Recently, President Obama issued an executive order to stop the deportation of many young immigrants living within the United States. They must be currently in school, have graduated from high school, obtained a GED certificate, or be honorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States to be considered. They cannot have been convicted of any significant crimes, and they cannot be above the age of 30.
After having listened to my favorite Fox News host, Sean Hannity, and Presidential nominee Mitt Romney, over the past couple days, I have noticed that Republicans seem to be upset with this.
They have used arguments that the that we live in a Republic, not a Monarchy; and that Obama is a President, not a King. They make it seem as if the President, by using this radical, unprecedented move – The Executive Order – he is bypassing the legislative process and ruling as a monarch.
Now, the act of an executive order was not something with which I was very familiar until a few months ago. I get the feeling many people don’t understand it very well either. Here are a few facts:
– U.S. Presidents have been issuing executive orders since 1789
– Our country didn’t record all executive orders until 1862
– There have been over 13,600 executive orders signed by Republican and Democrat Presidents since then.
Pretty unprecedented right?
My favorite part about all of this is that Republican leaders aren’t sure how to handle it.
Here’s another critique of the President’s order:
“The reason this came out was the president is trying to shore up his base with Latino voters.” – Mitt Romney
Wow, nailed it Mitt! Of course he’s trying to shore up votes. He’s running for re-election. Everything anybody running for President does is to try to shore up votes. What the heck have you been doing for the past 6 years Mitt? So basically, anything the President does for the next 5 months is considered “trying to shore up votes”, even if it’s what the American people overwhelmingly want and what’s good for them? Should he only make bad decisions for America so as not to be perceived as trying to “shore up votes”?
Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid put it best:
“The complaints are varied, but they have one thing in common: None of them actually take issue with the substance of President Obama’s directive.”
It’s true! Mitt Romney is kind of in a dilemma. He can’t argue against with the content of the executive order. If he did, he would be viewed unfavorably by Hispanics and the majority of Americans. But he can’t acknowledge that anything the President does is actually good.
What’s funny is that Obama’s order is exactly what future Mitt Romney running-mate, Marco Rubio was about to propose to congress.
After Rubio cited concerns about students facing deportation ahead of the new school year, this is what his aid had to say about Obama’s executive order:
“We’re re-evaluating our plans. The President’s announcement took away our momentum and made the politics a lot tougher.”
President Obama stole a Republican idea and put it into practice. But now that Obama has done it, it is the moral duty of Republican leaders to object to it- even though it was their idea first. Sound familiar (cough…Romneycare…cough)?