January 26, 2013

As Hundreds of Thousands March For Life, Salon’s Williams Asks: ‘So What If Abortion Ends Life?’

In a Wednesday Salon column which should be saved onto the hard drives of everyone in the pro-life movement as a reminder of the fundamental evil of their opposition, Mary Elizabeth Williams stated why, to her, it doesn’t matter that abortion involves the taking of a human life: “I believe that life starts at conception. And it’s never stopped me from being pro-choice.”

The establishment press has consistently refused to apply the “pro-life” label to a movement which has always been not only about ending abortion, but about respecting and protecting human life from conception to natural death. I believe that refusal has occurred because many reporters share Ms. Williams’s brutal, strongly held but rarely expressed beliefs articulated after the jump. The Salon staff writer proves that her side richly deserves to be called “anti-life” — because that’s what they are (bolds are mine throughout this post):

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WSJ on Obama’s Abuse of Power: Consumer Financial Bureau Chief Cordray ‘Ought to Resign’

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 12:39 pm

A long overdue court ruling yesterday exposed this president’s contempt for constitutional limits, as a Wall Street Journal editorial Friday evening explained (bolds are mine):

Obama’s Abuse of Power
An appeals court says his recess appointments are unconstitutional.

President Obama has shown increasing contempt for the constitutional limits on his power, and the courts are finally awakening to the news. A unanimous panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Friday that the President’s non-recess recess appointments are illegal and an abuse of executive power.

On January 4, 2012, Mr. Obama bypassed the Senate’s advice and consent power by naming three new members of the National Labor Relations Board and appointing Richard Cordray to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Other Presidents have made recess appointments and we’ve supported that executive authority.

But here’s the Obama kicker: He consciously made those “recess” appointments when the Senate wasn’t in recess but was conducting pro-forma sessions precisely so Mr. Obama couldn’t make a recess appointment. No President to our knowledge had ever tried that one, no doubt because it means the executive can decide on his own when a co-equal branch of government is in session.

… In the 46-page opinion, the three-judge panel said that “not only logic and language, but also constitutional history” reject the President’s afflatus. The Federalist Papers refer to recess appointments expiring at the end of the following session of Congress, the court explained, so it stands to reason that recess appointments were intended to be made only when the Senate is in a recess between sessions, not any time the Senators step out of the Capitol.

… Judge (David) Sentelle added, in a clear warning to the lawyers who let Mr. Obama walk out on this limb, that “Allowing the President to define the scope of his own appointments power would eviscerate the Constitution’s separation of powers.”

In a particular surprise, two of the three judges also ruled that recess appointments are only allowed to fill vacancies that arise during the time the Senate is in actual recess. …

… The court … makes a plausible case based on the text of the Constitution, government practice in the decades after ratification and legal precedent. Mr. Obama’s imperial overreach has invited the courts to re-examine the Constitution’s Appointments Clause and tilt the balance of power back toward the Senate.

… the ruling potentially invalidates dozens of NLRB decisions since the illegal recess appointments were made.

The decision also means that Mr. Cordray has no authority to run the consumer financial bureau, which has been busy issuing thousands of pages of regulations since he was illegally imposed in the job. Mr. Obama renominated Mr. Cordray this week, which is an insult to the Senate and after this ruling to the Constitution too.

One question is whether Mr. Cordray can legally keep accepting his paycheck. Especially as a former Attorney General in Ohio, he ought to resign for having agreed to play along as a constitutional usurper.

Cordray should resign, and Congress should claw back his pay — immediately.

This ruling is so strong it makes one wonder — for only a moment — if the Obama administration will choose not to contest it, as a Supreme Court affirmation, which would seem to be very likely on appeal, would cement the DC Circuit Court’s ruling into place.

That’s not going to happen. Team Obama has too much political capital invested in the unaccountable consumer financial bureau, and couldn’t stand the heat from the left if it caved.

Positivity: Pope Benedict tweets support for US pro-life rallies

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:59 am

From Vatican City:

Jan 25, 2013 / 10:35 am

Pope Benedict has sent a Twitter message expressing his solidarity with the hundreds of thousands of people marching in America this week for a culture of life and an end to abortion.

“I join all those marching for life from afar, and pray that political leaders will protect the unborn and promote a culture of life,” he tweeted Jan. 25.

From coast to coast, pro-life marches and rallies in America continue to mark the week of Jan. 22 as the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade – the Supreme Court decision that effectively legalized abortion throughout the nation.

San Francisco’s Walk for Life West Coast on Jan. 26 will be attended by Archbishop Carlo Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

The March for Life in Washington, D.C. is occurring today, Jan. 25, and has drawn hundreds of thousands of participants.

Bishop Carrasco de Paula, head of the Pontifical Academy for Life, told CNA Jan. 23 that “These marches for life that are taking place across the United States are very important, not only for the country, but for the whole world.”

“These events which favor human life without limits, from conception until the end, have become a very important historical reference for all other Catholic countries worldwide,” he added. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (012613)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

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