You have to just “love” liberal progressive Democratic logic. Despite the fact that it is convoluted, can circle in upon itself and be absolutely illogical, it does tend to put a smile on one’s face and cause a “shaking your head” laughter. If it didn’t, one’s head might explode.
Rep. Keith Ellison, Minnesota Democrat and Muslim, came out against “fast-tracking” Obama’s trade agreements. Why? In his own words, Ellison said, “it’s not constitutionally proper or right for us to give the authority to the executive, no matter who it is.”
Say what?! Yes, you heard that right. Ellison states the Congress cannot give Congressional authority to the executive, no matter who it is, because it’s not constitutionally proper. Yet, Ellison and his Democratic ilk basically gave that power to Obama through supporting his unconstitutional illegal executive authority to rewrite immigration laws, begged like “subjects” to have Obama change Obamacare mandates and deadlines, and allowed Obama to use executive orders to stop wage theft. All of this was unconstitutional as the executive has no legislative power.
Ellison just happened to be speaking to the AFL-CIO crowd at the Young Worker Summit when he made those statements in reference to the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) or “fast-track” as it relates to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
You can watch the video here.
There’s also something I need you to know about called the Trade Promotion Authority or also known as Fast Track. Say Fast Track. (crowd responds – fast track)
Now Fast Track says that ‘Congress, we want you to take your constitutionally designated authority and give it to the president, so he can negotiate the deal and then after he does, then you can vote yes or no.’
Wait – The Constitution gave Congress the authority to negotiate and work on trade agreements because trade agreements affect local communities all across this country. It’s not constitutionally proper or right for use to give the authority to the executive, no matter who it is.
Let me tell you, 95 percent of the time I agree with President Obama. There’s five percent on this thing – I’m not with that, but usually we agree.
We supported him on the executive orders on immigration. We supported him on the executive orders to stop wage theft. We supported him on a lot of things, but this – we’re not with that program.
So we need you to be against it; we need you to know about it and hope you guys talk quite a bit about it.
News Flash Rep. Ellison – the Constitution should be supported 100% of the time, period, end of story.
Ellison is correct in that the Constitution of the United States of America, Article II, Section 8 granted Congress the power “to regulate Commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with the Indian tribes.” The enumerated power given to Congress to conduct that business was at the approval of the “several states” as the delegates from the states signed the Constitution of the United States of America then ratified it according to the process outlined therein. The only way any power can be directed from one branch of government to the other is with an amendment to the Constitution that is ratified by the appropriate number of the states.
Congress has not the power to assign or relinquish its enumerated powers to another branch as their power to conduct those arise from the states. The power of the President does not include “usurping” the power of Congress, even when asked, when Congress fails to act on what the president or a certain sect of Congress or the public want.
However, what escapes Ellison is the power regarding rules of naturalization and immigration were also given solely to Congress and Republicans and Democrats in Congress chose to relinquish it, without authority to do so, basically allowing Obama to function as a dictator or King. In fact, Ellison, himself, co-authored a letter to the White House asking Obama to act like a “king” on immigration. Ellison and his co-author spoke on behalf of the “Congressional Progressive Caucus.”
A Democratic majority Congress violated the Constitution by passing mandatory healthcare legislation; then, Congress also gave Obama a “pass” on changing unconstitutional Obamacare legislation through executive order – another unconstitutional move easing Obama closer to king-like status. Nowhere in the Constitution is authority given to the federal government, under any branch, to “force” health care insurance to be purchased by citizens. Democrats are solely responsible for the unconstitutional fiasco that is forcing citizens to purchase health care insurance. The House failed its constitutional duty by refusing to fund an unconstitutional piece of legislation. Both parties are responsible for the lawlessness and criminal activities of the executive.
Now, Ellison wants to “hold up the Constitution” as the Supreme Law of the Land in order to prevent Obama from unilaterally negotiating the TPP and the TTIP. This is the thinking of liberal progressive Democrats – violate the law when it suits but stand on the law when things get out of hand. Ellison needs to learn the phrase, “too late to close the barn door once the horses get out.”
Unfortunately, that barn door has opened and the horse has gotten loose. Anyone with horses knows sometimes how hard it is to catch one, harness him and get him back in the barn – especially one that is “hard-headed,” “stubborn,” and “spirited.”
Does Ellison honestly think that Obama is now going to heed anything that Congress does? He’s living in fantasy-land if he thinks because Congress now wants to uphold the Constitution that Obama will comply. Congress, time and again, has failed to hold Obama accountable and has even violated the Constitution themselves. Obama, his administration, and his handlers know Congress has been rendered basically a “window dressing” in the illusion of a constitutional republic. And, Congress, both parties, has helped neuter itself.
Ellison is, again, right in that US citizens should fight any presidential usurpation, regardless of who it is. As we all know, even a broken clock is right twice a day. However, it is difficult to believe that an Islam taqiyya-practicing progressive member of Congress is now supportive of the Constitution when admitting he supports Obama 95 percent of the time; and, Obama violates the Constitution more than he supports it. It’s not even conceivable to think he treats the Constitution as a Chinese buffet. In fact, it’s more apt to say this individual cares not for the Constitution but more for his ideology. Needless to say, with Ellison up for re-election in 2016, one can bet his position change is more for political reasons.
In order for US citizens to fight against presidential usurpation, their Representatives have to respond to the people and Senators have to respond to the States. With the deaf ear that both chambers have shown the citizens and states of this nation, it is almost a certainty that our duly elected officials have abandoned their oath and only pander to the public for votes to keep their positions in order to further “sell out” this nation; or, in Ellison’s case, listen only when “they” decide it’s time to stand on the constitution or tell citizens what they need to be against. Unfortunately, the low to no information voters, voters who vote Democrat come heck or high water, and voters who place their confidence in establishment Republicans or smooth talkers on both sides of the aisle, tend to keep the status quo alive and well in the Washington cesspool.
It’s long overdue to get “politicians” out of Washington. Our nation needs “statesmen” – those individuals who stand for the Constitution, the Supreme Law of the Land, and govern according to its tenets and have the intestinal fortitude to withstand media smear campaigns and public criticism for obeying the law. Alas, though, statesmen appear to be an extinct species of US citizens that enter into government. What the US gets stuck with are the likes of Ellison, Pelosi, Schumer, Reid, McCain, McConnell, Graham, Feinstein, Warren and the partridge in a pear tree establishment progressive agenda movers and shakers.
Whether Congress capitulates to Obama on TPP and TTIP remains to be seen. However, based on their track record of holding Obama to the constitution, it isn’t looking too good. If they did manage to oppose Obama on these trade agreements in a bipartisan fashion, who’s to say Obama will oblige? After all, he has mastered the “thumbing of the nose” maneuver at Congress to a tee with impunity.