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Will Republican Leaders Fight or Join in Obama’s Lies About Amnesty?

Obama Executive Amnesty Speech

There’s a strange mental disease that has come to affect Washington DC at near epidemic proportions since Barack Obama became President; it is the disease that makes people in power believe that if they tell a lie, or lies, enough times they can make the lie true.

And President Obama’s much anticipated speech announcing his “executive action” on “immigration reform” was a near clinically perfect example of this disease manifested in its patient zero.

For those looking for the President to make a case that he has the constitutional power to undertake these actions there was only a statement that "the actions I'm taking are lawful." There was no reasoned defense of presidential prerogative by the alleged “constitutional scholar,” just the lie that he can in essence do anything he wants to do.

Clearly Article I, Section 9, Clause 7 vests the appropriation authority in Congress and that power is absolute. Congress is under no requirement to fund the President’s requests and there is a long history of Congress specifically directing the executive branch to spend or not spend money on activities both great and trivial.

And the lie that the actions I'm taking are "lawful" was compounded by the lie that “The actions I’m taking are not only lawful, they’re the kinds of actions taken by every single Republican President and every single Democratic President for the past half century.

We could find no record of either President Bush or President Ronald Reagan acting unilaterally to grant illegal aliens amnesty.

Indeed, President George W. Bush proposed a comprehensive immigration reform bill to Congress which many, including then-Senator Obama opposed and eventually killed, and Bush did not then attempt to illegally achieve his policy goals through extra-constitutional means.

Another lie that was central to President Obama’s amnesty speech was the lie that “our immigration system is broken, and everybody knows it.”

This is a lie because clearly it is not the “immigration system” that is “broken.” It is the border security and internal enforcement systems that are broken. And they are broken because Barack Obama broke them by ordering that our laws not be enforced and waving the prosecution and deportation of law breaking illegal aliens. We would not have a “broken system,” if the laws which already exist were simply enforced by President Obama.

One of the most obvious lies Obama told during the speech was “Most Americans support the types of reforms I’ve talked about tonight.”

Setting aside the incontrovertible results of the recent election, the fact of the matter is poll after poll shows that “most Americans” oppose giving work permits and opening the prospect of providing welfare and other benefits to illegal aliens.

Top pollster Kellyanne Conway, President & CEO of the polling company, recently conducted a poll that found likely voters were unequivocal in their support of immigration policies that protect the American worker. Their sentiment is the inverse of Obama’s claims with those polled telling Conway that American workers should have a fair opportunity to do the jobs that illegal immigrants currently do.

Perhaps the most important finding of Conway’s research was this data point: 75% want more enforcement of current immigration laws, including 63% of Hispanics and over 50% of Democrats (emphasis ours) meaning that the Chamber of Commerce line to the effect that Republicans are about to go extinct because they want our immigration laws enforced is a bunch of hooey.

But perhaps Obama’s greatest lie – and the one he tries hardest to make true – is that the mass illegal immigration he has facilitated has not harmed American workers.

“I know that some worry immigration will… stick it to middle-class families at a time when they already feel like they’ve gotten the raw end of the deal for over a decade. I hear these concerns. But that’s not what these steps would do,” said the President.

Today, despite President Obama and his Democratic Party allies trying to blue sky the numbers, more than 92 million Americans remain out of the labor force.

As Karen Zeigler and Steven A. Camarota of the Center for Immigration Studies noted earlier this summer, “Government data show that since 2000 all of the net gain in the number of working-age (16 to 65) people holding a job has gone to immigrants (legal and illegal).”

Now here’s the key takeaway from Zeigler and  Camarota’s study: “Though there has been some recovery from the Great Recession, there were still fewer working-age natives holding a job in the first quarter of 2014 than in 2000, while the number of immigrants with a job was 5.7 million above the 2000 level.” (Emphasis ours)

And despite what President Obama’s pal Jonathan Gruber thinks, Americans aren’t so stupid about economics that they don’t understand the impact a flood of illegal aliens has on their wages and quality of life.

No voter in the cube farms at America’s tech firms believes for one minute that allowing tens of millions tech workers to enter the U.S. on H1-B visas that Obama claims the authority to unilaterally issue will be “a net plus for our economy” when Microsoft and other tech firms are laying off thousands of American workers.

And no voter swinging a hammer in America’s slowly recovering construction industry believes that granting amnesty and work permits to millions of illegal aliens will be “a net plus for our economy;” they understand quite clearly that what amnesty means is wage suppression and a drastic reduction in the quality of life for their families.

Finally, and most importantly, there was Obama’s lie that what he is proposing “isn’t amnesty.”

As Senators Jeff Sessions and Ted Cruz have said on numerous occasions, granting “legal status” to those who came here illegally is amnesty. It doesn’t matter what you call it, when you by executive fiat absolve millions of law breakers of their crimes, that’s amnesty and that’s the pathway to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants and the pathway to irrelevance for the Republican Party.

One of the major problems that establishment Republican leaders have in countering Obama’s agenda is that their first reaction to one of the President’s pronouncements is always something along the lines of “he can’t do that!”

So, when Obama goes ahead and does what establishment Republican leaders just said he can’t do and they refuse, out of timidity or tacit agreement with the goal, to oppose the President in a constitutional fight to the finish, they are rightly perceived as weak and ineffective.

This is a constitutional fight to the finish, and it can only go one of two ways.

If the Republican leadership caves in and allows Obama's lies to stand then Congress and the Republican Party become irrelevant. The only way to retain the relevance of Congress as an institution of constitutional government, and the relevance of the Republican Party, is for Republican leaders to use every tool the Constitution bestows upon Congress to fight and win the battle against Obama’s executive amnesty


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Illegal edicts of the rogue president

This is a Reagan moment for the GOP. If they do not take the lead and do what is necessary to the fullest extent of the laws per our constitution then they will indeed become irrelevant. Then it is time for the third party that will stop this sort of lawless disregard of our sovereign laws and constitution. We are in need of a real honest truthful leader and it will be the only way the GOP will win. Cause if they don't save us, we will not save them.

GOP Aciton, or Inaction

I totally agree. It is now time for the Republican party to do what they were elected to do or it will be time for them to fade into the toilet of history. They were elected to stand up on their hind legs and behave like men and women that can lead and stop this sorry excuse we have for a so called peresident. If they cave in now, they will never do it again because there will be no Republican Party. It will be time to create a third party that WILL stand up for the Constitution and the American way of life. I don't know what it will be called, but the GOP will be the Dead Old Party, as they should be if they don't perform now.