Perpetually faced with a do-nothing Congress willing to obstruct a bill that cures cancer (cancer is good for small business), President Obama swore in his State of the Union address that he would pass certain bills through executive order. Friends of the GOP, who suddenly forgot all the executive orders from President George W. Bush, freaked out. The fact remains that President Obama has issued fewer executive orders than most presidents. Oddly enough, the GOP is always shouting how Obama never shows leadership, yet they scoff when the Anti-Christ does.
Hear Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin rant about Obama’s executive orders.
Here’s the video with right-wing pundits Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin ranting about Obama’s supposed ‘coup’ via executive orders.
The ranting about Obama’s executive orders started after the Newtown massacre.
Despite the fact that gun freedoms have actually gone up under President Obama, like him allowing guns in National Parks, Alex Jones and his million moron army are convinced that the President is going to send Rosie O’ Donnell and Susan Sarandon to every gun owner’s house and confiscate them. When President Obama signed 23 executive orders to push through some of his sensible new gun laws in the wake of the terrible Newtown massacre, the right suddenly acted like the Kenyan Socialist had become King Kenyan Socialist.
For example, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has accused Obama of acting “like a king or a monarch.” South Carolina congressman Jeff Duncan angrily cried “We live in a republic, not a dictatorship.” Mike Huckabee said that the White House has “nothing but contempt for the Constitution” and seeks to “trump … the checks and balances of power in which no branch could act unilaterally,” and Texas congressman Steve Stockman threatened impeachment (NY Magazine).
Not to interrupt this lovely circle jerk session of feigned white guy outrage, but…
Not to interrupt this lovely circle jerk session of feigned white guy outrage, but President Obama has in fact issued the fewest executive decrees of any other modern POTUS since Grover Cleveland –and revisionist history doesn’t count. Now, for those among us with fully functioning cerebral cortexes (and maybe decent sized penises), it’s crystal clear that Obama has no intention of outlawing guns through a signed decree. In fact, according to the Times, the measures he’s considering are quite mild and mundane and would do nothing to disrupt the Second Amendment.
From the NY Times:
Actions the president could take on his own are likely to include imposing new limits on guns imported from overseas, compelling federal agencies to improve sharing of mental health records and directing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct research on gun violence, according to those briefed on the effort.
But these are the same people who think that a guy, with the ability to explain himself in public and who wants to make private health insurers even richer with new customers, is somehow the same as the murder of six million Jews. But surprise, surprise: the president has used this extra power the fewest number of times in modern history.
Here’s a chart that compares how many executive orders were issued by presidents of the US per day.
(Source: NY Magazine)
Ronald Reagan issued more executive orders than Obama.
Ronald Reagan, who the Right considers to be the second coming of John Galt, used more executive orders than Obama, as did George W. Bush. But you wouldn’t know it since those right-wingers didn’t make a peep during Lord George “paste eating” Bush’s reign of terror, in which we got such lovely freedom loving things as the Patriot Act. Despite claims to the opposite, Obama’s not even in the same galaxy of dictatorial power that the ghouls on the right say he is.
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