This along with other strategies such as controlling media, inducing poor economic conditions, limiting opportunities for upward economic mobility, and creating divisions among people are all part (but not all) of the plan to cast off our Constitution for good and remove all limits on the power of the federal government. These strategies are part of what some of us conservatives call the “playbook”. We call it that because just like with sports, if you have the understanding to see the patterns of history repeating itself and you are paying attention, you can recognize the same strategies being employed. Giving a speech about the Obamacare website while the people are asking about Benghazi- running an end around; telling Americans that talks broke down with Iran then two weeks later announce a deal with Iran- play action pass; go on television countless times saying “if you like your….” -all-out blitz, all examples of how there is a strategy being used by these people that there is a “playbook”. The good news is, just like in sports, when you become familiar with their playbook you can design counters to the plays they are running. The first step to countering their actions is always to recognize the play.
Well the political left is running a triple option against the American people right now as they try to convince low-wage earners that the federal minimum wage should be $10.10 per hour and that quick service restaurant workers should be paid $15 per hour. The first thing that they are trying to do here is further the class-warfare agenda of dividing Americans along economic lines. The second thing is to pivot from the Obamacare debate as the primary topic among Americans so that people stop asking questions and just accept the government power grab that was sold as helping people. The third, and possibly the most concerning, now with Rep. Keith Ellison demanding that Obama raise the federal minimum wage by executive order they are trying to implant the idea that it is somehow acceptable for our President to behave as a tyrant and ignore the rule of law. (Not that Obama hasn’t already ignored the constitutional separation of powers, i.e. delaying the employer mandate in Obamacare)
This past Thursday, December 5, 2013, Washington D.C. was the site of the “Fast Food Forward” protest. This little protest, and oh yes it was small by way of numbers of people there, was meant to rally quick service restaurant workers to continue with the unrealistic demand of a $15 per hour wage and convince others that this is a reasonable wage for low skill jobs. The U.S. Representative for Minnesota’s 5th congressional district Keith Ellison took a turn at the microphone and said, “We demand it, right now. Mr. President, sign the executive order! Give the pay raise, the livable, fair wage. Let’s do it now.” It’s no surprise that Ellison is willing to say this as he is a professed progressive but it should be very upsetting to the people who elected him to represent them since he doesn’t seem to want them to be represented. No need for Congress if all you need is an executive order and then without Congress there is no representation. Never before this administration, have you heard multiple Congressmen and Senators advocate for bypassing their role in governing and there by bypassing the will of the people to be heard via the congressional process. While it was Rep. Ellison, who happens to be the first Muslim elected to Congress and is the co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (like we need a progressive caucus in Congress), who made this call for exceeding the legal authority of the office of President we have heard Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Charley Rangel and others suggest that Obama should just sign an executive order on issues ranging from immigration, healthcare, gun control, and now federal minimum wage just to name a few. What makes it worse is that there is not one of these people who does not know that what they are suggesting is illegal but they do know that there are (sadly) many Americans who do not know that it is illegal.
The President of the United States may issue executive orders to help officers and agencies of the executive branch manage the operations within the federal government itself. Executive orders have the full force of law when they take authority from a power granted directly to the Executive by the Constitution, or are made in pursuance of certain Acts of Congress (laws) which explicitly delegate to the President some degree of discretionary power. Just like with statutes or regulations put in place by government agencies, executive orders are subject to judicial review, and may be struck down if deemed by the courts to be unsupported by statute or the Constitution. Major policy initiatives require approval by the legislative branch, but executive orders have significant influence over the internal affairs of government. There is no constitutional provision nor statute that explicitly permits executive orders, however there is a vague grant of "executive power" given in Article II,Section 1, Clause 1 of the Constitution, and furthered by the declaration "take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed" made in Article II, Section 3, Clause 5. Most executive orders use these Constitutional reasoning as the authorization allowing for their issuance to be justified as part of the President's sworn duties, the intent being to help direct officers of the U.S. Executive carry out their delegated duties as well as the normal operations of the federal government. All that said, the power of an executive order is very limited and does not have the force of law if the order falls outside the realm of anything not in the Executive Branch’s constitutional listed powers.
The play here is to get Americans used to the idea of being ruled, not governed but ruled, by executive order. The more these people put the idea out there, the more they believe you will become comfortable with having no voice in D.C. as they pretend to be your voice. That is why they pick issues like immigration and the federal minimum wage to make the argument for executive orders so that they can claim to be fighting for the poor as they try to emotionally link executive orders with things low information voters think that they want (in this case more money). The whole time these so-called progressives know full well that rather than helping the poor these policies actually make things worse for the working poor because of the effects on the job market but those who do not understand it buy into the lie that they are working to help. The pattern here has been seen before in almost every single communist revolution in history. Rally the poor to arms with the promise of making things better for them (always a broken promise) and then grab as much power as you can in the chaos that follows.
The counter must be to inform everyone. Some won’t listen, but we must all try. We must show everyone the patterns so that the current low information voter can see for themselves the danger to personal freedom of by passing Congress and giving up your voice in our government.