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?