Fresh off his “No Spiking the Football” tour–during which he spiked the ball at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky and Ground Zero, New York–and enjoying a temporary upward tick in approval ratings thanks to the same Navy SEALS and CIA interrogators his Justice Department is elsewhere threatening to prosecute, Barack Obama is back in Washington itching to veto a few more of our American freedoms. Conn Carroll reports that Senate Republicans believe The Man Who Would Be King will shortly be signing an executive order decreeing the provisions of the Congressionally rejected DISCLOSE Act to be the law of the land:
the order would require all companies that sign contracts with the federal government to report on the personal political activities of their officers and directors.
According to a Congressional Research Service review of Executive Orders over the last 40 years, no White House has ever issued an EO dealing with campaign finance. Signing the DISCLOSE Act EO would be an unprecedented power grab by Obama.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell called Obama’s latest usurpation
“an outrageous and anti-Democratic abuse of executive branch authority. No White House should be able to review your political party affiliation before deciding if you’re worthy of a government contract and no one should have to worry about whether their political support will determine their ability to get or keep a federal contract or keep their job.”
Debby, at Politically Empowered, labels it “crony capitalism at its arm-breaking worst”, an apt description, though it’s debatable whether either the President or his union cronies, conveniently exempted from his impending decree, have ever had a thought in their heads that wasn’t put there first by Karl Marx. Since the revolt at the ballot box in the fall of 2010 slowed the Obamunist plan to hoist the red flag over America,
It has become apparent, even to those who were reluctant to believe earlier in Obama’s reign that he doesn’t give a hoot for what Americans want or desire. He is so immersed in his socialist ideology that he is willing to abuse the power of the Office of the President to press on his “fundamental change” of America. [Obama Prepares To Rule By Executive Order; Obama Assumes Dictatorial Powers? A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet via Faultline USA]
An executive order in the United States is an order issued by the President, the head of the executive branch of the federal government. Executive Orders are generally orders to staff of the executive branch and not to citizens. Executive orders can have the full force of law if they are made in pursuance of certain Acts of Congress, some of which specifically delegate to the President some degree of discretionary power.
Despite the provisions of Article I, Section 1 of the US Constitution that reserves all federal legislative authority to congress, Presidents have increasingly used Executive Orders as if they were equivalent to an act of Congress. Presidents have even issued Executive Orders to start entire wars despite the fact that Article I, Section 8 of the US Constitution specifically reserves to Congress the sole authority to declare war.
But according to the Federal Register, Executive Orders are
official documents, numbered consecutively, through which the President of the United States manages the operations of the Federal Government.
Well, well. The totalitarians in Washington have apparently been re-writing the Constitution behind our backs. Someone, preferably 5 or more someones currently in residence at the Supreme Court, should remind these autocrats that we have no kings or dictators in this country. The American government is composed of three separate but equal branches, and no one person–not even a power-hungry Chief Executive from Chicago–manages its operations through the stroke of a poison pen clutched in his left hand–at least not legally.
Disposition of Executive orders signed by President Barack Obama:
- Subject Index
- 2009 – E.O. 13489 – E.O. 13527 (39 Executive orders issued)
- 2010 – E.O. 13528 – E.O. 13562 (35 Executive orders issued)
- 2011 – E.O. 13563 – E.O. 13568 (6 Executive orders issued)
80 Total Executive orders Issued