What the hell just happened? 'Tyranny By Executive Order' | by Constitutional Attorney Michael Connelly, J.D.
Unfortunately, that is the real story, but it is generally being overlooked. The fact is that with a few strokes of his pen Obama set up the mechanisms he will personally use to not only destroy the Second Amendment to the Constitution, but also the First, Fourth, and Fifth Amendments. It will not matter what Congress does, Obama can and will act on his own, using these Executive actions, and will be violating both the Constitution and his oath of office when he does it.
Here are the sections of the Executive Order that he will use:
“1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background-check system.”
What exactly is relevant data? Does it include our medical records obtained through Obamacare, our tax returns, our political affiliations, our military background, and our credit history? I suggest that all of the above, even if it violates our fourth Amendment right to privacy will now be relevant data for determining if we are allowed to purchase a firearm.
“2. Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background-check system.”
This should be read in conjunction with section 16 of the order that says:
“16. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.”
One of the few amendments successfully placed in Obamacare by conservatives does appear to prohibit doctors from asking such questions. Yet, with these two Executive actions, Obama is illegally amending an act of Congress and setting up a procedure for him to force doctors to gain information from patients about gun ownership, and to get our medical history.
Section 3 of Obama’s order states:
“3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background- check system.”
Once again, what does this mean? What information does the Federal government want from the states? Copies of state personal and business income tax returns or court records of divorce and child custody cases are possibilities that come to mind as well as our voter registrations showing our party affiliations. How does any of this figure into our right to purchase a firearm?
One of the most dangerous and troubling sections of the Obama order in Section 4 that states:
“4. Direct the attorney general to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks.”
This section directs Eric Holder, the architect of Operation Fast and Furious that illegally transferred several thousand semi automatic weapons to Mexican drug cartels and resulted in the deaths of hundreds of Mexican citizens and several U.S. border patrol agents, to now add people indiscriminately to the list of Americans ineligible to purchase firearms. Who might be added to the list?
Well, let’s look at the record of the Obama administration. Shortly after being appointed as the Director of the Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano sent a list of potential domestic terrorists to law enforcement agencies around the country. The list included individuals who were pro-life, who supported the Second Amendment, who had Ron Paul bumper stickers on their cars, and most disturbing, all members of the military returning from combat in Iraq or Afghanistan.
This is not a conspiracy theory, at the United States Justice Foundation we are seeing increasing evidence that military veterans are being specifically targeted by the Obama administration when it comes to prohibitions against purchasing firearms. Any veteran diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is in danger of being banned from owning a firearm.
Even those veterans suffering from mild depression are being added. None of these conditions constitute a mental illness that makes them a danger to themselves or others. However, in Obamaland veterans who took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, are definitely considered a threat to the new Fuehrer and must not be allowed to own firearms.
If we skip to Section 6 of the order we get a good idea of Obama's real intentions when it comes to gun control. That sections states:
"6. Publish a letter from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers."
This is particularly interesting because one of the legislative proposals is to require universal background check requirements for any firearm transfer even between private citizens. In other words, you can sell your firearm or even give it to someone s a gift without Federal government approval. It is doubtful that this proposal will pass in the House of Representatives, yet Obama is already setting up the mechanism for enforcing the requirement. That is a clear signal that he doesn't care what Congress does, he is going to violate the Constitution and bypass the Legislative branch in order to push his agenda to disarm the American people. I suspect he will ultimately use Executive orders to ban many weapons including most rifles and pistols.
There are numerous other actions dictated in the Obama order, but I think you get the idea. Our Second Amendment right is going to be taken from us for whatever reasons Obama decides. The simple act of opposing these actions can cause the Attorney General to place you on the list of dangerous people. Our privacy will be violated and all of this will be done without due process of law. That is what just happened.
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What happened to Constitutional government? We can see that the hedonism that Aldous Huxley feared would destroy society, in conjunction with the Communist/Socialist worldview of the Anti-Colonialist radical President of the United States predicted by the writings of George Orwell are turning the great Shining Light on a Hill that was the USA into a Dystopia. Ayn Rand warned of the dangers of the collectivist mindset and all of these writers, all with differing worldviews, knew that if government could sucker enough people into putting pleasure above freedom and would be willing to give up individual freedoms for temporary thrills or a some kind of free lunch, then tyranny would result.
Whether he be called a king or an emperor or a president, a tyrant will always make sure he and his inner circle will get rich at the expense of the productive members of society and their thirst for power and riches never ends. All you have to do is look at the big cities ruled by Democratic Machines and most of them are falling apart, going bankrupt, with large areas of abandoned houses and cracked sidewalks and broken streets and temperate jungles taking over the once-well kept neighborhoods. Wild dogs run in packs, crackheads and gang-bangers squat in abandoned houses and control entire neighborhoods. Even the police are loathe to enter some areas at night. Look at the urban blight of Gary, of Cleveland, of East Chicago, of Detroit, of East St. Louis...
Cities like Chicago, where the Machine is wiser and steals less of the production from the people there are areas where murders are not only commonplace but often unreported. Same with Los Angeles. Same with New York. The largest cities that have tremendous resources and take less of a skim from the people and yet poverty and gangs and broken families and children with no leadership and people with no homes are found in abundance. I remember awakening early one day while visiting San Diego and finding that the streets were full of homeless folks, scrounging for any scraps of food or useful things cast aside by tourists and random partiers from the night before. As the dawn broke fully, the people who were out and about seemed to disappear (perhaps a tacit arrangement between the homeless and the police) and the streets were now pristine and ready for the tourists to roll out of bed and spend their money, for the businesses to open, for the freeways to be filled with automobiles.
In Chicago there is an underground community of homeless folks who are occasionally rousted by the police unless they are legally hawking newspapers of some kind. Beggars are driven from the public view in the Loop. Again, tourists are funneled into the bright, glamorous and clean areas of the city while there are places they would be like chum for sharks if they wandered too far off the beaten track. Even in our nation's capitol, the mean streets are just a few blocks from Pennsylvania Avenue, streets where cars are often up on blocks and drugs, prostitution and robbery/theft are a means of supplementing government paychecks for being poor at the expense of the well-being of others. Back when I was working there, everyone knew 14th Street would be filled with hookers after sunset, walking boldly out into the streets to attract the attention of men in passing cars and accompanied by the drug dealers and thieves waiting to find a customer or a mark.
Perhaps you live out in the boondocks and have no idea what happens in inner cities where Democratic leadership has stripped people of their dignity, their motivation and their jobs in exchange for a handout. Perhaps you live in such a city and have an inkling of such things, but simply avoid the danger zones and ignore the overall problem? But such nonchalance is dangerous, for the USA is like the Titanic and there are icebergs ahead! Once the tipping point is reached, if it is indeed reached, there will be opportunities for anarchy and men hungry for power waiting to pounce when it comes.
To strip Americans of their Constitutional rights, as the Democrats in power now have been working hard to do for several years and, to an extent, for several decades is to prepare for tyranny to triumph. There are far too many legislators who do not see or do not care about the dangers of the measures being taken by the Obama Administration and many are complicit in it...right now we have the answer to right the ship and steer away from the icebergs. It is called VOTING!!! If you do not vote out every single collectivist and every single quisling and Beltway Boy who have become comfortably numb on their fat salaries and benefits and the lavish attentions of lobbyists? Well, if America joins the long line of great nations that fell from within before they were overtaken from without, it will be your fault! You should have known!!!
You yawned at Obamacare and you are already paying more for your medical care.
You whine about energy prices but you voted in the guy who promised to ruin our energy production.
You ignored all the voter fraud.
You forgot about ACORN.
You failed to see the outrageous intelligence failure associated with the killing of Bin Laden.
You feigned outrage at Fast and Furious and then forgot about it.
You were disturbed at Benghazi but not enough to demand true accountability.
You do not care that the USA sends billions to nations that support the very terrorists intent on blowing us to kingdom come.
You find out your personal information is being scrutinized by the government, that your calls and emails and such things are being searched without a warrant and what do you do?
Heck, you think dealing with the dandelions in the front yard is of more importance than your rights won by the blood of soldiers from the 1700's until today. Yes, even now our military is being attacked and killed in Afghanistan but you do not consider how the new rules of engagement almost guarantee that our troops have a tactical and strategic disadvantage in a war being fought in the wrong way with the wrong weapons because the Commander-In-Chief is clueless about the history of the region and apparently uncaring as well.
Do you care?
It is not too late...yet. But it sure is getting close!