Greg memo put it, any document request is covered, including “congressional committee requests, GAO requests, judicial subpoenas and FOIA requests.”

And it doesn’t matter what format the documents happen to be in because, according to Greg, the equities exception “applies to all documents and records, whether in oral, paper, or electronic form, that relate to communications to and from the White House, including preparations for such communications.”

So much for the Freedom of Information Act. So much for the most transparent administration ever! With the stroke of a White House pen, our rights under FOIA were nullified.

2. Obama usurps  the power of the UN Security Council

I’m serious! How else do you explain the President’s most recent EO placing sanctions on eleven Russian citizens because they may have some how, some way had something to do with the people of Crimea voting to become part of Russia? Did the people of Crimea break some US  law? Did Russian President Putin break some US law for accepting to take in the Crimea? Do the actions of the people of Crimea and Putin pose an  imminent threat to the security of the United States? By what US law did President Obama justify this EO? Aren’t these kinds of sanctions usually authorized by the UN Security Council?

My good friend, 5etester, has a must read post up at his Spellchek blog on this latest Executive Branch overreach. He includes all of the pertinent sections of Mr. Obama’s EO titled  “Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Ukraine”. Please take time to read it. For now let me share with you a couple of excerpts.

Of course, all of this legalese wordsmithing had to come about because our President has no legal authority to seize private property from foreigners. Fact is, you won’t find any language in U.S. law outlining the fact that these 11 random individuals targeted by the Obama Administration are a threat to the interests of the United States and therefore we are justified in seizing their assets. This is important because an EO is supposed to clarify law in order to assist its execution. You can’t clarify what never existed, so in this case you just make it up.

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Utilizing vested authority due to acts of war on our interests abroad could be extrapolated to anyone, anywhere. Same goes with national defense. Our “interests” can literally mean anything. We may view a referendum vote, such as in Crimea, as invalid. Yet these types of votes occur across the globe all the time. North Korea anyone? Venezuela? Cuba? Where are the EO’s condemning those votes? Why aren’t we seizing assets there?

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The longer the Executive Branch goes unchecked, the greater the likelihood they will misuse that power. We’ve already extended the battlefield to include the entire globe. These types of EO’s extend our potential adversary’s to include all Americans as well. Russia may be employing Cold War tactics, but Obama is employing globalist new world order tactics. It is tyrannical.

The Emperor may have no clothes and the world may view President Obama as a wimp, but he has a mighty pen from which tyranny flows. He is but a more polished version of the president of the country where I live.

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. _Ronald Reagan

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

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15 thoughts on “Obama’s Pen Is Mightier Than Any Sword. It’s Filled With An Ink Called Tyranny

  1. here’s the thing about Russia: when it’s threatened it pulls together. It’s hard to pull the US together when it looks like the USG is engaged in vain threats and bullying and the Russians are acting in defense of vital interests. Name one vital interest in Ukraine the US has (other than having a vocal Ukrainian-American population largely from west Ukraine.) All this propaganda about Russia being ready to roll into Warsaw or Riga is such nonsense. Putin went where he knew Russia would be welcomed with open arms. That doesn’t describe any of the Baltic states or Poland or Rumania. He could of course cause problems in those countries domestically if some of them don’t stop acting against Russian vital interests. As Putin more or less said, Russia will never bend its knee to the US (or Germany I would add). Also as Putin said, Germany should be delighted to see the Russian people uniting, and be sympathetic, as Russia made it possible for Germany itself to reunite. touché.

  2. Thanks for the bump sir! The really sad part about the FOIA story is that no administration to come will rescind that one. They will always be in Obama’s debt.

    Watching this game of tit-for-tat sanctions in Ukraine is really stomach churning. Both sides are laughing at each other. In the meantime, our liberty continues to evaporate. You would think the conservatives and libertarians in Congress would be screaming from the rooftops. I don’t see how anyone can dispute the fact that we have a one-party system in place to rule over us.

  3. …still I find myself cheering for Putin and the Russians. What he is doing is in the national self interest of his country. Meanwhile back here in the US of A we have a leader carrying out his agenda of dividing this country by gender, race,religion and income while not so incrementally destroying this country economically, culturally and philosophically. We are living in a virtual state of anarchy at the highest levels of government while the common people live under the thumb of political correctness while being strangled by unfettered rules and regulations. Does anyone still believe that God is on our side when we are being led by an overt communist; weren’t we taught as kids that God hated the communists?

    1. Yes , I agree with you. Russia is opposing the NWO , that’s what this is about ! Putin is a Nationalist not an Internationalist as Obama . Russia is working to protect his interest in making sure the EU doesn’t get a hold of the natural gas lines and can you blame him ? I certainly count. No matter how bad you think our government is , it’s a 1000 times worse. Our government was captured long ago and I think people are just beginning to realize it. We are resisting and as we resist the MRE tyrannical Obama and his party become.

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