By FABIOLA SANCHEZ, Associated Press Fabiola Sanchez, Associated Press – Tue Dec 14, 5:10 pm ET

CARACAS, Venezuela – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Tuesday asked congress to grant him special powers to enact laws by decree for one year, just before a new legislature takes office with a larger contingent of opposition lawmakers.

CARACAS, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Venezuela’s parliament gave President Hugo Chavez decree powers for 18 months on Friday, outraging opposition parties that accused him of turning South America’s biggest oil producer into a dictatorship.

Hugo managed to co-opt his friendly Unified Socialist Party dominated National Assembly before the outgoing  majority loses parliamentary seats.  The newly elected parliamentary members are expected to be far less accommodating.

Obama doesn’t bother to ask congress for permission.  He simply waits until they are in recess to make Czar and other cabinet appointments, granting them special powers to carry out his desires.  He has not requested, and will not request, permission to “decree”.  He needs not do so because the Constitution of the United States of America grants the president certain executive powers.  This commission was originally limited to the executive staff and not meant to skirt the congress.  Article I, section 1, of the Constitution reads:  All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives. Article II, section 2, allows:  The President, shall have power to fill up all vacancies that may happen during the recess of the Senate, by granting commissions which shall expire at the end of their next session.

Immediate case in point:  Obama has nominated Andrew Traver (described by some to be an “anti-gun zealot”) to head the ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives).  As Chief of the ATF, Traver would have the opportunity to nullify the Second Amendment, just one of at least ten civil rights in which he and the president do not believe.  Traver is expected to take over during the congressional Christmas recess.

Recess appointments are not unique to President Obama.  Many presidents have appointed cabinet members and department heads with questionable congressional confirmability during congressional recesses.  Obama, however, is abusing the authority; making the appointment of radicals and insurrectionists while congress and the public sleeps a major part of his legacy.  Rather than have his personal favorites and Chicago cronies face tough hearings that could reveal their true thoughts and beliefs to the American people and our representatives, he chooses abuse of the warrant.

The 111th Congress has shown a propensity to pass bills that none have read or understand and hold meetings behind locked doors, restricting the minority party from participating in the legislative process.  They have also used every bit of power and authority granted them and perhaps a bit more.  They have underhandedly forced through legislation that is at best questionable under the Constitution and at worst requiring radical re-interpretations of the founding document to make even portions of their bills appear legal.

The Associated Press
Sunday, December 19, 2010; 4:10 PM

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez defended plans for a law that would impose broadcast-type regulations on the Internet, saying Sunday that his government should protect citizens against online crimes.

Chavez’s congressional allies are considering extending the “Social Responsibility Law” for broadcast media to the Internet, banning messages that “disrespect public authorities,” “incite or promote hatred” or crimes, or are aimed at creating “anxiety” in the population.


Tomorrow morning the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will mark the winter solstice by taking an unprecedented step to expand government’s reach into the Internet by attempting to regulate its inner workings. In doing so, the agency will circumvent Congress and disregard a recent court ruling.

Certainly, whether a person is paying attention or has their head stuck in the sand, it is obvious that our government is paralleling self-serving dictatorships  and usurping the freedoms granted us by the founders and specifically documented in the Bill of Rights.  “We the People” must wake up and bridle our government to save our republic and keep the American elite from outdistancing the other socialist leaders and dictators of the globe.


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