Stopping Executive Lawlessness: A "No-Confidence" Vote or Censure

Gen. Paul Vallely of Stand Up America US, who is also helping to spearhead "Operation American Spring" beginning May 16th in DC, has suggested that to counter Obama's imperious overreaching that Congress should tender a vote of "no-confidence" against him.

Alternatively, a person on another conservative site recommended that the House censure Obama. For me at least, "censure" seems more impactful, more significant than merely a vote of no-confidence. So, perhaps censure is the better route to take.

In any event, I researched the matter of censure and found that while the process is, per intra- congressional rules, limited to members of Congress, in 1834 Pres. Andrew Jackson was censured by the Whig-dominated Senate. When the Democrats reclaimed the Senate in 1837, the censure was officially expunged from the records, suggesting to me that censure is of no small consequence to the parties affected. The net legal effect of the Jackson censure was nil; however, from a public relations standpoint, the evidence suggests it was, indeed, impactful.

It is interesting to note that to avoid the disgrace of impeachment, Pres. Clinton actually agreed with his Democratic supporters to accept being censured in lieu of the historical embarrassment of impeachment. Net effect: he was impeached anyway, only the second president, Andrew Johnson being the other in 1868, to have endured this shame. Neither, of course, was convicted and removed from office.

Censure is a formal public reprimand/rebuke for an infraction or violation. It appears nowhere in the Constitution and is, as said, an internal creation of Congress intended to deal with its own members--not sitting presidents, et. al. government officials.

That said, for those who opt to censure Obama, the precedent is there. The question is which poison would have the greater impact on public opinion and support for the president. A no-confidence vote or censure? I would say censure. It certainly can't hurt, and might actually further diminish Obama's credibility as Chief Executive and substantively impair his ability to govern or to otherwise perpetrate more unbridled mischief against the Republic, the Constitution and the American people.

My view is that to stem what appears to be a veritable flood of federal usurpations, we should commit to a multitude of remedies. As said, we can, after all, walk and chew gum at the same time. While censure is certainly a compelling action to take, we must also think in terms of what will actually stop this Progressive tyranny cold.  The obvious answer is, of course, State Nullification of all federal actions (legislation/court rulings/bureaucratic regulations/executives orders) which do not comport with the Constitution, the Supreme Law of the Land.

Realistically, all peaceful remedies should be on the table and vigorously acted upon until such time that constitutional order is restored, the doctrine of separation of powers is fully practiced, and co-equality of the States with the Federal Government is achieved.

Going forward, the most compelling remedial grassroots action we should all get solidly behind is, of course, "Operation American Spring" which will be launched in earnest on May 16th. I urge readers to check it out on the Patriots for America site. You have the option of participating in the protracted occupation or volunteering your services and talents in support of the operation.

Finally and very importantly, if all of these peaceful remedies fail to achieve our constitutional goals, then ALL other remedies sanctioned by our Founders and "natural law" must necessarily be relied upon by the American people. Let the Founders ALWAYS be our guide.

Postscript: Earlier this week, Mark Levin called on Congress to boycott Obama's State of the Union address this month. Boycott, censure, State Nullification. An unbeatable combination! 

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Comment by tony newbill on January 18, 2014 at 4:54pm

 The commie Technocrats are scare to death of this and are pushing congress to totally change economic and social fundamentals so this is why we see them passing crazy Lawless laws , funding population control measures like abortion etc etc  .       DON'T GIVE UP YOUR GUNS UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE !!!!

Here they are in all their glory of Peak Earth philosophy ; 







Comment by Randall Smith on January 18, 2014 at 4:40pm


IMHO I say censure now and impeach after 2014 if possilbe. We must eliminate the the RHINOS and every Democrat that has brought us this debacle. This must begin at the state level in the midterms. America United Texas  We have invited Gregg Abbott running for Governor to our site and so far he has not replied. Craig McMichaels running for district 8 to kick Kevin Brady out of office has joined us. I think Stoval to kick John Cornyn out has joined us. I will have to check. My name is Randall Smith and I am one of two admins for America United Texas.  We are doing every thing we can to clean house in Texas.Good Post.
Comment by Gloria Wedemeyer on January 18, 2014 at 12:58pm

We need to throw the majority of them out and start all over and this includes Obama.  I have high respect though for Cruz, Lee, Paul, Gohmert, Gowdey and a few others.  The rest need to go.

Comment by tony newbill on January 18, 2014 at 11:26am

Breitbart News:

The official Chinese government news agency, Xinhua, has demanded the US immediately adopt stricter gun control measures to reduce the number of firearms the US populace is permitted to possess.

    The Chinese state-controlled media’s statement, titled “Innocent Blood Demands No Delay for US Gun Control,” is primarily focused on the Newtown tragedy in which 26 Americans were killed by a mad gunman. Twenty of the victims were young children.

    The Chinese government stated, “Their blood and tears demand no delay for the U.S. gun control.”


Comment by Mangus Colorado on January 18, 2014 at 11:24am

I wish I could blame just the Progressives or the Democrats, or any faction. The truth appears to lie with WE THE PEOPLE and our inability to agree on any serious method of correction. We are all to busy with our lives and our nightly TV shows, movies and sporting events to take government serious.

It is slowly killing our economy and has killed our entire education system. Now it has closed down access to all of our natural resources even on private land through Rules and Regulations. The EPA/Species act has forced our base value added manufacturing offshore and is now after our technology industries.

If America is to exist as a free nation in 2050 we must Restore the limits on government back to the Original Constitution - no 14th, 16th and 17th amendment - return the powers promised to the States for them to be the stewards over their lands, resources and waters. 

If we can do this then the Republic will be KEPT - otherwise we will be a failed Democracy moving to full Communism/Socialism. the choice is in our hands - what will we do?

Comment by Jeff Dover on January 18, 2014 at 11:21am

Obama is entirely impeachable and has committed many well-known and obvious impeachable offenses.  That the GOP controlled House of Representatives has not initiated impeachment proceedings leaves little hope for censure of any kind, not that it would really matter anyway.

John McCain, an obvious Democrat who calls himself "Republican", was censured by the Maricopa County GOP.  Yet the larger, state Republican organization's president wouldn't bring censure up for a vote.  If you can't get Republicans in Arizona to get that done, the idea that Boehner and his leadership team will censure Obama is certainly very, very unlikely.

I'm in favor of censuring both parties in their entirety come 2016.

Comment by Not-a-RINO on January 18, 2014 at 6:49am

The way the Senate is stacked with Democrat members who are nothing more than mindless parrots for the radical Left and the DNC, if Obama was impeached (he should have been a long time ago), there would be no need for testimony. Once impeached, the Senate could vote immediately because regardless of the tidal wave of evidence of lawlessness and violations of his oath of office, NONE of the Democrats would vote to convict him. With this bunch, Satan could be impeached and not be convicted of any wrongdoing as long as he has a (D) next to his name.

Comment by robert l scalise jr on January 17, 2014 at 10:48pm

http://youtu.be/PQEt2Vhg-yU  this guy is a piece of work!

Comment by Shelley SImms on January 17, 2014 at 8:24pm

I agree with Edward. We can write and call our congressman on this and nothing will be done. But on the other hand I am willing to try  - so call and email them I will. Impeaching him is not going to happen with Harry leading the Senate, but we might get this out of the House.

Comment by Mike Meeks on January 17, 2014 at 7:06pm

Why not just sh--t the b******.  Give the U.S. another holiday

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