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. So now with President Obama considering using up to 19 executive orders to push through some of his sensible new gun laws in the wake of the terrible Newtown massacre, the right suddenly thinks that the Kenyan Socialist is 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 President Obama has in fact issued the fewest executive decrees of any other modern president 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 palpably clear that Obama has no intention of outlawing guns through an executive order. 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 articulate 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: President Obama has used this extra presidential power the fewest number of times in modern history.
(Source: NY Magazine)
Ronald Reagan, who the right considers the second coming of John Galt, used more executive orders than Obama, as did George W. Bush. But you wouldn’t know it since conservatives 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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