Prog Canon (evening reading: harumphing*)

Vice President Joe Biden revealed that President Barack Obama might use an executive order to deal with guns. “The president is going to act,” said Biden …. “There are executives orders, there’s executive action that can be taken. We haven’t decided what that is yet. But we’re compiling it all with the help of the attorney general and the rest of the cabinet members as well as legislative action that we believe is required.” Biden said that this is a moral issue and that “it’s critically important that we act.”

Yeah, I know, it’s just mad ol’ Uncle Joe Biden; but “Madness in great ones must not unwatched go.”**

To whittle away at a constitutional civil right without first repealing that right per the Constitution is a violation of one’s oath of office to “support and defend the Constitution.” Failure to uphold one’s oath is grounds for dismissal or impeachment … among other things.

If not downright treason (not the crime of treason as defined in the Constitution, the broader definition), it is certainly a betrayal of the American people.

Executive Orders have no constitutional authority other than to provide the means for the Chief Executive to communicate policy and directives in the running of Executive-Branch offices. There’s no reason why they should be considered legitimate when they direct regulations that Congress has not authorized or impose legal requirements on citizens not in Federal employ. Don’t be mislead by the legal-sounding words and music, it’s the thinly veiled dictatorial and oppressive actions (that won’t be prosecuted by a corrupt Justice Department or used for impeachment) that worry me.

Biden talked also about taking responsible action. “As the president said, if you’re actions result in only saving one life, they’re worth taking. But I’m convinced we can affect the well-being of millions of Americans and take thousands of people out of harm’s way if we act responsibly.” [more]

Re: “[If] you’re actions result in only saving one life, they’re worth taking.”
I don’t suppose using deadly force to defend oneself counts, though.
Also, what if those actions result in a higher violent crime rate? Which one life are we talking about?
The argument is absurd, of course.

In the 22 years before enactment of ‘gun free school zones,’ there were two mass school shootings. In the 22 years since enactment of ‘gun free schools,’ there have been 10 mass school shootings.” — Rep. Steve Stockman, introducing HR-35 to repeal the Gun Free School Zones Act

Re: “[If] we act responsibly.”
‘Nuff said.

* Cultural ref
** Cultural ref: King Claudius in Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 1


  1. Posted January 9, 2013 at 5:51 pm |

    He was an ugly fellow, but you gotta admit, he had a pretty snappy uniform!

    I know. Gettin’ me on the short bus now, boss.

  2. rickn8or
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 6:15 pm |

    Luurve how it’s Biden who’s floating this trial balloon; if there’s any blowback, Teh iWon can simply disavow all knowledge and throw Uncle Choo-Choo under the bus.

    I like it almost as much as the “Give us what we want, or we’ll do you worse on our own” attitude of the administration.

  3. Merovign
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 6:19 pm |

    Consequences are only for the little people.

    Raise taxes – inhibit economic activity – lose revenue – lose jobs

    Gun control – disarm victims – increase crime – more victims

    Pretty much not giving them credit for the “unintended” part of “unintended consequences.” It’s “blindingly obvious consequences.”

  4. Steve Skubinna
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 7:05 pm |

    A classmate at OCS had wire frame glasses. One day I mentioned his “Heinrich Himmler” glasses and he looked shocked.

    “I always thought of them as John Lennon glasses!” he said.

  5. geezerette
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 9:25 pm |

    Like their actions saved the four in Benghazi??? Like that??

  6. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 10:52 pm |

    Obobo: “What this “we” shiite, white boy?”

    “Responsible Action” seems to be Teh Narrative word for this. Which means that they are responsible for the results.

    –not that they’ll be around to experience that…