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Operation Fast and Furious – What a Screw up this was by the ATF

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  1. Let’s start at the beginning here. This is about big government and Executive Branch arrogance and is nothing new in this modern era of federal politics. Listen to Mr. Issa’s opening words:

    Operation Fast and Furious and Operation Gunrunner are excellent examples of a government run amuck with unaccountability and now embarked on the old standby CYA protocol. One of these operations was launched during the Little Georgie-boy Bush administration and one in the Obama administration. The arrogance; however, is now being demonstrated by Obama and his lackeys. CoverYourAss is the bureaucrats way of maintaining what we used to call “plausible deniability” in an attempt to evade justice at all costs.

    Mr. Issa’s House Judiciary Committee itself cannot hold the AG in contemp. The Committee can only report its request and then action must be accomplished by the full House, which must then vote to deem the AG to be in contempt of Congress. We need only go back as far as President George W. Bush’s administration to recall his insistence that Harriet Miers be shielded by Executive Immunity from subpoena by Congress. This issue is covered on this very complete video. The US Supreme Court rejected this out of hand as violating the Constitution. The legal reality, demonstrated in law, is that the only way Congress can protect its prerogatives is to undertake it’s own contempt proceedings under the Constitution AND to continue the process, no matter how lengthy it may become, to achieve a ruling by the USSC. Anything short of that dedication abrogates the public trust that Congress bears to We the People under our Constitution. The Separation of Powers provision built into OUR Constitution is there for a very good reason.

    I remind all that this President is dedicated to NOT preserving, protecting and defending OUR Constitution in direct violation of his Oath of Office, an offense that reaches the legal standard of an impeachable offense. A “high crime or misdemeanor”. He has consistently demonstrated and confirmed that which I suggest here by his comments in the past which are all public knowledge.

  2. 2010: From the man himself…”I will hold my staff, our agencies, and the people in them, accountable when they fail to perform their responsibilities at the highest level… all will be held accountable if they don’t … I am less interested passing out blame…. for ultimately the buck stops with me.” (Obama delivering his “buck stops with me” message on previous government failures.)

    2011: Again from the man himself, this time shuffling ATF-OP blame somewhere into outer space… “Obama told Univision‘s Jorge Ramos that President Felipe Calderon wasn’t informed of the operation because he — the president of the United States — wasn’t informed either. When asked whether he knew of the weapon smuggling plan, Obama responded that it is “a pretty big government” with “a lot of moving parts.” (courtesy of: Mysanantonio.com)

    He obviously flopped from his 2010 position on accountability, hoping dumbed down liberal voters will give him a free pass. Not if we can help it.