Fox News Senior Legal Analyst Andrew Napolitano on Tuesday suggested that President Barack Obama could be impeached for implementing automatic spending cuts in the so-called “sequestration” in a way that embarrassed Republicans.
“If you’re talking about the military, for example, the president wants to hire another 100 soldiers, can he only hire 98? Of course not,” Napolitano explained to the hosts of Fox & Friends. “He can hire all 100, and he can take that 2 percent cut in decreased spending and apply it somewhere else in the Defense Department.”
“The president has an obligation under the Constitution to make the federal government work, and to make it do the things that we have hired it to do,” he continued. “You can’t get on an airplane without going through the TSA. The plane can’t get in the air without an air traffic controller. The country will not stay safe and free without soldiers. These are far more important than other operations of the government, from which he could cut in order to keep those operations that we rely on every day at full force!”
Fox News host Steve Doocy noted that instead of making reductions in spending “as easy as possible,” Obama and his administration were “scaring the living daylights out of people… He’s become President Panic.”
“This is almost an impeachable offense,” Napolitano agreed. “If the president is deciding how to spend money in order to hurt us, rather than in order to provide us with the services for which we have paid and for which we have hired him, he is doing the opposite of what he has taken an oath to do.”
Lovely. Think this will get nearly as much attention as ZOMG Hoffa’s comments?
“We have Saddam Hussein,” declared billionaire industrialist Charles Koch, apparently referring to President Barack Obama as he welcomed hundreds of wealthy guests to the latest of the secret fundraising and strategy seminars he and his brother host twice a year. The 2012 elections, he warned, will be “the mother of all wars.”
Just one tiny drop from the sea of wingnuttery that was the Koch seminar (a private event that took place in June at a resort near Vail, Colorado). Mother Jones obtained exclusive audio recordings of the event, and have now turned over the rock so we can see the creepy-crawly slime that lurks beneath:
Charles spoke again the next evening, following a keynote speech by Fox News host and retired New Jersey Superior Court Judge Andrew P. Napolitano. The judge didn’t stray far from his usual libertarian fare; he was met with hardy approval when he declared that the Second Amendment was created to ensure “the right to shoot at the government if it is taken over by tyrants.”
“Tyrants” like, say, the one Charles Koch compared Obama to? What right-wing violence and calls for assassination? 9_9 And let’s not forget Judge Andrew Napolitano’s reputation as a 9/11 Truther.
So nice to know this democracy-destroying, climate-change-denying, anti-Muslim, pro-pollution, rich-stomp-on-the-rest-of-us class warfare is being bankrolled by 32 of thesemillion-dollar donors.
Name them, shame them, and lift the veil of secrecy that lets them get away with this un-American garbage.
NAPOLITANO: The modern-day struggle for liberty is a renewed fight from a long-forgotten age. The founding of the American Republic was defined not simply by throwing off the yoke of the British empire. For when the revolution ended, the Founders were left to argue and battle amongst one another, to create a government on their own. Just like our politicians today, they became corrupted by too much power, and many of the Founding Fathers began to lust for more power and desired to shape the American republic toward big government.
But not Thomas Jefferson. With a few minor exceptions, the Jeffersonian band, the Anti-Federalists, who believed in small government and maximum individual liberty, struggled against the power-hungry big government types at the Constitutional Convention in 1787. The big government types, the Federalists, led by Alexander Hamilton, were dissatisfied with the Articles of Confederation that had held the states together loosely, but left them largely alone to govern their own affairs. Although the Federalists were victorious in drafting the Constitution with a stronger central government, the Anti-Federalists were successful in restraining the new central government with a Bill of Rights.
I bet this is the response of Montana patriots to Obama’s desire to create a “Civilian National Security Force,” you see. Glenn Beck said Glenn Beck said this is what “Hitler did with the SS.” It’s also what Saddam Hussein did.
It could also be a response to a little known provision in “Obamacare” that Judge Andrew Napolitano exposed on the Fox Business Channel that (gulp)…creates a private army of 6,000 men:
You know that gun confiscations and turning cities into giant concentration camps can’t be too far behind!
So the good Republicans in the Montana Legislature are FIGHTING BACK:
HELENA — A Republican legislator said Friday that Montana needs an armed paramilitary group of volunteers to help authorities in emergencies, a proposal favored by gun rights advocates and conservative lawmakers skeptical of the federal government.
Rep. Wendy Warburton, of Havre, told the House State Administration Committee that House Bill 278 would let residents organize military-like companies called “home guards” that would answer to the governor and sheriffs during emergencies.
Warburton said slow response and poor organization during major emergencies in the past prompted her to sponsor the bill.
“Really the bill is just about local volunteers being prepared in case of emergency to support the National Guard, support the sheriff, support the governor as needed,” Warburton said.
*Wink* *Wink* I gotcha. You can’t say what it’s really for. You don’t want Obama’s thugs to descend on you, so you couch it in terms of supporting the National Guard. Very clever, but if I were you, Rep. Warburton, I wouldn’t even say that. I fear you might get a knock on the door from the SEIU. I mean, look what they did to Kenneth Gladney???
And of course, there was this little blurb near the end of the story:
This bill was one of several bills put forward by conservative lawmakers this session that emphasize smaller government, attempt to bolster individual rights and take a skeptical view of the federal government. Others include the so-called “Sheriffs First” bill, which would give sheriffs authority over federal arrests and several gun-rights bills.
As well as this:
The measures have the support of tea party and gun rights groups.
What a shocker.
I know there have always been kooky people up there in Montana, but this really takes the cake.
Fox News host Andrew Napolitano has been a very vocal supporter of Wikileaks. Last night he interviewed Republican Ron Paul who is the incoming chair of House Financial Services Committee panel that oversees monetary policy. Paul requests Wikileaks to steal and publish secret Federal Reserve documents.
“What we need is more Wikileaks on the Federal Reserve. Can you imagine what it would be like if we have every conversation of the last 10 years with the Federal Reserve people and the Federal Reserve chairman, with all the other central bankers of the world, and every agreement and quid pro quo that they have? I mean, it would be massive. The people would be so outraged.”
Later in the discussion, Judge Napolitano asks Paul directly about his views on Wikileaks, to which Paul replied, “in a society where truth becomes treason, we are in big trouble.” He also called the desire to charge Assange for treason “wild,” given he is an Australian citizen, and questioned what difference in media there was between Wikileaks and the New York Times that prevented one of them from being prosecuted over the other.
Having the support of American legislators is certainly a new thing for Assange, as most have either refrained from commenting or called him a terrorist. Paul and the libertarian-leaning American commentators seem to have been won over, though Paul made it clear nothing would make them happier than seeing the semi-anonymous group take down the Fed. The discussion from last night’s Freedom Watch on Fox Business below:
It’s bad enough to have this stuff on Fox News but to have an elected Republican in charge of monetary policy advocating for illegally publishing secret documents to undermine our economy should outrage everybody.
This is a few days old but nobody seems to have noticed it yet — Geraldo Rivera appeared on Judge Napolitano’s Freedom Watch on November 19, 2010 to reiterate his position:
We’ve had some debate around here on LGF about the political motivation behind Wikileaks. Assange considers himself to be inspired American style Libertarians.
Assange: I’m Influenced by “American libertarianism, market libertarianism”
It’s not correct to put me in any one philosophical or economic camp, because I’ve learned from many. But one is American libertarianism, market libertarianism. So as far as markets are concerned I’m a libertarian, but I have enough expertise in politics and history to understand that a free market ends up as monopoly unless you force them to be free.
WikiLeaks is designed to make capitalism more free and ethical.
This upsets a lot of people. Those on the left who want to hold him up as a free speech whistle blower don’t like to hear that he shares some philosophy with the Tea Party and the Tea Partiers don’t like it because they don’t want to be associated with a vile creep like Assange. Glenn Beck laid out an absurd conspiracy blaming George Soros based on support from far left groups like World Can’t Wait. But this is nothing new. Libertarian extremists like Ron Paul and Alex Jones have always had a certain amount of support from Code Pink and other far left organizations.
So what is Julian Assange really up to? What is he trying to do and why? I highly suggest reading this: Julian Assange and the Computer Conspiracy; “To destroy this invisible government
…… the most effective way to attack this kind of organization would be to make “leaks” a fundamental part of the conspiracy’s information environment. Which is why the point is not that particular leaks are specifically effective. Wikileaks does not leak something like the “Collateral Murder” video as a way of putting an end to that particular military tactic; that would be to target a specific leg of the hydra even as it grows two more. Instead, the idea is that increasing the porousness of the conspiracy’s information system will impede its functioning, that the conspiracy will turn against itself in self-defense, clamping down on its own information flows in ways that will then impede its own cognitive function. You destroy the conspiracy, in other words, by making it so paranoid of itself that it can no longer conspire
So basically what he’s doing is leaking documents, not to expose anything in particular, but to create havoc by leaking anything. It’s a pretty good analysis of Assange’s world view and methods but I do take issue with this part…
If Wikileaks is a different kind of organization than anything we’ve ever seen before, it’s interesting to see him put himself in line with more conventional progressivism. Assange isn’t off base, after all, when he quotes Theodore Roosevelt’s words from his 1912 Progressive party presidential platform as the epigraph to the first essay; Roosevelt realized a hundred years ago that “Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people,” and it was true, then too, that “To destroy this invisible government, to befoul this unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of statesmanship.” Assange is trying to shit all over this unholy alliance in ways that the later and more radical Roosevelt would likely have commended.
Assange simply used the quote from Roosevelt as a reputable source for the concept of the “shadow government” which is a favorite among modern libertarian extremists from Alex Jones to Andrew Napolitano who happens to be a big fan of Wikileaks.
Fox News on Wikileaks - Judge Napolitano
I decided to make a separate page about part 2 of the Alex Jones and Napolitano interview - because they both agree with Ron Paul that the incident with North Korea was manufactured by the New World Order.
Napolitano and Jones also praise Glenn Beck’s conspiracy theory about the government staging fake terrorist attacks, and praise Geraldo Rivera for embracing 9-11 Truth conspiracy theories.