Friday, February 22, 2013

WELL ON THE WAY TO DICTATORSHIP


There are three branches of government, the Executive Branch, the Legislative Branch and the Judicial Branch. There are three branches in order to prevent one or the other from having too much power. It is a system of checks and balances.

As head of the Executive Branch, the president’s job is to EXECUTE (hence the title: EXECUTive) the laws that Congress passes, or to veto them, forcing Congress to override his veto if they can.

There is a provision for the president to issue an Executive Order if Congress does not have sufficient time to deal with an issue.

Presidents have increasingly used this power to bypass Congress on some pet issue.

This president is no exception. He continues to issue Executive Orders at an alarming rate.

He also continually disdains Congress for failing to see things his way. His idea of compromise is “Let go of your core values and do what I tell you to do.”

In September of 2011, in a speech about “fixing the ‘no child left behind’ act,” President BO (the amateur president) said, “…but, if Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations, I will.”

In October of 2011 he said, concerning the jobs act, “…if Congress won’t act, I will”

In February of 2012, White House Domestic Policy Council Chairperson, Cecilia Munoz said, “In the areas where we’re struggling to get legislation through because we don’t have the partners we need…this president is going to continue to do what he can to move the ball forward for people, even in the absence of Congressional action.”

In July of 2013, PBO (tap), speaking on immigration, said, “If Congress is unable to move forward in a timely fashion, will send up a bill based on my proposal and insist that they vote on it right away.”

In is 2013 State of the Union address, speaking about climate change, President Obama said, “But, if Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations, I will.”

Those are not things I made up. President BO (the amateur president) and/or his administration actually said them.

Maybe you think this is the right direction for presidents of this country to move. You are wrong.

The end result of these kinds of actions is a dictatorship.

Some of you are quite happy with that prospect. Congratulations. You are on your way there.

31 comments:

Ducky's here said...

"this president is going to continue to do what he can to move the ball forward for people..."

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That is not necessarily dictatorial. You need specifics.

Executive orders are simple orders by the executive to executive agencies. Without specifics, the mere issuance of executive orders is not a concern.

You sound like another hysterical right winger, Joe.

Joe said...

Ducky: Oh, yes! I'm hysterical! I see demons around every corner! I am a paranoid racist who knows almost nothing about the history of the U.S. I feel so inadequate with so many of you highfalutin pseudo-intellectuals helping me out.

Obama's rhetoric sounds very dictatorial.

At the very least it sounds like he thinks it is perfectly OK to leave Congress out of the process if he doesn't like what they are or are not doing.

Craig said...

He continues to issue Executive Orders at an alarming rate.

Here's a list of the number of EO signed by presidents in the last 100 years,

Calvin Coolidge 1,203
Herbert Hoover 968
Franklin D. Roosevelt 3,522
Harry S. Truman 907
Dwight D. Eisenhower 484
John F. Kennedy 214
Lyndon B. Johnson 325
Richard Nixon 346
Gerald R. Ford 169
Jimmy Carter 320
Ronald Reagan 381
George Bush 166
William J. Clinton 364
George W. Bush 291
Barack Obama 147

Fewer than any pres. in the last 100 years. Alarming. Somehow the Republic has survived EO's.

Joe said...

Craig: I am alarmed by the rate of his EOs.

But more importantly, I am alarmed by his attitude toward Congress and how he uses EOs.

His expressed intent is to bypass Congress, not a matter of timing, as was the case with the majority of EOs until recent history.

You list is nothing new and says nothing of his motives.

Far too many presidents have used too many EOs, but none since Roosevelt have used them for the expressed purpose of bypassing Congress or the will of the people.

Ducky's here said...

Joe, you are alarmed by the rate of his EO's, the lowest of any 20th century president?

Can we assume that you wish he would issue more?

Joe said...

Ducky: Uhh, no. I would wish he would issue them Constitutionally, as they were intended, not a threats of "So it my way or else."

Fredd said...

Historically, I believe that all systems of government throughout the history of governments have devolved into dictatorships.

Without exception.

Ours has only been around for a few centuries, and looks nothing like the Founding Fathers intended. To a man, they are all rolling over in their graves concerning federal income tax, federal mandates on smoking, highway speeds, Kelo vs New London, and I could go on but won't.

We've been headed towards a dictatorship ever since the ink on the Declaration of Independence was still wet.

Xavier Onassis said...

Jo Joe - "At the very least it sounds like he thinks it is perfectly OK to leave Congress out of the process if he doesn't like what they are or are not doing."

The President isn't "leaving Congress out of the process", they removed themselves from the process of governing by refusing do ANYTHING!

Governing REQUIRES compromise. That's not a dirty word. That's how The People's Business gets done. Each side negotiates and compromises until they have a Bill they can both agree on and they send it to the President to sign and put into law.

But the Tea Party idiots and the religious nut jobs in your Party have obstructed, obfuscated, filibustered, postured, posed and preened instead of governing!

The American People come first! That is who they were elected to represent and serve.

But they aren't doing that. They are pandering to the extremes in their base constituency because they are scared to death of being Primaried out of the next election by the crazies.

So if the extremists in Congress are going to act like a bunch of junior high Valley Girls and remove themselves from the process of governing, then it is up to the President to exhibit leadership and move the country forward.

If Congress wants to participate, they can stop acting like ignorant, petulant, spoiled brats and start creating and passing legislation.

Lead, follow or get out of the way. The People's business will be done. Let the SCOTUS sort it out.

Can Someone Please Explain The Liberal Mentality said...

If you don't think that Barack Hussein Obama is a dictator, then you must have been living in a cave for the past 4 years!

Xavier Onassis said...

CSPETLM - "If you don't think that Barack Hussein Obama is a dictator, then you must have been living in a cave for the past 4 years!"

Definition of DICTATOR

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a : a person granted absolute emergency power; especially : one appointed by the senate of ancient Rome
b : one holding complete autocratic control
c : one ruling absolutely and often oppressively

The President is not a Dictator. He is the democratically elected (and reelected) President of the United States, voted into office (twice) by a majority of the American electorate.

He is exercising the powers of the Presidency as outlined in the Constitution of the United States.

The fact that you don't like his policies doesn't make him a Dictator.

Looking back in anger said...

No more Bill of Rights--no compromise, no more obeying the Constitution, so what else would you call him!

Dave Miller said...

Joe, your claim that Pres Obama is circumventing the will of the people is factually wrong. Can you cite any polls in the last two weeks that support your claim?

Most polls now show a wide majority of Americans favor the positions of Pres Obama.

Joe said...

Lbia: "...what else would you call him!"

Got me!

DM: You may use me as your source.

Anonymous said...

There is no doubt about it, the Right-wing fashion of America hates having a Black Man as President!
For the past 4 plus years, conservative wing-nuts had quite a field day with their baseless accusations that President Obama was not an American citizen. Some, including Sarah Palin, tried to persuade the public that Obama had befriended terrorists. Then, there was the lie that Obama was a secret Muslim.

Most of these lies have fallen by the wayside, having been debunked by the media, and having discredited those, like Palin and that other dumbass Donald Trump,
But now another conservative anti-Obama meme has emerged — the president hates America and is bent on destroying it.
Sean Hannity recently said on his radio show: “Four more years of Obama will end America, the country we love, as we know it.”

Rush Limbaugh also recently said on his radio show: “It can now be said, without equivocation — without equivocation — this man [Obama] hates this country. Barack Obama is trying to dismantle, brick by brick, the American dream.”
These charges witch are crafty and, perhaps, somewhat effective among the Fox News-watching, Birther crowd are of course ridicules. .

Obama can and has produced his birth certificate to prove his citizenship. He can clearly demonstrate his longstanding membership in a Christian church. But where’s his certificate proving that he really, truly loves America? Show us those papers, Mr. President.
It’s just another ridiculous but insidious charge and it helps feed the suspicion and hatred of Obama that so many on the right have nurtured for years. Obama, of course, would never deign to answer such silly talk. What’s he to do — literally wrap himself in the American flag?
Speaking of the flag, funny story: there’s even a rumor making its way around the Internet that Obama wears his American flag lapel pin upside down as a message to the Muslim Brotherhood that he is, indeed, a secret, anti-American Muslim. The point I’m trying to make is that you hypocritical racists are in NO position to be calling Barack Obama a liar of any kind, when for the last three years he has faced constant, unrelenting, mean-spirited, dishonest criticism since before he took office and every day since. His patriotism has been questioned by every member of the right wing echo chamber especially FoxNews and Rush Limbaugh, every single day he has served. He has been called a socialist, communist, Nazi, Marxist, traitor, foreign, un-American, liar, magic negro, halfrican and worse. He has suffered innumerable lies about his ideology, religion, family and even his place of birth. No other president in the history of this country has faced such unfounded open hostility and disrespect. No other president has ever been called a liar by a member of congress during a State of the Union, no other president has had to show his birth certificate…repeatedly.

Perplexed said...

Dave Miller said...
“Most polls now show a wide majority of Americans favor the positions of Pres Obama”.
You Sir are another Brainwashed and Brain-Dead Kool Aid drinker
Did these pollsters bother to ask, the proper questions? Did the poll question include "in order to reduce the federal budget deficit?" And what would be the poll results if that were changed to "if it had no material effect on the national deb?"

Another leading question poll, and a day in which the nation was papered by the daily Democratic talking points.
With a totally non-critical and obliging press to take dictation and send it out.
Our leader spends our money like a mad man, and demands more money from “the rich”. So with some state taxes higher income peeps will be paying around 51%. Congratulations to the United States of America on becoming Socialists.
What a revelation!!! People have no problem with raising taxes on the other guy as long as they don't have to pay more. I never would have guessed. However, they are not willing to have reforms made to SS, Medicare or Medicaid because those would affect them. I'll sacrifice my neighbor's income but not my benefits.

Perplexed said...

Liberals, like Dave Miller here think the world is full of sunshine, rainbows, unicorns butterflies, and puppy dogs and think that ATM machines conjure money from a magical world of money where nobody is accountable for anything. Liberals believe that they know better than anybody else how to live every aspect of their lives. Liberals think government is good, and government should be involved in everything in our lives from cradle to the grave. Liberals can find no fault with Governmental authority. Sorry to rock your boat Dave Miller but American is not just a cute petting Zoo, where you came just smile and have someone do the work for you. The motto is Blame somebody else, always works for liberals.

Joe said...

Anon: "...in NO position to be calling Barack Obama a liar...'

A man who farms is a farmer.

A man who lies is a (Fill in the blank---hint: liar)____________

Anonymous said...

In today's world Socialism IS Liberalism and vice versa.

In a Christian culture Envy is considered one of the Seven Deadly Sins. In a Socialist culture Envy, Spite, Malice, Cupidity, Theft, Vandalism and the Lust for Revenge are positively exalted.

Hegelian-Marxian-Fabian-Communist-Socialist-Progressive-Liberal crapola turns traditional values and mores upside down and inside out.

Undisciplined, uninformed, unskilled, people with no money find this very appealing. So do the "intellectual morons" -- and the Moguls of Big Business and International Banking -- who have dreamed and schemed to turn us all into slaves and be our Masters since the latter part of the nineteenth century.

To me it's painfully obvious. I figured it out for myself more than thirty years ago, but most accuse me of being a "Conspiracy Theorist."
Their aim is to destroy the United State... U.S. President Barack Obama has become the poster-boy
Bottom line, I don't hate liberals, who are really progressives. Liberals are stupid, anti-patriotic, hypocritical liars, dumb...you name it. They just stole the liberal moniker when people realized how nuts progressives were. It's so easy to see through the hypocrisy and mind-controlling manipulative pile of leftist garbage for what it is and the fact of the architects being the only beneficiary of such socialist politics.
I am judging from what I have seen in nearly 50 years of life.
I just want them to stop taking my money and interfering in my life. That's all.

Lisa said...

It's only dictatorial if Bush said it. Remember the "I'm the decider" comment that the left couldn't let go of?
Then they called him King George?
I agree with you Joe it's so much his use or abuse of power as much as it is his words. His words truly do portray that of a dictatorial nature. I never saw a president use the bully pulpit and the media who go along with anything he proposes.
This is not a good precedent to use because it just opens the door for any other yahoo to come into office and continue down this path of finger pointing,accusing,blaming.
I bet the left would be incensed if a republican president spoke this way.
We have to call this out when we see it being there are so many who are enamored with this president for no good reason,we will become nothing more than sheep to the slaughter.

Joe said...

XO: "...they removed themselves from the process of governing by refusing do ANYTHING!"

Not doing anything IS a part of the process and it totally appropriate when the situation warrants it.

In effect they told BO, "We think you are wrong, dead wrong, and we don't want to be a part of it."

Perfectly proper. Especially considering that they are right.

Anon: "I just want them to stop taking my money and interfering in my life. That's all."

Don't hold your breath.

Lisa: Right. Even gas prices show them for who they are. Prices went up...it was Bush's fault. Prices went down...BO praised himself for it. Prices went back up (and are up more now than they were before), and suddenly it's Bush's fault again.

How does that even work?

Joe said...

HEY! YOU ANONYMOUSES! I allow anonymous comments here, but it would be helpful if you would use a name, even a fake name, at the end of your comments so we can know which Anonymous we're dealing with.

Annie Mouse said...

Are we “ Well on the Way to Dictatorship", heck I’d say that we are more there than not.
For decades, America has prided itself on being the number one Super Power. Can we say that now? No way. American is no longer number one in anything good. America now leads the world in crime statistics, debt levels, and costs for basic life essentials. We may still like to think of ourselves as being on top, but face the facts , we owe China more money than we will be able to re-pay in our lifetime. America has the biggest national debt the world has ever seen and our Dear Leader is still not satisfied, he still want’s to increase the dept. If you find that depressing, statistics indicate you’re not alone, I feel that way myself.
In Capitalism, a person keeps what they earn. In Socialism, a person keeps what someone else earns. In Communism, everyone is a slave to the government. Socialism is the Devil getting his foot in your front door. Communism is when the Devil takes control of your home. America's days are numbering before we are NO LONGER a free nation.
Any government leader who provides welfare benefits, jobs, healthcare, driver's licenses and education to CRIMINALS who illegally cross our nation's borders is committing treason. We put a man in the white house who thinks he is “King, Emperor, and the Messiah” what he can’t get his way through Congress he changes the rules without the vote of Congress, and does it anyway! . If that isn’t a dictatorship, what is? And when we had the chance to get rid of that Cancer and vote him out, these leftist IDIOTS go ahead do the same thing all over again.
Allowing Illegal immigration is a deliberate act of treason by our Dear Leader, as part of the ongoing effort to destroy America's sovereignty and bring about a New World Order, , a Godless Global Totalitarian Communist Police State. It's become so bad that American citizens are now competing with illegal aliens for American jobs. We have been sold out by Democrat, Liberals, Progressives. and whatever else crawls in slime. They are traitors.

Joe said...

Annie Mouse (I appreciate that...plue it's funny!): I don't think you have overstated the case. I think we're on a downward spiral that is going to be very difficult to stop.

Lisa said...
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Lisa said...

Great Comment Annie. I couldn't have said it better. And if you recall even Hitler had a big Academia following.

Joe you are so right about the gas prices. What is really ironic is I have friends who are not particularly political but not a word on the high gas prices. It's like the media created the narrative that no one is to question authority. Something like they do in China. The liberals can act like they know better with their word mincing . It's part of their strategy and we need to keep pushing back. The U.S did not become the free nation it is by being silent. It's vital that we keep fighting otherwise we all lose even the people who think Obama is wonderful.They just don't realize how vulnerable we are yet.
I say we start demanding our candidates be experienced in governing and not just reciting speeches.


Xavier Onassis said...

Jo Joe - "Not doing anything IS a part of the process and it totally appropriate when the situation warrants it."

Governing requires some things to take place whether you like it or not. Like paying the bills that you have already incurred via the funds you allocated by the bills that you voted to pass.

You don't get to obstruct that process to win political points with the most radical elements of your base who have no idea how government actually works and who think you are standing up for conservative principals by walking out on the check with a full tummy.

Xavier Onassis said...

Perplexed - "Did these pollsters bother to ask, the proper questions?"

Screw the polls. The ballot box asked the only question that mattered..."Who do you want to be president for the next 4 years?"

And the American People answered. Overwhelmingly. They were right. You are wrong. The matter is settled. Let it go before you give yourself a stroke.

Xavier Onassis said...

Annie Mouse - "Hegelian-Marxian-Fabian-Communist-Socialist-Progressive-Liberal crapola turns traditional values and mores upside down and inside out."

I always thought Fabian was overrated. He had a nice pompadour but "Turn Me Loose" just wasn't that catchy.

Seriously...are you so uneducated that you think by stringing together a bunch of different philosophies in a hyphenated, stream of consciousness, word salad that you can convince educated people that all those words mean the same thing?

Buy a dictionary. Use it. Stop embarassing yourself.

Joe said...

XO: You don't get to obstruct that process to win political points with the most radical elements of your base who have no idea how government actually works and who think you are standing up for liberal principals by "requiring" others to compromise by giving up their core principles.

Joe said...

XO: "...are you so uneducated that you think ...you can convince educated people..."

Why do you people who consider yourselves so much more educated than everybody else keep missing the point?

Ducky's here said...

Speaking of the flag, funny story: there’s even a rumor making its way around the Internet that Obama wears his American flag lapel pin upside down as a message to the Muslim Brotherhood that he is, indeed, a secret, anti-American Muslim.

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I confess, I started that one.