Saturday, July 2, 2016

Recent Conservative Republican Successes in Congress

           Conservative Republicans have been winning numerous federal legislative and court victories lately versus the liberal Democrats, from terrorism, the appointment to the United States Supreme Court, to the right to keep and bear arms to border control. 

            The majority Republicans in Congress have been able to continue to block the transfer of terrorist detainees from Guantanamo Bay to the American homeland.  They have also declined to confirm liberal Democratic President Barack Obama’s appointment to the Supreme Court and recently blocked the liberal Democratic minority from enacting legislation to restrict the right to keep and bear arms.

            Aided by the blocking of the appointment of a liberal Democratic Supreme Court justice, Congressional Republicans, together with Republican-led States, were also recently successful in thwarting Obama’s violation of the Separation of Powers doctrine of the Constitution by establishing an amnesty regime for illegal aliens through executive orders, which the Court struck down as unconstitutional.  A president has the power to grant amnesty, but only Congress may enact legislation, which was effectively what his executive order constituted.  The Court has ruled that Obama has repeatedly violated the Constitution through executive orders, excessive regulations or by abusing the power to make recess appointments.  

           In addition, Congressional Republicans have continued to make use of their power to conduct hearings to find facts in the process of conducting proper oversight over the Executive Branch.  This week, they released a report that demonstrated that the Obama Administration failed to respond adequately to the attack by al-Qaeda on 2012 on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya and that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton knowingly misled the American people by blaming protests about a videotape for the coordinated attack on the anniversary of the September 11 Terrorist Attacks that killed four Americans, including the Ambassador.  Other members of the Obama Administration continued to blame the protests, as there was a reluctance to acknowledge terrorism was still a threat after Obama had minimized the issue during his reelection campaign by boasting of having all-but defeated al-Qaeda.  

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