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GRASSROOTS ORGANIZATION CALLS FOR “NATIONAL CAMPAIGN” TO URGE “CONGRESSIONAL INQUIRY” INTO ALLEGED ABUSE OF POWER
by Sharon Rondeau
The email headlined with “Obama’s presidency might be ending sooner than you think.” It stated, in part, “Friend, this survey is just the tip of the iceberg. Over the next few months, we’ll be making this case not just in Washington, but in towns and cities all across the country, in newspapers, on TV, and with direct letters. We’re going to make sure the entire nation knows not just that Obama might have violated his oath of office – but that, finally, there’s a group like TCC that’s going to stop him from violating our Constitution, once and for all.”
TCC is pushing for a “formal congressional inquiry” into Obama’s actions, which it describes as “a president who doesn’t respect the very foundation of our laws.” On its survey, TPP refers to such an inquiry as “a national campaign.”
The survey contains questions as to the reader’s opinion on whether or not the Benghazi attack of September 11, 2012 which killed four Americans, the collection of journalists’ phone records by the U.S. Justice Department without their knowledge, the implementation of Obamacare and its forced contraception mandate despite religious objections, and Obama’s executive order allowing young illegal aliens to remain in the country under certain conditions are impeachable offenses.
Also cited as possible constitutional violations and impeachable offenses are granting favors to labor unions, and issuing environmental regulations which “impose a tax on emissions” without congressional, and therefore, the people’s, consent.
Founded in 1974, The Conservative Caucus’s purpose is “to let people know what is happening in government, and to tell them how they can have an impact on the decisions to be made.” It describes itself as a “non-partisan, nationwide grass-roots public policy advocacy group.”
Its founder, Howard Phillips, launched the U.S. Taxpayers Party with the intent to “offer America leadership committed to restoring the Federal Republic to its delegated, enumerated Constitutional functions and returning American jurisprudence to its original ‘common law’ Biblical foundations.” Phillips was his party’s candidate for president in 1992 and 1996, and the U.S. Taxpayers Party eventually became the Constitution Party.
Phillips resigned as chairman of The Conservative Caucus in 2011 and passed away in April 2013.
The Post & Email asked Orndorff if The Conservative Caucus had been involved in the action recently taken by the U.S. House of Representatives culminating in the introduction of H. Res. 442, the “STOP Resolution, by Rep. Tim Rice. On February 27, Rice testified in a hearing which included three constitutional scholars on the subject of executive overreach, particularly as it pertains to Barack Hussein Obama.
Orndorff told us that while his group did not write the STOP Resolution, he “liked to think that we had an impact on making that happen.” Citing the two hearings which took place on December 3, 2013 and February 26, respectively, Orndorff said that he was “pleased” that a discussion of Obama’s executive overreach has begun.
However, he said that Congress needs to do more to rein in what he sees as Obama’s violations of the Constitution. “The House passed legislation which stripped out HR 442 and which they know will never pass the Senate and Obama will never sign,” he said. “They need to pass out HR 442 and get it into the courts, our third branch of government, to adjudicate and to tell the president that he has violated the Constitution,” he said.
During the February 26 hearing on executive overreach, much of the testimony centered on whether or not the courts were the proper venue for Congress to take its grievances. “The third branch of government needs to perform its duty,” Orndorff said. “If it is determined that Obama has violated the Constitution, then the ultimate step would be impeachment.”
We inquired as to whether or not he believes that the Obama regime “controls the courts, particularly the federal courts,” to which Orndorff responded, “I don’t think he controls them, although the courts could be doing better. Lately, though, they’re making more of the right decisions.”
When we asked if the Obama regime recognized any constitutional limits at all, he responded, “Well, Obama will say that he is restrained from doing certain things by the Constitution, but then six months or a year later, he does the very things he said he could not do.”
The organization has taken a position against Obama’s use of executive orders, policy and regulations changes, and arbitrary alterations or enforcement of existing laws. “The Constitution says that Congress makes law,” Orndorff said. “The executive branch cannot alter or choose not to enforce laws it doesn’t like. Passing and making changes to laws is the job of Congress.”
“Do you believe that Obamacare signifies that Obama is fulfilling his promise to ‘fundamentally transform the United States of America?'” we asked, to which he responded, “It’s a departure from the way we’ve always done things in America. It’s certainly a foot in the door toward a socialist system. The more government regulation there is, the less freedom we have.”
We asked if at this point the American people have lost control of their government, to which he replied, “We’re right on the edge…we haven’t quite lost control, but there certainly is much less accountability from government than there was, say, three decades ago. But we can make changes in policy by getting engaged and making our voices heard. It’s very important that everyone stay in contact with his elected representatives.”
Orndorff stated that it is also very important to praise our elected representatives when they make a choice of which we approve. “They don’t hear enough positive comments from constituents,” he said.
“Why do you think the House did not vote on HR 442?” we asked, to which he replied, “Right now, they don’t want to rock the boat. They believe they can win seats in November and that if they just ride it out, they can keep the House and probably take control of the Senate. They don’t want to make any waves by doing anything controversial right now, and that would be highly controversial.”
“Do you think the people we elect to represent us in Washington care about what we think?” we asked, to which he responded, “Yes, I think they do care. A lot of pressure from their constituents can make a difference. We therefore encourage everyone to get involved, to let your congressman know what you think about the issues. Public opinion can sway them in favor of voting against any number of bad measures. We did that with immigration reform, even when it looked as if the House would pass it, and now they haven’t passed anything.”
Orndorff believes that a free-market approach can triumph over a federalized one in regard to health care. “They tried to pass this in the ’70s and it didn’t work; they tried it again in the ’80s and ’90s. This time they got it through, but now we see the courts voting the right way a good portion of the time. It looks as if they’ll rule a provision of Obamacare unconstitutional now,” he said, referring to the Hobby Lobby/Conestoga Wood Specialties Corporation case currently being heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in which regime attorneys have argued that corporations do not have the right to object to the contraceptive mandate on religious grounds. “Hopefully they’ll strike down this unconstitutional provision, taking the law apart piece by piece,” he said.
Orndorff told us that each year, beginning on May 25, the first day of the 1787 constitutional convention which led to the drafting of the U.S. Constitution, he studies historical records of the steps the Founders took to create a new government. He ends his formal period of study on September 17, the day the Constitution was approved by 38 of 41 delegates sent from 12 of the 13 states. Throughout our conversation, Ordorff referred frequently to the Framers and what he believes their intentions were when they wrote the U.S. Constitution.
September 17 is known as “Constitution Day.”
The Post & Email asked Orndorff what he believes Obama’s motivation is in regard to his executive actions and alleged constitutional violations. Orndorff said that “liberals” have always wanted bigger, more expansive government. “They think the answer to solving problems is more and more government,” he said, “layer upon layer of bureaucracy. I think in the end, Obama wants to be able to say, ‘I’m the one who instituted socialized health care; I’m the one who changed immigration policy; I’m the one who did all of these things…”
We asked Orndorff if he was familiar with the Common Core educational standards, to which he responded, “I am not in favor of anything that involves the federal government. Educational decisions should be made at the local level, not by the federal government.” The “Right to Educational Freedom” is a plank in the organization’s platform.
We informed Orndorff that a federal prisoner recently told us that a copy of the Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers was confiscated from his possession by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, which considered it “Sovereign Citizen” material. Orndorff said he is familiar with the term “Sovereign Citizen” as used by the Obama regime, although he was not aware that the FBI considers those quoting from the Bible, the U.S. Constitution, or U.S. Supreme Court cases to be possible “Sovereign Citizens.” “That is really surprising,” he said.
The Post & Email and Orndorff then had an off-the-record conversation about the possible interpretations of the term “natural born Citizen” contained in Article II, Section 1, clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution regarding presidential eligibility. We also asked if he were aware of the investigation of the Maricopa County, AZ Cold Case Posse into Obama’s long-form birth certificate or the resulting second investigation of Sheriff Joe Arpaio promising “universe shattering” information, to which he responded that he was not. We then promised to send him information on those items.
Orndorff told us that TCC’s current membership is approximately 65,000 and begins after an individual makes a donation of any amount.