Executive Disorder

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]

Is a decree like this even legal? From Wikipedia:

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.

Executive Orders Issued by Barack Obama 2009 to Present

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

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About Bob Mack

Retired since 2003. Military Service: U.S. Army, 36th Artillery Group, Babenhausen, Germany 1966-67; 1st Signal Brigade, Republic of Vietnam, 1967-68 Attended University of Miami, 1969-73
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21 Responses to Executive Disorder

  1. AFVET says:

    Obama’s monarchy is so close he can taste it.
    The slobbering fool thinks he can rule this country.
    Not gonna happen !

  2. samiam60 says:

    We all saw this coming and know how it will end. KYPD is all one can say till the time comes to Lock and Load. Great job putting this together Bob. I would like to re-post this tomorrow. People need to see what is happening behind the scenes in this White House.

  3. roxannadanna says:

    Great blog, Bob. It just never ends with this guy. I long for the days of Bush when we went weeks without knowing or worrying about what liberties he was NOT taking from us. He spent way too much money, no question about that but at least he wasn’t taking every freedom we had left!

  4. Bob Mack says:

    Morning, AFVET, SAMI & ROXY. Just read this post from New Zeal: Senate Seeks to Create Caesar

    While all of America is distracted and focused on the death of Osama bin Laden, our President and his minions have been fast at work laying the groundwork for S. 679: Presidential Appointment Efficiency and Streamlining Act of 2011 to speed through the Senate and then make its way into the House and then to the President to sign. Yes, the other hand is quickly forming into a dictatorial fist that is about to smash our Constitution.

    […] In essence they want to give the President the sole power to appoint people to positions of his choosing within our government. Obama would be free to do this without the approval of the Senate. Senate approval of such positions is mandated by the U.S. Constitution in Article II, Section 2 under the “Appointments Clause”

    I know Americans have not forgotten about Obama’s string of Czars. Czars that he was supposed to downsize or get rid of. Czars, which in my personal viewpoint, were and still are illegal under the Constitution. But progressives never go away, they just shift… As has done so many of Obama’s Czars. With this sweeping bill, over 200 positions will no longer require Senate approval. Obama will dictate who are his powerful lieutenants and who will control America. The Senate will merely be a sham to parrot Obama’s dictates. With this bill, checks and balances will be effectively nullified. What does that portend you say? One day, your right to own a gun will be gone, just regulated away. Businesses will be nationalized even more than they are now. Heavy regulation will ensue concerning communications and the Internet. Many, many private businesses will whither and die. You will be told what and how much to eat – food and gas rationing will become the norm. Poverty and squalor will become equal for all as wealth is redistributed to other nations. If there are elections, they will be a joke and pointless. There will be a few powerful elites and then the masses. Guess which camp you and I will be in?

  5. Otis P. Driftwood says:

    Hitler gained power in this same way – little grabs here and there until he was absolute ruler.

  6. Clearly, Obama is using his Presidential powers to increase his chances of re-election in 2012. Will this strategy work for him? Perhaps. **sighing heavily**

  7. Freedom, by the way says:

    And who will stop him? Can the American people stop this abuse? Will congress stop shrugging their shoulders in resignation and get some fire in their bellies about this unconstitutional grab for power?

    • Bob Mack says:

      From Canada Free Press – Only Obama Could Look Bad After Killing Osama bin Laden

      It didn’t take President Obama long to mess up a good thing following one of the few actual “presidential” achievements of his entire administration. After years of bowing to dictators, apologizing for America, trillion dollar deficits, and a Marxist inspired healthcare bill destined for repeal, the US military handed Obama a gift from the political gods with the elimination of Osama bin Laden.

      Americans took to the streets to celebrate and all Obama had to do to burnish his image was show a little humility. Apparently this was a mountain too high for our President to climb. Instead of inspired leadership from our Commander in Chief, all we’ve been treated to this week is further indications that Obama is the same self-centered political hack that he has always been.

      Obama’s fall from grace began almost immediately with his Sunday night announcement of bin Laden’s death. While the teleprompter hit the right themes of “America is great” and “we punish our enemies”, Obama never once mentioned the individual most responsible for the success of the operation, former President George W. Bush. Without the Bush administration policies of enhanced interrogations, secret prisons, expanded Special Forces and the Guantanamo Bay detention center, Obama wouldn’t be in position for his victory lap, and unless you live under a rock or write for the New York Times, everyone knows it.

      No wonder Bush refused Obama’s invitation to join him at Ground Zero. Lending his image to a 2012 Obama campaign photo-op would’ve been unworthy of all those who lost their lives on 9-11. Even Bill Clinton, who never met a camera he didn’t like, was smart enough not to tarnish his image by attending the manufactured event.

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  9. blackwatertown says:

    Interesting post on this issue.
    Not quite sure what to make of it.
    Though the “except the unions” graphic at the top struck a chord.

    • Bob Mack says:

      Hi BWT. Since the President is prohibited from legislating, and since Congress has already rejected the DISCLOSE Act, Obama needs to stick his pen back in his pocket & submit to the will of the People.

  10. loopyloo305 says:

    The man simply does not care about any law that he does not like and rules by fiat! While we are preparing to elect someone to replace him in 2012, he is showing us that he has no intention of giving up power. How far will he be able to go without Americans rising up?

  11. The Senate is compliant and Boehner is incompetent. I’m afraid it’s SCOTUS or nothing. Great post, Bob.

  12. samhenry says:

    Great post – excellent.

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