Without a doubt, Obama is very anxious to become the Supreme Ruler of this land. His actions are so bold. Whenever he cannot get his way with Congress, he uses Executive Orders. The media is all in an hype over the 23 executive orders he signed on January 16th, 2013, but have they read them? Here they are as reported by Slate.com and other news sights:
1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system.
2. Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system.
3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system.
4. Direct the Attorney General to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks.
5. Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.
6. Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers.
7. Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign.
8. Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission).
9. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.
10. Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement.
11. Nominate an ATF director.
12. Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations.
13. Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime.
14. Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.
15. Direct the Attorney General to issue a report on the availability and most effective use of new gun safety technologies and challenge the private sector to develop innovative technologies
16. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.
17. Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities.
18. Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers.
19. Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education.
20. Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover.
21. Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges.
22. Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations.
23. Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health.
After review, I would say they are not that damaging, but his legislative pursuits are more serious. The only problem is that he does not have enough support for this legislation in Congress on either side. Thank God for elections, otherwise; he might have had the support. Here is the list of his legislative ambitions as reported Slate.com:
Require criminal background checks for all gun sales. (a.k.a. closing the "gun show loophole.")
Reinstate and strengthen the assault weapons ban.
Restore the 10-round limit on ammunition magazines.
Protect police by finishing the job of getting rid of armor-piercing bullets.
Give law enforcement additional tools to prevent and prosecute gun crime.
End the freeze on gun violence research.
Make our schools safer with more school resource officers and school counselors, safer climates, and better emergency response plans.
Help ensure that young people get the mental health treatment they need.
Ensure health insurance plans cover mental health benefits.
Finally, what is an Executive Order? It seems to be an implied power of the President under Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution as provided by the Cornell website it reads “The executive power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America” but it doesn't really have any specific wording that speaks of Executive Orders other than the President shall have Executive Power. Nonetheless, our very first President, George Washington started this tradition which is now obviously being abused.
But in truth, an Executive Order is a directive issued to federal agencies, department heads and other federal employees by the President of the United States under his statutory or Constitutional powers. Votectocracy states on their website” Executive orders can be overturned by either of the other two branches: the Supreme Court can do so through a case that is brought in front of them and Congress can do so by passing legislation that would conflict with the order or by refusing to approve funding to enforce it. The president still has the right to veto a decision from Congress, which Congress can override as always with a two-thirds majority that would end the executive order. However, this is nearly impossible because of the super majority vote that is required as well as the fact that individual lawmakers can be left very vulnerable to political criticism. To date, only two executive orders have been overturned by other branches.” Or, the next President can revoke them entirely.
Contact your Congressmen both in the Senate and the House. Write them or call them and leave a message. Tell them you are watching them, call your relatives out-of-state and ask them to write and call as well. Congress (the Senate and House of Representatives) need to know that we are watching them. The sleeping Giant needs to wake up and pull the reins in on this administration.