There is nothing wrong with Obama’s use of executive orders

The letters regarding presidential executive orders is fraught with numerous citations of the Constitution and yet is almost entirely wrong. Every president, starting with George Washington — with the exception of William Henry Harrison, who died on his 32nd day in office —has issued executive orders.

The use of the executive order has been upheld by the Supreme Court of the United States on numerous occasions. Use of these executive orders has ranged from Eisenhower integrating public schools to FDR creating a means to inter Japanese citizens during WWII. They are subject to judicial review and have only been struck down by the courts twice in our history.

President Obama has issued about the same number of executive orders as President Gerald Ford did in his two years in office. President Reagan, whom the Right seems to canonize as the greatest president ever, issued 381 executive orders in his two terms. This notion that President Obama is lawless because of this process is ridiculous and hollow.

It is also interesting to note that because of this “lawlessness,” the Right has questioned President Obama’s integrity by again referring to President Reagan. If President Reagan had so much integrity, then why were 83 of his administration indicted during his tenure? What about the Iran-Contra affair? It seems the Right has very selective memory and this is why they always tend to rewrite history to make themselves look better by attacking others.

If President Obama’s executive orders are so unconstitutional, then why don’t the Republicans take them to court? The obvious answer is because they know they would lose that battle and lose their talking point to inflame their base and raise funds from the non-issue.

Jeffrey Reed

Newnan



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