OR IS HE JUST A BULLY?
by Sharon Rondeau
(Nov. 22, 2014) — When Obama announced changes he would make unilaterally to immigration policy on Thursday, he “defended” his actions by telling the House of Representatives, “Pass a bill.”
Previous to his address to the nation which the four major news networks declined to broadcast, Obama had made it clear that he wanted a specific bill passed: that which the Senate approved last year, S. 744, which included “special immigrant visas” to citizens of Iraq, proposed border security measures with a new federal “Task Force” to oversee them, and would administer grants to “minority-serving institutions of higher education through STEM” (science, technology, engineering and math) educational initiatives. The proposal also included a provision to establish “American DREAM Accounts” “for a group of low-income students” who seek to pursue education in “STEM” fields and allowed for the entry of “non-immigrant aliens” needed to perform specific types of work by American companies.
One analysis of S. 744 found that “11 million illegal aliens will receive legal status and work authorization.” Reuters reported that a “path to citizenship” would be offered to the illegals if S. 744 were passed and that Obama characterized Republicans’ reticence to consider it as “fears about new waves of immigrants.”
In January, Obama had predicted that the Republican-controlled House of Representatives would pass an immigration bill or a series of smaller measures which could be considered by the Senate. In July, Obama said that “Republicans need more time to grapple with concerns about border security and the changing demographics of America.” However, he also said at a press conference in the Rose Garden on July 1 that “I’m beginning a new effort to fix as much of our immigration system as I can on my own without Congress.”
After Obama made his announcement on Thursday, commentator Rich Lowry wrote that Obama is employing “graceless immigration blackmail” against Republicans who oppose him on the issue. “His bipartisan outreach now ends with a pointed ‘Or else ….,'” wrote Lowry.
Before the announcement, others were using the term “blackmail” in regard to Obama’s intended immigration changes. On November 7, FrontPageMag’s Matthew Vadum wrote that “At his first post-election press conference Wednesday, instead of embracing conciliation as a responsible adult might do, Obama, the petulant Chicagoland thug, pulled a switchblade. Obama tried to blackmail newly emboldened congressional Republicans, vowing to enact amnesty through executive fiat if Congress doesn’t play ball.”
In February, the government of Uganda accused the Obama regime of blackmail when it took the position to approve of a law outlawing homosexuality. News24 reported that “Ethics and Integrity Minister Simon Lokodo said aid should not be tied to Uganda’s stand on homosexuality.” Lokodo is quoted as having said, “We don’t like to blackmail others. It’s very dishonest, very irresponsible and unfriendly of persons to attach behaviour of another community to their sharing resources.”
Last month, Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Obama of attempting blackmail against his country.
Early last year, veteran Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward said that he felt “threatened” after then-White House economic adviser Gene Sperling told him, paraphrased, “You’re going to regret doing something that you believe in.” Shortly thereafter, other reporters came forward to describe mistreatment by the regime, including MSNBC’s Jonathan Alter, who said, “There is a kind of threatening tone that, from time to time — not all the time — comes out of these guys.” A female reporter was reportedly called heinous names by staffers to one of Obama’s cabinet secretaries.
Fox News’s Jennifer Griffin was also threatened by the regime over her reporting on Benghazi as reported by Greta Van Susteren.
A solicitation published in January by a division of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) showed that unaccompanied alien minors were expected and planned for in the government’s request for companies who could provide transportation and other services 365 days a year.
Last week, Judicial Watch obtained approximately 42,000 pages of documents withheld by putative Attorney General Eric Holder just weeks after Holder announced his resignation. In June 2012, Holder was cited for contempt of Congress for withholding the documents from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and Congress in general, and a subsequent lawsuit filed to compel their release was ruled on favorably by a federal judge.
Released last Tuesday by Judicial Watch, the documents show that White House operatives colluded to “control” the media’s message to the public on Fast & Furious, a gunrunning operation which killed U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and several hundred Mexican citizens. Former CBS News journalist Sharyl Attkisson was mentioned in some of the emails appearing in the documents, with former Holder press aide Tracy Schmaler describing her as “out of control” based on her investigative reporting.
Last year, both before and after she left CBS, Attkisson described how her home and work computers were “turning themselves on at night” while she researched Fast & Furious and the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya which killed four Americans and injured an undisclosed number of others.
Experts who analyzed Attkisson’s computers concluded that a “government related entity” had carried out the spying, stealing of her Skype password and passwords belonging to her financial accounts, and planting classified documents perhaps with the intention or threat of lodging criminal charges against her.
Attkisson has now revealed that White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz and former Justice Department spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler “yelled and screamed” at her over her coverage of Fast & Furious.
Attkisson has been releasing salient portions of the emails which appear to show that Holder was instructed by a regime operative by the name of Matthew Miller on “how to manipulate the press over the debacle.”
Fox News reporter James Rosen’s email account and telephone calls were collected without his knowledge by the Department of Justice; Newsbusters reported that Fox News journalist William LaJeunesse was also “monitored.”
In late 2011, this writer reported monitoring of The Post & Email and her business telephone. In 2010, she received frequent death threats through email and the website’s comment feature. Persistent website hacking between 2010 and early 2012 necessitated The Post & Email’s relocation to a dedicated server with a new company and extra security.
In November 2013, a criminal investigator whose team concluded and announced publicly that Obama’s long-form birth certificate and Selective Service registration form are “computer-generated forgeries” stated that a cabal of “White House” operatives was employed at DARPA, a division of the Department of Defense (DOD). DARPA engages in the building of robotics, artificial intelligence, and online psy-op strategies.
Under Obama, the National Security Agency (NSA) was exposed by whistleblower Edward Snowden as having spied extensively on average Americans not suspected of any terrorist or criminal activity.
In 2009, Obama’s then-communications director, Anita Dunn, proudly proclaimed that the Obama campaign had “controlled the media” and its message.
In late June 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court narrowly upheld some aspects of Obamacare while labeling others “coercive,” such as the mandate to states to expand Medicaid coverage. It has been widely speculated that Chief Justice John G. Roberts was “blackmailed” or otherwise “intimidated” into voting to uphold the law. CBS News reported that Roberts had been prepared to vote against the law’s constitutionality and without explanation, changed his mind 30 days before the ruling was to be announced.
In March 2010, Obamacare was passed solely by Democrats in both chambers of Congress. On March 8, 2011, CNS News reported that Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann claimed that those who voted in favor of the bill had committed “legislative fraud of the highest order.”
On Thursday, when Obama declared his unilateral actions on “immigration,” he addressed himself to oppositional Republicans by stating, “To those members of Congress who question my authority to make our immigration system work better, or question the wisdom of me acting where Congress has failed, I have one answer: Pass a bill.”
Constitutionally, only Congress can make federal law based on the inherent concept of separation of powers in regard to the three branches of government, and Republicans are weighing their options in the face of Obama’s “memoranda” announcing “sweeping” changes to immigration policies.
When Americans rejected President George W. Bush’s call for “immigration reform” to include a “guest worker program,” Bush did not tell Congress, “Pass a bill.” Rather, border security and deportations were increased in accordance with existing federal law and the use of E-Verify instituted, which did not contradict existing law.
An email alert sent by Obama’s political entity, Organizing for Action, the day after Obama’s address on immigration reads:
I don’t get it:
The other side is talking about lawsuits, pledging to delay presidential nominations, and even threatening to shut down the government again.
All because President Obama took executive action to help fix our broken immigration system.
Last night, he spoke directly to these folks: “To those members of Congress who question my authority to make our immigration system work better, or question the wisdom of me acting where Congress has failed, I have one answer: Pass a bill.”
That’s right: Pass. A. Bill.
I’m glad the President refused to wait any longer. The American people deserve solutions, not more political games.
Let’s show support for much-needed action on immigration — add your name right now:
Organizing for Action
A follow-up email sent by Organizing for Action’s Jon Carson on Saturday reads:
This week, we saw President Obama announce common-sense steps forward on immigration.
That’s not going over too well with the people in Washington who don’t want to see us make any progress whatsoever.
It’s been over 500 days since a bipartisan majority in the Senate sent the House a comprehensive immigration reform bill. John Boehner has simply refused to touch it.
I’m so proud that the President followed through on his promise to take action if Congress didn’t.
That’s the kind of change we’re fighting for — stand with President Obama’s immigration action today.
We know this fight is just getting started.
Some in Congress have threatened to block the President’s nominees in protest. Others have said they should sue the President again. And there’s even been talk of shutting down the government over this.
The one thing they won’t do, I guess, is hold a vote on bipartisan reform.
The crazy thing is that the debate is not about whether or not our immigration system is broken, or whether or not Congress is the only one that can truly put in place a permanent fix.
The debate seems to be between people who are working hard to find common-sense solutions, and others who just want to stand in the way and keep the status quo.
We know which side we’re on, so let’s fight for it — stand with President Obama’s immigration action today:
Organizing for Action
On his latest edition of “Freedom Friday,” host Carl Gallups, who has been close to the Cold Case Posse‘s investigation of Obama’s birth certificate and Selective Service form, stated that members of Congress are frightened of Obama.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.