John Boehner Might Have Just Committed Treason

john-boehner-faceIt’s no secret that the Republican party loathes President Obama. Before he even took his Oath of Office they were already trying to blame him for the problems caused by the Bush administration. Hell, to this day I run into quite a few conservatives who blame him for the economic crash and the TARP bailout of Wall Street – even though both things happened well before he ever moved into the White House.


And during these last six years I’ve never seen such blatant disrespect shown toward a president as I have toward this one. I’ve seen many members of Congress not even refer to him as “president,” instead just calling him “Mr. Obama” or his name. I’ve seen Fox News continually call him “Mr. Obama” or his name instead of President Obama. They don’t view him as their president. A lot of it is also tied back to the ridiculous birther nonsense that came about when he was first elected. You know, back when a bunch of racist white conservative voters couldn’t mentally grasp that our nation had just elected its first African-American president so clearly they had to find a way to delegitimize his election.

We’ve also never seen a party in Congress that so obviously and blatantly try to sabotage a presidency. I’m sure we all remember the debt ceiling nonsense. Funny how Republicans didn’t mind raising the debt ceiling 7 times in 8 years for George W. Bush, but suddenly it was a “huge issue” once President Obama moved into the White House. And I’m convinced to this day that if poll numbers would have shown them that they could have won the presidency and control of Congress in 2012 by allowing this nation to default on its debts (most likely crashing the economy in the process), they would have let it happen.

But I’m not sure if anything has been as disrespectful as when House Speaker John Boehner invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak in front of Congress, completely circumventing the president. Not only that, but it seems that arrangements were made between the two to not bring this visit up to the Obama administration as Secretary of State John Kerry had just met with the Israeli ambassador before the announcement was made and no mention of Netanyahu’s visit was mentioned.

And it’s clear that this invite, and subsequent speech, are in direct response to the Obama administration’s attempts to negotiate with Iran on their nuclear program. Negotiations that are currently supported by most of our major allies and are seen by many experts on national security as very fragile and volatile.

My question is, how is this invite not venturing into the gray area of treason? Especially when it seems clear that it was purposely setup by John Boehner and Republicans to undermine the Obama administration’s foreign policy, especially as it relates to Iran.


It’s unprecedented, especially considering the circumstances. Could you imagine if Democrats did something like this to George W. Bush? Or envision for a moment if President Obama set up a visit to Israel outside of the prime minister’s office – with no plans to meet with Netanyahu? Republicans and conservatives all over this country would be losing their minds.

Even some pundits on Fox News have publicly criticized this move by Boehner.

What if this speech ends up causing irreparable damage to the ongoing negotiations between the U.S. and Iran? I think that would venture into the area where treason might need to be mentioned.

When members of Congress (especially someone who’s third in line for the presidency) are blatantly and actively trying to undermine the policies of the President of the United State; risking scuttling over a year’s worth of peaceful negotiations; potentially driving two nations toward a very bloody war and potentially weakening the national security of the U.S. by doing so – how is that not betraying your country?

I don’t doubt for one second that this entire situation is an outright attempt to put strain on the talks between the Obama administration and Iran while trying to embarrass and undermine the president’s authority in the process.

In my opinion, these are maneuvers that warrant talk of treason. It’s one thing to actively try to sabotage legislation here at home based on petty partisan differences, but for some members of our Congress to seemingly be trying to undermine the President of the United States on matters of national security and foreign policy…that’s a whole other very dangerous story.



Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Cin5456

    Bickering at home is one thing, though embarrassing and stupid, but back-stabbing through foreign relations sabotage is another matter entirely. It is on the scale of Nixon derailing peace talks between North and South Vietnam until after the elections in order to sew doubt about Democrats’ ability to handle foreign affairs and end the war. Johnson found out about Nixon’s sabotage just before the election, yet he did not use what he knew, since the evidence needed verification.

    But this… Boehner is not only trying to sabotage foreign relations, he is doing it openly, and in such a way that sews the seeds of war between two nations that hate each other. Netanyahu has said several times that he wants to use nuclear weapons against Iran. To have that man speak to our congress when closer allies have not been given that honor… Charges of treason might come if Iran backs out of negotiations, and I think it would be justified.

    It occurs to me this might also chill relations between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia at a time of delicate transition.

    • Curtis Thomsen

      Here I disagree, Saudi Arabia has taken a hard stand against ISIS/ISL and is attacking their positions with the coalition. They too want to take a hard line with Iran and stop terrorism being spread by Iran. Israel has wanted to nuke Iran since George H. Bush or maybe before that even. Obama has not made any head way with Iran and I don’t think the Israeli government feels they have an ally in the President, so they think that a republican run Congress might be able to get the job done better than the President. Yes it is an end run, but Obama has no change of getting anything done.

      • Seanumich

        Maybe you forgot one thing. The congress is NOT COMMANDER IN CHIEF.
        They don’t decide anything. If the CIC decided we will no longer protect Israel, tell me what Netty will do then?

    • pdm777

      ummm the Vietnam conflict started while Kennedy was in the WH…Nixon trued to fix Johnson’s folly, hence ended up pulling the troops out

      • Brant Kelsey

        listen your head up your ass is no substitute for deep thought. Eisenhower sent the first advisers after the French bailed out; And if you could wipe the feces out of your eyes long enough. Yes. That’s right you would see that your box Nixon was Vice President……………American Involvement in Viet Nam was not initiated by Kennedy…………………..But more importantly, even if what you attempt to say were true……………….what relevance would it, could it, possibly have to the discussion at hand?……………….I hope you don’t feel as if I’m being hard on you…………..but it’s nearly impossible to read the several posts you dropped a pigeon with a bowl problem: Just shut up for awhile. Open up. Relax and let the adults talk.

      • John Mathews

        Wrong.

      • Cin5456

        Wrong. Vietnam started under Eisenhower, and Nixon derailed peace talks behind Johnson’s back. They almost had a deal before Nixon stuck his nose in with the Vietnamese ambassador,.Look it up. It’s true. Then he perpetuated to war after he took office. It took another five years for us to admit defeat and bug out. Remember the film of the helicopter taking off from the U.S. Embassy with Vietnamese embassy workers trying to catch a ride? Nixon made it worse, not better.

  • TMBatKK

    Why the President/Justice department doesn’t just start having these people arrested and tried (Threats against him, calls for a “civil war”, etc etc etc) is beyond me. It’s time to do to these bottom dwelling hypocrites what would be done to “regular everyday” citizens. They are not exempt.

    • Sherri G

      I totally agree with your entire ststaement….Why he hasnt pursued it is simple….Because he would then be accused of being more of a communist dictator, it would rally the gun nuts into doing something stupid like a real assassination attempt AND push the 2016 vote more to the right because they would twist it into something evil to win votes!

      • Richard Millichamp

        Gun nuts? Who are the Gun nuts you speak of. Just curious.

      • Sherri G

        The ones who think the government is coming for their guns, who think he’s a “Muslim terrorist lover, fascist, socialist, commie, Nazi, dictator, king” and we must stop him from being President….

      • john Griffith

        Please review the amount of ammunition acquired by the govt that is specifically banned by treaty for use in international warfare? For domestic consumption only???

      • Justin Grice

        She’s talking about Ted Nugent.

      • Michael D. Rich

        Tea bag trash like you troll… bring it MF… you no balls no character little boy…Just stupid!

      • Otis Campbell

        Such an intelligent rebuttle.

      • pdm777

        learn to type

    • Robert Cook

      My guess (or how I’d view it in similar circumstances) – the GOP keeps bringing up the idea of treason with their base, and their base wants the president impeached. While OJ (orange John) might have committed treason, calling him on it could create a potential backlash on the president (Oh, so you can break the law, but we can’t?!) creating a further political wedge… but, if the president doesn’t respond in some form, it makes him appear weak, both here at home with his base (he already appears weak to the GOP base), and internationally with enemies and allies alike (Oh, so Israel pulls the strings now).

    • Mercury

      Congress does not answer to the President, and he has no authority to have them arrested.

      • Rich Schmidt

        Correct on the first point.
        However, the President can have the AG initiate an investigation of treasonous behavior by specific persons or groups.

      • Mercury

        By no stretch of the imagination could their actions be considered “treasonous”. Treason is clearly defined by the Constitution, and it is Congress that decides who is and is not an “enemy”.

    • Darrin Warner

      No president is going to that. It would open a Pandoras box for them. Do you really think that most of the ones that deal with foreign relations don’t have skeletons that kill their career.

  • James Kilmer

    Oh? You don’t recall every democrat ever calling the former president “Mr. Bush”? Really? I guess the president can do multiple end runs around congress multiple times but the first time congress ignores a minor etiquette breach to Mr. Obama the sky is falling!

    • robingee

      Yes because the name thing is the only issue here, not the systematic shutting down of everything this President tried to accomplish for the past several years. And no, I don’t remember anyone calling President Bush, “Mr. Bush” but I do remember him thrusting our military into a false war.

      • strayaway

        Keep in mind that Senator Clinton voted to give President Bush the power reserved to Congress to decide for Congress whether to attack Iraq. Secretary of State Clinton also advanced the disastrous overthrow of Khaddafi. Mrs. Clinton is also said to have promoted the bombing of our ally Serbia. Only John McCain ranks as a more aggressive hawk than Hillary. I mention all this because you laid all the blame on Bush when, in fact, every member of Congress who voted to give away their power to declare war to Bush are also responsible. Nobel Peace Prize winner Obama has bombed seven countries so far. Not learning from the mess he contributed to in Libya, he continues to destabilize Assad in Syria – our most important ally against IS. President Obama recently started sending troops to Iraq too. What was his authority to do that?

    • Larry

      It is far from a minor etiquette breach to undermine the office of the President of the United States during negotions with a country who is not our alliy and could be a threat to the globe, Yes It is treason. It is also being reported that the people of Israel are not happy about this also..The Republican party better be careful with the stupid shit,in the next two years, A Democrat will win the White House again. and there are going to be 24 Senate seats open and almost all in blue states, and if the republicans don’t grow the hell up , they could lose a very big chunk, if not all of the majority that they enjoy in Congress. We the people of the United States want the do nothing Congress to actually do the work of the people and stop with the games and just record breaking obstruction..

    • Cemetery Girl

      Maybe it’s because I’m not registered, but I didn’t call him “Mr. Bush”. I refered to him as “Bush” or “W”. I also refer to President Obama as “Obama”. I also refer to Andrew Jackson and Abraham Lincoln as “Jackson” and “Lincoln”. It isn’t done from disrespect but of habit. I enjoy books and documentaries on history, typically they will be referred to by last name (or another way if last name would be confusing, like “TR” for Theodore Roosevelt.) Purposely ignoring anyone’s title and calling them Mr/Mrs/Ms is an insult.

    • Michael D. Rich

      Yes, but he was a liar and allowed 9/11 to happen on his watch…The President doesn’t treat Iran as an ally… where did you come up with that brilliant thought… oh yea, fox racism lies and BS!

  • Pipercat

    Hyperbole aside, this was a pretty stupid move. Moreover, it was done more for BiBi’s benefit than for any faction of ours. Governing requires at least a glimpse at the big picture; this however, suggests the wearing of vertical and horizontal blinders.

  • President Obama has, so far, been able to forestall every GOP attempt to burn the US to the ground so now the GOP is globalizing their efforts.

    • pdm777

      It is the dems who want to destroy by radically change america…not the republicans.

      • Name 1 thing they’ve done that will destroy America.

      • pdm777

        Do you want only one? How about 16 Trillion of debt…you can’t keep giving stuff away. How about what they did with Fanny Mae and Freddy Mac that was at the heart of the housing bubble collapse that caused the 2008 crash. Greenspan warned the democratic controlled congress 6 times “do something” they did nothing and for the past 7 years all you hear is “its Bush’s fault” I was not a fan of W, but at least take responsibility. The bail out under Bush was a huge mistake, but the demo kept piling on. How about all the taxes they added on the middle class… Obama care is a tax and the largest in the history of the country…the middle class has shrunk more under the policies of the last 5 years than any other time in History. It is the middle class that builds this country. The president speech on his election night 2008 “we are going to radically change this country” and it is happening, and not for the better.

      • So. You don’t have anything? I no longer have the energy to dispute your obvious misunderstanding of what is going on.
        I will make two observations: 1) It takes longer to rebuild a house than it does to burn it down. 2) Radically change the country: we no longer go in 6 guns a-blazin’ when something happens in the world, losing American lives in the process.

      • eddie mcmurray

        Bet you come from a long train of cowards. Put your address down so the terrorist know where to go and kill with no resistance.

      • Why do you people always think we’re unarmed? Reasonable people carry guns too.

      • John Nagel

        Uhhh, the murderer Bush was in office in 2008 and it was his running 2 wars on a credit card that created this mess, NOT President Obama. But once again, the racist right wing would much rather tear this country down than have a black man succeed and instead emulate a brainless, murderous boob like George W who lied to the world about WMD and slaughtered 100’s of thousands of innocent people to line his buddies pockets. Your ideals are pretty skewed. Don’t you have a Klan meeting to attend?

      • pdm777

        The debt when bush left office was just over 10 trillion that is the total of debt from 1789 to 2009….now the debt is 17.6 trillion, FYI Bush has not been in office since 2009. Funny about WMDs that Syria all of a sudden had, and the information we had regarding Iraq from the Clinton administration disappeard, not to mention the 550 metric tons of Yellow Cake removed from Iraq that could have been used to create a dirty bomb. (Google it) Tell whoes pockets Bush lined…you can bring up Haliburton, but Haliburton was the ONLY company that could do what they did in the aiding of our heros who faught in the war. Try to make an argument without playground name calling and use real facts. You are the racist, for I never mentioned race, cause it is policy that matters to me NOT the color of skin. I believe in Dr. Kings comment that we are to be judged by the content of our character Not the color of skin. So how does this prove you are a racist….I am not white. Hence you are the racist assuming that only white people have enough brains to conservatives.

      • Hoopyding

        Umm…. 2008 is before 2009, Einstein.

      • john Griffith

        Bush was president until 1/20/09,Einstein.

      • Hoopyding

        My point exactly. This was to pdm777, who seems to be trying to wrangle an explanation that Obama was responsible for what happened under Bush.

      • john Griffith

        Barack the ” droned in chief”????

      • John Mathews

        Shhhhh! Your not supposed to bring up the “Rube in Chief”.

      • Jeepers

        Granted Bush didn’t always do the right thing. So in 6 years, Obama has cleaned up your mess? Is Gitmo closed? All our soldiers gone from the Middle East? Our position in the world improved? That he’s not killing through droning the heck out of Afghanistan and Iraq? How many wars is Obama running on our credit card? But you don’t care about wars actually; you can’t see it objectively.

        And why are you so racist as to call Obama “a black man”? You deny his white mother, raised by white grandparents.

      • Hoopyding

        Um… the budget is passed by Congress.. and, further umm… the debt is rubber-stamped by Congress.

      • G Trap Trappier

        Exactly
        if the President uses his rightful authority, he’s a tyrant. When Congress doesn’t and hasn’t done their job, it’s still the POTUS’ fault

      • Mike Kidd

        you are a BIG PILE OF GOP SHIT !

      • G Trap Trappier

        Dude we still.Under Bush’s policies, what are h talking about? the President wants to raise taxes on the top. 10% but has to back door watered down policies because we have the least productive Congress in history. Filibusters overflowing
        no budgets, no policies. Appeal Obama Care and rid abortions is all they have tried to do.

      • eddie mcmurray

        Stay in office, idiot.

    • john Griffith

      The for saying nothing.

  • Scott Anthony

    We have a corrupt group and the GOP. Extremists themselves. Violating laws due to their faulted ego’s. Time to knock them off their high horses so they can land face flat in the pile of shit they created. The blatant disrespect, illegal tactics, manipulation, shows they can not be trusted in any office of the government, actions that do warrant removal. We are better off then we were with the last excuse for a president.

    • Lu Garcia

      Thank you Scott at least someone with plain ole common sense!!! Wake up and smell the coffee people!!

  • Greg S.

    Invite the Palestinians also so you get both sides of the story. Israel is not without fault in their troubles. Obama has worked hard to get Israel to back off their selfish views. Their aggression is not going to improve relations with the rest of the world. Be free to enjoy the entire earth not just the land you live on.

  • StarEagle48

    It should be very obvious to many many people that this congress of Republi”cons” and Boehner specifically are pure RACISTS…. check Boneheads closet and I’d bet you’d find a well pressed KKK suit…. and a box of matches along with a rope. This congress and Boehner disgust me to no end.

    • strayaway

      Those may nave been in the closet of recently deceased former KKK Exulted Cyclops and Senator Byrd; a Democrat.

      Getting back on topic: Members of Congress take an oath to obey the Constitution – not the President. Can you find any passage of the Constitution forbidding freedom of speech or association with regards to members of Congress and foreign leaders?

      Treason is “the crime of betraying one’s country, especially by attempting to kill the sovereign or overthrow the government.” Since president Obama is negotiating with Iran, what harm is there in inviting the Israeli leader here to listen to and consider his opinions? If a treaty is made with Iran, the Senate would have to approve it anyway. If president Obama chooses, he could invite Iranian leaders here to present their side also. Why should Congress be expected to remain outside the legislative process by our ” I have a pen and a phone” president?

      • Jason

        yes. The one that states only the president can negotiate our interests with foreign powers.

      • strayaway

        Is this “the one”?

        The president “shall have the Power, by and with the Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, PROVIDED TWO THIRDS OF THE SENATORS PRESENT CONCUR”. Don’t leave out that last part.

        The Senate’s duty to educate itself. Inviting Netanyahu, a major player in the region is reasonable.

        Anyway, “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.” So you or the writer of this article, have to define who the enemy is that you are talking about to begin making sense.

      • Jason

        Good job. Please take careful note who is allowed to negotiate: the president. Not the senate. Certainly not John Boehner, a simple congressman.

      • strayaway

        I never claimed argued that presidents didn’t have the power to set up treaties and that isn’t what this article is about although I did add that treaties must be supported by 2/3 of the Senate. Did you wish to keep the Senate in the dark and restrict their access to information and viewpoints? My point was that Boehner did nothing wrong, nothing treasonous, by inviting Netanyahu. He had every right to do so. You haven’t even been able to identify an enemy necessary to make a claim of treason. Since Iran and Israel (Netanyahu) are the only other countries mentioned one of them must be defined as our “enemy” to assert a claim of treason. Which one, in your opinion, is our enemy? The article’s premise falls apart without having an enemy.

        Your other comment that “any foreign leader who seeks to undermine the authority of the position of President of the United States is and has been considered an enemy.” Who makes that determination? Democrats often consider Republicans as enemies but that is not enough. You haven’t even spelled out which country mentioned is our enemy. Besides, Democrats and Republicans have a long history of undermining each other’s presidents. That’s called democracy.

      • Jason

        You’re right. Treason is the wrong word. Sedition is the proper term here.

      • strayaway

        First it was treason, Now it’s sedition. Are you suggesting that we bring back the sedition act so presidents can throw their critics in prison? How progressive of you in the great tradition of Woodrow Wilson and President Adams who threw newspaper editors and political figures in prison. I looked up the dictionary definition of sedition. the great Warren Harding ended Wilson’s sedition act and released Wilson’s enemies including socialist Eugene Debs from prison. Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, by the way, helped overturn the earlier sedition laws.

        sedition: “conduct or speech inciting people to rebel against the authority of a state or monarch.”

        Since Congress is part of the authority of the state, that leaves the authority of our monarch you seem to be defending. Don’t you just hate living in a constitutional republic in which inciting people to vote for the other guy is the norm?

      • Jason

        Critics are fine. Excellent straw man.

        Boehner presents himself as above the president with this act by inviting a foreign leader onto our soil and asking him to present his views before our congress, without even consulting the president. Boehner has no authority in matters of foreign affairs, and representing himself so undermines the position of president, and when done so in this manner, it does so as in rebellion.

        Of course, since you have no respect for the office to begin with, you will find any reason to excuse this behavior. Well done.

      • strayaway

        Nonsense. Obama can do what he wants in the Senate. The president does not control the senate except for the vice-president having the ability to break a tie. If the president puts together a treaty, the Senate has to vote on it so you are wrong about your second point too. I do respect the office of the presidency and presidents who observer their oaths of office by performing their duties as described in Article II, sections 2 and 3. As you seem to forget though, this article claimed that something Boehner had done was treasonable without suggesting which enemy Boehner had provided aid and comfort to. You have similarly failed to establish the same and continue to show contempt for freedom of speech and assembly as well as the democratic process necessary in our constitutional republic.

      • strayaway

        Nonsense. Obama can do what he wants in the Senate. The president does not control the senate except for the vice-president having the ability to break a tie. If the president puts together a treaty, the Senate has to vote on it so you are wrong about your second point too. I do respect the office of the presidency and presidents who observer their oaths of office by performing their duties as described in Article II, sections 2 and 3. As you seem to forget though, this article claimed that something Boehner had done was treasonable without suggesting which enemy Boehner had provided aid and comfort to. You have similarly failed to establish the same and continue to show contempt for freedom of speech and assembly as well as the democratic process necessary in our constitutional republic.

      • anonymous.knight

        The Republicans certainly don’t mind accusing Obama of treason for everything he’s done. And while you’re topic of not leaving parts of the Constitution when quoting, the 2nd Amendment says ” a well-regulated militia” which Tea Baggers tend to forget when crying about their replacement penises being taking away

      • strayaway

        Whatever Obama has done is not relevant to this topic. We could discuss the (un)ACA, the Second Amendment, Obama’s war on Libya and its consequences, Obama’s national debt or any other topic but there are more appropriate venues. Meanwhile, go back to fantasizing about penises until when and if you have something constructive to add.

      • Jason

        Boehner is not a member of the Senate.

        I’ve moved on from treason. Please do try to stay focused.

      • strayaway

        I stand corrected. Thank you from moving on from treason to dislike or whatever. I support the president on his diplomatic initiative although no one has bothered to question that. My difference with most of the posters here seems to be that I also support open discussions and freedom of association by Congress.

      • Mercury

        The President is not a sovereign, undermining him is not undermining government. Congress is never under the authority of the President, they only answer to the voters, and the rules that they set up.

      • Michael D. Rich

        You are just more tea bag trash defending the do nothings… keep on whining dumb butt!

      • strayaway

        Since you are unable to respond with anything intelligent, I assume you have nothing to add to the topic at hand.

      • G Trap Trappier

        No
        treason is the correct word.

      • David Scott

        JUST STAYAWAY STRAYAWAY….GOP RACIST BIGOT!

      • strayaway

        I voted third party in 6 of the 8 last elections and you have no basis for racist or bigot which are redundant anyway. Since you are zero for three and are ducking the topic, what does that make you?

      • David Scott

        Bigots… Obstinately convinced of the superiority or correctness of one’s own opinions and prejudiced against those who hold different opinions…

        Racism…. the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, esp. so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.
        prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on such a belief.

        Now even You can understand the friggin difference!
        People should get an education before spouting their ignorance!

      • strayaway

        According to Mirriam Webster online, “racism” consists of racial discrimination or dicrimination and a
        “bigot” is a person a person who hates or refuses to accept the members of a particular group (such as a racial or religious group). I see overlap in those definitions.

        Try again and take your own advice. Using small case letters shows that you are on the right path. If you are concerned about racial outcomes, however, please consider that under president Obama, black incomes, wealth,and home ownership have declined relative to those of whites. Also, racial harmony is on the decline as measured in polls.

      • Jason

        Yes. Black incomes have gone down, because wealthy whites are punishing them by keeping their money from them.
        Racial harmony is on the decline because angry whites are punishing blacks.
        Since we’re doing this whole red herring, incorrect causation-correlation thing.

      • strayaway

        Median family income for all races has declined 4% under Obama even though the richest 10% have been moving ahead at an accelerated rate. That’s for all Americans not just blacks. Blacks are just taking a bigger hit from Obamanomics. How does your thesis explain why whites are punishing themselves too?

      • Brant Kelsey

        Income has dropped and remained stagnant for more than 15 years………….you also cite the National Debt………….as being Obama’s….You also attempt to make a distinction from W’s to O’s but a lot of the big spending Republican bills are coming due: Wars, Gifts to Pharma, indefinite off shoring of wealth and tax deferments and Corporations having, and please listen and effective tax rate of 12% and for the most part are paying nothing……..and it just goes on and on the continued need for boogeymen what is laughingly called a defense budget that encompasses 55 per cent of our budget. Building 735 million dollar aircraft dropping 350 thousand dollar bombs on 20 dollar tents………………….I’m really not big on the partisan game: I feel like both sides of the Congress have broken their Oath……..contingent on any bill or vote they endorsed or said aye to that can be displayed to be detrimental to the People of this Nation. But then now that Corporations are Persons even that distinction becomes muddled……………As far as I’m concerned every constructive change that has ever occurred in this country has come bottom up………..I advocate a day and time certain, millions in attendance standing in front of our Congress uninvited with clearly defined demands in one hand, and criminal indictments in our back pocket. We Roll Corporations back to the regulation of the 50…….make it criminal for “interests” including bundlers and PACS to contribute to party, candidate or campaign, close our legislative halls to interest peddling of any kind, revisit public funded elections implement term limits and consider an amendment to the Consitution that separates Corporation and State. Corporations are not People. Have rights attendant to business. A corporation will be a person when I read of one being executed in Texas//////////////////////////////////////

      • strayaway

        Median family income has dropped under Obama. Only the upper 10% of family incomes has increased under Obama. The 1% are making away with a larger share of the national income at an accelerated rate under Obama even when compared with under Bush. This is after two years of a a Democratic senate and House and another four years of a Democratic Senate. What did that Democratic Congress do to reign in the Banksters? Nothing. Obama made half of Bush’s 10 year tax cuts to the rich permanent. Obama voted for all of Bush wars, kept them going, bombed Libya without congressional approval, and bombed a total of seven countries. Obama handed bad bank debt to taxpayers on Christmas Eve 2009 as sort of a stocking stuffer for Wall Street. He signed onto 3 free trade agreements, is pushing for the TPP, and floods our labor markets with cheaper foreign labor to suppress wage rates. The worst of Republicans are having a hard time competing with this guy.

        Obama is the champion of deficit spending having accumulate $7.8T worth ($25,000 per American). I thought Bush was bad with $5T in eight years until Obama came along.

        I agree that corporations, or individuals behind them, are too much in charge. Obama, the Clintons, the Bush’s, and many of the rest in charge, are manifestations of their puppet masters. Every one of our last presidents and major party candidates have been pre-selected by big money. Goldman-Sachs was Obama’s second largest supporter in 2008 and Romney’s in the 2012 Republican primary. That way, Goldman-Sachs was guaranteed a winner whether Obama or Romney won in 2012. I suspect the fix is in for a Clinton-Bush match in 2016. Walker is just a distraction like Huckabee was in 2008. When it’s time for Jeb to make his entrance, the press will turn on Walker as it did on Huckabee.

      • Brant Kelsey

        You can defend this if you Like. But the defense is extremely wea]k. The Advisers of the President are in what might be considered critical negotiations with Iran. The Purpose of these Negotiations is what? Right. To ensure that Iran’s Nuclear program is for peaceful purpose: But really it’s about preventing a war that could escalate beyond our wildest imagination and perhaps even go Nuclear.

        It’s quite clear that Bonehead has broken with protocol. Broken with History. There has never been a similar instance in US History. Now is it a matter of treason? At this point I would say not. Is it bad form? Yes. Does it have the smell of a political stunt?

        We’ve been playing this does Iran have Nuke capability game for quite some time……..a very very long time. The presidents team is in Negotiations. Certainly this move by Bonehead can easily be viewed as a direct act to undermine these negotiations in the light most favorable. And to that extent Bonehead could be viewed to be meddling with the Foreign Policy that is the sole province of the President…….and the Senate. I don’t know that a case ought to be made for Treason. But then the last shoe hasn’t dropped in this little melodrama: Bad move, bad form……………and the tale wagging the dog in the sense that we get to bring another murderer in to a joint session of Congress where he can further justify the murders of Palestinians on Palestinian ground…………

      • strayaway

        I support the president’s negotiations and agree with the concept of negotiating rather than trying to topple governments as in Ukraine, Libya, and Syria (ongoing). Freedom of speech and assembly, however, are things any US president has to put up with.

        Protocol? Is that something from the book of etiquette? Harry Reid violated Senate protocol when he was frustrated by Republicans.

      • pdm777

        The president negotiates but the congress, and only congress enacts treaties. Speaker of the House is not a simple congressman… but is 3rd in line to the oval office so get your facts straight.

      • Jason

        The speaker of the house has nothing to do with treaties.
        Read your constitution.

      • Jason

        Regarding the enemy portion: any foreign leader who seeks to undermine the authority of the position of President of the United States is and has been considered an enemy.

        Fortunately for Boehner, treason typically requires an enemy we’ve declared war on.

      • Chuck Sanders

        The Logan Act, does just that look it up.

      • strayaway

        The Logan Act? So who is negotiating with a foreign government except Obama? How does letting Netanyahu speak to Congress or individual members of Congress break a law. If it does, then why not censor phone calls from foreign countries? Keeping Congress in the dark, not letting Congress ask questions and study the matter disrespects our elected members of Congress and the Democratic process.

      • Brian

        The senate has to RATIFY a treaty. There IS no treaty, this is a negotiation and diplomacy & foreign policy are the domain of the EXECUTIVE branch. Boehner is the Speaker of the HOUSE, not a Senator and thus has ZERO, ZILCH role even if there was a treaty.

      • strayaway

        The exact language is “(The president) shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur” For the second time, no one has claimed that there presently is a treaty. You are arguing against something that didn’t happen. For the third time (you were second to bring my error to my attention) Boehner is Speaker of the House. However, as Speaker, he had every right to invite Netanyahu to address the House. It was not treason as this article claimed.

        The President gets petulant with Putin and Netanyahu when they don’t do what he wants them to. Turning them into his personal adversaries helped kick start an expensive new cold war in the case of Putin and may further destabilize the mid-East if he can’t be in the same room with Netanyahu. The president won’t even see Netanyahu if he shows up in the Capitol. What interest or input could Israel even have in Obama’s negotiations with Iran?

      • Brant Kelsey

        Senate…………..Not the House of Representatives…………………like an almost believable human being let’s not forget to leave that out.

      • strayaway

        My error. Thank you for being the third person to point that out and evade the larger issue that Boehner had every right to invite Netayahu.

      • Mercury

        Only with “advice and consent” of the Senate.

      • Angela Newman

        Because congress job is not to negotiate with foreign entities that is the commander in chiefs job. Congress is design to make laws and the executive carries them out. but the executive branch is in charge of foreign affairs and the military not congress. Boehner needs to stay out of the negotiations. too many ingredients in the pot can destroy the soup. He should check the ego and step trying to undermined the President because of hate and fear.

      • strayaway

        Only the president is negotiating and I support him in that. The Constitution requires that any treaty a president signs onto needs a 2/3vote from the Senate. Boehner is a Senator. That is his department. Presidents do not run legislatures except in dictatorships. If Boehner chooses to provide viewpoints from the middle east to the other senators who have to decide how to vote, what is wrong with that? If Obama wants to have someone from Iran, Palestine, or ISIS address the Senate, the more the merrier. What objection do you have to the free flow of ideas pertinent to deciding whether or not to agree to an Obama treaty. Would you prefer a more authoritarian government where the ruler used his phone and pen to issue edicts?

      • Angela Newman

        I think the respectable the most prudent thing Boehner could have done is spoke with the President and asked him to bring the prime minister into the negotiations instead of taking upon himself. Iran has a new prime minister, no one knows what he will agree to or not. Israel as well as Congress has shown their contempt against the President from the start. They need to work together for the betterment of all, not just who the western world deems important and special.

      • strayaway

        Who do you go to for permission to read books or choose which web sites to visit? Assuming you don’t, why should members of Congress be similarly treated like children? I have a general contempt for Obama (and Bush), although I support Obama trying diplomacy with Iran. I agree more with Obama on this issue than with most Republicans but progressive posters on this site have been coming off as McCarthyites fearing unsanctioned opinions.

      • Angela Newman

        Why do you sound so angry. It’s an opinion. Congress always complain that the President did not go to them for permission. Do you not think he deserves the same respect. Or is it that he should only show them respect. I can’t argue with you and I won’t. I can’t have a conversation with someone who reverts to name calling to get their point across. I don’t know you, but I do wish you well. Someone posted that Republicans hate President Obama so much that they can’t use the title President in front of his name. They only use Mr. Obama or call him Obama. I see you are doing the same thing. You nor does congress have to do anything you don’t want to do. You make the choices you feel are best. Peace

      • strayaway

        Going back over my last several posts, I noticed that I wrote Obama, Bush, Boehner, and Thomas Jefferson instead of President Obama, President Bush, Representative Boehner, and President Thomas Jefferson so at least I was consistent. You probably need not make too much of it. I respect Jefferson. I did, however, refer to Robert Byrd as both Exulted Cyclops and Senator to make up for an otherwise lack of titles.

        Obama did not go to Congress for permission to bomb Libya, change immigration law, etc.. He has gone rogue while Congress and the courts have gone laim. We all have to decide personally if we are on the side of the room that supports the rule of law or on the other side of the room supporting a de facto enabling act. You will, I suspect, not like it so much when some future Republican president acts the same way and slashes slashes Social Security or some other program because he gets frustrated with Congress. He will cite Obama’s precedents as justification. Consider it your karma.

      • DAME

        There is nothing wrong with hearing viewpoints and all of that when it relates to foreign policy…but since the President takes the lead in foreign policy and military affairs, why not work with or ask for consent from the President if there is some real reason to bring this cat before Congress….Kerry was just there! Why not make suggestions on the matter, instead of going behind Obama’s back?

      • strayaway

        In a dictatorship, legislators might be expected to “ask” the president for consent. The Senate and House are not under the president in our system however. Netanyahu is not our enemy anyway.

      • DAME

        You right about that….we got bigger enemies here than abroad

      • Brian

        Boehner is NOT a Senator! He is Speaker of the HOUSE and a member of the HOUSE of Representatives.

      • strayaway

        I stand corrected. No one said their was a treaty in front of the Senate. The Senate, however, would have to approve any treaty the president agrees to with Iran with a 2/3 majority. Congress can do whatever it wants. There is nothing stopping Obama from asking Congress to hear out President Hassan Rouhani or Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

      • pdm777

        He is Third in line to office of President… So he is more “powerful” than a Senator.

      • Brian

        There is NO treaty in front of the Senate for debate or vote. There are only ongoing diplomatic discussions which by the CONSTITUTION are the domain of the Executive branch.

      • David Scott

        ANOTHER REALLY IGNORANT GOP WHORE! MORE GOP BS!

      • strayaway

        Actually, the Constitution is not “BS” and much of the GOP is little better than Democrats with regards to it. Do big letters make you louder?

      • Brian

        Foreign policy and conduct of diplomacy are the domain of the EXECUTIVE branch, not Congress.

      • strayaway

        Wrong again. Congress provides for the common defense against foreign entities, regulates commerce with foreign nations, establishes naturalization rules, defines and punishes crimes committed on the high seas. declares wars, grants letter of marque, raises armed forces, suppresses insurrections, repels invasions, as well as ratifies treaties. These are all foreign policy powers delegated to Congress – not presidents.

    • Curtis Thomsen

      And you liberal socialist (communist) disgust me no end. And when ever I have seen any of you leftist accuse us on the right of being a racist, it is you that truly are the racist. I have no problem hiring blacks, asians and hispanics, what I have trouble with, are those that come here and don’t want do it legally, don’t want to learn the language, don’t want assimilate into our society and contribute to this Country, but only want handout, not a hand up!

      • StarEagle48

        I’m quite sure the American Indians feel the same way about us…..

      • Cynthia Mading

        Sure, you have no problem “hiring blacks, asians and Hispanics,” but would you welcome them into your private clubs, be happy to converse with these minorities at a conference of business owners AS EQUALS or otherwise interact on a level footing?

      • Michael D. Rich

        They are equals bigot! Liberty and justice for all ,,,not just hate filled tea bag trash like you…

      • Michael D. Rich

        You are the disgusting no balls… keep defending the do nothings .. obliviously you are a right wing shill keep it up little boy…you make us all sick!

      • Seanumich

        “don’t want to learn the language, don’t want assimilate into our society and contribute to this Country”

        Oh you mean like when YOUR ancestors came here and assimilated? So tell me, why arent we speaking in Native American tongues? Where in the constitution does it mention ENGLISH as the language that must be spoken? Where does it say immigrants must ASSIMILATE? Oh and those blacks that came did come ILLEGALLY, but it was from the CRMINALS who brought them here

    • Moi

      Frankly, we agree completely. Boehner and the GOP are an embarrassment internationally- they’re rarely called on it explicitly, however, as much of the world is thinking they’re morons, but morons that might somehow end up in power.

    • John Mathews

      Finally … someone who actually sees the elephant in the room. Racism is at the very heart of the GOP’s hatred toward the current President. I mean, it couldn’t be more obvious.

  • Cemetery Girl

    Ah, now I see why in my rabbit hole journey of online reading last night I came across a conservative site complaining Obama wouldn’t even meet with someone. I would say that not everyone would be supportive of treason charges if they’re being told Obama just has no interest in a meeting.

  • bestfriend

    Perfect! Democrats in this corner muttering about treason, and Republicans in the other mindlessly calling for Obama’s impeachment.

  • Keith

    It will be difficult for the war mongers if we make peace with Iran, it is about time. We need to quit acting like butt hurt children.

    • Kentfromohio

      Iran are the “war mongers”. Their instructions from Allah are to kill infidels. I don’t know where that leaves you. My guess is you are a follower of Mohammed, the pedophile.

      • Keith

        I am a rational American that knows American propaganda when I see it.

      • Kentfromohio

        I know a leftist piece of excrement when I smell it.

      • Keith

        I am certainly no “Right-wing extremist” but I am a conservative, a vet and a loyal American.. I wonder why you believe that a leftist is the only person that could tell the truth?

      • Kentfromohio

        Give me a few countries of serious size who have done more for the betterment of mankind? I know you hate America. Name
        The countries you like and what they did for the world.

      • Keith

        I don’t hate America, but I don’t mind telling the truth about America. If you believe anything we have done in the last 14 years was good for the world there is no use even discussing it with you.

      • Kentfromohio

        Name the countries who you really admire for their contributions to mankind.

      • Keith

        Tell me what you think America has done for anyone except possible the second world war.

      • Kentfromohio

        You are good at trashing your home (I assume you are American). I am still waiting for the countries you admire.

      • Keith

        You have not answered my question because America has not helped anyone in many years. I am not going to answer your question because I can not think of anything government ours or theirs does that I admire.

      • Kentfromohio

        Still waiting for the list of countries you like. You know, like Cuba, North Korea, the Soviet Union, Venezuela. Do I have to do all your work for you?

      • Jillz

        He already answered you! Geez – If you’re going to ask a question, at least check to see if it was answered before nagging for an answer.

        And btw, recognizing something negative about one’s country doesn’t mean they hate their country. How very extreme of you to make such a non-sensical jump in logic.

      • Richard Millichamp

        Well, we are responsible for removing two dictators that were raping kids and gassing their own people. I would say that that qualifies as good for the world.

      • Keith

        We murdered Kaddafi because he gave his latest oil contracts to Russia and China and he also demanded payment for his oil in Gold. Which other dictator are you talking about. America has never done anything for anyone without some ulterior motive. Name your next one and I will tell you the truth about them too.

      • Richard Millichamp

        We didn’t kill him his own people had enough of his crap and killed him. You aren’t another keystroke

      • Keith

        You are very naïve.

      • Andi Anderson

        You appear to be a nasty piece of work. Maybe it is time for you to pull your head out of your butt. If you are unable to do that, go back under your rock.

      • Kentfromohio

        No, not at all. It’s just a guy disagreement. I live America and Keith despises America. That’s all.

      • markinator

        You love America, eh? You must be really patriotic and served in the military to demonstrate your love for our country. Which branch?

      • Kentfromohio

        SO you moron, you are claiming that only veterans can love the country. I happened to grow up during a peaceful time when there was no active war. However, I am not so demented to think that only veterans can love the country. Patriots love the country. People who do all they can to support it, to support those who are in the military, do defend the Constitution, to defend the traditions of America. All these are things you detest. This site is built on hatred of America.

  • ct

    I understand the American-Jewish community will be voting Republican in 2016 because they don’t feel President Obama has done enough for Israel. Is this then their only agenda for our country? Is this the way Netanyahu now does business with the White House?

    • Bonnie Hussein Obama

      Same was said re: American-Jewish vote in both 2008 and 2012. GOP propaganda

  • Lawrence Devine

    Boehner is a stooge for Netanyahu’s political stunt, which is a desperate attempt to influence Israeli voters. Netanyahu cannot be trusted and President Obama has been more than accommodating to this loudmouth’s attempts to influence American foreign policy.

  • Recoloniser

    Impeach

  • Paul Wardell

    Oh boo-hoo. Quit your whining you cry-babies. So, it’s ok to cry foul when Congress does an end-around on the president but when the president does it to Congress you’re all tight lipped. Where were you when Congress passed the Affordable Care Act and the president decided to change the law no less then 29 times? Congress legislates, not the president. Where were you when the president declared war on Libya and later declared war on ISIS? It is up to Congress to declare a state of war, not the president. And don’t give me that War Powers Act crap. He still did not come to Congress within the 30 day time period as prescribed by the WPA. And where where you when the president released 5 terrorists from captivity as trade for 1 Army deserter? Article 1 Section 8 of the constitution puts that responsibility squarely on Congress. And where were you when the president decided to enact his own immigration policies. Congress determines immigration policy as directed again by Article 1 Section 8. In fact much of what the president has done is in direct contradiction to what the constitution grants him the authority to do. Right down to the oath of office he took to “faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States” which he so conveniently ignores with his executive orders to not enforce the law. Get over it. As someone once famously stated, “elections have consequences.”

    • strayaway

      Presidential oath: “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

      “I swore an oath to uphold the laws on the books …. Now, I know some people want me to bypass Congress and change the laws on my own. Believe me, the idea of doing things on my own is very tempting. I promise you. Not just on immigration reform. But that’s not how our system works. That’s not how our democracy functions. That’s not how our Constitution is written.” -Obama March 2011

      “What you’re not paying attention to is the fact that I just took an action to change the law.” -Obama 11/25/14

  • Macdoodle

    Obama hates Israel but is all about chumming up to Iran.What a disgrace this man is.

    • markinator

      I bet you have all sorts of data and legitimate links to demonstrate your points. Why does he hate Israel? What are President Obama’s actions that lead you to think he’s chumming up to Iran? Maybe you could tell us why our president should love Israel? A disgrace is a myopic post in a comments section with no substance.

    • Michael D. Rich

      Perfect example of a scared little tea bagger hiding on the internet… no balls no character… no nothing…but very stupid!

  • Richard Kimmel

    I really find Boner to be one of the most idiotic ideologues out there. He is arrogant, condescending, etc., but as distasteful, self-serving and manipulative as he is, he is not guilty of treason. Please refer to Article III Sec. 3 of the Constitution.

  • Barry Rosenberg

    Put the current pair of nutbars together with Bush & Cheney, the previous pair of nutbars and try the bunch of them on the various outrages, convict them and throw them into the general population at Angola.

  • XaurreauX Pont DeLac

    Yeah, there’s as much chance that Boehner will be tried for treason as there is that Bush and Cheney will be tried as war criminals.

  • Laurel Newman

    all arguments over the fine points aside, in MY eyes, Boehner is a traitor .He has consistently disrespected our elected President, worked against him and his policies, and this latest act of outright contempt condemns him for the traitor he is.

  • Otis Campbell

    The Republican Party has turned into an evil monster and should be completely revamped and those that obstructed America’s progress during these troubled times should be tried for treason. I have never seen such disrespect for our President as presented by the Republicans. It’s disgraceful. I’ve voted mostly Republican all my life and can’t believe how untrustworthy this party has become.

  • Treason isn’t punishable by death, but impeaching him would at least make it look like the Dems finally have some balls!

  • David Scott

    The republican party are all RACIST BIGOTS!
    They care only about SLEEPING WITH THE
    KOCH SUCKER BROTHERS…..

  • danton5

    Many people do not understand how ‘treason” is defined in the Constitution — i.e. ‘Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.” What Boehner has done does not come close. The author, who has a degree in political science, should know how treason is defined in the Constitution. Boehner has disrespected the POTUS and his action undermines negotiations, but this hardly amounts to treason.

  • Mercury

    The treason clause is very clear, Congress inviting a head of state to speak is not “treason”, and even if it was, they would have immunity.

    Article III Section 3

    “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Cour”

  • Jacqueline Visner

    Are we not still a government of, for and by the people? We have elected this president by huge numbers twice, yet Republicans are slapping us in the face at an almost unfathomable level.

  • markpkessinger

    Whatever Bioehner might be guilty of (e.g., violation of the Logan Act), his actions to not meet the definition of treason under U.S. law, which definition is limited by the Constitution, Article III, Section 3, as follows:

    Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.

    HIs acts are despicable, to be sure, but it is irresponsible to call them ‘treason.’

  • Henry Walker

    The sad thing is the we all know this yet, we are still letting it happen.

  • TMac

    I’ve met so many people that hate OUR PRESIDENT for no reason. The other day I got involved in a nice debate with a few hardcore Republicans. Our conversation was great and clean until they couldn’t think of a response to the truth. It was sad to see the comment ” at this point I could care less about what good he’s done, I just hate the black fuck” , like REALLY?? Our country is taking huge steps back. What most people will hate is the huge amount of level minded individuals that want stand for it. Get madddd, the this country WILL change!

  • Michael Murphy

    Pesident form policy? That is a laugh, his phonepresident form policy? That is a laugh, obama has done is best to circumstance archiversobama has done is best to bypass congress on every step of his executive orders because the baby cake it is onlybypass congress on every step of his executive orders because the baby can’t get his own way, obama should be in peach and tried for treatment himself

  • Brian

    It is direct inteterference in the Foreign Policy and ongoing diplomatic efforts of the U.S., which are powers of the EXECUTIVE branch as set out in the Constitution. Boehners unilateral and contrary action are in direct violation of the Separation of Powers and anti-Constitutional. They are certainly seditious, and as you state, possibly treason.

  • Enemyof Thehive

    Not much different than when Bush and Clinton were president. Clinton repeatedly referred to the then president HW Bush as mister Bush. And then there was a columnist who conjured John Wilkes Booth to assassinate W Bush. I add that Obama invited Korean leadership to speak in front of congress without asking Boehner first. To me thus looks like business as usual. Time for a real alternative party.

  • pdm777

    Let’s keep a couple of facts straight here. The president is just that president and not king…there are 3 equal branches of government. Also, Netanyahu is the president of one of our closest allies and not the enemy.

  • Prefabfan

    Crazy capitals=mental illness. Try not to get messages from The Big Man in the Sky.

  • Steve A

    If you want to get constitutional you had better be ready to charge at least two…