Obama’s latest despotic subterfuge: issuing directives as “memoranda”

Forgive me but once again I must invoke one of my favorite 80s songs and bands, Missing Persons’ “Words.” As you know, the refrain goes, “What are words for, when no one listens anymore, What are words for, When no one listens, What are words for, When no one listens, its no use talking at all — Do you hear me? Do you care?”

And with that playing in the background comes the latest deceptive trick emanating from the Obama administration relating to the meaning of words — executive orders and memoranda.

As reported by USA Today, “By issuing his directives as “memoranda” rather than executive orders, Obama has downplayed the extent of his executive actions. President Obama has issued a form of executive action known as the presidential memorandum more often than any other president in history — using it to take unilateral action even as he has signed fewer executive orders. When these two forms of directives are taken together, Obama is on track to take more high-level executive actions than any president since Harry Truman battled the “Do Nothing Congress” almost seven decades ago, according to a USA TODAY review of presidential documents.”

So when President Obama says he’s used fewer executive orders than President Bush, he is telling a half-truth, because he’s used something by a different name to achieve the same end result.

What are words for? In this case, they’re for deceiving the American people about the expansive rule — as opposed to governing — of the executive branch under this current president in order to overrule and dismiss the legislative branch.

The sad thing is that most of our countrymen either don’t understand or couldn’t care less. I guess President Obama took legislative expert Gwyneth Paltrow’s suggestion to do whatever he wants. However, this is a dangerous endeavor for the sanctity of our constitutional republic and the preservation of our rule of law.

We are living under the rule of one.

As USA Today reports, “Obama has issued executive orders to give federal employees the day after Christmas off, to impose economic sanctions and to determine how national secrets are classified. He’s used presidential memoranda to make policy on gun control, immigration and labor regulations. Tuesday, he used a memorandum to declare Bristol Bay, Alaska, off-limits to oil and gas exploration.”

Once again, this is not how the system of separation of powers in our federal governmental structure was supposed to work. The executive branch executes the laws as passed by the legislative branch once signed into law. The executive branch does not exist to make policy. It can present a policy to the Congress for consideration and debate, which, if a compelling case can be made, the people’s representatives will take up, amend, debate, and pass then offer to the executive branch for signature. That is the system of our representative democracy which is being abused through the manipulation of terminology.

How can our country return to regular order when that order is being disregarded by the very person who took an oath to faithfully execute the duties of his presidential office?

So what exactly is happening? In a nutshell, as USA Today explains, “like executive orders, presidential memoranda don’t require action by Congress. They have the same force of law as executive orders and often have consequences just as far-reaching. And some of the most significant actions of the Obama presidency have come not by executive order but by presidential memoranda.”

So the sleight of hand (or mouth?) comes from President Obama’s own words. “Obama has made prolific use of memoranda despite his own claims that he’s used his executive power less than other presidents. “The truth is, even with all the actions I’ve taken this year, I’m issuing executive orders at the lowest rate in more than 100 years,” Obama said in a speech in Austin last July. “So it’s not clear how it is that Republicans didn’t seem to mind when President Bush took more executive actions than I did.” Obama has issued 195 executive orders as of Tuesday. Published alongside them in the Federal Register are 198 presidential memoranda — all of which carry the same legal force as executive orders.”

I suppose it’s just too late to add the aforementioned to the Fact Checker’s Pinocchio list for 2014. This has severe ramifications and consequences for America. Remember, if you read the Declaration of Independence in its entirety — which I recommend, it doesn’t take long – you’ll see a list of grievances against an invasive and intrusive monarch, King George III.

One of the grievances listed by the astute Thomas Jefferson is “For taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our Governments.” I’m quite sure Thomas Jefferson and the author of our Constitution — James Madison – wouldn’t be exactly thrilled about what is happening. The greater question is, are we today thrilled with what is happening?

Therefore, I implore those of you who do care to edify others. For the progressive socialist detractors who troll these pages and offer incessant excuses and empty comparisons, I’m quite sure you find nothing wrong with President Obama’s actions.

After all the basic mantra as advocated by the premier radical himself, Saul Alinsky, was that the ends justify the means and that comes truly “by any means necessary.” The greatest tool is the manipulation of language through its redefinition, aided by deception and lies.

We are living in an America not based on the “consent of the governed” but by the manipulation of the masses, leading to the rule of the collective. We’re no longer seen as individuals while liberty and freedom are foreign concepts.

Ask yourself, is what I just shared here being reported on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, or PBS?

48 COMMENTS

  1. We have empowered the hard line Republicans the majority they said they needed to undo and control him. Now we will see if they are any better than the ones they have replaced when they take office in January.

    • Sorry to let you down but….just look at the budget that just passed! Nothing will change….you keep hoping that republican will DO SOMETHING but they let you down time after time after time!

      • We shall see. We have given them the power to take over in January. After that…. we have not a honest man in politics. Ted Cruz 2016.

      • I’m sorry but TED CRUZ is a national JOKE!!! Just watch what happens to him in these next 2 years. TED CRUZ is responsible for so many Obama appointees being confirmed last week…including the Surgeon General!!

      • Nope just a democratic lie, Reid would have done it anyway. Better than sitting on you buttocks and doing nothing but criticize others.

      • Seems that someone doesn’t read or gather information for themselves….sad…people like you shouldn’t be allowed to vote because it’s apparent you know NOTHING

      • Yep, I read both sides statements and decided for myself. That what I like to do read every report and opinion and decide for myself instead of letting others pull puppet strings like little trolls.

      • So if you would have read both sides you would have known that it was TED CRUZ that made it possible that the Senate stayed open that weekend and during that weekend over 25 Obama appointees were confirmed. You should read the response of republicans criticizing CRUZ for this STUNT!!

      • Like I said, there were plenty of other people that said the appointments would have been made by Reid anyway and it didn’t matter if it happened over that weekend or not. So believe what you want . I did read the Republicans response. They hate the radicals like Cruz he doesn’t tow the party line, of course they are going to sling mud. The problem now is that you can’t tell who is speaking , Democrat or Republican because the same thing come out of their mouth. Move on Shoo Fly you are bothering me.

      • What are you SIMPLE?? They would have adjourned for the year on friday or saturday…with CRUZ action…they stayed longer so they could confirm more appointees….You have to be SLOW…If they had left when they were suppose to leave they wouldn’t have had time enough to confirm those appointments!!

      • Are you simple? Reid had already stated that they might have to stay the weekend to get the 9 appts passed and that they would be passed if it was the last thing they did. That was before Cruz did anything. Do you honestly think that a couple of days on one side or the other would have stopped Reid and Obama? They would have insane on the Democrats part. Those appointments would have made if Cruz had never been born. We are living under a dictatorship. This man is going to do just as he pleases until the people rise up and put the United States of America back together again. just like we freed ourselves from the Britts.

      • WRONG!!!!! They were going to adjourn on SATURDAY…..TED CRUZ made it so that they were going to stay the entire weekend! THANKS TED CRUZ!

      • My solution is simple….republicans, democrats and independents working together….not for re-election but working for the AMERICAN PEOPLE!!! Most of you people have forgotten what these people are elected for! How long will you except NOTHING as SOMETHING!

      • No PAM…we all do not want that. Just read some of the ARTICLES on this blog. This clown isn’t talking about working together…he even had the nerve to call people that is different from him POLITICALLY……THE ENEMY!! As a veteran I find that out of line and sinkening!!!!

      • Don’t read his blog. You are not going to change his mind . Why give your self a heart attack about something you have no control over.

      • He will not get the nomination…GOP BIG MONEY doesn’t like him….wasted vote! But..you go on and support him…when he doesn’t get the nomination you’ll be so upset that you don’t bother to vote giving ANY democrat the white house!!
        That goes for Dr Ben Carson’s supporters too!!
        JEB 16!!!!

      • Americans will not vote another Bush in the White House. But if he makes the cut he has my vote, unless the Democrats can come up with something a whole lot better than Hillary.

      • excuse me…but they would not have had time to do all of those appointments if they would have adjourned when they were suppose to…The SURGEON GENERAL got confirmed so all I can say is THANK YOU TED CRUZ!!!

      • look believe what you want and so will I. There was plenty of discussion on the fact that the same appts would have happened it would have just been later and not late enough for the new appointees. I am not arguing accusations with you instead of facts . Move on, horse fly.

      • Congress has not been sworn in yet, this will happen in January. This is the old members that voted for the budget. But I don’t expect much more from the ones coming in just more BS that they will try to feed us

  2. obama would probably pass a lie detector test because obviously, he believes he is not lying to the American people. Much like a murderer bemoaning “well, if he hadn’t of gotten in the way of my knife, he’d still be alive”. More and more, I am believing that obama is not only a liar but quite possibly, psychotic.

  3. I find it ironic that Allen West does so much complaining about what Obama does but yet is too cowardly to run for president himself! Guess he feels that he can change things from a “THINK TANK”

    • When you have a democrat party that will dig up not only every thing you did wrong from birth but will also make things up or exaggerate what you have done, exposing your family to this is hard. So our next candidate will have to be some one that is of strong moral fiber. In the last election Obama attacked any from his own party that dared to consider running against him for the nomination. How is that for someone that is president of the greatest country in the world or the world has ever known, is it any wonder that America is the laughing stock of the entire planet

      • You are joking right? Even before this man would have to worry about a democrat digging up dirt on him he would have to worry about the GOP first! Also, ALL families are exposed when they run for president….ALL…so what makes ALLEN different? If Dr Ben Carson and Herman Cain can do it…why can’t allen? This only proves what a true COWARD this man really is!

      • I believe when he saw the results of a straw poll at a conservative conference that he was one of the headline speakers….finishing 9th told him he could never be president!!
        I applaud those that are willing to make a change from within instead of just complaining to get supporters to send money and buy your products! The man is a COWARD!

  4. obama has a pen and a phone. All dressed up with no place to go. Well, a lot of us would sure like to tell him where he can go.

  5. Well, well finally something that Obama is good at deception & lies. I don’t think many could make an argument that he is not good at it except the lying part he lies constantly but is not really all that good at it or are we just picking up on them more? When he lies & gets caught at it he simply tells another lie to cover the first one. In all my years I have never seen or heard a president lie like this clown. As for deception he still has an approval rating of about 40% so we now know how many truly stupid people there are in America today & that is the 40% that either believes him or is deceived by him still today, you have to hand that part of it to him he is both deceptive & a liar. Me I consider him to be a total waste of my time & when he appears on TV or I hear him of TV it is a great rush to change channels I can’t stand to hear or see him & can only hope we get someone to be the next president that can reverse all of his policies that are so detrimental to the American way

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