Hey kids! Remember the AZ co-chair of the Mitt Romney campaign who stepped down after allegations of a relationship with a male Mexican immigrant? He’s ba-a-ack…
Sheriff Paul Babeu didn’t’ stand a chance. Rev. Al made mincemeat of this poor slob when he defiantly, and stupidly, tried to fall back on right wing talking points about President Obama supposedly trampling the Constitution by legally proposing gun safety strategies and legally issuing executive orders.
Watch, listen, and learn. The Rev saved his best lines for last.
“An officer of the law who refuses to carry out the law. Interesting.”
“What gives you the authority… to decide what’s constitutional?”
“You’re not a Supreme Court justice are you?”
“These are not lawful anything.”
“The president should not… with a wave of the hand, say this is what we’re going to do.”
“You said you would be the decider of what is constitutional. What gives you the authority?”
“I have to enforce the law…. whether I agree with them or not. These are not laws.”
“Tell me how these orders violate constitutional freedom.”
“They don’t specifically.” But more laws are bad blahblahblah.
“But you’re talking your opinion, sheriff. You’re not telling me how it violates constitutional law.“
“So you’re gonna decide…?”
“Not at all. That’s his authority…”
“It’s not alright if it’s something you disagree with? And you hide behind it’s unconstitutional?”
”The most important person in the land is that of private citizen [sic]…”
“Tell me where he has in your opinion made an executive action that is unconstitutional.”
“He doesn’t in those 23.”
“You accused the president of acting like a king and a dictator… but you say he didn’t do it.”
“He talks about what he plans for legislation…”
“Ooooh, so legislation! So you mean now you’re not talking about exec action. You mean if he proposes legislation that is voted by the Congress, you’re going to defy the very laws that Congress may vote on?“
“Not at all.”
“You just said… Legislation means it goes before the Congress. That’s what legislation is.”
Blahblahblah Fast and Furious, hypocrisy blahblah.
“Wait a minute. You’re trying to go Fast and Furious away from the issue! You just admitted that he is proposing legislation which is the antithesis to him being a king or dictator…“
“I can only assume you did this… to get some attention…”
“You started by saying you’re going to defy unconstitutionality that you can’t establish. And you’re the sheriff! People actually depend on you to protect them!”
Guess who was on Sean Hannity’s Tee Vee show? Former Bush Attorney General Michael Mukasey.
Guess who blew a big fat hole (no pun) in all those right wing talking points about the unconstitutionality of President Obama’s gun violence prevention initiatives? Former Bush Attorney General Michael Mukasey.
So much for the all those impeachment fantasies.
Poor gun zealots.
“I don’t think it’s unconstitutional in the sense that I don’t think it’s something you could get a court to find unconstitutional. We can have a debate about whether it’s consistent with the constitution or not, but there is a limited number of things that’ll get you into court to have that decided, and I don’t think any of the things you’ve enumerated are among them.”
I can hear the Second Amendment misinterpreters now:
“These are either standard exercises of presidential power, or even more benignly, standard examples of the power of the president to exhort the public or state officials to be aware of certain problems and to address them.”
According to a New York Times/CBS News poll, 95% of Independents, 93% of Democrats, 89% of Republicans support background checks for gun purchases. This includes NRA members. No matter what part of the United States people live in, they support background checks. Universal checks have universal appeal:
[A]bout 9 in 10 gun owners favor background checks as do people with no firearms in their home. Independents (95 percent), Democrats (93 percent) and Republicans (89 percent) all support a background check for those trying to buy firearms. No matter where people live: in the South, the Northeast, in big cities, in small towns. Even members of the National Rifle Association favor background checks. Only 7 percent of all adults in the survey, conducted Friday though Tuesday, oppose background checks for prospective gun customers.
Enough is enough.
Earlier today President Obama made his announcement to reduce gun violence. The video of his entire speech is at the link, along with a handy chart of the number of executive orders by Obama vs. former presidents, plus a list of the president’s gun safety proposals and executive orders.
And yesterday I posted a Thom Hartmann video that accompanied the hidden history of the Second Amendment: It was about “slave control”. They may come in handy since they are all referenced in the BuzzFlash post I linked to below.
Now your Daily Dose of BuzzFlash at Truthout, via my pal Mark Karlin:
…President Barack Obama is putting his life on the line.
The National Rifle Association is in the business, along with other even more fringe gun advocacy groups, of ginning up the base into a froth of hysteria. In this case, the gun lobby – as it is known – has been “warning” the white males psychologically in need of guns that Obama is going to confiscate all their firearms [...]
Timothy McVeigh was no anomaly. He just happened to succeed in killing 168 people in Oklahoma City… They are homegrown cousins of the Islamic Jihad movement, imbued with the conviction that killing in order to save the sacred gun culture is an act of martyrdom, not a crime. [...]
If the anti-slavery folks in the North had figured out a way to disband – or even move out of the state – those southern militias, the police state of the South would collapse.
Now, we have our first African-American president and the heritage of the “slave patrols” is returning with a vengeance as the gun lobby stirs up white males fearing for their loss of power in society into a frenzy.
The 23 executive orders proposed by President Obama include many that are aimed at reversing the NRA’s thus far successful excerpts to limit the ability of law enforcement to reduce and solve gun crime and violence. [...]
[T]he NRA will whip up a storm of virulent and bellicose opposition to Obama’s executive orders, with menacing language that will fall just short of calling for an armed rebellion.
Somewhere, perhaps in many members of the gun cult, the idea of Jihad for the cause of armed white males will result in an effort to shoot the president.
That is, in fact, the chilling potential lethal threat that Obama faces in taking such a forceful public stand on reducing the toll guns take in our society. [...]
For the moment, Obama – who BuzzFlash at Truthout has criticized many a time for being too conciliatory toward right wing loonies – has shown us a profile in courage, one in which he is putting the lives of the American people above his own.
Please read the whole thing here.
The president had me in tears. And as I was crying for those who have been killed by guns, I was being bombarded by trolls on Twitter calling for his impeachment because he’s acting like, you know, a king for doing what other presidents have done, only they did it far more often. Via Snopes and The American Presidency Project:
Here are the details:
Here are the 10 big strategies he’s pursuing:
* Require criminal background checks for all gun sales.
* Take four executive actions to ensure information on dangerous individuals is available to the background check system.
* Reinstate and strengthen the assault weapons ban.
* Restore the 10-round limit on ammunition magazines.
* Protect police by finishing the job of getting rid of armor-piercing bullets.
* Give law enforcement additional tools to prevent and prosecute gun crime.
* End the freeze on gun violence research.
* Make our schools safer with more school resource officers and school counselors, safer climates, and better emergency response plans.
* Help ensure that young people get the mental health treatment they need.
* Ensure health insurance plans cover mental health benefits.
And here are the 23 executive orders on guns and gun violence for which far right extremists want to impeach President Obama:
1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system.
2. Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system.
3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system.
4. Direct the Attorney General to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks.
5. Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.
6. Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers.
7. Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign.
8. Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission).
9. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.
10. Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement.
11. Nominate an ATF director.
12. Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations.
13. Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime.
14. Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.
15. Direct the Attorney General to issue a report on the availability and most effective use of new gun safety technologies and challenge the private sector to develop innovative technologies.
16. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.
17. Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities.
18. Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers.
19. Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education.
20. Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover.
21. Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges.
22. Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations.
23. Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health.
They’re all so talking out of their asses. Via.
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