ARTICLES WHICH MIGHT MAKE YOU THINK11/1/12
Barack Obama has used executive orders to seal presidential records; create a faith council, an economic council, and a domestic policy council, a council on women and girls and dozens more; study bioethics, change pay grades, set up a team of governors to synchronize state and federal military operations in the U.S.; improve regulatory review; create a jobs council; set up immunity for Bosnia, revoke some earlier orders and talk about finances. GASP!
And he’s used them to talk about fiscal responsibility, ensure abortions through Obamacare; review Guantanamo Bay operations; promote diversity; amend court-martial procedures; launch a national women action plan, talk about Syria, talk about North Korea, encourage efficient government, target transnational crime groups, promote efficient spending and many, many more. WHEW! Now critics are saying that if it looks like he’s trying to run the country single-handedly, their perceptions aren’t far off. A viral email circulating now, just as the volume in the 2012 presidential race crescendos, states that Obama has issued 923 executive orders in three and a half years.
But that’s easily debunked by a quick visit to the National Archives website,
OBAMA AVERAGED 40/YEAR
BUSH AVERAGED 36/YEAR
CLINTON AVERAGED 46/YEAR
HW BUSH AVERAGE 41/YEAR
REGAN AVERAGED 48/YEAR
CARTER AVERAGED 71/YEAR
FORD AVERAGED 58/YEAR
NIXON AVERAGED 69/YEAR
JOHNSON AVERAGED 54/YEAR
KENNEDY AVERAGED 70/YEAR
EISENHOWER AVERAGED 60/YEAR
TRUMAN AVERAGED 112/YEAR
FDR AVERAGED 311/YEAR
He’s changed federal policies on immigration and welfare and appointed officials without congressional approval. Obama has been sidestepping Congress through his ‘We Can’t Wait’ initiative, a series of executive actions that he claims benefit the middle class through infrastructure projects and economic policy changes. He also skirted Senate approval in January when he appointed nominees to the National Labor Relations Board and to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The appointments were unprecedented because he made them when the Senate was technically not in recess, prompting legal challenges from conservative groups.” And the explanation said, “In June, the president halted deportations of illegal immigrants who entered the United States when they were children and met certain requirements, such as the lack of a criminal record. In 2010. And in July, Obama changed welfare policy to allow states to modify work requirements if they test new approaches to increasing employment. Obama did not submit the policy change to Congress for review, which the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office concluded he should have done.”
“In Article I Section I of the Constitution we learn that all legislative powers reside in Congress. The executive branch has the responsibility to execute the laws passed by Congress. An executive order is not legislation. It is an order issued by the president to enforce laws passed by Congress. This is backed by the declaration that the president ‘take care that the laws be faithfully executed’ made in Article II, Section 3, Clause 5. Thus, executive orders can only be used to carry out the will of Congress (which is only supposed to be passing laws in line with the Constitution), and not to issue new policy.” Thompson agreed, but said that’s not the way reality has been playing out lately.
He said some of Obama’s orders appear to be flagrantly unconstitutional, but because it’s a presidential order, it is followed unless some individual or group challenges it – and wins.
The first line of defense against an unconstitutional president should be Congress. If Congress fails to act, then it is up to an individual who is willing to make a fight of it.
One is the White House determination that prosecutors simply are not going to follow the law regarding illegal aliens of certain ages and qualifications in the U.S. In effect, an implementation of amnesty that already was rejected in Congress. Further is the recent announcement by the White House it would abandon the federal Defense of Marriage Act, not offering a defense should a lawsuit be filed over its requirements. The result here is that an existing federal law is left unenforced because of an administration’s decision that it doesn’t like it. The Department of Justice “now becomes an illegal entity – violating the law. Congress should have them up there, on an impeachable offense,”
Conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly noted Obama’s recent announcement to create the DREAM Act by executive order fiat.
“Obama showed his contempt for our constitutional legislative process by his effort to get rid of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA),” she said, “That is another example of his violation of the express obligation laid on the president by the U.S. Constitution to ‘take care that the laws be faithfully executed.’”
Another recent maneuver on the part of the president overturned the congressionally mandated work requirements with the 1996 welfare reform act.
Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation explained the law explicitly states that no president could change the work requirements, since those were the heart and soul of the reforms.
Obama is trying to get an order prepared to give him “the power to override Congress when it comes to the Internet.” Bill Ayers (“We are communist, women and men, underground in the United States”) and George Soros (“The main obstacle to a stable and just world order is the United States”). He also explains that Obama really doesn’t need to bother Congress, as “They’d just get in his way.” The blueprints for the second term include a lot of “executive orders” and “interagency directives” and all of those bypass Congress. What will the orders be about? Amnesty for illegals, economic issues and possibly even your paycheck, jobs, wages, health care, immigration “overhaul,” electoral “reform,” national energy policy, Pentagon plans and more. WND commentator Thomas Sowell said Obama is fundamentally “undermining” the American constitutional government system with his orders. “No president of the United States is authorized to repeal parts of legislation passed by Congress.
every president takes an oath to faithfully execute the laws that have been passed and sustained – not just the ones he happens to agree with.
“If laws passed by the elected representatives of the people can be simply overruled unilaterally by whoever is in the White House, then we are no longer a free people, choosing what laws we want to live under,” he continued. “When a president can ignore the plain language of duly passed laws and substitute his own executive orders, then we no longer have ‘a government of laws, and not of men’ but a president ruling by decree, like the dictator in some banana republic.”
Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America says he can see executive orders coming from an Obama administration regarding the Second Amendment.
There likely wouldn’t be any legislation or court ruling involved, just administrative or executive orders from Obama to change rules for gun stores and individuals. “That’s the kind of thing I can see the president doing in a heartbeat,” he said. “This guy thinks winning an election is tantamount to [being dictator].”
“He has frequently complained about how democracy and the Constitution are ‘messy’ and do not permit him to exercise the authority of a Chinese president. But he nevertheless warned us that he would be pushing forward with his agenda through executive orders and administrative actions ‘on a wide range of fronts,’” He complained that he didn’t have the authority to impose his immigration policy wish list. “His frontal assaults on the Constitution are so brazen now it’s hard not to conclude that he was willing to take a calculated risk that his excesses would offend fewer rule-of-law sticklers than they would attract Hispanic voters.”
It’s past time for Democratic lawmakers to join with Republicans in defending our Constitution and our liberties against this rogue president.” Dozens of “czars” appointed by Obama are in fact an extension of the executive order concept, since they report to no one but the president [Canada Free Press writer Doug] Hagmann say it, and that his column and May 7 followup piece gleaned significant exposure. Attributing his information to an anonymous insider, Hagmann outlines how the Obama administration is covertly utilizing prominent agitators among the political left to incite chaos, and eventually violence, based on racial and class factors, while the administration continues to sabotage America’s economic engine. The latter efforts are also intended to catalyze widespread civil unrest.”
He said, “Implementation of this plan is, according to Hagmann’s source, being carried out via Obama’s unelected czars and heavily involves the Department of Homeland Security. From lower-level DHS agents making payments to street-level agitators, to former green energy czar Van Jones mentoring Occupy leaders, to coordination with political allies such as the New Black Panther Party and the Nation of Islam’s Louis Farrakhan, the administration has all bases covered. Cultural balkanization and another heavy hit to the economy are calculated to result in unprecedented rioting and finally widespread public pandemonium followed by implementation of martial law.”
“The objectives here are personal power for Obama, of course, and a coalescing of the federal government’s authority; the goal, the destruction of the United States of America as a constitutional republic,” ” There even are reports that Obama could use executive orders to take the nation into an era of ceded authority and diminished international capabilities.
The plan uncovered calls for an executive order to be issued for a National Ocean Policy that will determine how the ecosystem is managed while giving the federal government more regulatory authority over any businesses that utilize the ocean.
The executive order is to be based on the recommendations of Obama’s Interagency Ocean Policy Taskforce, created in 2010 also by executive order.