It Is Time To Prosecute Republicans For Violating the U.S. Constitution

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An oath of office is an affirmation a person takes before undertaking the duties of an office, usually a position in government or within a religious body, and it is typical to believe the person taking the oath not only intends on fulfilling that “affirmation,” they actually comprehend what they are swearing to uphold. It is increasingly evident that since the American people twice elected an African American man as President, Republicans not only have no intent in fulfilling their oath of office, they may have no idea what they are swearing to support and defend. This is particularly true, once again, now that Republicans are questioning the need for the United States government to pay all its debts; something that the Constitution prohibits legislators to do.

Every congressional representative is mandated by the U.S. Constitution to take the oath of office before they can serve in either the House or Senate. At the start of the current session of Congress, every Republican stood and repeated that, “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”

As it turns out, even the religious Republicans who appealed to their god for “help” in supporting and bearing true faith and allegiance to the Constitution are making plans to violate the document as has been their wont since Barack Obama was elected President. The latest unconstitutional stunt is a repeat of the Republican 2011 debacle that cost America its first credit downgrade and a few hundred billion dollars in increased interest expense. As reported here a couple of days ago, House Republicans are once again making arrangements to make limited debt payments to teach Americans exactly how Republicans define “responsibility” they preach is what the people lack. It is noteworthy to remind Americans that the ratings agency downgrading America’s stellar credit said it did so on the grounds that Republicans actually questioned whether America really has to pay its debts; a lion’s share for the two unfunded wars and tax cuts for the rich at Republicans hands.

Now, there is no dispute on whether refusing or questioning the need to raise the debt ceiling or not paying the nation’s debts is Constitutional or not. According to the 14th Amendment, Section 4, “The validity of the public debt of the United States shall not be questioned.” As if the Founding Fathers foresaw that in the 21st Century a cabal of racist conservative legislators would balk at or question paying the nation’s debts because an African American was twice elected as President, they included in Article 1, Section 8 the task assigned to all members of the federal legislature. Section 8 says, “The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States,” and “to borrow money on the credit of the United States.”

It could not possibly be clearer that Republicans even questioning whether or not they have to pay the nation’s debts is a blatant violation of the Constitution as well as their “so help me god” oath to “support and bear true faith” to the law of the land. Actually, the idea of a “debt ceiling” is, in and of itself, unconstitutional and nothing but an unconstitutional legislative construct that is nowhere to be found in the Constitution. Obviously, Republicans were well aware of Article 1, Section 8 and the 14th Amendment when white Republicans were president, so their actions now and in 2011 were borne of racial animus aimed at Barack Obama. However, since Republicans were able to “question the full faith and credit of the United States” four years ago with impunity, except for the credit downgrade and billions in added interest expense the people are paying, they are more than willing to repeat their performance.

If this was the first time Republicans in Congress violated the Constitution one might tend to put it down to drunken revelry or childish petulance, but it is not the first, second, or even third time. At the start of this legislative session with control of Congress, Republicans passed unconstitutional legislation that superseded Executive Branch authority to benefit a foreign corporation, the Koch brothers, and Speaker of the House John A. Boehner. The construction permitting process for TransCanada’s climate devastating KeystoneXL pipeline is the purview of the Department of State that is within the Executive Branch; not the legislature, the Kochs, or a foreign corporation. Still, Republicans disavowed their oath of office and attempted to seize Executive Branch power and approve TransCanada’s permit without the State Department’s input.

It is exactly the same case with the President’s authority over, and executive action on, immigration enforcement. Despite that the conservative Roberts Supreme Court already ruled that the Executive Branch has authority over immigration enforcement, Republicans have attempted to move mountains to block President Obama’s executive action that every president since, and including, Dwight D. Eisenhower enacted without Republicans taking them to court or throwing childish fits.
Besides the current “questioning the nation’s debt,” Republicans have attempted to block the head of the Executive Branch’s authority to set foreign policy. Not only is attempting to supersede the Executive Branch authority to set foreign policy a constitutional violation, Republicans violated their swear to god oath to “bear true faith and allegiance” to the U.S. Constitution because their true faith and allegiance is to a foreign nation and its head of state.

There are various other ways Republicans are violating the Constitution whether it is writing legislation to establish religion or actively working against the general welfare of the United States by conspiring with an alleged Iranian enemy to provoke a war. If Americans were not so inherently stupid, and had even a rudimentary comprehension of the Constitution, they may force special elections to recall the Republicans who are anxious to violate the Constitution while an African American man is in the White House, but Americans are not close to being smart enough to take that route.

Two days ago the Justice Department announced it was going to start giving extra attention to investigating and prosecuting “white collar crime;” apparently to hold Wall Street bankers accountable for their malfeasance. However, after four years, and counting, of Republicans deliberately, and with malice aforethought, violating their oath of office and the Constitution, it is time for Republicans to be prosecuted and thrown out of office. They certainly do not have to be investigated because their unconstitutional acts have been very public and very costly to taxpayers. However, the Obama Justice Department will not even prosecute clear acts of sedition against federal agents fulfilling their Constitutional mandate, or the numerous Republicans praising armed vigilantes training firearms on federal officials, so it is useless to even think Republicans violating the Constitution will ever be brought to justice; it is why they continue unabated violating their oath of office and the U.S. Constitution with impunity.

48 Replies to “It Is Time To Prosecute Republicans For Violating the U.S. Constitution”

  1. hey, you have 47 traitors in the gop, who think going behind the prez back to at this time, an enemy of the state is ok. we all know the treason and sedition from the gop, goes back to nixon, and then raygun. now after 7 years, justice dept is going to go after wall st? holder was a holder for the wall st pals of his, and never blinked.

  2. The Democratic candidate needs to be a white male, so he can’t credibly be accused of “white genocide” or “feminazism”. The former has been holding our current Executive back; the latter would surely be levelled against Secretary Clinton.

  3. State governors are still resisting Brown v. Board of education, Roe v. Wade and the right to a tax payer owned lawyer to shield us from judicial abuse.

    Cutting funding to deny Civil rights is dereliction of duty and malfeasance in office.

  4. It seems everytime I turn around there’s more Republican bullshit…I don’t understand how they get it away with… Can you imagine, if they actually worked with President Obama the things that would’ve been accomplished in his two year term…They are disgusting old white men, who want to make slaves of all of us as they stick their Repug noses in everything but what will help us.. Seriously, Mexico is probably better off than us. ..The letters I read from Canadians and others in Europe are appalled at how our President is treated…The Republican party is making the United States the laughing stock of the world…Let’s abolish them..and let’s crack down on churches, electric companies, the Koch bro’s… and other that don’t pay their fair share of taxes and always find a way to skirt paying…We’d be out of debt if they all paid…

  5. Hell some still think Dred Scott is the law of the land
    Huckabee Says the Law of the Land is “Black people aren’t fully human”

    Michael Huckabee has permanently lost his mind. On Michael Medved’s radio program yesterday, Huckabee said the United States Supreme Court’s 1857 ruling in Dred Scott v. Sandford — which held that all blacks, free or enslaved, could not be American citizens — is still the law of the land.
    http://ringoffireradio.com/2015/09/huckabee-says-the-law-of-the-land-is-black-people-arent-fully-human/

  6. Way past time to round up these oath-breakers and send them to a nice for-profit-prison that has a terrific RoI.

  7. He’s a sitting United States Senator and he’s selling this picture of himself to make money.
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    I wont post the link to his website but trust its there

  8. The DOJ should be hosting and roasting Dubya, Cheney,
    Rumsfeld, Norquist, Boehner, McConnell, Chuckie & Davie Kochroach, the Cotton Klub 47, and the rest of
    America’s homegrown saboteurs right now. What’s
    holding our new AG back? Sic ’em, Loretta!

  9. As much as would like to see the bush gang hang it would not be a good idea. Flying spaghetti monster help us but what a rethug wins next year and then decide to prosecute Obama for whatever. The nation would be in chaos

  10. For decades I have listened to the “both sides do it” meme. I think it might be time to make it true. What would happen if democrats started calling for investigations and screaming for law suits?
    That probably would be “bigger than Watergate”

  11. You would find it would be easier to prosecute the GOP for Domestic Terrorism.
    https://www.aclu.org/how-usa-patriot-act-redefines-domestic-terrorism

    ” A person engages in domestic terrorism if they do an act “”dangerous to human life”” that is a violation of the criminal laws of a state or the United States, if the act appears to be intended to: (i) intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination or kidnapping. Additionally, the acts have to occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States and if they do not, may be regarded as international terrorism.”
    The key points are sections (i)and (ii).

  12. So, we shouldn’t challenge the fascists because they might hit back?
    If the rethugs win next year chaos will reign anyway.

  13. It was a reason Pelosi didn’t file articles of impeachment and why Obama didn’t press the issue. We have bigger fish to fry
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  14. OK lets game this out. In 2006 Pelosi started articles of impeachment. Now the Senate would have never convicted but lets say they did, then Cheney would have been President do you start impeachment against him that would have lasted into Obamas term? You do that then would we have gotten out of Iraq, have the stimulus, bailed out the auto industry and pass the ACA? I think not that’s why I say it would have been n distraction

  15. Those “distractions” have been pretty effective for the rethugs, and theirs are based on false premises.
    Imagine what a few “distractions” based on verifiable facts could accomplish for this country.

  16. I do not believe for a minute that actions by the democrats to defend the constitution and rule of law would have brought all governance to a screeching halt any more than the current rethug actions have.
    It is likely true that some things may have been harder to accomplish as quickly but, it is equally possible that a strong offence would have achieved even more. Being forced to defend or distract would have weakened the non-stop assault on this administration.

  17. Democrats by and large have maintained a level of civility I deeply respect.
    That said, sometimes strict adherance to civility leads to “doormat syndrome”.This weakens the democratic party politically which is in many ways more dangerous for this country down the road.

  18. Lets say you are right. We have no allies in the media so the meme would have been the angry black man with his docile white wimmen is trying to punish whitey for his misdeeds. How would you try to fight that? Remember Americans are stupid and will believe anything

  19. OK Dj. That was then and this is now. Indictments are coming in against Bush, Cheney, and the rest of that regime internationally and they can’t travel abroad without risk of arrest. How would prosecuting them here at home or extraditing to nations where they are already under indictment a distraction? Either we are a nation of laws or we aren’t. Which is it?

  20. I think there were at the time a fair number of White Males on capitol hill who would have stood up.
    Also, 8 years ago MSNBC, if no one else, was a reasonably loud liberal voice.

  21. Great question and like they say its not what you know its what you can prove. Now do you think with our over classification of documents you can prove they committed war crimes? Look I know they did but can I prove it?

  22. Meanwhile, across the network, Ed, Rachel, Lawrence, Keith, Chris, Martin, etc. were speaking up and out.
    Dems had public support until they demonstrated that they were a bunch of milquetoasts.
    Even after 2010 Nancy sat meekly and said “Don’t agonize, organize.” If leadership had just once stood up and shouted down the liars things might be very different now.
    There was and is no forceful challenge to the lies, no strong defense of FACTS.

  23. There’s the rub. Timing is everything.
    The window of opportunity may be closed for a win but, I think the rethugs have aptly demonstrated that all you really need to do to achieve your purpose is maintain the noise.

  24. We shouldn’t have to pander and it shouldn’t make a difference if the next 2016 democratic president is a male, female, black or Caucasian.
    No other president in history has had to put up with so much blatant partisan childish obstruction. They were against the Iran deal BEFORE it was agreed upon and how many of them actually READ it when they had the opportunity

  25. Do “We the People” have to file lawsuits in the individual districts? Individually, or can we get class action lawsuits going for congressional non-performance?

    Do we, as citizens, even have that right?

    Can a state have a snap election vis-à-vis a “Confidence/No Confidence” vote on it’s own congressional delegation?

  26. We shouldn’t have to pander, but the screams and roars for insurrection, military coup, assassination, and/or civil war are so raucous and unbridled that likely only a white male would dare carry out a prosecution. 43% of Republicans — the angry white male contingent and their brainwashed handmaidens — realize that demographically, they cannot prevail in an election, yet they feel *entitled* to *rule*. A President they classed as a n****r or a c**t who tried to prosecute their beloved warmongers would risk just such violence, and that is why criminals from Cliven Bundy to Dick Cheney are walking scot free.

  27. I would suggest, in regards to those under indictment in foreign jurisdictions, that they be rendered thereto.

  28. GOP = Government Of Plutocracy

    Plutocracy is the rule by the super-rich capitalists and their retainers. In a plutocracy the middle class is controlled though taxation, low-cost imports (free trade) and corrupt politicians and in a communist system the middle class is exterminated. The perfect plutocracy consists of two classes only—the plutocrats and their overseers and the subsistence-level poor. The degree of economic inequality is staggering as is the low level of social mobility.

    Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people.
    —Theodore Roosevelt

  29. From before Obama was inaugurated, Mitch McConnell stated, “Our 1st priority must be to be certain he’s a 1 term president.” The rest of his presidency is history. He never stood a chance.

  30. They should be prosecuted for Treason in trying to influence foreign leaders against the will of the President as well. I expect the first trial to occur simultaneously with the criminal trials of those Wall Street bankers who cost the nation TRILLIONS…in other words…never.

    Why do these guys get a free pass on TREASON? Why isn’t the DOJ going after them????

  31. They started this when they debased the currency back in 1964, to accommodate corporate greed and allow that multi million ( billions in today’s currency) soiree’ in Vietnam.

    That was an illegal action that could ONLY be done by AMENDING the Constitution… which they DIDN’T do…

    Article 10; section 1…
    “No State shall… make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts; ….”

    Here’s your states rights.

    the Federal Government can make CHICKEN EGGS CURRENCY OUTSIDE OF THIS COUNTRY… but with in it’s borders the states aren’t allowed to take that paper garbage without it being backed by gold/silver… which it isn’t.
    Much of this countries monetary and economic woes stem from this action in 1964.

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