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GOP Obstruction: A Modern Day "Alamo"

In GOP Obstruction, he Alamo, judicial activism, McConnell, Mick Victor, Ronald Reagan on February 24, 2016 at 3:24 PM

Have you ever heard the phrase “Judicial Activism?”  

Sure you have heard the phrase, it is as popular among conservative politicians and demagogues as the words “Ronald Reagan.” The words are almost 100% phraseology deployed on the Right as it facilitates mind-influencing rhetoric which so easily sticks with the listening public and the viewing public.

There is no more deeply ingrained judicial activists than judges appointed for the Republican party.  If you doubt my point, think about Scalia, his man-child Thomas, Alito and, yes, Roberts. Three of whom we have been observed attending moneyed GOP or conservative events (often away from cameras). 

The death of Scalia has handed both President Obama and the GOP majority Senate a unique problem: a US SCOTUS comprised of only eight Justices at a time when an evenly divided Court could lead to no final adjudication of key cases. Both the conservatives and progressives stand to gain from decisions that will not face proper adjudication because of a missing ninth vote. Obama will nominate a replacement and GOP leadership has declared there will be no interaction the US President’s nomination. Alas, GOP obstruction at the highest levels in US government, yet again. Maximum obstruction from people who claim “strict interpretations” of the US Constitution.

McConnell Cornyn Wont Meet With Obama SCOTUS Nominee

We would expect more from a congressional Majority Leader who refers to President Obama as a “lame-duck” preside. A lame-duck president is an Oval Office holder who was defeated by an opponent and who is serving out her/his final months in office. For some McConnell’s characterization may work to make them feel good, but the fact is Obama has never lost an Oval Office election. Yes, we should not expect more from McConnell, but the recent obstruction from a conservative member of the Court is a new phenomenon. Alito joins the lock-step republicans. If you believe Republicans are strict (interpretation) constitutionalist, you probably also believe they are fiscal conservatives.

This is pretty ugly for all Americans . The Constitution is only good as long as it can be used for this conservative…Posted by Susan Thompson on Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Let’s recap.  McConnell and company have worked against President Obama since well before he was inaugurated in 2009.  A group of 17, including Paul Ryan, literally met the evening of President Obama’s inauguration to plot obstruction (thus performing a degree of sedition). Needless to say, the GOP fulfilled its mission of obstructing America for the full two terms.  As we moved towards Obama’s “fourth quarter”, McConnell and company step on the grave of their chief SCOTUS regressive via refusing to consider filling his bench seat.  

We hear the party on the Rguiht claim, “oh refusal to consider a nominee isn’t new.” The current lock-step railing in opposition to considering a nominee is well within the law has taken place in the past and is the thing to do. “Let the next president, fill the vacant seat!”  Words from a party which could very well see Donald Trump atop their ticket with the heavens only knows as a VP candidate. Imagine the nation’s number one carnival barker, serial liar, a hero of white supremacists, and reality TV mogul nominating a SCOTUS Justice!

Friend of the TPI, Mike Victor dug deep regarding the GOP’s basis for denial of a replacement hearing.  

Mike Victor

History doesn’t repeat. It rhymes.  

The spectacle of white Southern conservatives opposing executive orders by a president issued to help African Americans (always on high-falutin‘ philosophical grounds, of course) has a long history in our country.  

I randomly stumbled upon this gem this morning while installing Encyclopedia Britannica: Executive Order 9981 that abolished racial segregation in the United States military. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica:


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Executive order issued on July 26, 1948, by U.S. Pres. Harry S. Truman that abolished racial segregation in the U.S. military. Beginning with the initial skirmishes of the American…

The utter shame of it all! 

60 Minutes Gives McConnell And Boehner a "Soft" Stage (Didn’t Work Too Well)

In 60 Minutes, Boehner, McConnell, Obamacare, Scott Pelley on January 25, 2015 at 9:33 PM

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The charade goes prime time. 

60 Minutes offered GOP Congressional leadership and opportunity to “shine” in the glory of last November’s election wins.  They not only did not shine, they sat and spewed talking points (“patient centered medical care”; “ObamaCare costing jobs.”) like Polly wanting a cracker while failing to thoroughly answer  question.

Watch as the two answer a direct questions from Scott Pelley related to GOP designs on repealing ObamaCare.

How about an alternative to ObamaCare since 20 plus million have received some form of benefit one way or another?
Whats your alternative? (Now Scott why did you ask that questions?)

The bottomline is…The Kochs are not supporters of the ACA, BIG Insurance and Big Pharma are not supporters and the GOP does not give damn about the millions who derive benefit from the law. Thus, the dark money is on the side of no ACA and that is an impetus to waste millions upon millions fighting a law that is working its way into all fabrics of our nation. Yet, the GOP Paleozoic dinosaurs continue to fight the inevitable.

The culmination of an interview from hell. “We have done everything we can to help this nation!” Really? How about wasting $86 million on repelling Oabamcare. How about a federal government shutdown that handed the national a $28 billion hit to GDP? How about a lowered credit rating via Stand & Poor’s with Boehner stating on camera, he got 90% of what he wanted. How about not allowing a jobs bill vote over the full course of the Obama presidency? How about refusal to consider increasing the aluminum wage to benefit minority employees, women employees and older Americans who work to supplement federal aid programs?

Seriously how about this….The Daily Kos November 25, 2013.

The Caucus Room Plot

Newt Gingrich, “You will remember this day…you will remember this day the seeds of 2012 were sown.”

……on inauguration night, 2009, during a four hour, “invitation only” meeting with GOP Hate-Propaganda Minister, Frank Luntz, the below listed Senior GOP Law Writers literally plotted to sabotage, undermine and destroy America’s Economy.

 FACT 2:Draper wrote the guest list included:
The Guest List:
Frank Luntz – GOP Minister of Propaganda
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)
Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA)
Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA),
Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX),
Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX),
Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI)

Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA),
Sen. Jim DeMint (SC-R),
Sen. Jon Kyl (AZ-R),
Sen. Tom Coburn (OK-R),
Sen. John Ensign (NV-R) and
Sen. Bob Corker (TN-R).
Non-lawmakers present Newt Gingrich – Failed GOP candidate for President

CBA provided a 13:37 segment of teh broadcast. You may find it interesting. I personal found it a sham and Pelley was nothing shy of “soft” on the Republican congressional leaders.

All said, progressive American and the Democrats are singularly responsible for the 114th Congress. Milennials are reported to have voted at the meager leve of 13%, African-Americans stayed home and Latinos literally boycotted the vote. Democrats who convinced Obama to avoid addressing immigration until after the election doomed the nation to a 114th Congress bursting at the seams with elected official who are beholden to constituents with deep pockets, not the voters.

LiberLand And The Midterms

In 2014 min-term elections. GOP, McConnell on June 16, 2014 at 11:37 PM

There really is no good news here. While polling has turned into pretty much a political tool to sway the minds of voters, polling result with indication the GOP will gain seats in the US Senate still hits close to home. And when it comes to the GOP advancing its grip on the nation “Close to home” has the words “Horror” residence address.

If the information in the following piece proves accurate, what we have is testimonial to the sad state of the American electorate. Despite policies clearly focused in favor of the nation’s wealthy with crumbs (if any policies related) to the middle class, I am reading about GOP gains in Congress.

Ultimately, I strongly suspect these pollsters are counting on a lite progressive turn-out this fall. If that happens they was have stoked the fire that will consume us all. 

DOOM: Poll Shows Cantor’s Not The Only GOP Idiot In Trouble Nationally! (via Americans Against The Tea Party)

Eric Cantor’s stunning primary loss may herald other GOP losses in November. A recent poll from HuffPost/YouGov show that Republicans aren’t sure about other sitting Congress members either, as the poll found Republicans feel that the current GOP…

Federal Government Shutdown May End Today

In McConnell on October 16, 2013 at 3:58 PM

 GOP leader, ego maniac and loser!
Well it appears the US Senate or its leaders, have come to an agreement to re-open the US federal government.  They have agreed on a path to end a shutdown that never should have been a matter of US history.

Now, we have to sit through episode of false camaraderie among Democrats and some Republicans.   Of course, we have this contingent of anti-government in the House of Representatives.  A contingent born of Koch money, slick GOP operatives, and a voting public that picnics through mid-term elections.  We often speak about  LIVs (low information voters/people), yet among us are people who are “no” information and who only vote in general elections.  Thus, we are all responsible for handing-over one third of the US government to American conservatives who have proven their most critical constituent is big business. 

Despite Mitt Romney’s corporate paradigm  big business corporations are “not people.” 

Reuters on the deal….

The deal that emerged on Wednesday would extend U.S. borrowing authority until February 7, although the Treasury Department would have tools to temporarily extend its borrowing capacity beyond that date if Congress failed to act early next year. It would also fund government agencies until January 15. 

The deal includes some income verification procedures for those seeking subsidies under the healthcare law, but Republicans surrendered on their attempts to include other changes, including the elimination of a medical device tax used to help pay for it.

We will seek and publish fine details as details become available.

Since we are not part of the parties involved in this misguided and flatout ignorant example of obstruction, we will now comment a bit.

What the hell did the GOP, their moneyed backers and strategist accomplished via the most historical stupid act from the US government since Bush/Cheney lied their way into Iraq?  We should be fair and include LBJ’s lying (Gulf of Tonkin) to charge into Vietnam.  And, I will call you one with “as stupid as Bush’s Medicare Part D legislation.” 

I am hearing the GOP got nothing from their obstruction.  

If that is the case, and we have no reason to believe otherwise, should the nation suspect GOP leadership on matters of state?  After all consideration, if you can find a case, I truly hope you avoid visiting this site in the future. 

The GOP may have created a new voting bloc: The furloughed and angry voter.

Stand-by for more details as they become public. 

News from the House of OZ?


“The House has fought with everything it has to convince the president of the United States to engage in bipartisan negotiations aimed at addressing our country’s debt and providing fairness for the American people under Obamacare,” Boehner said. “That fight will continue. But blocking the bipartisan agreement reached today by the members of the Senate will not be a tactic for us.”

I do believe the GOP fought both Social Security and Medicare in similar fashion. 

GOP Tea Party, Confederate Flag, Cruz and Palin, and Bill Moyer’s Nails The Shutdown

In bigotry and racism, Bill Moyers, McConnell, Obama Administration, Pence, Tea Party on October 14, 2013 at 4:16 PM


Bill Moyers comments on the Government shutdown.  

We have embedded a seven minute video of the full Moyer’s essay.  Before Moyers are taking an opportunity to keyboard a few words and thoughts about the shutdown. 

Our position on the shutdown has been consistent, the shutdown is the (desired) outcome of seditious acts from uber wealthy Americans via the US Congress (specifically the tea party infested House).  Many authors have written about Koch sponsored PACs and possible direct contributions to republican representatives since the election of the nation’s 44th president.  Within, weeks of his taking office the nation was exposed to a full fledged obstructionist movement the Koch brothers and Dick Armey referred to as the Tea Party. It took little to no time for Fox News to jump on the Tea Party bandwagon with full promotion and free (newsroom) advertisements of Tea Party rallies.

The Tea Party movement worked according to plan. If the movement ‘fathers’ could turn significant numbers of voters against the president and the democratic agenda from the president, the nation would effectively move even farther to the right. A nation that is moderately right of Center is a breeding ground for plutocracy and oligarchy on the backs of  LIVs (low information voters) and fertile ground bigots and racists. Big business money flowed, uber wealthy conservatives pooled huge sums of money and funneled contributions to conservative political campaigns, and avowed racist moved their wretched social views across the gullible minds of most who subscribed to the tea party. It does’nt take much for racist to move the mindsets of people who are bigots, and it takes even less effort to influence and soil the minds of the nation’s conservatives and their 92% white GOP. The prospect for those who would seek to acquire a grip on our federal government via mind altering social dogma and hatred of a president must consider LIVs a veritable field of dreams. When in US history have you observed so many white older Americans sitting in lawn and folding chairs in protest.

I will ever forget this image.

But, there is one problem…..

No Taxes, No welfare, No Food stamps, No government, No society and I am certain not one plutocrat will assist these people in vital (municipal and social) services. In some cases services may include feeding the elderly and unemployed.  It also means children from poor families have opportunity for two meals while in head start and school programs. It may also mean aid to the disabled.
Other signs and memes come to mind. Over this past weekend a alleged “conservative veterans” group and other tea party LIVs held a protests outside the White House. The event was bill as a Million Man Veterans protest; it drew in the hundreds and was laced with significant levels of racism and sedition. Take a quick look and listen…
Weekend protest video via Progressive Populist Dot Org.
In the video below, as the riot police show up, you can hear shouts of “gestapo”, “brown shirts”, and “stasi” coming from the raucous crowd. And then they laughed at them and chanted, “shame on you!”

Then there was the moment when someone clearly says, “looks like something out of Kenya.” 
To see more of the infantile behavior of these Tea Partiers, watch the video below and SHARE, so that every time they want to claim that their protests are always civil and respectful, you can direct them to this video.

How about a Washington Post gallery of protest images.

We ask that you keep in mind, these people are not protesting against cuts to food aid for children. They are not protesting the impact of the shutdown on food inspections. They are also not protesting other dire consequences of the GOP Congressional shutdown of the US government. No, because protest organizers need a place for the important critical visuals associated with the protests. Hence, the appearance of two noted anarchists (Palin and Cruz) at a the World War II Memorial. Cruz has the gall to show his face, when he led the charge towards the shutdown. Palin,,,, well no additional comment.

Let’s spend a minute with a protest organizer who is an obvious bigot and we suspect also a racist.


Freedom Watch’s Larry Klayman makes some provocative comments to a group at the WWII Memorial. Don Lemon has more.

Did you notice the any diversity in the clip beyond one woman?

I suggest the comments from Klayman and the theme of the protest verges on sedition.
Multiple media and many internet based bloggers and internet Op-Ed writers have documented Koch brothers involvement in financial support in opposition to the ACA. History has archived Koch brother support for the tea party back to 2009. Actually, the Kochs have worked to fund anti-democratic  policies from the right since the late 1990s.  It is impossible to believe the Kochs would not find a great deal of satisfaction with the current federal government shutdown. The stumbling GOP as operatives for US plutocrats and the leadership of Ted Cruz started the movement to shut down  the government in early summer. The GOP has used “Shut it down” mantra regarding the Obama Administration as far back as 2010.

Mike Pence: 

More Pence with “Shut it down” placards in the audience: 

McConnell, Mike Lee and others …”Shut it down.”

Despite the seditious circus over this past weekend, and the clear fact te GOP (and its money backers) have finally secured the government shutdown they have so long relished high information voters/people know the truth. 
We will now turn this piece over to one of the nation’s most high information purveyors of information: Bill Moyers.

“When the president refused to buckle to this extortion, they threw their tantrum,” Bill says. “Like the die-hards of the racist South a century and a half ago, who would destroy the union before giving up their slaves, so would these people burn down the place, sink the ship.” He goes on to tell us where the “reckless ambition” of the Republicans could lead us.

“High Information” only takes an open mind. One does not have to be an intellectual. Of course, one has to be free of bondage of bias, bigotry and racism. Unfortunately, millions have bought into the GOP Southern Paradigm and have become fodder for uber wealth plutocrats.

Bachmann Unleashes More "Hot Air" About ObamaCare

In Bachmann, Cantor, GOP, GOTP, Healthcare reform, McConnell on July 13, 2013 at 6:07 PM

In late June, the Obama Administration responded to concerns from business about mandatory coverage for employees if the business has 50 or more employees.

The business sector asked for the postponement of the mandate and it was generated for one year.  Ironically, only 4% of businesses have concerns with the mandate because the vast majority of employers provided medical insurance coverage for employees.  Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor-Clinton Administration, posited in early July the delay may have political purpose as we head towards the mid-term elections. Reich also rightfully posited that the longer the delay in full implementation the long the GOP has to “Demonize” the ACA. 

Reich is again ‘dead on’.  Michelle Bachmann has again come forth with rhetoric comparable to any she has told over the past few years. 

Huff Post July 12, 2013

“I made Obamacare an issue,” Bachmann said. “That’s why even the president is admitting it’s not working and the chief author is calling it a train wreck.”

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) renewed her criticism of Obamacare during an event in Elk River, Minnesota, saying the Affordable Care Act is preventing job creation.

“The No. 1 reason we are failing to see more jobs being created is because of the president’s health care plan,” Bachmann said, according to MinnPost.

Bachmann later told Minn Post’s Cyndy Brucato it’s been a highlight of her time in office to criticize President Barack Obama’s health care plan.

Earlier this year Bachmann ‘went here’: “Repeal this failure before it literally kills women, kills children, kills senior citizens,” Bachmann said.

Read more 

Other comments from Bachmann and top GOP Leaders. 

USA Today July 2, 2013  

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the “White House seems to slowly be admitting what Americans already know … that Obamacare needs to be repealed.” 

House Republicans, who have tried to repeal the Affordable Care Act 37 times, echoed McConnell.

“The best delay for ObamaCare is a permanent one,” said House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.

Bachmann healthcare claims FactChecked.

While the GOP is known for ‘fear mongering’ and known for major concern with the president’s signature piece of legislation, it amazes the GOPy practices incessant rhetoric without details to backup their rhetoric. 

If the ACA provides any benefit to society, why not attack the “GOP problem” from a perspective of making the ACA better for all parties?  

Bachmann and issues of veracity. : Bachmann Bungles Benghazi, Food Stamps

Barack H. Obama: 44th President & Commander-In-Chief, 212 Accomplishments (PCTC Blog)

In McConnell on May 3, 2013 at 1:00 AM

Last year posted with permission a post from the PCTC Blog, The following is a link to the latest update. We have posted the blog here. We highly encourage all due credit go to the developer of the PCTC Blog for the enormous amount of work involved in updating this archive.  We have little doubt the archive will become a major historic piece as President Oba,a moves out of the Oval Office and into US History, (Please Cut The Crap).  

Let’s counter all of the media “whoa is us” talk about the Obama Administration.  I heard Michael Steele, former RNC Chair, today speak about how President Obama ‘blew” the gun control (Senate vote) issue. Steele went on to say that Obama does not use the bully pulpit.

Does not use the bully pulpit!”  Since before Obama took office the GOP has plotted against him, and the nation, at every turn and on each occasion. Prior to the Steele comment, the following video segment ensued. The extracted segment places all negative remarks about our president in perspective. 

Tomey (R) PA. 

McConnell’s historic proclamation

Obama’s "Sequester"….Mantra and Sloganeering To The Uninformed

In Boehner, Cantor, GOP, McConnell on February 20, 2013 at 7:10 PM

How many times since January, 2013 have you heard the following.

“…his sequester”
“Obama’s sequester”
“The Administration’s sequester”

You have heard it haven’t you? In fact, it seems to be a newly coined RNC/GOP talking point phrase.  The problem is, the majority of Americans are informed, avoid Fox News, and are not easily manipulated by slick GOP oratory.

First and foremost, if the Cantor, Boehner and McConnell obstructionist did not attempt to setback the nation via opposition to raising the Deb Ceiling (payments we already owed, not new debt), the word “sequester” may have been held for another day and another GOP induced fight.

The GOP trick of taking a “facilitation” word suggested by the White House, and twisting the word (they also accepted) into talking point mantras, is cheap, bush league (no pun intended)  and very much Andrew Breitbartish.
As I have frequently stated, one problem with Right-wing dogma manifest via supporting oratory is the Right has not grown to understand technology. There is a record of everything these days.  They also forget there is always a person who either will accept pay to ‘reveal’, or who will ‘do the right thing’ via revelation for other reasons. Ultimately, the GOP fails to realize the days of the Memo-graph machine and eight-track audio tape have long passed into history.

The Daily Beast and Talking Points Memo are reporting a PowerPoint presentation John Boehner used in 2011 Boehner as he apparently worked to secure approval of an agreement with the White House, that, if I am correct, became known as the ‘sequester.”

An excerpt from the TPM piece.

PowerPoint Presentation Shows Boehner Selling The Sequester To His Members In 2011  

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio arrives to meet with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio arrives to meet with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Although he now blames President Obama for the draconian spending cuts set to take effectMarch 1, just days before it passed House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) characterized the so-called sequester as a way to hold the president accountable.
A PowerPoint presentation that Boehner sent to his conference on July 31, 2011, obtained by The Daily Beast’s John Avlon, cast the sequester and the rest of the deal in favorable terms. The seven-slide PowerPoint was titled “Two-Step Approach To Hold President Obama Accountable” and the final slide made the case for sequestration.

 Click for all slides.

Within two days, the Budget Control Act — a debt limit hike, a wave of nearly $1 trillion in spending cuts, and the sequester — was overwhelmingly passed by Congress and signed into law by Obama. “When you look at this final agreement that we came to with the White House, I got 98 percent of what I wanted,” Boehner told CBS News at the time. “I’m pretty happy.”

“Used with permission from the TPM websites, a service of TPM Media LLC.” All rights not expressly granted herein are hereby reserved.

Of course, a member of Boehner’s staff addressed the presentation as having no significance regarding use of the word sequester.  As stated above the GOP is ‘word-smithing’ the issue. Their actions may entertain their supporters and contribute to solace in the scope of their obstruction, but the acts are counter-productive and surreptitious.  

Photo: If 218 House Republicans hadn't voted Aye on ROLL CALL 677, the sequester would have died in Congress. (RA)

Now, take a second or two and look at another example of archived information.

Louie Gohmert Via Mario Piperni

In Boehner, Mario Piperni, McConnell on January 31, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Cross posted from Mario Piperni Dot Com. The man and his artistry…and he has exceeded himself this time.

Crazy Louie Gohmert Does It Again

Louie Gohmert, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell
Simply knowing that Louie Gohmert was a member of your political party should be a good enough reason for any sane person to switch. His latest:
Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas said Monday night that President Barack Obama had a poor understanding of the Constitutional despite teaching constitutional law at one of the most prestigious universities in the country.
Gohmert, along with Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), appeared on Fox News’ Hannity to discuss a recent court ruling that found Obama had violated the Constitution when making recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The three-judge panel said the Senate remained formally in session when Obama made the appointments during Christmas break.
“It is part of the Constitution,” Gohmert said. “I think one of the big legal ramifications that should come out of this is a class-action lawsuit by all of those who had him as a constitutional law instructor to get their money back. I think it would be a lay-down case for them.
Obama was a professor of constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School before launching his political career.
I’m quite sure that Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert is the benchmark by which stupid is measured. If he isn’t, then someone should make it so. We can start by declaring LG as a unit measurement of stupid. Members of congress could then be assigned an LG value. Michele Bachmann : .96 LG, Sarah Palin : 2.6 LGs, etc.
A few more election cycles to let demographics work its magic and rural Texas will hopefully catch up with the state’s urban areas – Dallas and Austin went Obama in both general elections. Unfortunately, gerrymandering will guarantee that Congress will always have its share of Louie Gohmerts.
Maybe stupid can’t be fixed but it can be slowed down.
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Mario’s post garnered a few responses.  I am posting-up a response from a regular visitor to Mario Piperni Dot Com…the visitor (commenter) is one of those folk I read whenever I see the name. Enjoy…..

E.A. Blair says:
The recess appointments the President made were supposedly invalidated because a single republican senator entered the senate chamber, banged a gavel, announced to an empty room that the US Senate was “in session”, hung around for a while and, being a Republican, probably told a few lies, called for a voice vote to repeal the ACA, and make abortion and being gay capital crimes, then banged the gavel again, announced that the “session” was over, and left.
That’s what “invalidated” those appointments.
Well, if that’s a session, than one kid showing up for classes constitutes a school day.
I checked my copy of the Constitution, and while Article II (which defines the powers of the Executive Branch) Section 2 states:
“The President shall have power to fill up all vacancies that may happen during the recess of the Senate, by granting commissions which shall expire at the end of their next session.”
and Article I (which defines the powers of the Legislative Branch) Section 2 states:
“The Congress shall assemble at least once in every year, and such meeting shall be on the first Monday in December, unless they shall by law appoint a different day.”
there is nothing in the document that defines a quorum for either the Senate or the House. That leaves the matter up to the rules of either body, which makes it subject to the abuse of the Republican filibuster, which can be used to block changes in the rules.
Personally, I think it’s a very weak point in the Constitution that allows a single legislator to block the workings of an entire other branch of the government. One way to fix this is to make it necessary for the President of the Senate (who is the Vice President or, if he is not available, the President Pro-Tem of the Senate, currently Patrick Leahy, D-VT) to call the body into session or for a significant percentage of the senators of both parties to be present to constitute a quorum (at least ½, maybe 2/3).
P.S. (Awakening the Grammar Nazi in me):
“President Barack Obama had a poor understanding of the Constitutional…”
I’m pretty sure President Obama knows how to take a walk.

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The Robert’s Court, conservative America, ACA and the uninsured

In Ed Schultz, McConnell on July 3, 2012 at 12:16 PM

The Robert’s Court….. and GOP governors have no interest in the Medicaid provisions of ACA i (See map above)
This screed is about the US Supreme Court and its recent decision on the Affordable Care Act Mandate.   Our primary for revisiting the issue today is the business of what appears as strategic leaks from the conservative wing of the Court. Leaks perpetrated as strategy in an effort to move Chief Justice Roberts back to his alleged (reported) original vote.  The actions of the conservative Justices, their clerks or anyone who involved themselves in leaking to conservatives in Congress or the media should be banished from the Supreme Court Building (for life).  Accusations of Judicial activism have long been focused on the Rehnquist and Roberts Courts. 

The alleged leaks, if true,  provide unequivocal evidence of judicial activism.  When Justices lobby for majority votes, that is within the purview and acceptable practices/norms of the Court. When Justices reach outside the sanctity of the Court (and its clerks) via leaks for purpose of exerting pressure to sway a vote, we have nothing shy of juridical activism. In a moment, we will link to a Huffington Post article related to the alleged leaks .

First, allow a brief digression into the callousness of the GOP and conservative America. Both entities seem to ‘rule’ (excuse the pun) the conservative wing of the Court.  That very ‘rule’ may have led to a form of subterfuge that sprinkles salt into to wounds of a severely unpopular and soiled Court. If the leaks are true, the Court has Justices or staff who are confirmed judicial activist, thus placing them in the spotlight as people who may be susceptible to pandering for their vote.  Their role in federal governance has moved to a much more ideologue and legislative role.

Second, we know that at least two Justice routinely hob-nob with conservative power mongers and far-right ideologues.  Three Justices have been observed at Right-wing conferences and events; two of which were honored guest.  Honored guest (or honored speaking guest) at political events could constitute an infraction of the Code of Conduct for United States Judges (Canon 5).

Exhibit I. Alito

Exhibit II. Scalia and Thomas

Exhibit III.  Scalia and Thomas attend a Koch Brothers event. (The Kochs are unyielding an brazen in their quest to model America in their socio/political model. They are reported to be libertarian)

The majority of Americans know the GOP has no interest in human services programs that benefit the nation’s citizens. While I will not rehash, in this piece, the GOP’s obvious and overwhelming legislative affinity for big business and defense supersedes all other matters of governance. I will add their obvious commitment to unseating President Obama and their unfathomable obstructionism since 2009, is both remarkable and embarrassingly dangerous.

The party cares nothing about millions who have no way of acquiring treatment for illness nor benefiting from preventive measures to ward off illness. It appears not one remember of the GOP and few American conservative care about the plight of people who are forced to seek free medical treatments via the commitment of those who care. The Rural American Medical Program ( webpage) is one such organization, and MSNBC has broadcast segments related to free medical (temporary) clinics in certain major cities over the past two years.

RAMUSA (CBS 60 Minutes)

RAM on 60 Minutes: “Lifeline” from Ray Thompson on Vimeo.

MSNBC (The Ed Schultz Show- June 2011)

The Republican response ( The Ed Schultz show July 2, 2012) Not necessary to watch full video the first few minutes tells all. One only has to watch McConnell to see the prototypical conservative (GOP) ninnyhammer. 

If the Robert’s Court has leaks, those leas should be investigated and revealed or proven false.  Leaks int eh Executive Branch of our Federal Government are bad enough, leaks in the Judiciary has impact that will impact generations after generations to come.  The Robert’s Court should also be brought to task for its unprecedentedly brazen affiliation between certain Judges and Right-wing organization. If the Ethics Conduct of US Judges has any merit  or substance, it would be applied to the Supreme Court as well as lower Courts. 

Since, we embedded a few video related to healthcare strife in the United States, we should spend a moment on its relevance to the Court.  Partisanship among our political parties is nothing new although it has metastasized into a cancerous freedom ‘eating’ massive tumor.  

The Framers of the Constitution labored to develop a government with three Independent yet necessary and complimentary, branches of government.  As the Court sits today, we have increasing partisanship and with only nine Justices there is the real prospect the Judiciary is being used as a second tier wing of the legislature.  
An astounding fact sits out there and it is as ugly a fact as any nation can face.   The US Supreme Court appears to no only have become more judicially activist, its decisions more often than not do not work towards the benefit of everyday citizens.   You only have part of the ‘ugly fact’ just yet. The other part of the ‘ugly fact’?  There are millions who have allowed their paradigms to move so far Right, we have an issue with insuring peopleInfrastructure, and the economy have taken a temporary backseat to an issue that should actually by now be a non-issue.

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