“They are coming for your guns” is no longer a wild warning from conservatives; it is a promise from Vice President Joe Biden.
A headline at Politico reads, “Joe Biden: White House eyeing 19 executive actions on guns.” They use the word “actions” because it doesn’t sound as dictatorial as “orders,” which is what they are: executive orders.
The article doesn’t make clear that President Obama will actually sign nineteen executive orders or if he’s just considering one or two that have nineteen variations and he is simply figuring out which one to sign.
But the article does say this:
“The focus on executive orders is the result of the White House and other Democrats acknowledging the political difficulty of enacting any new gun legislation, a topic Biden did not address in Monday’s meeting.” [Emphasis mine.]
What was the point of the very deliberate separation of powers created by our Founders that ensured there could be no tyranny from our government? Three branches of government were created to provide checks and balances so that there would be no tyranny. Enacting laws is supposed to be “politically difficult.” It is supposed to be “politically difficult” for one man, the president, to do whatever he wants, because there is a Congress to prevent him from becoming a dictatorial tyrant. That was the point of creating three separate branches of government!
Right now Congress is divided pretty evenly between Democrats and Republicans. The Republicans who lost their seats in the 2012 elections lost their seats because their constituents at home wanted somebody new. But the Republicans who kept their seats kept them because their constituents at home wanted them to keep doing what they were doing.
By subverting the constitutional separation of powers and enacting whatever laws he wants right from his desk, Barack Obama is denying a voice to the half of the country who voted to keep their Republican representatives and senators in office. Obama is denying their right to choose how they want the country run. Gridlock is good; it means a tyranny is not yet in place.
In the Politico article mentioned above, Joe Biden also said that Obama has “made up his mind” to support a ban on assault weapons. Not tighter restrictions, but an outright ban.
With his nomination of Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense and John Kerry for Secretary of State, and now with possibly “nineteen” executive orders up his sleeve to dictate laws to us, circumventing Congress, subverting the Constitution, flaunting the will of the American people, Obama, with no worry about another election, is now letting his radical side be more public than in his first term.