Don’t Get Too Excited About 2016: Obama’s ‘Remaking The Courts’

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Last week, President Barack Obama traveled to Texas in an attempt to put pressure on Governor Rick Perry to agree to the Federal Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. His strong-arm tactics are troubling enough, but it’s what the President said about the Nation’s court system during the trip that should worry conservatives.

Obama called on Perry to join Republicans in Arizona, Ohio and Michigan in Medicaid expansion — though there is little possibility that Republican resistance to the President’s agenda will fade.

Prior to the President’s visit to his State, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) issued a statement imploring Obama to “take his broken promises tour elsewhere.”

“President Obama’s trip to Texas brings nothing with it but broken promises,” Cruz said. “He promised that Americans could keep their health care plans. We were told premiums would go down, that jobs would be created. And we now know these are all false promises.”

Cruz continued,“[I]n spite of all Texas has done to resist the biggest entitlement program of this generation, Obamacare is reducing health care options, increasing costs and hurting jobs. It has no place in Texas and must be repealed.

“President Obama should take his broken promises tour elsewhere so Texans can continue focusing on the solutions that have allowed our state to become and remain the nation’s economic and job creation powerhouse,” Cruz added.

Also on the President’s agenda for his trip to Texas last week was a stop at a Senatorial Campaign Committee fundraiser in Dallas. It was there that the President said something that should be more striking to conservatives than his pleas for conservative States to roll over and accept liberal policies without a fight.

The President essentially noted his Administration’s efforts to take away one of the major ways conservatives have to fight legislation that they feel is unConstitutional.

“… [W]e are remaking the courts. I know that we’ve got some lawyers here, and here in Texas sometimes people feel a little frustrated about the pace of appointments here in Texas. But you should know that in addition to the Supreme Court, we’ve been able to nominate and confirm judges of extraordinary quality all across the country on federal benches,” the President said. “We’re actually, when it comes to the district court, matching the pace of previous presidents. When it comes to the appellate court, we’re just a little bit behind, and we’re just going to keep on focused on it.”

For conservatives who are holding their breath and waiting for a chance to replace the current White House with leadership that will obey the Constitution, the President’s remark is a somber reminder that the Obama agenda could live on for years.

Obama has only been responsible for just two Supreme Court appointments, Sonya Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. But the current President has, so far, appointed 29 judges to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and 168 judges to Federal District Courts.

Obama’s next judicial appointment will make the number of Democrat-appointed Federal judges higher than the number of Republican appointed judges for the first time in more than five years.

Packing District and Appeals Courts will give Obama’s agenda an edge in setting judicial precedents in matters such as gun control, abortion, national security, immigration and other social and civil-liberty related issues long after this President vacates the Oval Office.

This week, a Senate showdown over Georgetown law professor Cornelia “Nina” Pillard’s nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit is brewing. Republicans have been working to fight the nomination of her and two other judges to what is often considered to be the Nation’s second most powerful court.

“Georgetown law professor Nina Pillard, is the next up, the next victim of what the Republicans are doing here,” Senator Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said on the Senate floor Thursday. “She is qualified and dedicated, so it’s truly a shame that Republicans would filibuster this nomination for unrelated political reasons.”

Reid filed a motion on Thursday that sets up a confirmation vote for Pillard this week following the recent GOP filibuster blocking the nomination of Patricia Millett, another Obama appointment to the D.C. Appeals Court. Pillard and Robert Wilkins, Obama’s third nominee to the Court, are both expected to be blocked by members of the GOP.

Republicans say they are not blocking the nominations because of political ill will toward Obama or the individuals he selected for the job, but rather because the D.C. Appeals Court doesn’t require the additional judges at this time. Democrats say that Republicans are wrong about the court’s case load and have further said that the President has a Constitutional duty to fill empty seats.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) recently told USA Today, however, that the Democrats have another reason for increasing the number of loyal Obama appointees on the Court.

“The reason they want to put more judges on the D.C. Circuit is not because it needs them,” he said, going on to quote an Administration insider who said “the president’s best hope for advancing his agenda is through executive action, and that runs through the D.C. Circuit.”

Furthermore, groups like the liberal Media Matters For America are pining for more liberals on the court as well, saying, “Due to the court’s imbalance toward Republican nominees, progressive legislation at the core of federal agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Labor Relations Board has become increasingly threatened …”

Obama’s overall judicial appointments coupled with the possibility that the GOP will be unsuccessful in keeping the three vacant seats on the D.C. Appeals Court from being filled, make it increasingly certain that while the current President will be gone in a few years, many of his policies will live on in various ways for the foreseeable future.

Personal Liberty

Sam Rolley

Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After covering community news and politics, Rolley took a position at Personal Liberty Media Group where could better hone his focus on his true passions: national politics and liberty issues. In his daily columns and reports, Rolley works to help readers understand which lies are perpetuated by the mainstream media and to stay on top of issues ignored by more conventional media outlets.

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  • Debbie Hogan Tate

    It is time to frog march Obama to Gitmo!

    • Scifidave

      So, if you’re so ready to frog march Obama to gitmo, what about Bush/Cheney and their invasion of Iraq to the tune of 6 trillion dollars? Or the Supreme Court that says money is free speech and corporations are people or the teabaggers that caused a billion dollar government shutdown because they couldn’t gather the votes to have their way like a group of spoiled brats?

      There are plenty of politicians who need to be hog-tied and ridden out of town on a rail, starting with W.

      • Sandy

        It has been 5 years since George W left office. Time to stop blaming him for EVERYTHING that goes on in this current administration. How’s that hope and change working out for you??? Lost your health insurance yet???

        • rbrooks

          my health insurance plan is not being changed. but i did lose all of my rights thanks to little bush and the patriot act.

          • Carl-Cathy Wisnesky

            Obama renewed the Patriot Act when it was set to expire in 2011 and put more freedom restrictions into it, so stop trying to blame Bush for your loss of freedoms. The Patriot Act was a knee-jerk reaction to 9/11, but it had an expiration date (10 years). Obama has renewed it and strengthened its restrictions indefinitely.

          • rbrooks

            right. if bush had never passed it to start with then you couldn’t blame obama.

            never hold the knee jerk idiots responsible.

          • Carl-Cathy Wisnesky

            2 “wrongs” don’t make a “right”. As an example, electing the wrong man as president twice has definitely not made anything right. Before you say it, we agree that both candidates on the 2008 ballot were bad; it was the primaries that failed to bring forth good candidates for the general election; a person who would live by the oath the president takes to “follow & defend the Constitution”.

          • rbrooks

            yet reagan and little bush were both elected twice.

            it is amusing that no one is learning from history.
            so many supported both reagan and little bush and now whine so loudly when obama follows their policy’s.

            obama is just an extension of little bush.

            if you loved bush you just have to love obama.

          • Robert Messmer

            And how does blaming President Bush solve anything since he is not in office and doesn’t have the power? The problem is that your little savior promised to change all the bad and all he had done to date is make it worse.

          • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

            Nice try BROOKSIE……But your Annoited “Little Boy Dictator” had the chance to KILL IT if he had wanted to…..

          • Vigilant

            “never hold the knee jerk idiots responsible.”

            That’s why we’re tempted to give you the benefit of the doubt, but unsuccessfully. The Repubs did not have enough votes in the House to renew the Patriot Act in 2011. 54 Dems put it over the top.

            Same with the Senate. Dems furnished 30 votes to pass it.

            “On October 24, 2001, the House of Representatives voted to pass the “USA PATRIOT Act of 2001″ by a margin of 357-66. On October 25, 2001, The Senate voted to pass the “USA PATRIOT Act of 2001″ by a margin of 98-1.” http://www.my-3-sons.com/bush/patriot/thevote.htm

            Better get your sh*t together before you try to pin it exclusively on Bush.

          • Andy

            Right–and if you had any intelligence in that thing that’s supposed to pass for a brain, you wouldn’t be uttering such inane BS. (Someone PLEASE tell me how anyone can still be this blind??) You better turn back around and start looking at what’s coming instead of always looking back–you’re in for a really BIG awakening.

          • rick0857

            Bush didn’t pass the Patriot Act the Congress did. Would you care for a civics lesson so that you might learn how your government is supposed to function. You apparently need one since you seem to think that Presidents write, pass and enact legislation, or that seems to be what you think when it’s something you disagree with and you think you can blame a republican
            Face it Frat Boy you are still mad that George Bush BEAT MAN-BEAR-PIG AL GORE in the 2000 election.
            13 years is a long long time to fret over that which you cannot control.

          • rbrooks

            well, you have not let that little fact stop you from blaming obama.

            republicans do no wrong. like libertarians.

            you girls all walk on water.

          • Robert Messmer

            Fine you WIN!!!!! Nothing that Obama does wrong is his fault. It is all the fault of FDR!

          • Scifidave

            President Obama is a politician – no different than any of them – and he makes decisions not all of us are comfortable with. But to place all the blame on him ignores the elephant in the room – Congress.

            The Bush/Cheney gang did a lot of damage in 8 years, but they couldn’t have done anything without the assistance and tacit approval of Congress. Same with Obama.

            So, if you really need to play the blame game, point your finger at Congress – first.

          • Robert Messmer

            Not quite since Obama has said he doesn’t need to consult Congress. And in matter of fact, he has unilaterally made changes to ACA.

          • JThaddeustoad

            TSA,DHS,TARP and the Patriot Act were contrived and purposeful…far from a knee jerk reaction…. Bush set the table for this BOZO…

          • Robert Messmer

            That would include all the knee jerk idiot Democrats who voted for it.

          • rbrooks

            you can include all of the worthless democrats. but without the republicans, and the republican president that signed it, the democrats would never have been able to pass it.

          • Robert Messmer

            Obama refused to stop it when he had the chance-he owns it now.

          • rbrooks

            so keep voting those folks back in. they didn’t do it. it was obama.

            and nothing changes.

          • Robert Messmer

            You are talking to the wrong one there. We know that is the way those people shown on television signing petitions giving Obama the right to do away with the Bill of Rights vote. Personally if no candidate has anything that I consider to be good, I vote against the incumbent.

          • Debbie Hogan Tate

            He also lifted ALL the restrictions on the NSA!

          • Sandy

            Lucky you! We are losing our health insurance, that we pay 100% ourselves, thanks to Obamacare. To replace what we currently have will only cost us 50% more than we currently pay….and that’s only IF we double our deductible and drop our 23-year-old daughter off of our health plan. Oh yeah, and we also have to purchase maternity benefits, which will really come in handy since I am 55 years old and have had a hysterectomy.

          • The Snarf

            Most of us that pay for insurance are having these problems. His medicaid entitlement, though, hasn’t changed yet. He’s in for a shock.

          • The Snarf

            Most of us that pay for insurance are having these problems. His medicaid entitlement, though, hasn’t changed yet. He’s in for a shock.

          • rick0857

            His shock will be when he has to see a Doctor.

            There are around two to three million Veterans using the VA health Care system right now and already we have to wait sometimes for 3-6 months to see a specialist. Depending on the specialty it can take up to a year. That’s for only 2-3 million now multiply that figure by 50-75 then figure what the wait times will be.
            The IGNORANT FOOLS WHO VOTE FOR DEMOCRATS HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THEY HAVE DONE TO THEMSELVES…AND BELIEVE ME I HAVE BEEN LAUGHING SINCE OCTOBER 1ST.
            ALL OF YOU OBAMA LOVERS ARE ABOUT TO LEARN HOW DEMOCRATS HAVE BEEN TREATING OUR NATIONS VETERANS FOR DECADES WHEN IT COMES TO THEIR HEALTH CARE.

          • rbrooks

            the gop has done such a good job taking care of vets. thanks to all of you for the great help we have received.

          • Scifidave

            I don’t know where you live, but I’m a disabled veteran and I’ve been using the VA since 1972. I recently had an issue with my shoulder and within days I saw a specialist. Had an MRI taken, consultation a week later and within days saw a physical therapist. The shoulder is getting a little better, but my options for additional treatment or surgery are still open.

            I get an annual physical and regular visit to the eye doc. I have no complaints of the care I’ve received and it has always been timely.

          • rick0857

            VA did a chest x-ray & found a tumor in my right lung in 2004, they ignored it until in 2009, after another x-ray they found it had tripled in size. two and one half years after that they tested for cancer and it was positive resulting in the removal of one half of my lung when if they had done all this when they initially found that tumor they could have removed just the tumor you know while it was still small enough!
            So you must live in a State where the VA Doc’s and Nurses actually care about you. Here they care about their UNIONS

          • rbrooks

            and you still wonder why you can not get a candidate elected.

          • The Snarf

            You ain’t seen nothing yet. Just wait until Obobo’s NDAA fully takes affect.

          • Edward James Almost

            ?????????????…….???

          • rick0857

            Maybe not THIS YEAR…but change it will

          • Robert Messmer

            Don’t forget to send Thank You notes to every Democrat who voted for the Patriot Act. And a very special Thank You to Obama who, instead of allowing provisions to sunset, extended them.

        • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

          The “Little Boy Dictator” NOW OWNS ALL THIS GIGANTIC TRAIN WRECK…that he and his Marxist Socialist D****RATS Concocted…..

      • Hey you

        Our only disagreement may be which politician first.

      • Vigilant

        When you’re all over the board on scattergun accusations, that’s called “desperation.”

      • Edward James Almost

        Bush ,Cheney, same liberal horsecrap different day, You forgot the Koch bros, lmao at you people daily!

      • rick0857

        Wow I don’t know where to start with all your mistaken dum MASS democrat math.

        Iraq 6 trillion okay I guess that means President Bush didn’t spend a single penny on anything else during his 8 years in office.

        I guess money WAS FREE SPEECH until the Supreme Court said that it just wasn’t exclusive to democrat UNIONS. Because lets face it that is what you really have a problem with isn’t it? The fact that a privately owned company can now MAKE THEIR VOICE HEARD IN AN ELECTION JUST LIKE A UNION.

        Spoiled brats…I WILL NOT NEGOTIATE, TERRORISTS, SUICIDE BOMBERS. ARSONISTS, ANARCHISTS, HOMOPHOBES. YEAH WE’RE THE ONES WHO ACT LIKE SPOILED BRATS ALRIGHT.

        President Bush came into office with a National Debt of roughly 5.8 trillion dollars, when he left office our total debt was roughly 10.2 trillion dollars for a total of 4.4 trillion dollars in new spending which included spending on TWO WARS.

        Now Chairmen MAObama (peace be upon him) in just 4 years 10 months has already racked up roughly 7 trillion dollars in NEW DEBT. And you can’t blame the WARS because he chicken s hitted out of Iraq in less than a year and is again going to chickens hit out of Afghanistan in about a year from now. He has destroyed any and all alliances we might have had in the middle east and our reputation around the world in general.

        So when you want to talk like an adult and look at things with a logical viewpoint you may reply, until then keep your communist worshiping mealy mouth shut.

        Wait you can’t ever reply because I indicated that your responses must be logical, and that you act like an adult.

      • Robert Messmer

        Where to start….President Bush has been retired since 21 Jan 2009 and I suppose is at his ranch in Texas. In any case, he is not one of the politicians who need to be hog-tied and ridden out of town on a rail. So you will have to start with someone else.

        By their invasion of Iraq I presume you are referring to the war that was overwhelming supported by the Democrats. President Bush, unlike Obama, sought and received Congressional approval to include 58% of the Democrat Senators, including your beloved Hillary “What Difference Does It Make” Clinton.

        Don’t know what your problems are with free speech and people but it is not new with SCOTUS. I will post from above: Actually SCOTUS ruled in Buckley v. Valeo (1976) that money was speech which predates President Bush. Corporations became people for SCOTUS in Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad Company 1886, which I do believe also predates President Bush. So yes the fiction writer is correct as to one item “One thing this website is good for is a outlet for pundits that have to fill space, even if what they offer is crap.”

        It is too tiresome hearing people blame everybody EXCEPT the one person responsible for the partial and only temporary government shutdown. Obama is the only one who issued any orders to “Shut it down and make the citizens hurt”.

      • NukeWaste

        bozo shut TINY parts of the government down. He deliberately made life inconvenient for as many people as possible. Don’t blame the TEA Party for your lack of basic understanding. Nor is there enough of us to shut down anything, but you would have to pay attention to realize this. bozo is a traitor. Neither Bush, nor Cheney are president today. bozo is and he is doing everything that he can to destroy America.

        • Scifidave

          The traitor is the Tea Party. Simply put for those who can’t put the pieces together: The Tea Party couldn’t get their way because they couldn’t muster the votes. So instead they shut the government down to force their way.

          Boehner could’ve ended it before it started, but he chose not to. So, tell me, how are the actions of the Tea Party and Speaker Boehner the fault of President Obama?

          Sure, Obama played politics with it, but isn’t that exactly what the teabaggers and Boehner were doing? Playing politics with the lives of millions?

  • terryk

    Texans united and keep the judicial arm of government conservative

  • rbrooks

    the great state of texas. the largest welfare recipient in the country. home of the cheap labor worker.

    where yankees can pass themselves off as one of the good old boys.

    • Doc

      Troll

      • rbrooks

        the truth hurts eh.

        • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

          PROVE YOU STATEMENT WITH “REAL” FACTS….THE THE LIBERAL PROPAGANDA THAT IS PUSHED AS FACTS….I AM WAITING TO SEE YOUR REAL STATISCTICS ON THIS…..NOT MORE PHONY LIBERAL BULLS**T

        • The Snarf

          You obviously would not recognize ‘truth’ even if it bit you in the a$$.

        • Doc

          The truth is your a troll. Glad you can see that.

    • rick0857

      Really???? How do you figure that? Only about 20% of a States welfare payments come from the Federal Government and those are based on population. Now since NY and Mexifornia are the two most populous States I would have to say that they collect far more in welfare payments than does Texas. Also Mexifornia has far more ILLEGAL ALIENS than does Texas so again, if there is a cheap labor State around well it must be Mexifornia. Oh wait I forgot you fools in Mexifornia don’t ALLOW ILLEGALS to work, instead you give them: welfare, food stamps, tax refunds, free schooling, fire protection, police protection, court appointed lawyers, section 8 housing, college educations, free English lessons, and you then pay GOVERNMENT UNION WORKERS TO FILL OUT ALL THE FORMS NECESSARY FOR THEM TO COLLECT ALL OF THIS FREE STUFF!!! All the while paying those government union workers three times their actual worth (in a real job market) to file all this paperwork, plus you pay for their health care, dental, retirement and a host of holidays that only government workers get the day off for.
      You know it has never ceased to amaze me how democrats and liberals, who work for the government, who HATE the military and all it’s traditions and values…Why is it that those scum-bags get Veterans Day off while the men and women who have sacrificed and watched their friends and comrades die in battle DO NOT?
      Yes brooks I’m talking about specimens such as yourself.

  • JThaddeustoad

    WRONG ! WRONG ! WRONG ! ….. Judges are not immune to impeachment and recall …. With a conservative congress any judges making rulings contrary to their oath to defend the constitution and uphold the law of the land would come under congressional scrutiny and subject to censorship… or impeachment or a referendum for recall… This of course only if the congress is dominated by conservative principles…

    • Muffin Man Mashinksy

      Then, LOONY TUNES Roberts should be impeached & then thrown into jail!!!

      • JThaddeustoad

        Roberts ruling was based on law … perhaps his interpretation was a bit of a stretch with respect to Obama Care being a tax but then again the dopey republicans missed a golden opportunity….

    • rick0857

      First of all Federal Judges are just that FEDERAL and as such they are APPOINTED NOT ELECTED…so they cannot be re-called. They can however be removed from the bench for cause, but to show cause on a Federal Judge is going to be a major pain to say the least. The best way to eliminate judges is to eliminate the court in which they sit.
      Or Congress being in charge of the “Purse Strings” can simply say “9th Circuit” you are, as of 30 September 2017 DE-FUNDED and DITTO for every other Liberal judge in the Country

      • JThaddeustoad

        Case and point Alcee Hastings charged and removed from the bench…Rulings contrary to rule of law as well as the constitution are chargable offenses notwithstanding their appointments they are not above the law and are duty bound to obey and uphold the law….

        • rick0857

          Right, and the major problem with Hastings is that when they removed him from office they did NOT bar him from future government offices which could have been a condition of his removal. Hence that would mean one less communist in Congress as of today.

      • mathis1689

        That would require Congress actually caring about the Constitution and judges who follow it instead of being politically correct. Sorry to say that barring a major miracle I don’t see that happening anytime soon-if ever.

  • Muffin Man Mashinksy

    Well, that’s a relief, now Obummer can put his pen down a bit & stop issuing all those illegal ex.orders!

  • Hey you

    We may be surprised when 2016 arrives and the top-heavy federal system has imploded and blown-away.

  • Roy Fredrichsen

    Obama has ruined the economy of the rest of the US and now he’s trying to do the same to Texas which did not “need” his brand of Federal Bail-out money to make us slaves to federal hand-outs. Be gone, Oh Satan, Be gone and good riddance.

  • rick0857

    Our next President can right all the wrongs of this administrations doing as far as the courts are concerned by simply doing what Thomas Jefferson did and flat out ELIMINATING THE COURTS that are not needed like the 9th and the DC Court of Appeals. However that would require a President with B ALLS!!!

  • Betty Mullins

    IT IS AWFUL THAT OUR GOVERMENT IS BEEN IS RUNNING LIKE THIS ] WHAT BUNCH OF CRAP WE HAVE COMING OUT OF WASHINGTON .

  • http://batman-news.com Jim B

    BHO is not authorized to be a Dictator, though he may believe he is all things Congress/Senate, Judicial, he is not! His path leads him to impeachment, which should have already started given the transgressions he has already perpetrated against the Bill of Rights/Constitution of these United States. BHO is placing this country in danger with each passing day, his domestic and especially his foreign policies have severely weakened this country at home and abroad. He has set this countries prosperous path in reverse in countless ways that will take centuries to undo. God Bless us all!

  • Vigilant

    It comes as no surprise that Sam Rolley, consummate rabble rouser, would once again take liberties with the truth. In the art of making mountains out of molehills, Rolley never fails to disappoint.

    Obama is doing nothing more than what the Constitution requires of him. Shall we refresh your memory, Mr. Rolley, of Article II, Section 2(2)?

    “[The president] shall…nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law.”

    Your most egregious departure from the truth was your use of the term “Packing District and Appeals Courts.” No sir, FDR attempted to “pack” the Supreme Court by creating NEW positions beyond the existing nine justices. It was found to be unconstitutional.

    Obama is “packing” nothing. He’s appointing officials to vacancies already existing. Do you get the difference?

    • Robert Messmer

      No one said expanding and yes unless Obama actually goes out and gets Judges/lawyers who believe in the Constitution and not legislating from the bench, he is packing the court. No one said what he was doing was unconstitutional or illegal either.

      • Vigilant

        Then you have created a new meaning for the term “packing.” In usage, it has always obliquely referred to FDR’s attempted “packing” of the Supreme Court.

        “No one said what he was doing was unconstitutional or illegal either.” You’re right, because Rolley preferred to disingenuously use the term “packing” to lend an aura of illegitimacy to Obama’s actions.

        If you don’t think he succeeded, just view some of the comments posted here.

        Presidents normally come under the gun for dragging their feet on appointments. Obama has not accelerated the pace since he’s been in office.
        Don’t get me wrong. Obama and the progressives have become the most dangerous destructive force in our nation’s history, and I wish them nothing but complete failure. But I fault Rolley, as he has chronically deserved, for either misrepresenting the truth or spinning the message as if there’s some worthy news here.

  • BHR

    If the Constitution of the US said the capital building had to be white, liberal judges would say it is okay to paint it black. They are changing the Constitution to what they believe, not making decisions on what it says.