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Sheila Jackson Lee and President Obama

Tx Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D) and President Obama

NorthWest Liberty News

NorthWest Liberty News

Montana – -(   Executive Orders (EO), issued by the current sitting US President at the time, are nothing new to America.

In fact, our first President, George Washington, issued 8 of them during his presidency.  From my research, it is generally understood that EO’s stem from two areas of the US Constitution; and both references that substantiate EO’s are fairly weak.  As one website explains:

Presidents have been issuing executive orders since 1789 even though the Constitution does not explicitly give them the right to do so. However, vague wording in Article II Section 1 and Article II Section 2 gives the president this privilege. Executive orders also include National Security directives and Homeland Security Presidential Directives.

A well-referenced Wikipedia entry further illustrates the point:

Although there is no constitutional provision nor statute that explicitly permits executive orders, there is a vague grant of “executive power” given in Article II, Section 1, Clause 1 of the Constitution, and furthered by the declaration “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed” made in Article II, Section 3, Clause 5. Most executive orders use these Constitutional reasonings as the authorization allowing for their issuance to be justified as part of the President’s sworn duties,[2] the intent being to help direct officers of the U.S. Executive carry out their delegated duties as well as the normal operations of the federal government: the consequence of failing to comply possibly being the removal from office.[3]

Throughout history, EO’s have been responsible, at times, for drastically altering the lives of the American populace.  Perhaps the most heinous example being EO 9066, issued by Franklin D. Roosevelt, which was ultimately responsible for the internment of more than 60,000 American citizens of Japanese descent, and over 10,000 of German and Italian ancestry. That seems like a lot of power in the hands of one man and his administration.  Unfortunately, it seems that the use of EO’s are set to increase, further eroding the Constitutional principles that this nation was founded upon.

In a recent article published by the Daily Caller, Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee has promised to give Obama a number of EO’s to sign. In fact, stating that EO’s should be number one on the agenda for her newly formed Full Employment Caucus.  To give you an example of how Obama has used this extraordinary power in the past, one only needs to look here.  In this case Obama exercised Executive Privilege, but it really amounts to a de facto Executive Order.  The abuse of EO’s, by this administration, is particularly alarming when one discovers Obama’s history of deceit.

Are EO’s leading our nation into bondage?  I suppose that if for each one of us to decide.  I do know, however, whenever a president of any nation can rule, by fiat, that their actions are protected by the very office that they serve, that nation is on a slippery slope to dictatorship.  Allow me to leave you with the words of one of our greatest Founding Fathers:

“Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of a day. But a series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period, and pursued unalterably through every change of ministers (administrations), too plainly proves a deliberate systematic plan of reducing us to slavery.” – Thomas Jefferson

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  • 10 User comments to “Executive Orders: Carving a Path to Dictatorship?”

    1. Why is the NRA not fighting these executive orders?

    2. Jesse Scott on February 7, 2014 at 7:24 AM said:

      Dumb and dumber (and ugly too)

    3. This comes as no surprise under the failed constitution. Patrick Henry warned of this when he argued against adoption of it at the Virginia Ratifying Convention:

      “Such a government is incompatible with the genius of republicanism. There will be no checks, no real balances, in this government. What can avail your specious, imaginary balances, your rope-dancing, chain-rattling, ridiculous ideal checks and contrivances?…It is on a supposition that your American governors shall be honest that all the good qualities of this government are founded; but its defective and imperfect construction puts it in their power to perpetrate the worst of mischiefs should they be bad men; and, sir, would not all the world blame our distracted folly in resting our rights upon the contingency of our rulers being good or bad? Show me that age and country where the rights and liberties of the people were placed on the sole chance of their rulers being good men without a consequent loss of liberty! I say that the loss of that dearest privilege has ever followed, with absolute certainty, every such mad attempt.”

    4. D. Murphy on February 7, 2014 at 7:49 AM said:

      We have entered the period of dependence which is and will lead to dictatorship. Once 50% of the people have to depend on the government for substance the democrats will be in power forever and country we grew up in and served will cease to exist.

    5. This citizen will NEVER SURRENDER his Freedom to a dictator. I swore an Oath to the Constitution, several times, and I damned well meant what I said.

      If this “rooster lollipop” (you figure it out) thinks he can take MY COUNTRY, he had better reconsider. Screw him!

    6. Cthulhucalling on February 7, 2014 at 11:14 AM said:

      If we are decrying Executive Orders as an abuse of power and path to tyranny, why didn’t we say anything during previous administrations, who have issued far more and further reaching EOs that the current one?

    7. Trent Law on February 7, 2014 at 11:27 AM said:

      @Cthulhucalling Yeah it is all President Bushs’ fault…

    8. Cthulhucalling on February 7, 2014 at 1:25 PM said:

      @Trent Law…

      I didn’t say Bush. I said “previous administrations”. If you care to actually research the issue, you’ll see that in recent history (post-FDR) Democratic Presidents have typically issued the most EOs, but a few Republicans stand out. If you’re going to bitch about the abuse of power and the road to tyranny, let’s just make sure that that gripe is aimed at everyone equally, or is it that you’d be OK with an Emperor President as long as he belongs to the right political party?

    9. I have a question about the photo that accompanies this article. Was that picture taken at the latest gathering of the Congressional Black Caucus?

    10. Nothing here that says ignore the part(s) of any existing laws or create any new laws.

      “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed”

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