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FACT CHECK: Obama is a lawless tyrant for issuing executive orders

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In his State of the Union Address, President Obama said he would start issuing executive orders when he couldn’t work with Congress to get bills passed. Conservatives immediately pointed out that this action is unprecedented and therefore makes him a lawless tyrant. Here’s just a sample of that reaction:

Ted Cruz declared Obama “lawless” even before State of the Union:

Cruz didn’t wait to hear what Obama said during his speech on Tuesday night to draft his rebuttal, which ran in The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday morning. Pivoting off the president’s declaration that he had “a pen and … a phone” with which to take action even when blocked by Congress, Cruz declared that the “president’s persistent pattern of lawlessness” and push to work around Congress “should concern every citizen.”

During the State of the Union, Rep. Tim Huelskamp sent a street of tweets with the has tag “#Lawless” including:

Rep. Michele Bachmann and Rep. Steve King threaten to sue “King Obama”:

“He may think he is king, he may declare he’s a king, but that’s not what he is under the Constitution,” Bachmann said Tuesday. Rep. Steve King of Iowa had Bachmann’s back, arguing that Obama has repeatedly acted outside of the bounds of his constitutional authority. Not only should Congress bring Obama to court, King said, but the House should also consider a formal resolution “that lists all of [Obama’s] constitutional violations, or at least the clearest ones—there are very many, I don’t know if we’d ever get to all.”

But is he? Have other presidents used executive orders?

CLAIM
Obama’s use of executive is unprecedented and lawless.

FACT CHECK
We went back in history, as far back as anyone in the Tea Party can remember, and found that Obama’s actions are clearly unprecedented. Just look at this chart

# of executive orders by president since January 20, 2009*
FDR 0
Truman 0
Eisenhower 0
JFK 0
LBJ 0
Nixon 0
Ford 0
Carter 0
Reagan 0
Bush 0
Clinton 0
Bush 0
Obama 167

*Note: While liberals may choose another period to review, we think that’s cherry picking your facts and found this one to be the most useful for our purposes.

 

VERDICT

Obama’s use of executive orders is unprecedented in American history in the period we looked at, therefore we rate these statements as COMPLETELY AND TOTALLY THE GOD’S HONEST TRUTH. We should all be concerned about how Obama’s actions might curtail freedom and endanger democracy.

 

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Comments (2)

  1. Gary Bachman says:

    “We went back in history, as far back as anyone in the Tea Party can remember, and found that Obama’s actions are clearly unprecedented. Just look at this chart:” (and of couse the chart listing every president in the past 80 years, HAS THIS QUALIFIER: “# of executive orders by president since January 20, 2009*”

    This is pretty funny. But the trouble with such complicated humor is that way too many people do not pay attention to the details & intricacies of such commentary, and thus use such hilariously flawed “fact checks” to spread and sustain their own skewed (screwed) beliefs.

  2. Simon Wolfe says:

    Gary, let them. Stupid has to run it’s course. Sorry.