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Conservatism: The Obstructionist's Roadblock (Pt. 2)

Updated on August 2, 2014

The Catalyst for America's Economic Downturn

This was bin Laden and al-Qaeda's first big mistake!
This was bin Laden and al-Qaeda's first big mistake!
Illustration of the planes trajectory into the WTC Towers
Illustration of the planes trajectory into the WTC Towers
The proposed flight paths of the 4 hijacked airliners.
The proposed flight paths of the 4 hijacked airliners.
The Pentagon during rescue operations after the terrorist attack.
The Pentagon during rescue operations after the terrorist attack.
Osama Bin Laden the man who got this snowball to rolling.
Osama Bin Laden the man who got this snowball to rolling.

Some actions have dire consequences!

Undoubtedly the attacks of September 11th, 2001, lit the fuse on the powder keg that was at one point a robust and thriving US Economy. It united the country in a moment of outrage and sorrow that someone would do such a horrendous act against unsuspecting Americans. The sheer totality of those heinous acts solidified our resolve as a peaceful nation to a call for action, i.e. "The War on Terror" was the first straw.

Once those responsible for the terrorist attacks had claimed credit for their actions, we set out to locate them and bring them to justice. Osama bin Laden and his radical group al-Qaeda didn't give an exact answer for why they attacked innocent people for no reason other than to kill the American infidels. The days that followed we found out they had been in a certain part of Afghanistan but they'd gone off the radar, hiding out in the mountainous regions of the country.

As the"War on Terror" began we sent US Troops to Afghanistan, because we'd learn that the Taliban had harbored and aided al-Qaeda terrorist. Their leader Osama bin Laden was a citizen of Saudi Arabia, born into a privileged life. He studied at the university there until 1979, where he joined the mujaheddin forces in Pakistan fighting the Soviets in Afghanistan. He helped to fund the mujaheddin by funneling arms, money and fighters from the Arab world into Afghanistan, for which he gained popularity from many Arabs.

In 1988, he formed al-Qaeda in Saudi Arabia, where he was later banished from in 1992, so shifting his base to Sudan until US pressure forced him to leave Sudan in 1996. After establishing their new base in Afghanistan, he declared a war against the United States for our support of Israel and US troops in Saudi Arabia, by initiating a series of bombings and related attacks.

Bin Laden was on the FBI's list of 10 Most Wanted Fugitives and 10 Most Wanted Terrorist Lists for his involvement in the 1998 US Embassy Bombing. Initially Bin Laden denied responsibility, but it wasn't until 2004 that they officially took credit for the 9/11 Attacks. By then we had troops on the ground in Iraq.

With two actual Wars (Afghanistan and Iraq) going on at the same time wasn't the only causes of our Economy going into the toilet. Although they did burn through the budget surplus that the Bush Administration had when they came into office. There were three other nails left to do that, next was the Medicare Prescription drug plan that wasn't fully paid for, then the broad sweeping Bush Tax Cuts. The final nail for that coffin was the financial meltdown in late 2007 early 2008.

President Obama came into the game with the deck stacked against him.
President Obama came into the game with the deck stacked against him.
Just a small slice of the GOP's Hypocrisy Pie!
Just a small slice of the GOP's Hypocrisy Pie!
Then just three members of the Tea (obstructionist) Party
Then just three members of the Tea (obstructionist) Party
Prime example of Obstructionist tactics
Prime example of Obstructionist tactics
Tea Party's Ideal Conditions
Tea Party's Ideal Conditions
The Tea Party "A-Team"
The Tea Party "A-Team"

The deck has been stacked against President Obama since day one, when Obama beat McCain on election night the plot began. On inauguration day the plan was put into play, Republicans were set to start the obstructionist tactics. There were things that the Republicans were in favor of before Obama agreed with them and they did a quick 180 degree turn to staunchly oppose the very idea they once believed in.

It's like the tale of two minds, in reality it's really childish in nature. But once the Tea Party came into power within the GOP it's been a no hold barred battle for control of the party's platform. With the far right wing media spewing such hateful speech and vitriolic language. There's been an implosion with in the GOP to see who can go farther to the right than the other person to oppose President Obama.

Case in point, the wasteful and hateful nature of today's GOP, they're looking for anything they can find to create a scandal against President Obama regardless of how ridiculous the subject was. They're relentless in their effort to shame or disavow his administration as not being legitimate or proper.

There's no doubt in my mind that the economy has grown under the Obama Administration, as the saying goes the proof is in the pudding. And it would be growing and thriving more without the obstructionists tactics employed by the House GOP. The Dow Jones Industrial Average has almost tripled to a new historic highs of 17,000 plus points since he took office and the national unemployment rate has dropped to right around 6 percent. And now imagine where the economy would be if the GOP hadn't been so blatant in their obstructionists ways, who's to say the Dow wouldn't be near another historic high of say 21,000 points or better or the national unemployment rate wouldn't be down near 4.5 or 5 percent had they the GOP not been so divisive. Think about that before you condemn this administration.

Would the US Economy be in better shape if the GOP / Tea Party wasn't so blatant in their obstructionists tactics

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      Kimberly Schimmel 2 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      Obama has been obstructing the Constitution and failing to enforce laws he doesn't like ( such as immigration laws) for 6 years. We will be fortunate if we survive 2 more years without any constitutional limits on this lawless, arrogant, and incompetent man.

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      Salvienation 2 years ago

      Kschimmel thank you for reading my hub, let me ask you something. Do you think for 1 minute that a constitutional law professor wouldn't know before hand that he's about to potentially violate his constitutional oath of office as President of the United States of America to defend, uphold and follow the constitution?

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      Kimberly Schimmel 2 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      I don't doubt the president knows the Constitution--I just doubt he cares! I base that on his actions. He knowingly violates it because he has even said it limits him--as if that's a bad thing! I don't believe he cares about that oath he took, since he has violated it repeatedly.

      I'll be the first to applaud if he ever decides to enforce our current immigration laws, protect our borders, or stop using the IRS against people he hates.

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      retief2000 2 years ago

      Unconstitutional conduct is not precluded by an Constitutional Law Degree. http://www.logicalfallacies.info/relevance/appeals...

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      Salvienation 2 years ago

      Hello kschimmel, first let me say that I too am a graduate of NC Central Univ., because going to Duke or UNC Chapel Hill wasn't within my level of affordability at the time.

      Tell me why is it that you believe he's knowingly violated the constitution, is it because he's used his Executive Privileges to much to get things done that House Republicans won't do because they're afraid of their Tea Party shadows in potential primaries and don't want to do anything that might make his administration appear to have done positive things in the history books.

      How is it that the House Republicans can take a vote on whether to sue the President and not vote for any serious legislative issues?

      There's been no direct link or correlation to the White House or Obama Administration with regards to the so called IRS Scandal. As for the current immigration laws they were signed into to law by G.W. Bush and he's following them to the letter.

      Hello retief2000, please by all means feel free to answer either of the questions I've posed above. Thank you both for your comments

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      Hxprof 2 years ago from Clearwater, Florida

      I can't see how Obama is acting constitutionally regards our border security. Fact is, Bush didn't either. Obama, however, has gone beyond his constitutional powers by changing the ACA entirely on his own. That's the job of Congress. Any change Obama sought in that law needed to go to Congress-instead he's ignored Congress. This is unconstitutional. And yes, Obama's use of his Executive Privileges to "get things done" regardless of why, is pushing up against constitutional use of such privedge. It remains to be seen how far he goes with his executive orders, though he's making quite a fuss because he's not getting his way on so called "immigration reform" - and that's a huge sham; it's not reform of our system that he and his political allies seek. Immigration reform is pretty simple: 1) Secure the borders 2) Properly fund and staff ICE 3) Provide the funding and staff to ensure that those overstaying their visas get sent back home 4)Deport those here illegally now, but allow them to apply for immigration to the US as soon as they're out. That's what I call "going to the back of the line". Anything short of this isn't immigration reform, but some type of amnesty.

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      Kimberly Schimmel 2 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      1. Changing Obamacare repeatedly by granting exemptions not in the legislation that was passed by his party and signed by him. Not talking about regulations to implement the law (I was an actuary back in the 80 so I know about IRS temporary and final regs and used to read those dreadful CRC manuals with the text of all that stuff Pelosi doesn't read.) He, the executive, changed the law--that's not his job, constitutionally, and he knows it and doesn't care.

      2. Tolerating rampant corruption in his branch that would make Nixon envious. His weoponized IRS makes Nixon look like an amateur. They even audited Billy Graham.

      3. Obviously, he ignores all immigration laws except those he likes--which seem to be only the ones that would deport German homeschoolers rather than controlling the porous southern border. I suspect those Texas ranchers are Republican, so he'd rather they were destroyed by foreign gang invaders than build the border fence.

      And stop demonizing Tea Party people--they are a logical response to an idiot, gutless, country-club Republican Party that Reagan would probably leave if he were still around today. I am a libertarian--government will never get small enough to suit me. I believe in "Don't hurt people and don't take their stuff," while radicals like the president believe in "Hurt people that won't capitulate until you get your way and they are destroyed."

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      Salvienation 2 years ago

      Hxprof, thanks for reading my hub and joining the conversation.

      Now Hxprof If I'm not mistaking I believe that's what President wanted that emergency $3.7 Billion funding for, I agree with what you said for the most part except point #3. Your point is more for addressing the Dream Act legislation that was proposed. But this emergency border issue is to feed, shelter and process these young kids and deport them as needed.

      kschimmel, addressing your first point, President Obama only used his Executive Order to make the change to the ACA to try and appease the Tea Party Republicans and give small business owners an extension before the mandate gets fully implemented.

      Next point, I'll say this again this no hard or document evidence to support that theory that President Obama made the IRS do anything to those conservative groups. It might have been purely on the former IRS Director discretion to target those groups.

      Last point, the laws that President Obama is going by is a law that was signed into law by G W Bush, now Hxprof said was for the most part what the president wants to do to fix the problem. But those angry Tea Party types in the US House won't even consider the bipartisan Immigration Reform Bill that was passed in the US Senate last year. I don't demonize the Tea Party, merely point out the fact that they seem to have a habit shooting themselves in the foot (figuratively speaking) and looking very foolish in the process. Plus they're like very spiteful children that don't get their way all of the time.

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      Kimberly Schimmel 2 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      If anyone is "spiteful" it is our arrogant president who wants his way without any opposition. Every other president had opposition and they dealt with it. O just summons them to his presence and berates them. Zero statesmanship.

      His changes to ACA are only to try to save his party by delaying some of the disastrous effects of the law/mess till after elections. Most anti-liberty legislation yet. It must go.

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      Hxprof 2 years ago from Clearwater, Florida

      Well, there's a little ground for agreement, but regards the border funding Obummer has requested, my question is where's the $$ for tightening down the border? With a crisis like this we need to tighten the screws in addition to processing these children and deporting 99% of them; that funding he's requested will do little if anything to address the bigger problem: lack of border security. And if he'd deport these kids sooner, we wouldn't need as much money to feed them.

      His changes to the ACA, regardless of intent, are unconstitutional, overreaching with executive authority. And honestly, I believe he's made the changes to protect his own hide. And hey, where was the "extension" for the exemption of the individual mandate for a year? At least that unconstitutional move would have benefited the average American. The bigger problem is that this kind of executive overreach can be used for much more nefarious purposes in the future, either by Obummer or the next president.

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      Salvienation 2 years ago

      kschimmel, first let's agree to disagree, because no other President in our nation's History has had to deal with this level of animosity and disrespect from the opposing members of the US Congress both in the Senate & House as well as certain state Governors, and state legislators and various members of the media in general.

      Next, he's not spiteful or arrogant he's merely frustrated with the GOP members of Congress not doing the jobs they were elected to do. It's not about the President's way, instead it's about the lack of effort of the GOP/Tea Party to work with him to solve the problems that we face as a nation.

      What follows is intended to address points of concern by kschimmel & Hxprof. Proceeding to the changes in the ACA, those changes were precipitated because of the bitching and moaning of the GOP Members in Congress. So he addresses those particular concerns via Executive Order, and all of a sudden he's lawless and overreaching his constitutional authority. Seriously, this lawsuit against the president is beyond ridiculous or frivolous. The House GOP can bring up a vote to sue the President, but can't or won't bring legitimate issues like immigration reform, equal pay for women, and raising the minimum wage to a living wage. The Senate passed an Immigration reform bill last year, the House GOP refuse to even negotiate or consider the bill. Why is that, is it because if one or all of the above issues gets solved on Obama's watch that it would reflect positively on his Presidential Legacy?

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      Hxprof 2 years ago from Clearwater, Florida

      Salvienation-All Obama had to do to address the "bitching and moaning" of GOP members of Congress was to submit the proposed changes to Congress! What is so freakin' difficult about that? He could have also requested the delay of the individual mandate by submitting it to Congress....but wait, he didn't want to do that; he gave businesses a break but not individual Americans.

      So yeah, when there's differing perspectives on how to solve problems like immigration reform, minimum wage, equal pay for women or whatever the issues be, there's going to be a sort of Mexican Standoff (no pun intended). It's how our government operates. Other presidents have had to deal with this kind of thing, and so does Obummer.

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