Are we a nation of laws or Executive Orders?

@bobmnu (8160)
United States
January 21, 2013 1:19am CST
Congress passes a law that freezes federal salaries and the President issues an executive order giving a pay raise to federal employees. Congress passes the Defence of Marriage Act and the President issues an order not to defend the law. Congress passes a law on Immigration and the President issues an order not to enforce the order. Now the Constitution states that Congress shall make laws and the President is now talking about issuing Executive orders to control guns. Please explain to me how President Obama is different than a dictator who issues orders to make changes? Do we have to elect a veto proof congress that will tell him to stop or no money for the executive branch?
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@sierras236 (2740)
• United States
21 Jan 13
I am still trying to figure out why people are drinking the kool-aid about the President and the continually lies he spews. I guess people really liked being lied to. Sorry, probably the wrong thread. His EOs are going to get him into big trouble one of these days. Once people get their head out of their ***** and really start looking at things without the rose colored glasses. They also need to stop drinking the Kool-aid.
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@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
21 Jan 13
Most of them don't understand the issues and are voting for what gets them the most stuff. Many of them think that if it is from the government it is free or comes from a tax on the rich.
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@debrakcarey (19924)
• United States
21 Jan 13
He is not any different. And you're right, Congress AND the Supreme Court need to get a pair and stop him. What bothers me the most is why they don't. WHO OR WHAT is preventing them from doing so?
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@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
22 Jan 13
It seems to me that the Republicans are afraid to stand up to him for fear of being critized by the press. People who disagree with him are attacked and called names, just look at the women who have publicly disagreed with him and what they go through. He is a product of the Chicago political machine and the way they deal with those who oppose them is to destroy them. He won't do it but his supporters will. Look at what they did to Gov Romney and Gov Palin.
@dlr297 (5418)
• United States
21 Jan 13
You are so right .....This administration is turning into a dictatorship...and congress is doing nothing about it.....pretty soon they can all go home because their will be no need for them at all.
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@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
21 Jan 13
He commented to a leader in China that he like the freedom the leadership had to make changes. Scary isn't it.
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@dlr297 (5418)
• United States
21 Jan 13
yes it is very scary...
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@Rollo1 (16686)
• Boston, Massachusetts
21 Jan 13
I have been trying to think of how he is different from a dictator, but I am having a hard time. I am also trying to figure out why we keep electing the same bums to Congress, since they aren't doing what they are supposed to do and keep this president in check. I will give Congress credit for overriding the President's order on pay freezes. I will give credit to those who are trying to legislate away his executive orders. But I am afraid there are not enough of them to counter this president's seizing of the authority that truly rests with the people and is exercised through their elected representatives in Congress.
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@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
21 Jan 13
The House controls the money they should get a backbone and do their job. If they don't like a program deny funding. If the people don't like it they can vote someone else in next election.
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@peavey (16856)
• United States
21 Jan 13
How is he different? I can't think of one thing. At first I thought that he was arrogant and thought he could do anything he wanted. Now I can see that he really can do almost anything he wants. I don't know that we can blame Congress because he overrides so much and vetoes anything he disagrees with, besides egging on partisan division.
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@Fatcat44 (1142)
• United States
22 Jan 13
I too am at a loss on how the president, by executive order over rule a law that was passed by congress and signed by a president. This just leaves me at a loss of understanding. Our system is failing fast and allowing a dictator to come into rule.
@ZoeJoy (1395)
• United States
22 Jan 13
I think we are now a nation of Executive Orders. I don't think there is a balance of power anymore.