President Obama threatens to circumvent Congress with his ‘pen-and-phone’ strategy

During his first cabinet meeting of the year, yesterday, President Obama made a bold declaration about his intentions to bypass Congress in the New Year: He’s got a pen, and he’s got a phone, and he is not afraid to use them.

“Most people will hear this and not be called into action. I urge you, if you don’t know what the ramifications are of this, to find out,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “What are the ramifications of someone saying something like this:”

“Do you hear what he’s saying,” Glenn asked. “He’s got a phone, and he’ll call the universities. And he will get people called into action. He will call the labor unions. He will call the non-profits into action.”

“And with his pen, he will ignore the U.S. Constitution and just sign things into law he wants in the interest of fairness,” Pat added.

Glenn believes President Obama has spent the last 5 years insisting the Constitution is standing in his way of just going ahead and enacting his progressive agenda. Yesterday’s remarks, however, prove he is getting ready to bulldoze through the Constitution.

“This is insanity… He is setting the false premise that people are begging him to just go around Congress and the Constitution. But that’s what he’s doing,” Glenn concluded. “He is setting up the premise that he’s been resistant [in the past]. He’s tried not to do this, but now he’s been backed in a corner. This is the beginning of: I’m being backed in a corner. I got a pen, and I got a phone. I’ll mobilize people, and I’ll just sign these things into law.”

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  • landofaahs

    Charges need to be filed against Obama for all his unconstitutional crimes. Overload the system if need be and make him concentrate on the charges against him.

  • Anonymous

    Obama has basically said that he will create the path toward dictatorship if that’s what it takes to get his policies into place. after all, he promised us fundamental transformation, didn’t he? Lord help us, we are sleepwalking towards the destruction of our country.

  • landofaahs

    The dictator has spoken. All salute Heir dumbass.

  • Anonymous

    Sounds like a mafia threat. They have more honor than he does.

  • Anonymous

    It is way past time to put a boot on Obama’s neck!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    Why does Obama sound more and more like this guy but dumber? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SeldwfOwuL8

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    At least the Mafia has a code of honor. Dems just makes their code up out of thin air and never follow it.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    Obama is no better than a school house bully with thin skin. I mean you cannot work things out with the guy because his idea of negotiation is telling everyone in the room do what I want because I am king. I bet that is why he acts like that all the time so he could say they are not working for me so I got to by pass them. It is time to stop worshipping the city on a pile of B.S. and turn our eyes onto the city on the hill for nothing good will ever come from Washington.

  • William King

    Truthful Public Opinion
    This is the proper moment in time for Americans to make a choice regarding public opinion.
    American public opinion is derived from two main sources of opinion.
    The first is the current public opinion provided by the House of Representatives. This would be considered the popular, democratic voice of the people. Currently, it is ignored by the party-fixated Senate, the general public, and the Chief Executive of the United States. It requires support from the general public in order to re-assert which powers of government are transferred to civil servants which binds them by oath to the jurisdiction of past, present and future American citizens.
    The second source of public opinion is well-known to American citizens. It is the daily political news and media coverage pushed to citizens over constantly, discoverable, digital networks by a media industry which is substantially interfaced with government.
    American public opinion should, at a minimum, represent the truth.
    In a well-administered Executive Office, a president should be able to accept the public opinion provided by the House of Representatives, before accepting polled data provided by the daily media, or by public opinion sourced from the daily media empire.
    It is natural to think that national empires are more likely to exist when political economics are ruled by media empires, rather than when they are ruled by the political voice of the people, as witnessed by the House of Representatives.
    The easiest shift in American public opinion is the one being called for today, to move away from a stale, broken-down, social-welfare centric government, and to move to a modern self-governed society intent on doing no harm.
    Peace and Justice
    The Apolitical President

  • Anonymous

    For the life of me, I can’t believe that there aren’t some libs out there who realize that this is wrong. He’s basically declaring himself dictator .this has to at least give some libs pause for thought. Obama is evil.

  • Anonymous

    If it wasn’t so dire,it’d be funny.but this is scary.when is someone in power going to file charges against him or start impeachment proceedings?

  • Anonymous

    The next two years are going to be awful. obama will be doing things here in America we could not even imagine. It is going to be awful – believe me.

  • Anonymous

    Right on – I think so, too.

  • Mike Nelson

    I can only hope it will be a unifying theme… to kick his ass out of the political system, and put him in the penal system.

  • Anonymous

    This president has a long and disturbing record of saying things that should strike fear and disgust in the hearts of all Americans.
    And yet, for a variety of reasons, people don’t seem to wake up.
    Instead, they re-elected him.

    Excuses I’ve heard:
    “He didn’t mean that.”
    “You need to consider the context.”
    “You just don’t like him.”
    “You’re blowing it out of proportion.”
    “He’s just trying to do the right thing.”
    “I don’t see anything wrong with what he said.”

    At best, it’s discouraging; at worst, terrifying.

  • BlackBeaver

    Dare I draw the very real parallel with Adolf Hitler?

  • Cdinman

    If congress can’t find the b—s to stand up then they need
    To go ,we can do it by sending all of them home
    And putting real men and real women in office
    Who aren’t afraid to impeach this so called president
    Who took an oath to uphold our constitution
    Not destroy it.

  • Anonymous

    Sounds to me like he knows how to get things done. Like he is tired of Congress taking their own sweet time about doing ANYTHING and is trying to speed things up. Nothing wrong with that. Heck, how many of the citizens wouldn’t mind doing the same? Please stop trying to make the president the villain of the piece. There are plenty of problems and scandals without looking for stuff to hate him for.

  • Justone View

    Obama has his foot on the accelerator. It is full speed ahead. He is determined to leave that United States Constitution in the dust of history. And HE is proud of that. That is what he want for his socialist legacy. I have never seen a president get away with such disregard for the founders, the Constitution and the law. There is no moral compass in this man. His ends justify his means.

  • Anonymous

    blood will boil…heads will roll

  • Anonymous

    Let’s go back to Constitution 101. Congress makes the laws, Executive branch enforces. In case you haven’t noticed, Harry Reid has not let anything move through the Senate unless he is in total control. Hate doesn’t enter in. He is not doing his job, to enforce the laws that Congress makes. He is not upholding the Constitution that he took an oath to uphold.

  • Anonymous

    The same happened to leaders such as Hitler or Stalin. Their subordinates knew of the evil, but didn’t have the unity to get rid of it.

  • Anonymous

    thank you, but I think you should have explained what the term “Oath” means..liberals get confused so easily.

  • Anonymous

    Agreed. I’m amazed that people don’t know what freedom looks like and they embrace tyranny. Guess the only difference is he will come for us first, them second. Do they really not understand? Ask the Russians how it will go down; ask them how many of their families were lost to the gulags; in some cases, there won’t be anyone to ask; entire generations of families were wiped out.

  • Anonymous

    Glen warned about this when he still was on FOX, and many people thought he was
    exaggerating. Now, the words of this president stare us in the face and we know what people should have known a long time ago or at least during the last election.
    The path to a dictatorship lies open and if congress and others do not speak up, it will be too late to avoid America becoming a banana republic.

  • Anonymous

    Some tried in Germany but unfortunately they failed. What started out as socialism very soon became a dictator ship. It seems many people never learn anything from history.

  • http://www.absoluteintensity.com dennis reilly

    you are wrong Pat, he did not work hard and he made it through the con and his race, he is lazy and greedy

  • James

    It sounds like we need an impeachment. He took an oath to protect and defend the U.S. Constitution. If he doesn’t want to do that he needs to be removed from office. Convention of States should happen immediately and have him removed. Congress won’t do it because they’re with him.

  • Anonymous

    This Congress not doing anything unless it takes years didn’t just start with President Obama. They have been slower than snails since forever. Yeah, presidents enforce laws but they can’t very well enforce what isn’t there. President Obama isn’t making the laws, he’s getting people in to do what Congress is supposed to be doing. Especially when they go on vacation.(Before you start saying President Obama takes lots of vacations please be reminded that not only does it always LOOK like any president not voted for by one side or the other always take vacations but President Reagan ruled for one entire year from his ranch instead of from the White House).
    I heard somewhere the the average length of time it takes a law to get to any presidents desk to be signed is about a year.One of he things President Obama said in his first year “Hope and Change” campaign speeches was that he was going to be speeding up the time it takes for laws to be passed.

  • Crassus

    “The Law is no more.”

    Bela Lugosi-Island of the Lost Souls (1934)
    Barack Obama-White House (2014)

  • Anonymous

    Before finding out that presidents don’t take the Oath of Office to uphold the same Constitution we all know I was Conservative. I get more liberal every year so it’s nice the establishment Repubs have gotten that way as well. Although, no matter what Constitution presidents take the oath about it’s doubtful they took an oath to wait until Congress is good and ready to make laws. Last I heard it was an oath to protect the country from enemies.

  • Billy Beefcaked

    ALL HAIL KING BARACK the 1st!

  • Anonymous

    You know what? Let them back him in the corner and if he whips out that pen and phone, physically pin him against the wall, take the phone away from him and either smash it into pieces or hang onto the phone and delete every single number in it or hand it over to the DCPD and let them keep it as evidence as the pile of evidence of his many crimes keeps building up. In fact, just take away his damn phone and give him one of those Cracker-Jack piece of shit phones that don’t work worth a damn and you can’t hear a thing out of it. That’s the kind of phone he needs. A phone that as a lot in common with him.

  • Anonymous

    The President is not charged with changing the Constitution but to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution”.

    If a team doesn’t play well together what to do? Fire the team, fire the manager or fire both? What one doesn’t do is alter the rules of the game. The game isn’t broken.

  • http://twitter.com/itsmesteph11 itsmesteph11

    More than an impeachment….

  • http://twitter.com/itsmesteph11 itsmesteph11

    Oh wow, you are an idiot. Do you not know what the constitution is or do you just not care?

  • http://twitter.com/itsmesteph11 itsmesteph11

    Clueless. You really need to crawl back under your rock.

  • Guest

    Yeah, like the Mafia does?

  • Guest

    “…..oath to protect the country from enemies.” … yeah, foreign and DOMESTIC.

  • Guest

    Obama doesn’t enforce what is there. …take immigration, for instance.
    Obama is using, rather ABUSING the Executive Order to create legislation. He does NOT have the Constitutional right to legislate – only Congress can do that.
    There have been over 200 bills passed by the House – Harry Reid has blocked them from coming up for discussion in the Senate. That is no excuse for Obama endowing himself with Dictatorial powers.

  • Tim

    Sounds like you swallowed the “Hope and Change koolaid”
    So what about President Reagan, that is history…Obama is go “F-ing” up the Future for the WHOLE Darn Country every man woman and child will be ruined by his I can’t follow the the legal course of action as written in the Constitution! and yes the “Oath he took to uphold and protect the Constitution of the United States of America” is the same “Oath” every other Elected Politician takes, it’s time you started spitting out the Koolaid, before it’s too late! Wake up and see the writing on the wall or one of these days you may be looking through The fences of the prison camps (FEMA Camps) with the rest of what is left of the free? America.

  • http://suzeraining.wordpress.com/ suz

    everything glenn says in this clip couldn’t be more precise.

  • Bonnie Somer

    Talk is cheap so where r we? WE THE PEOPLE NEED A FULL ON MARCH TO DC AND DEMAND WHAT THE NATION NEEDS NOW OR ABOUT 4YRS AGO THE IMPEACHMENT OF THIS DICTATORIAL NUT. IT IS OUR JOB TO DO WHAT THE CONGRESS WON’T AND REMOVE HIM

  • ken.

    a peaceful but armed marches all over the country.

  • Anonymous

    It’s sad that we have three more years left of this idiot. The worst president ever, hands down and now Jimmy Carter can relax. Anyone who voted for this piece of work gets exactly what they deserve; but unfortunately are bringing the rest of the country down with them. He has done nothing positive for our country, quite the opposite. The only spark of hope may be if the reps and senators in DC who actually like the country would grow a set and hold this man accountable for his many lies and crimes against the American people.

  • Christine

    Can we as Americans just all band together and stand up to this guy and bring a lawsuit against him for willfully ignoring the constitution and going around it to fit his agenda? He should be impeached and now! If the Republicans or Democrats won’t stand up to him, we Americans should, just as our fore fathers stood up to King George during the American Revolution.

  • Anonymous

    Sounds like Stalin to me. Obama is out to destroy America not to unite it

  • Anonymous

    If it’s any consolation in the early 70s I was where you and other Tea Party/Constitution buffs are now with regards to thinking the country is over. But the thing is it may be destroyed traditionally but getting more personally responsible. Life is getting different so we all have to keep up or else go behind those bars in FEMA camps. Personally, I prefer to keep up with changing times. Regarding taking the oath of office yes of course every president took the same one. The public oath. Politics is a game, that’s all it ever has been. They campaign to have every voter elect one person every four or eight years. We do our part on voting day let them know who we are cheering on. Then comes the inauguration a couple months later. It’s filled with pomp and pageantry and presidential oaths because the public has to feel like we’ve actually done something. So we get the celebration and the winner of the political game gets the White House. Which was the only prize to begin with. Presidents congresses have their own games where how many perks got gotten is the prize. Do they care about the public? Not really. Do they care about the Constituton and whatever it is we say we care about ? Not unless it means something to them. We already did our part. They belong to the presidents club where the only constitution and oath that matters is the one they take in private. By being intense about staying with historical documents we are barking up the wrong tree. While we are taking sides and arguing they are moving ahead with their plans to stay in power. Every one of them know hardly anyone will look at what’s really going on in America.(which if you think about it was rules for a new country written on napkins by people who were playing a game). They know the pubic will fall for the public events every single time. They count on it.

  • ₩ASP

    He rules by executive fiat as is already with his appointment of “czars” . If one goes back to the 1960′s and looks up the definition of “czar” in a NOAH Webster dictionary you will see it means..

    “an autocrat; despot; absolute ruler”

  • Tim

    You’ve swallowed the koolaid and it’s already rotted your thinking, (no disrespect intended) by the President bypassing Congress and doing what he pleases no matter who it will hurt, then hang on. Politics may be a game to you, but when it is affecting the Nation and it’s citizenry by committing lies and fraud then it’s no game. This President and his administration are ruining the Country. I’m sorry for the way you think “Oaths” aren’t just a matter of Pageantry and do have meaning. By him circumventing the system as written in the Constitution and Bill of Rights he is committing Treason. I don’t know where you are from, but My Country The United States of America is being wrecked by the Political system both “right” and “left”
    That is why there is a system of checks and balances, so no one person can no matter who can have more political power than is allowed by law. Keeping up with the times has no bearing on anything. My advice is to be prepared for the Worst case scenario, so when the Goons of our President come for us “We the People” will be ready to assert our rights!

  • Anonymous

    It’s not me who believes the presidency and congress is a game, I’m just repeating what I’ve heard from people who are a whole bunch smarter about politics than I am. It’s a game. PERIOD. The country was started by a bunch of people in a tavern eating supper and deciding to make a new country. PERIOD. Probably why Thomas Jefferson said the Constitution should change with the times instead of getting potentially outdated. Also probably why the whole political hierarchy is and always was an offshoot of various secret societies. Does the name “Skull & Bones” ring any bells? The two George Bushes weren’t just members, a whole lot of Congress is part of either that one or the society at Harvard. The Freemason clubs are still wildly popular with politicians. Say what you will about thinking the country ruling game is serious, it’s not. Neither is war to those guys either but that’s another topic.

  • landofaahs

    When their is nothing you can do about a situation then sometimes ridicule is the best weapon. Democrats hate being ridiculed because their ego’s are so fragile that they become rabid vermin spitting and frothing at the mouth like mad dogs. It’s rather fun to watch.

  • Tim

    If it isn’t you who believes the Presidency and Congress is a game then why are putting your “tag” (name) on what you are saying? Secondly if you believe this Country is being ruled you are wrong in the sense that it is “Governed” hence the word “Government” this isn’t a country that is being ruled and if it ever gets to that I hope it’s by someone a lot smarter than our current President. But I wouldn’t worry about being ruled until the Citizens who still believe in Our Constitution are long gone from doing what most Politicians won’t do which is Defend and Protect The Constitution from all Enemies Foreign and Domestic! Be careful what you post as people are taking things like our lack of Government very seriously, especially by Obama and his minions…

  • Anonymous

    Sadly, he’s a product of us as a nation. I have members of my own family, whom I love dearly, who talk like this man. Socialism is a disease. Everyone who embraces it is compensating for something lacking in their own life. It makes people feel good to bash the rich. They think of it as righteous indignation and have mistaken it for coherent thought. Socialists turn economics upside down and seek to destroy success. I just don’t talk to people who disagree with me about politics anymore. They just get inflamed and attack me.

  • Anonymous

    You can’t unite a whole nation under Socialist thought. You have to eliminate the opponents of socialism in order for it to succeed. It will NEVER be embraced by good people or intelligent people.

  • Anonymous

    If Congress is taking their sweet time about getting a law passed, tough luck. It’s not the President’s job to sidestep them in order to get his way. Some laws just shouldn’t be passed, and that’s why half the country doesn’t vote your way. Half the country doesn’t want what you want and won’t comply with what you think they should comply with. I know it’s frustrating that we don’t all agree, but that’s life. You and the President need to wake up to that fact.

  • Anonymous

    I can’t abide by your cynicism here. You’ve made sweeping generalizations about every politician as if every single, solitary one of them is the exact same way. If politics is a dirty game, and NOTHING more, then what’s the point of voting? What’s the point of legislation? What’s the point of anything? Government is an inevitability. The Federalist Papers are BY FAR the most eloquent treatise on politics ever written. If you read them and agreed with Hamilton and Madison, you wouldn’t think as you do.

  • Anonymous

    You are parroting lines from people whom you’ve DECIDED are smarter than you and therefore right. You are a very submissive human being. There are a lot of people smarter than me on this planet, however, having wisdom in my own right, I know when someone is teaching me something and when someone is selling me something. Wise up, PLEASE! It’s for your own benefit.

  • Anonymous

    This is a man who is extremely unwise. I suspect that not all of us relate to his tactics or his strategies. Threatening and taking action against the core of our Republic has never been a good idea.

  • Anonymous

    Same back to you. When things don’t go your way like gun laws and stuff you need to remember what you just said here. The world is shifting to something new and holistic. So even when President Obama ends his time in office he’s a bridge between the old and the new. Means there will be plenty more people running who think like he does. It’s why Congress seems t be like each other more times than not. Because more and more people are waking up to their own potential of how to act. It’s also why more bad stuff is going on, the more good peace is in the world the more chaos and challenges come.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, it’s not cynical. It’s not expecting things to happen unless people do things themselves. It’s not a dirty game, it’s just something the politicians do. I’ll watch the speeches and conventions and vote but instead of caring about living or dying by what they do or talk hosts try to bring up topics about how the world s ruined because of some law all the speeches and voting is is a contest and cheering like politics was sports teams. Interesting and has a point but more something fun than anything else.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, I’m saying what I’ve heard but it all makes sense. Especially when you read about what the secret societies are and how it all ties in to running the country.

  • Anonymous

    Well, okay governed then.

  • Anonymous

    Good and intelligent people elected him twice. Doh

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  • Anonymous

    Some people voted for him twice, but I’ll keep my honest opinion of those pieces of shit to myself.

  • Anonymous

    Wait a second…WHO controls the agenda right now? What party holds the Senate and is therefore introducing new legislation? You know the answer to that one. The Democrats are trying to introduce new gun laws. If the House opposes them, good luck. At present, Republicans really aren’t trying to push anything through. They are stubbornly rejecting the funding for the Leftist agenda. You have it completely backwards. The entire reason for the existence of the House is to oppose what the people don’t want. We the people voted the majority Republican House in. When it opposes Democratic legislation, it is simply exercising it’s constitutional right to vote how it wants. YOU have a problem with this, but the Republicans aren’t doing anything illegal by voting how they want to. So again, tough luck.

  • Anonymous

    This is an honestly-intended question. I listened to the clip above and it seems there’s some willful misreading going on here in order to stoke the fires of panic and over-reaction. I get that Beck & his fans don’t dig Obama — fair enough. But what, exactly, is objectionable in Obama’s statement quoted in the clip?

    1) He says he’ll use “the phone” to call allies & supporters, to get people riled up so they’ll put some pressure on Congress. So what’s the problem there? That’s how democracy works.
    2) He says he’ll use “the pen” to do what he can with executive orders & administrative actions. Interestingly, Beck & his flunkies immediately started fake-quoting this as “I’ll use the pen to pass laws”, which of course is not what Obama said.

    So I guess my point is that Beck et al. are seeing this simple statement as some harbinger of dictatorship, when in fact it’s just the opposite — it’s Obama saying he recognizes his powers are limited when Congress won’t act, so he’ll do what he can within those limits. Big deal. Maybe you think there shouldn’t be such a thing as an executive order, or that a president’s administrative powers should be more limited. Fair enough, but that’s a separate argument. All presidents have had some executive authority and they’ve used it. And of course using the “bully pulpit” to try and drum up support for some goal shouldn’t be even remotely controversial. So how do you guys jump so quickly to talk of Stalin, Hitler, evil, fascism, etc? Thanks.

  • Anonymous

    Sorry, I don’t have any problem at all. I barely care. What he resident wants isn’t much of a blip on the radar screen of life. All I originally wrote was he it seems that since President Obama has a pen and a phone it sounds like he’s ready to bypass Congress because all THEY care about is arguing. About everything. Always have, always will. As far as I’m concerned the president sees something that needs doing so he’s gonna do it. It doesn’t much matter how things get done if they need doing(and as far as guns go the only reason law abiding citizens have guns is because the criminals do That’s a stalemate. Sorta like how countries have nukes because every other country does). This stuff is all part of the political game. Someone has to make the first move and the public has never been part of that equation. I have to ask, do you live and die by the score the sports team you cheer for gets? Or if you play a game? Because I don’t. Gotta say, though, for a group of people who love freedom and not having any rules you sure love it that the president has to wait around to see if Congress is gonna stop arguing. So he plays Golf wile waiting and you’re thousands of ways upset about THAT.

  • tins6

    Remember the flexibility he’ll use over the open mic?
    All pre-planned agendas’ finally coming together.

  • G26

    A lamp of liberty, illuminating candid facts in the dark of our patient sufferance: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0094KY878

  • Anonymous

    You’re damn right I’m upset about that. You obviously are pretty dim when it comes to political knowledge and I feel sorry for you because you don’t even realize it. Politics and sports are two very different things. If you pay attention to sports you get entertained. Pay attention to politics, politics can get you killed.

  • Anonymous

    Let’s focus on Obama here, and not the evil dictators of the past. Obama had it in his power to prevent the deaths of 4 Americans, and he didn’t act. Yet when the U.S. Navy Seals found Osama bin Laden (THEY found him, not Obama, who is a Democrat and undermines the military by constantly wanting to defund it), Obama used it as a photo op and basically took full credit for it. Obama also didn’t prosecute IRS people who CLEARLY discriminated Conservatives without a doubt. There’s ample eyewitness testimony to this and NO evidence whatsoever that Liberals were equally scrutinized. Then, remember the Patriot Act? Bush got bashed for backing it, yet Obama does NOTHING about NSA spying. He just continues to use the law to his own benefit. He also completely insulted anyone who’s ever worked hard by saying, “You didn’t build that.” He’s been an unabashed Communist since his days at Occidental College and has never wavered. His politics are purely Alinskyite. All of your (and all Leftists everywhere) long-winded, quasi-intellectual rants about how Conservatives are stupid and evil is completely insulting to us. YOU DON’T CARE THOUGH! NONE OF YOU DO! All Obama has done is completely demonized every value that I’ve held dear and tried to over complicate every simple truth ever known to man. He has NO regard for the Constitution and he belongs in a prison cell quite frankly for his actions. Whatever you say in response to this, the more disagreeable it is, the more I regard it with the correct predisposition that you have no respect for me and the things I hold dear and you are not in any way to be taken seriously.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, of course politics can get people killed. Do you think politicians care about THAT for even one second? There wouldn’t be wars if they did. Life is also a game and the people who can hang on and make themselves invaluable will be the ones to win the game.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for your reply! Obviously I would disagree with your interpretations of some of the topics you mentioned above and perhaps we can have a discussion about that some other time. Too much work to do this weekend for such a wide range of subjects. I am curious, however, if you wouldn’t mind, what you think about the clip posted above, and whether or not it seems to you an intentional (or unintentional?) misreading of what Obama actually said in the “pen and phone” quote. It seems to me the kind of thing we see all the time with Obama, where some completely innocuous comment gets blown all out of proportion (see also: comment to Medvedev about having flexibility after the 2012 elections, when Republicans might not so adamantly oppose everything he proposes – wishful thinking, perhaps, but hardly sinister).

    I know both sides do this, and politicians of all stripes try to twist their opponents’ words to their advantage (e.g. “you didn’t build that”). The thing that seems different to me about Obama is the paranoia he apparently inspires. A simple statement about using the methods at his disposal to push his agenda when there’s no support from Congress, becomes suddenly: dictator! fascist! Hitler! Mao! Stalin! I honestly don’t get it.

    Anyway, thanks for any thoughts/insights you may have. I appreciate the dialogue and don’t believe you are “stupid and evil”. I prefer not to stoop to the level of vicious personal insults that Glenn Beck indulges in all the time. Have a lovely day.

  • Anonymous

    I see I haven’t gotten through to you.

  • Bill Tilghman

    Sorry Fawn, but we are not the problem – HE IS. The man has lied about his true objectives, play-acting as a leader, left good men to die when it was not necessary, lied about that, pursued a campaign of systematically ignoring the rule of law, ignored his oath of office in favor of his own agenda, and now defies the system of government established by the Constitution, to name but a few of the things he has done.

    About those problems and scandals – he is the common denominator in all of them – doesn’t that reveal a pattern to you?

  • Bill Tilghman

    Some of them think it refers to a large clumsy person.

  • Bill Tilghman

    “I get more liberal every year”…
    Thank you for self identifying as part of the problem.

  • Bill Tilghman

    Congress used to be a part time affair, and the fact we have literally hundreds of thousands of US Code laws on the books tells me they have done more than enough. The laws that get ignored by the government far and away outnumber the ones that are enforced. Congress doing nothing is not a bad thing. Where did you get the idea that it is bad for Congress to do things slowly?

    The fact that this Congress is held back from enacting even more onerous laws is only due to the structure – it keeps government from taking all you have and all your kids and grandkids ever hope to have.

    Sorry, but rushing into hegemony and dictatorship is not in the interest of the people – and it is why we have a Constitutional republic and not a democracy.

  • Bill Tilghman

    Please stop listening and going along with all the people who get on a soapbox and preach their brand of tyranny. All that secret society conspiracy stuff is ignorant and promoted by people who don’t want you to find the real truths.

    Alex Jones and all the other nutters that engage in promoting idiocy over fact are headed for a failure footnote in history.

    Remember Morton Downey Junior?

  • Bill Tilghman

    “The world is shifting to something new and holistic. ”

    None of this is new or holistic – socialism and communism presided over the deaths and miseries of many millions of people in Europe and Asia in the 20th century, and we can’t allow it to happen here in the 21st.

    Please educate yourself and learn the history of the Bolshevik Revolution, the rise of Chairman Mao, and the rest of the 20th Century despots like Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, and the way they sped up lawmaking in their countries. It always resulted in the slaughter of millions and never ends well for the common person.

    America is the only place that is run by the people, and that government is supposed to serve them – not the other way around like Barack would have it.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks, EHatt. One of my points exactly. Sort of doubt they’ll listen to you either but oh well that’s life Love you to pieces.

  • Bill Tilghman

    Take a look at what he has done already, and how he has lied and manipulated his way around Congress and the people he is supposed to serve.

    If he were truly concerned about the economic state of the nation, he wouldn’t be such a spendthrift on his personal pleasures. We are all having to watch our budgets now, and many have to subsist on handouts who formerly were employed in jobs his governance has eliminated or caused to disappear because those jobs were ancillary to the ones he opposes with that pen and phone of his.

    Saying all presidents have had some executive authority and they’ve used it ignores the manner of their use of power versus what Obama has done. His abuse of these powers far exceeds what any previous president has done. All of the examples of his willful ignorance of The Constitution, and his disrespect for the Supreme Court and Congress as defined by The Constitution are now history and you can find these things out – unless you don’t really want to know the truth behind this administration, which I suspect is the case.

  • Bill Tilghman

    That kind always exhibits the absorptive properties of an ingot of pure lead.

  • Anonymous

    Yup, I remember Mort. Used to work on the radio program that came on right before his. He was a great guy and absolutely nothing like the persona he did every afternoon

  • Anonymous

    Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools.

    Romans 1:22

  • Anonymous

    How many books do you read per year? It’s just an honest question.

  • Anonymous

    I haven’t really paid much attention. I suspect it varies. I read and immerse the characters lives as much as possible. I’m in various pats of over two hundred books right now in total with print books, Kindle and online. So far this year I’ve finished five. I also review others and own a bookshop.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for your thoughts. That’s all well and good, and of course we could debate your various interpretations ad infinitum… but what’s the rationale for twisting innocuous statements into some new edition of Mein Kampf? If Obama is as horrible as Beck et al claim to believe, then why the need to pretend that a simple assertion of his determination to do what he can in 2014 within the limitations created by fierce GOP opposition in Congress, is somehow akin to fascism?

  • Bill Tilghman

    I am not twisting anything – I made my appraisal of his meaning based on all the things he has said and done thus far.

    The one with questionable interpretation here is you. I can see you are liberal, so your comments are already suspect.

    It isn’t Congress job to agree with him and do what he wants, just like it wasn’t the Supreme Court justices to fall in line with his politics – remember him scolding them at his first state of the union address?

    You must be gullible to think that man has the best interest of the people at heart. He has never done anything with the power of his office but create division, promote racial strife, and hinder economic recovery for the sake of his own glorification. He imagines himself as a savior because of all the people he’s run into in his life like you who worship the very ground he walks on.

    To the rest of us, he is no hero, savior, or saint. He is an abuse of power waiting to happen.

    That is how he is akin to fascism – do you ever really listen to the man and look at what he has done and what lies he has told the American people?

    Apparently you have not.

  • Bill Tilghman

    Yet his tragic story ended with him cutting a reverse swastika into his own forehead with a razor blade in an airport bathroom, and then screaming about it on TV attributing it to a gang of skinheads that supposedly attacked him.

    How is that not like the persona he did on his show?

  • Anonymous

    Hi – I wasn’t saying you were twisting anything – I was referring to Glenn Beck in the clip above, twisting Obama’s statement to make it seem much more sinister than it actually was.

    I agree with you that it’s not Congress’ job to do what the President wants, necessarily. Sometimes office-holders agree and sometimes they don’t. The Republicans in Congress have been very clear that they’ve got no intention of helping the Democrats pass their agenda (and vice versa, of course). So Obama is going to do what he can without them. Again, why is this so shocking? This is just common sense. And yet Glenn Beck acts as though it’s the worst thing he’s ever heard. Over-reaction, hysteria, paranoia, or perhaps just cynical manipulation of the audience. Par for the course for Mr Beck.

    Regarding the rest of your comment, I’m sure it’s unlikely that either of us will convince the other and I’m not inclined to waste my time on that. I would just note that you seem inclined to jump to conclusions about people you do not know (referring to people “like you” who “worship the very ground” Obama walks on). I don’t worship a deity, much less a politician! So please don’t make assumptions. Have a lovely day.

  • Anonymous

    His TV act was like his radio act only much more extreme seeing as he had more to work with when it came to visuals. The swastika thing wouldn’t have worked on radio. It’s doubtful it was real for television seeing as if he was really cut he’d be in too much pain to go on so it was more than likely stage makeup. He did conservative paranoia on his radio show because that was what worked with his audience. Got people to call in and ratings to happen. All talk hosts do an act when they are on the air depending on what audience they are going after. Some more than others. Depends on what sells. Depends on the trends.

  • Anonymous

    Well, If you were to axt someone from Obama’s closest inner-circle of friends, it is an “oaf of office” – my guess would be they might be referring to large as = presidential office, clumsy to = everything Obama has ever done while in that office and person to = Joe Biden, for some strange reason, he’s still waiting for his lapel name-pin, so, no ones sure if he’s a “person” yet or not.

  • Anonymous

    You’ve got that right, if talking politics is done at all, other than with like-minded individuals in the privacy of ones own home, then forget it. That’s why the anonymity of on-line debate is so useful, not that it solves a damn thing, mind you, but at least you can get your full opinion across without being viciously attacked before you can make a point.

  • Anonymous

    …and a wise man is the opposite of a fool…

    I thought about replying to this guy, but after reading your post I realized it would be fruitless. The thing I can’t figure out is in his own words Swank says, “He’ll (Obama) use the “phone” to call allies and supporters to get people riled up…” but yet, he accuses Beck of unfairly attacking the president. It never ceases to amaze me, why the left feel they can go about their business anyway they see fit, but if opposition arises, that in fact, is the evil force attempting to “rile up” discourse and descent.

  • Bill Tilghman

    LOL!

  • Anonymous

    Huh? Who said anything about getting people riled up being evil? Personally I think it’s great. People need to be more involved & passionate about these things, no matter which side of the aisle you’re on.

  • Anonymous

    OK tough girl, you want to debate the conservative right on the most important issues of the day, but you stand strong with the likes of Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Hillary Clinton, Dianne Feinstein, and the list of ignorant degenerate debase individuals increasingly grows larger. These are the so-called brilliant minds of the American liberal party, along with their eager cohorts, who like lap-dogs, eat-up, and swallow their every word as if it’s golden. A political party who’s platform is to run from the concept of a living God, and yet somehow, they embrace the immoral acts this unseen powerful being condemn. And after all that, now, you’re present here among conservatives, I presume, because you want to be noticed as a person who is rational – even logical, when everything about you and those on your side of the political isle says otherwise.

  • Anonymous

    Hmmm… Okay, then, if that’s your idea of rational discourse then have a good time with that. Enjoy your rage. Peace.

  • Jdcsa usayy

    A retired Army Officer Col. Harry G. Riley is working to organize a mass protest scheduled for 16 May 2014 in Washington D.C. The goal is to force the resignation of the Marxist Obama and his cronies (Eric Holder is also included). He calls it “Operation American Spring.”

    IRS harassment, Eric Holder’s protecting voter fraud, the hard left monopoly of the “news” media, Obama’s crony capitalist pals, uncontrolled illegal immigration, because of these things and more — ELECTIONS IN THE USA ARE COMING PERILOUSLY CLOSE TO THE MEANINGLESS, SHAM “ELECTIONS” IN
    BANBNA REPUBLICS.

    This is our chance to peacefully force a change in the government.

    But for it to succeed it must be huge – HUGE! If you are serious about saving our country, you will be there. And until then do all you can to spread the word and
    encourage others to participate.

    For more details Google or Bing “Operation American Spring.”