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Nation of Lies

The United States Constitution Is No Longer In Effect.  There Is No Republic.  We Are Not A Nation Of Laws.  Governance Has Been Displaced By Deception, Betrayal, Obfuscation, And Intransigence.


By Perry Hicks- Special to GulfCoastNews.com        3/1/15


America's political topography is dark and dismal.  Immigrants coming here might as well be forewarned by a sign over our portals,  Abandon hope all ye who enter here.


Ours is no longer a nation of laws enacted by representatives of the people and faithfully executed by an uncorrupted executive branch.  Prohibitions by the Constitution mean nothing.  There is no social contract between free men and women.  Governance is in all but name done through imperial edict.


Consider Article 1 Section 9 of the U.S. Constitution: No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time.


One would think that no money would clearly mean “NO MONEY,” however, with assistance from the U.S. Treasury, Health and Human Services has been able to expend $2.997 Billion dollars in an unfunded ObamaCare reimbursement program; unfunded meaning without Congressional appropriation.


When the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis) queried Treasury Secretary Jack Lew regarding these expenditures, Lew simply referred what is arguably the most powerful of all congressional committees to the Department of Justice.


This in your face response is not isolated to the Treasurer.  President Obama himself thrust a middle finger at congress, taunting them to go ahead and pass legislation branding his executive amnesty policy as illegal, he'll just veto it.


Part of that amnesty policy is the creation of special programs not authorized nor funded by Congress, such as abortion services.


Not only has the president refused to follow statutory immigration law, in an MSNBC interview, he has also warned employees and officials of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that there would be consequences to ignoring his amnesty policy and actually following the law.  When pressed, the president declined to illuminate just what those consequences would be.


The import of  illegal aliens to both parties has been made abundantly clear by the admission by Congressman Kurt Schrader (D-OR.)  According to Schrader, the outcome of amnesty “... will decide who is in charge of this country for the next 20 or 30 years.”


The underbelly to Schrader's statement is that Americans, both naturally born and lawfully naturalized, will not be the ones who determine whom it will be that is in charge.  It will be illegals.  Perhaps this is why one Obama appointed Federal District Court Judge, John Arnold Kronstadt, is inviting deported illegals to return to the U.S. and apply for jobs.


This “who's in charge” must then be the motive behind the president saying his actions are “the right thing to do,” and that he has only “expanded his authorities,” not actually broken any laws.  Evidently, his oath to faithfully execute the law has no more meaning to him than the specter of corruption within his administration.


Take former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's charitable foundation, for example.  The high pinnacle of conservative thought, The Washington Post, has recently reported that Hillary Clinton's foundation had received millions of dollars of donations from foreign governments seeking to curry favor from the State Department.  That foundation, the Post reports, has garnered $2 billion in donations since its inception in 2001.


Self-granting “authority expansion” is not limited to Obama, it has also been exhibited by the chairman of the FCC, Tom Wheeler.  He has refused to testify before congress ahead of a highly controversial vote by the commission to regulate the internet.


Evidently, the commission doesn't think the people's representatives have any say in such a blatant power grab.


They claim that a law enacted decades before the advent of the internet, the Communications Act of 1934, automatically empowers them.  Over the years, however, Congress has repeatedly expressed its desire for the internet to remain unfettered.


Let's not forget the money trail.  Billionaire George Soros funded groups have also been revealed to have spent nearly $200 million over ten years toward regulating the internet.  Regulation, of course, equates with control.


Unlawful activity by President Obama's minions can also be profitable.  Take IRS official, Lois Lerner, who claimed hers and multiple other officials computer hard drives had crashed preventing the agency from delivering congressionally subpoenaed emails.  The IRS even sent IT experts to claim that her emails were irretrievably lost.  Sorry.


It has just been reported that between 2010 and 2013, Lerner was paid retention bonuses worth approximately $129,300.  For these bonuses, Lerner is accused of having targeted tax exempt conservative organizations and lying to congress about it.  Lerner is now reported to be the subject of a criminal investigation.


Why was Lerner's retention valued so highly?  Last year, emails recovered at that time showed Lerner had been contacted by he Department of Justice exploring Senator Sheldon Whitehouse's (D RI) idea to assemble “false statement” cases against groups with tax exempt status.  While conservative groups were not mentioned in the DOJ email, Lois Lerner's admitted that she did not know of any groups on the other end of the political spectrum that had been targeted.


Along with the notoriety generated last year by its waste of taxpayer money on lavish conferences, producing a Star Trek themed training video, and its politically motivated attacks on conservative groups and even individuals, the IRS also was forced to fire hundreds of tax cheats and other employees with substandard performance issues.  Unbelievably, many of them have been rehired.


While the president's threats to ICE and Lois Lerner's selective enforcement conspiracies would easily qualify the Obama Administration as a Chicago style thugocracy, a recent pronouncement by Vice President Biden can also identify it as a kleptocracy.


As reported by The Washington Examiner, Biden used a Black History Month event to opine that the present concentration of wealth “cannot stand” and that an “emancipation of wealth” is in order.  We'll see how much George Soros will spend on that one.


However, regardless of Biden's claims to want to relieve the rich from the burden of clutching their money, it is the lower incomes that invariably have to pay.  Going back to ObamaCare, it is this demographic who will be shocked when subsidy “clawbacks” hit them later this year.


What is particularly disturbing is that regardless of party, congress appears to be unwilling to defend even its own interests from Obama's broad usurpations, including their exclusive powers of the purse.


The courts are no place to seek reprieve, either.


Consider how the Supreme Court has aided the government kleptocracy.  It has permitted all manner of twisted legal opinions for which the Founding Fathers would have readily mustered the militia.


Recall that in Kelo v. City of New London, 125 S. Ct. 2655 (June 23, 2005) it was decided that private property could be taken for public purpose, and not just use, as proscribed by the 5th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.


The 5th Amendment's text regarding the taking of property is clear: “… nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.  It takes a lot of legal gymnastics to twist “use” into “purpose.”


The 5th Amendment also states in regard to other Government takings that “... nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law;”


Of course, this has not stopped the Supreme Court of the United States from allowing property to be taken without the owner even being charged with a crime, much less found guilty of one.  Authorities need only suspicion and if the suspicion proves false, they still try to hold onto the money.


The original use for this interpretation was to fight piracy and then later drug dealers.  However, civil forfeiture has come to be used to seize cash from the bank accounts of very day, law abiding, small business people by virtue that they deal in (on a business scale) small amounts of cash, such as one Long Island New York distributor.


The magnitude of these seizers have been increasing of late into the billions of dollars.  So lucrative is the practice, one family owned company has actually made a business of teaching police how to seize citizen property.


As intransigent as the president and his administration has been, this doesn't mean they want their lawlessness to be known to the general public, hence the secrecy.  The text of the Affordable Care Act was kept virtually secret prior to its rushed vote prompting then Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to famously say, “We need to pass this bill so that you can find out what is in it.”


Ahead of its self-empowering vote last Friday, the FCC kept its planned internet regulations just as secret.  One commissioner opined that the regulations are “worse than I imagined.”


Likewise, Obama's nominee for Attorney General to replace outgoing Eric Holder is equally secretive.  While criminal defendants are supposedly guaranteed a public trial by the 6th Amendment, as U.S. Attorney, Loretta Lynch has prosecuted 58 “John Doe” cases and motioned to have 11 trials in closed court.  None of the other 93 Federal venues have pursued more than 8 “John Does” within the same time frame as Lynch's tenure.


The salient portion of 6th Amendment reads: “... the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial ...”


Perhaps Lynch is the president's preferred choice because, like the president, the Constitution doesn't matter as long as what you are doing "is the right thing to do."


Again, citizens need not look to the Supreme Court to check the overbearing might of the state. In a recent case involving a fisherman being prosecuted for a fishing violation under Wall Street regulatory laws, Justice Kagan actually supported her position by quoting Dr. Suess. The fisherman's offense was to have accidently caught some undersized fish and then tossed them back into the water.


Why shouldn't Kagan quote a children's book? Justice Ginsburg is on record opining that Americans should be judged in part under foreign law.


This culture of dishonesty over political issues, and even law, extends down to outright lying where the simple truth would do.  In order to ingratiate himself with a veteran, The Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Robert McDonald, was recently caught fallaciously claiming to have served in the special forces.


It should be no surprise to our allies, such as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, that the American government would abandon its commitments.  President Obama once asserted that the United States would never allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon, now the president has abandoned that stance and is looking at a “phased” approach.  A visit by Netanyahu to speak before congress is described by the White House as being “disruptive.”


What is really troubling is not who will be “controlling” America for the next several decades.  That should be the American people.  What is troubling is the number of decades afterward that will be required to restore America to a nation of laws, truth, democracy, and what we used to be proud to call, the American Way.


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About the Author.....

Perry Hicks is the senior writer and Washington correspondent for GCN. He is a former Mississippi Coast resident and was a correspondent for the old Gulfport Star Journal. He has appeared on Fox News Channel. Perry has also hosted his own radio talk show on the auto industry with a mix of politics. Perry is a frequent contributor to GCN writing on stories of national importance with local interests.

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