Prog Canon (recycled sunnyschool lesson)

but not illegal orders

Discussing gun control, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Friday told a Utah sheriff that if Barack Obama issues an executive order, that order is the law and the sheriff must obey. However, jurisprudence on this topic reveals exactly the opposite.

As the head of the executive branch of the federal government, a president can issue executive orders only to employees of the federal government—and only regarding implementing federal laws or programs. A governor can likewise issue executive orders to employees of his state government regarding the laws or programs of that state.

Every sheriff is a county officer, elected by the voters of that county. The Supreme Court held in Printz v. U.S. in 1997 that the Tenth Amendment forbids the federal government from ever ordering any state or local official to carry out a federal program. Ironically, that case also involved a sheriff—Jay Printz of Montana—and a federal gun control law. [Breitbart]

Here we have, boys and girls, a great example of a media jackass shootin’ his mouth off and sayin’ something is true merely because he thinks it should be true — you know, cramming reality through The Template™ in order to make it fit The Narrative™.
One might be forgiven for suspecting that this is an ongoing effort to corrupt the general cultural understanding of the rule of law.

(What? Just nailin’ their asses when they do this, as we have been taught by St Andrew of Breitbart (PBUH).)

Remember: the First Amendment’s freedom of the press is there so that the press can be a watchdog on government’s natural proclivity to trample the rights of the people, not to act as propaganda house organs for despots.


  1. Jess
    Posted February 4, 2013 at 10:12 am |

    In theory, the sheriff can tell the federal minions to pack their crap, leave immediately and go pound sand.

  2. DougM (Progophobe)
    Posted February 4, 2013 at 10:15 am |

    ^ Well, he can tell ‘em, “Enforce your own damn laws, but count me out. Oh, and don’t break any of our laws while you’re at it.”

  3. Posted February 4, 2013 at 10:25 am |

    Progs basically love feudalism, where each serf is subject to every freeman, who in turn is subject to barons and earls and dukes and such, all in a well ordered, coercive heirarchy where authority is all, responsibility is immaterial, and good will non-existent. And at the top? The United Nations. Gah!

    I mean “Gah” in a good way, as one serf to another.

  4. mojo
    Posted February 4, 2013 at 10:25 am |

    Nope. Not subject to Executive Orders, slick. Stick ‘em.

  5. Thunderbottom
    Posted February 4, 2013 at 10:34 am |

    From the minions of the “Legacy Media” spreading their government-approved disinformatsia to the teachers of the government-run schools pushing their government-approved indoctrination, I believe and sincerely hope that there is a special circle of Hell for all these willing lackeys of the current regime (go ahead, progs – cite what I just posted as “hate speech” because I hate what you’re doing to this nation and its citizens in the name of “progress”).

  6. DougM (Progophobe)
    Posted February 4, 2013 at 11:12 am |

    Walt (3)
    Well said.
    If I may, one addition:
    … and these hereditary feudal aristocrats were subject to different laws than commoners.
    This, boys and girls, was the truly revolutionary meaning of “All men are created equal.”

  7. Brad
    Posted February 4, 2013 at 11:17 am |

    Based on the last sentence of the post, the first amendment may have outlived its usefulness.

  8. TimO
    Posted February 4, 2013 at 11:22 am |

    Wolf and his ilk believe in the “Imperial Presidency”, something which has never existed in this country but, like the concepts of “Lords and Serfs” and “Camelot” the Democrats have pined for these last five decades.

  9. Jess
    Posted February 4, 2013 at 11:29 am |

    Wolf left his integrity in Baghdad, along with a few dozen soiled boxers.

  10. DougM (Progophobe)
    Posted February 4, 2013 at 11:51 am |

    Tim (8)
    Historically, it’s called the “enlightened despot,”
    a yearning for a wise, just, and good king who will fix it all.
    Progs looove the “enlightened despot” idea.
    (What? Well, okay, yeah, some call it “daddy issues,” too.)

  11. Steve Skubinna
    Posted February 4, 2013 at 1:37 pm |

    Wolf and Piers ought to get their own show, where they explain Constitutional law to us dummies.

    They could call it “Just because we’re making this shit up doesn’t mean you don’t gotta do it! It’s the law, man!”

  12. Merovign
    Posted February 4, 2013 at 7:03 pm |

    It’s the leftist ethos – reality is subject to revision because I *want* it to be, and that includes whether you go to the camps.

  13. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted February 4, 2013 at 10:42 pm |

    Lemme see; after Wolfie gets arrested for, say vehicular manslaughter one boozy evening, let’s see him forego a lawyer and apply his superior legal knowledge by arguing dismissal of his own case because the charge is ‘unconstitutional’.
    “See here, Judge, manslaughter isn’t mentioned in the Constitution, so I can’t be charged with that. I have rights.”
    He’ll look good in orange.
    Give some folks a live microphone and they become smugly self righteous fucking know-it-alls.

  14. RonF
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 1:42 pm |

    How is it that someone who is supposedly educated thinks that the Executive department can make law?

  15. ZZMike
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 7:36 pm |

    Not too many executive orders have been nullified. The most infamous EO is FDR’s EO 1066, that rounded up all the Japanese in the country.

    One of the few that got overturned by the Supreme Court was one of Harry Truman’s, that tried to nationalize the steel industry.

    The trouble with any law or reguation is that we have has to wait for some poor sap to get caught up in it. Then he can take it to court, but he still has to devote his while life from then on to fight the case.

    Used to be, we were a nation of laws. Now we’ve become a nation of regulations – thousands of them, from agencies like the EPA – unelected people who figure they know what’s best for us.