Monthly Archives: September 2016

Bending the Law Until It Breaks – Part 2. Hillary Clinton – Honest and Trustworthy? Why The Polls Say No

By Jim Edsall

On Monday, September 6, 2016, CNN released a national poll showing Donald Trump leading Hillary Clinton 45% to 43%, confirming that her post-convention bounce has evaporated. The poll’s internal numbers show Trump’s support increasing among Republicans as he stays on message and avoids making negative news. But, Trump’s most significant gains have been in the category of who is more “honest and trustworthy.” Trump now rates at 50%, while Hillary Clinton has fallen to 35%.[1] This parallels a devastating New York Times/CBS News poll from July 2016 showing that 67% of Americans believe Hillary Clinton is not honest and trustworthy.[2] Her numbers are historically low for one main reason — people are reacting to the findings by the FBI that Hillary Clinton placed national security information on a private email system and then was not honest about it. The fact that she was not indicted is not seen as exoneration. It is viewed as special treatment for a powerful political insider. And, new information is being released almost daily regarding the content of the emails, which show that wealthy donors to the Clinton Foundation received priority access to the Clinton State Department.

Private Email Server

Hillary Clinton served as Secretary of State for the first four years of Barack Obama’s presidency. During that time, she used a personal email address on a private email server kept in the basement at her home in Chappaqua, NY. She refused to use a government email server and .gov email address despite “very specific guidance” from the White House.[3] She insisted on using her private Blackberry for all email communications, even while overseas in nations potentially hostile to the United States.[4]

The existence of her private email server was only discovered when the State Department reported it in 2014 to the House Select Committee investigating the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya.[5] She at first denied having sent or received any emails that were classified. Then she changed her story, contending that none of the emails she sent or received were “marked classified.” She had deleted nearly 32,000 of her emails before Continue reading

Bending the Law Until It Breaks – Part 1. Barack Obama Disregards the Constitution and the Law

By Jim Edsall

On August 2, 2016, President Obama declared Republican nominee Donald Trump “unfit to serve as President.” He called into question Trump’s temperament, preparedness, and knowledge of “our constitutional traditions and the rule of law.” Trump will certainly have to convince the voters regarding his temperament and preparedness. That was fair game. But, there was palpable irony in the President’s condescension regarding the Constitution and the law. During his presidency Barack Obama has egregiously disregarded both the Constitution and the law, and Hillary Clinton has expressed a desire to do the same, and worse.

The U.S. Constitution is renowned for its system of checks and balances between three branches of government – Legislative, Executive, and Judicial. It requires the Congress and the President to work together to make the nation’s laws. The Supreme Court decides whether those laws are Constitutional. This was designed to prevent the concentration of power in one branch of government, or one person. Post-Revolutionary War Americans did not want another king, and they saw to that in the drafting of the Constitution.

The President’s chief duty under Article 2, Section 3 of the Constitution, is to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” In taking the oath of office, a president swears to faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States and to the best of their ability “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Over the past seven-and-a-half years, President Obama has sought to expand executive powers far beyond those granted in the Constitution, and has failed to faithfully execute the laws. He has issued executive orders unilaterally changing the laws, circumventing the constitutional role of the Congress. His defenders say that he has issued fewer executive orders than many of his predecessors, but the number[1] is not the chief concern – his executive orders have all too often been unconstitutional. He has refused to enforce laws, and on his watch one federal agency unfairly targeted his political opponents, while another issued regulations that infringed on the jurisdiction of the States. This is a dangerous abuse of power.

Even if you believe that Barack Obama is advancing social, economic, racial, and environmental justice, and want Hillary Clinton to do the same, the ends do not justify the means when they endanger our system of government, and our freedom. 

The President Circumvents Congress — ObamaCare  

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as “ObamaCare”, was signed into law in March 2010. Since that date, the Obama Administration has made over thirty changes to the law without the consent of the Congress, including Continue reading