This Time Your Internet Would Be Directly Affected
“We Can’t Wait” – President Barack Obama
That must mean it’s time for yet another Executive Order. The political maneuver being used more and more frequently by a White House chief executive, totally frustrated when the system designed by the Constitutional framers doesn’t go his way.
It’s a fairly simple exercise. When a vote doesn’t go his way, the president simply takes the critical language of the legislation and includes it in an Executive Order, which carries the weight of law. It’s an end-around Congress and Barack Obama loves to use it.
This time it’s the failure to bring the Democrat-supported cybersecurity bill to a full vote in the Senate last week that has Obama in an Executive Order frame of mind.
When asked, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney didn’t rule out the possibility.
“In the wake of Congressional inaction and Republican stall tactics, unfortunately, we will continue to be hamstrung by outdated and inadequate statutory authorities that the legislation would have fixed,” he said.
“Moving forward, the President is determined to do absolutely everything we can to better protect our nation against today’s cyber threats and we will do that,” Carney added.
A stock response from the White House, designed to relay the message that “we can’t wait” for total Democrat control of all three branches of the government, so we’re going to rule by executive fiat – fairly similar to what one might expect from a dictatorship.
This time, however, it wouldn’t seem prudent for Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid to roll that filibustered legislation back on to the Senate floor in September, nor would it seem a wise political move for Obama to flex the EO muscle to expand the government’s control of the Internet just days before Election Day. There’s a great risk here that many voters would be irate to find the Democrats have moved to take even more control of their Internet.
Far better an idea would be to wait until after Election Day and then, if he’s re-elected, go ahead and short-circuit the Constitution by issuing the executive order.
In any event, if Obama should use the EO power grab tool and be defeated in November, the new president would undoubtedly repeal it in the first hours of his presidency in January of next year, effectively preventing an executive order on this topic to be instantly null and void.
The president likes to say “We Can’t Wait”. I agree.
We can’t wait until November 6th.