The danger is that rule by Executive Order bypasses the legislative branch and constraints and is not subject to judicial review. Executive Order was once a temporary expedient that has become a norm to power. There was a time not long ago when the campaign winning party did not take power or rule. A new administration was sworn to uphold the Constitution and administer the laws and institutions of the United States of America. When did taking power and ruling become the American way?
Sen. Barack Obama, not yet even President-elect until the Electoral College votes, has already declared he will 'rule' by Executive Order, by fiat, by decree, by diktat.
President-elect Obama plans to use his executive powers to make an immediate impact when he takes office, perhaps reversing Bush administration policies on stem cell research and domestic drilling for oil and natural gas.Many more people than a single Republican congressman have expressed concern over the willingness of Obama and his transition team to resort to fiat first over any attempt to work through the normal and correct avenues of representative democracy. Some have expressed concern about the establishment of a civilian security force, a name familiar to Cubans, that will do something unspecified and a new kind of court system to try the inmates of Guantanamo. But when they are all tried, then what happens to the new expensive and complex new justice system?
John Podesta, Obama's transition chief, said Sunday Obama is reviewing President Bush's executive orders on those issues and others as he works to undo policies enacted during eight years of Republican rule. He said the president can use such orders to move quickly on his own.
"There's a lot that the president can do using his executive authority without waiting for congressional action, and I think we'll see the president do that," Podesta said. "I think that he feels like he has a real mandate for change. We need to get off the course that the Bush administration has set."
A Republican congressman from Georgia said Monday he fears that President-elect Obama will establish a Gestapo-like security force to impose a Marxist or fascist dictatorship.Executive Order has always bothered and worried me and it should all freedom loving people. The EO gives a President of a free nation the power to do just about anything they want to do with very little, if anything, standing in their way. Barack Obama would go a long way in allaying my fears by bringing change to Executive Orders. He could start by not starting his administration with that tool. Also, by proposing a time limit of, say, six months after which the EO must be reviewed and voted upon by both Houses of Congress to either continue or stop the order.
"It may sound a bit crazy and off base, but the thing is, he's the one who proposed this national security force," Rep. Paul Broun said of Obama in an interview Monday with The Associated Press. "I'm just trying to bring attention to the fact that we may — may not, I hope not — but we may have a problem with that type of philosophy of radical socialism or Marxism."
"That's exactly what Hitler did in Nazi Germany and it's exactly what the Soviet Union did," Broun said. "When he's proposing to have a national security force that's answering to him, that is as strong as the U.S. military, he's showing me signs of being Marxist."
Rule by Executive Order is not democratic, not fair, not change I can live with.
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