Following President Obama’s Wednesday announcement of a package of initiatives aimed at curbing gun violence, cries of outrage rang louder than the Liberty Bell on the Fourth of July. Obama’s actions, both actual and rumored, have become so controversial even one Democrat compared him to a reviled 20th century dictator.
“Even Hitler would be proud of the policies that are touted by the president.” - Kesha Rogers, Texas Democrat, reported by Gateway Pundit.
Steve Stockman, the Texas Republican who made national headlines this week with his open calls for Obama’s impeachment, lamented the appearance of the president's decision to use children who wrote letters to him about the gun violence as a political backdrop. Critics, including Stockman, were outraged by what they saw as a use of children to gain political leverage at his Wednesday announcement.
““He is even using children. It reminds me of Saddam Hussein when you use kids.” – Steve Stockman, Texas Republican, speaking to Fox News’ Channel.
While Stockman has toured the cable news circuit in his call for the president’s ouster, Rogers has taken to YouTube. Both are citing the president’s use of Executive Orders as a means to circumvent Congressional authority in legislative matters, essentially creating a de facto dictatorship. To that point, Stockman made the additional case that such orders are not intended as a means of legislating from the Oval Office, but instead as a tool of managing the Executive Branch.
“Most executive orders are really meant for the executive branch. He’s using it really for legislative and skipping the Congress. That’s a violation of the Constitution. “
Obama’s fate may rest on the 19 executive orders under consideration. The directives range from improving cooperation between law enforcement agencies, to strengthening existing regulations on firearms sales. Though supporters insist the president is doing what he and many Americans believe is necessary to ensure a safer nation, opponents fear that should he be able to use his executive authority to sidestep the Congress, it could set an extremely dangerous precedent.
Many opponents also fear that Obama and his surrogates have created such a cult of personality that any attempts by Congress to thwart unilateral action by the White House, could result in a wave of voter backlash. One Congressman, Trey Radel (R-FL), offered Obama’s supporters a thought-provoking piece of irony to consider.
“What I would say to Democrats who are friends with President Obama right now is, ask yourself, what are you going to do when a Republican gets in, and you may not agree with or like very much, and begins doing the same thing?”
Bringing Articles of Impeachment against the president carries massive political risk, especially in light of a recent Pew Research Poll published Wednesday which indicates a 52 percent majority of Americans approve of Obama’s performance thus far. The last president to be impeached, Bill Clinton, enjoyed a whopping 73 percent approval rating during his 1998 impeachment, which resulted in his acquittal.