Democrats are fond of saying that Obama has used less Executive Orders than other presidents. In typical Obama fashion, he has found a way around the numbers game by using Presidential Memos, which have the same force and effect as Executive Orders. President Obama has established a new record using of presidential memos to carry out policy with little or no transparency.
A review by USA Today, published Wednesday, shows that, in fact, Obama has issued more memoranda than any U.S. president in history. He’s issued 198 – more than the 195 executive orders from his White House.
This executive action is strikingly similar to an executive order, with only slight differences. But by using the memos, this is how Obama and his advisers have claimed the president is not over-using executive orders.
The United States system of government worked because Americans trusted their government and the balance and separation of power between the three governing bodies. We have been warned by scholars in both parties that an uber presidency would bring the downfall of the Constitutional Republic. Georgetown Law Professor, Democrat Jonathan Turley said:
DEC. 3, 2013: You have the rise of an uber presidency. There could be no greater danger for individual liberty. And I really think that the framers would be horrified.
FEB. 26 2014: I believe we are now in a constitutional tipping point in our system. It’s a dangerous point for our system to be in.
JULY 16, 2014: He has said that he’s going to resolve the deadlock in Congress, the division with Congress, by ordering changes on his own terms as a majority of one. That’s what makes it dangerous.
NOVEMBER 17, 2014: Well, it’s a very sad moment. But it’s becoming a particularly dangerous moment if the president is going to go forward particularly after this election to defy the will of Congress yet again. I can understand the frustration. These are obviously two parties that are not getting along. But as you said we do have a Democratic process. We have a Congress that is coming in with the full voice of the American people behind them. That’s what an election is. Now, you may disagree with the outcome, but you have to respect the outcome.
What the president’s suggesting is tearing at the very fabric of the Constitution. We have a separation of powers that gives us balance. And that doesn’t protect the branches. It’s not there to protect the executive branch or legislative branch. It’s to protect liberty. It’s to keep any branch from assuming so much control that they become a threat to liberty.
In an interview in 2013 President Obama made a bizarre and embarrassingly inaccurate statement last week during an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews.
“We’ve had a politics, frankly, you know, the entire Republican Party brand since Ronald Reagan has been ‘government’s the problem.’ And if you, day after day, week after week, election after election, are running on that platform and that permeates our culture and it’s picked up by, you know, ordinary citizens who grow skeptical, then it’s not surprising that over time, trust in government declines.”
President Obama, “Constitutional scholar,” clearly forgets that America’s founding fathers developed a system of “checks and balances,” or “separation of powers,” not for the purposes of irritating lawmakers, but rather to ensure that no branch of the federal government, including the executive branch, would become too powerful. The idea of “self-governance” was always that the people held the power, and not the other way around.
Put simply, America’s political system evolved around a fundamental distrust in the nature of the government, which was the whole point of the separation of powers. This fact is apparent to anyone who bothers to read the actual words of the founders.
Americans distrust of government today, probably has more to do with the corruption and lack of transparency in this administration, since very few American citizens actually remember Ronald Reagan saying anything.