Presidential Executive Orders: The path to tyranny by servents who think they’re celebrities

When people point out that government is out of control, that it must be pulled back into reasonable levels of staffing and regulation, they are often viewed by mainstream society to be radical dissidents who are acting as counter-revolutionaries to the revolution of socialism that has infected America since Teddy Roosevelt used Presidential Executive Orders to bypass congress, and make rulings like a king over the legislative process in the House of Representatives, and the Senate. For many years this process has been abused to reflect the personal desires of American presidents, but other than FDR who had 11 Executive Orders over a 16 year period, most of the presidents up until Bush Jr. showed a tendency to not abuse their power.

However starting with Bush Jr., presidents began to run the Executive Branch as a dictatorship and it cannot be questioned that the national deficit has increased along the lines of presidential executive orders. When congress and the senate learns that a President is willing to bypass the entire legislative process with monarchy-like executive orders they tend to have shown an unwillingness to engage in the hard discussions of balancing a budget and going against a president who may be their party representative, even though they know full well that the president has overstepped their boundaries in a thirst for power.

It was an Executive Order from Kennedy that made public sector unions legal in the United States which has led directly to the chaos in government budgets now being experienced with serious union resistance to austerity measures on budget cut-backs. Yet that is only one of the many Executive Orders issued by American presidents, which a small sampling can be seen below. The frequency of the issued Executive Orders obviously has increased over the last decade and demand censorship by the people of America. Reeling in the power of these politicians is the obligation of all Americans, and without a willingness to do the difficult, and “unpopular” work of tongue lashing out-of-control politicians, more Executive Orders can be expected in the future.

Here are a few of the Presidential Executive Orders over just 100 years, which started the modern progressive era that has caused so much trouble. There may be some debate about the numbers. Different sources are given below for comparison. But the general idea is evident.

T. Roosevelt 3
Others to FDR NONE
FDR 11 in 16 years
Truman 5 in 7 years
Ike 2 in 8 years
Kennedy 4 in 3 years
LBJ 4 in 5 years
Nixon 1 in 6 years
Ford 3 in 2 years
Carter 3 in 4 years
Reagan 5 in 8 years
Bush 3 in 4 years
Clinton 15 in 8 years
George W. Bush 62 in 8 years
Obama 139 in 3½ years!

Allows the government to take over all modes of transportation and control of highways and seaports.
Allows the government to seize and control the communication media.
Allows the government to take over all electrical power, gas, petroleum, fuels and minerals.
Allows the government to take over ALL FOOD resources and farms.
Allows the government to MOBILIZE CIVILIANS INTO WORK brigades under government supervision.
Allows the government to take over all health, EDUCATION and welfare functions.

Designates the registration of all persons. Postmaster General to operate a “National Registration”
Allows the government to take over all airports and aircraft, including commercial aircraft.
Allows the Housing and Finance Authority to relocate communities, build new housing with public funds, designate areas to be abandoned, and establish new locations for populations.
Allows the government to take over RAILROADS, inland waterways and public storage facilities.

Assigns emergency preparedness function to Federal departments and agencies,
CONSOLIDATING 21 operative Executive Orders issued over a fifteen year period.
Specifies the responsibility of the Office of Emergency Planning and gives authorization to put all Executive Orders into effect in times of increased international TENSIONS and economic or financial crisis.

There are many more but this certainly provides context of just how serious the problems over executive orders truly is. Executive Orders are too reminiscent of a dictatorship and they should be ended as a practice that is today all too common. Obama in just 4 years has entirely too many Executive Orders. The whole reason for the orders is Obama wished to by-pass the legislative branch which is the direct representatives of the American public, so in issuing Executive Orders, Obama has declared that he does not respect the wishes of the American people.

The people who are wrong in the manner of politics today are all those who wish to continue a government that spends money in a deficit toward promises that do not make American culture stronger, and has a tendency not to respect elections leaning instead on cleaver public relations and executive orders to do whatever they want, just for the sake of doing it. It is time to have the serious discussion that little of anything in our current government is good for the future of America, or the people who make it a great country. There is no compromise with the kind of people who would dare to issue Executive Orders by-passing the legislative process so that politicians who are merely public servants can pretend they are kings.

An American President is not a king, a god, or even a celebrity. Our modern public wishes to see them this way out of an immaturity that mankind has not yet grown out of, but in philosophic principal a president is a servant of the people who elect them. The legacy of a president which so many are concerned with is not in the best interest of the country, it is only in the interest of a leader. In America, we are supposed to be a people who don’t require “leaders” to hold our hands while we cross the street, or wish to start a new business. Leaders are for weaklings in other countries. Presidents are not American leaders, and therefore should not have a right to issue Executive Orders like a European monarch. Yet they do, and the public lets them because people don’t wish confrontation or even ridicule by those in power. So they smile and line up to shake the hand of a shriveling politician who disguises their bad breath with bucketfuls of mouthwash—for it is more than tooth decay that the mouthwash hides in a typical politician, especially presidents. It’s a lust for power that is most easily seen in the behavior of Presidential Executive Orders that decays the soul of the small minds who crave public approval and votes so they can sit in an old building called The White House.

Rich Hoffman

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