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Tyranny By Executive Order – by Michael Connelly, Constitutional Attorney

Thursday, January 17, 2013 16:30
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Michael Connelly, Constitutional Attorney

          What the hell just happened? That is the question that many Americans should be asking themselves following the news conference where Obama unveiled his plan for destroying the Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution. At first glance it appeared to be a case of Obama shamelessly using the deaths of innocents, and some live children as a backdrop, to push for the passage of radical gun control measures by Congress. Most of these have no chance of passing, yet, Obama’s signing of Executive orders initiating 23 so called Executive actions on gun control seemed like an afterthought.

          Unfortunately, that is the real story, but it is generally being overlooked. The fact is that the with a few strokes of his pin 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 or 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.

The list has recently been supplemented to include individuals who hoard more than a week’s supply of food and water, and those who support individual liberties and oppose big government. I belong on most of these lists and I suspect that Eric Holder will be adding all of us to the list of dangerous people not qualified to own guns. In other words, you will no longer have to be a convicted felon or mentally ill to make the list; you will qualify simply by being an American patriot.

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’t 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.

Michael Connelly

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  • LightandLife

    This is not tyranical… this is brilliant. What are YOU afraid of???

    • twisted truth

      Obama get off of this site we do not welcome your kind of dung here

    • Mayhem


      I will not have been the only one that has seen you all over these boards of late. Time for a new profile, dude! aren’t they paying you enough? You should try to respect your employers demands and at least be ingenious because i reckon many will just be ignoring your pissant drivel. :mad:

      • LightandLife

        LOL and who might my “employer” be? You people haven’t even read the 23 EO’s… You are being brainwashed into thinking this way. Hope you wake up soon!

    • vietnamvet1971

      Brilliant as in “Control the People” we will not Bow down to you nor your Boy president, go play in the Huffington Post Cesspool with the rest of your ILK!

    • Ladybug62+

      Here is the problem as I see it. How many people listening will know it is not law? How many people will think it just became law. Also how many times has this President signed Executive Orders and made it happen. At last count over 10,000. This man is acting like a dictator. Don’t think that important and horrible things can’t happen through executive order. Roosevelt used an executive order to intern American citizens during World War II into internment camps. He was a very popular President and was elected to four terms. He died two months into the fourth term. He is the reason there is a 22 amendment making it against the law to serve more than two terms. Roosevelt is the reason we have most of the problems we are dealing with today. He is where most of our taxes come from. He starting giving money to the poor and the rest of the country had to pay for it. This man wants to disarm America. This man has proven he wants to destroy this country and is helping our enemies and making sure our returning soldiers don’t get guns. He is giving guns to enemies in the form of foreign aid. He is a member of the Communist Party of America and belongs to the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization in the US and around the World. What he is doing is testing. Congress warned him not to do this. Senators warned him not to do this. Not to make an executive order. He did this to stick his tongue out at Congress to say “Try and stop me.” He thinks he is King or Hitler. First you arm you enemies and then you take the guns away from the people. Our having guns is the only thing that kept Japan from invading this country during World War II.
      Australia didn’t think they would lose their guns either. The government registered their guns and then took them.
      They live on a lone continent with no borders so not possible for the wrong guys to get guns. But this is not the case here. We have too many borders and there will always be ways for the bad guys to get guns. Did you know the Mayor of New York said that now we had to confiscate the guns. Since Florida got the concealed weapons law crime has gone down in some cities like Miami 96%. Good guys with guns stop bad guys with guns. There was a government study done in the 1970s under Carter’s direction to see if gun control stopped crime. After a four year study the answer was no. Crime went up with gun control. There was gun control in the state where those children lost their lives. A R-15 is what saved a school yard full of kids. A neighbor to the school heard shooting and grabbed his gun and ran. He caught the guy. I don’t think Obama was really that interested in guns. He was more interested in sneaking in some wording in the law. It seems very innocent until you read this. Satan says tell a thousand truths so you can tell one lie. Communist say tell a big lie and tell it often. Muslims say “Lie to your enemy.” Obama has done them all. Rand Paul is the only one on the ball in Washington. I think it is not productive to say nasty things in these comment sections. If you don’t like what he writes, don’t read it. You still have freedom of choice in some areas.

      • Wingman77

        Wow…you people, led by this ignorant and incoherent babbling, are completely paranoid. Over 10,000 executive orders?? That is quite feat….over 6 a day by my calculations since “this president” took office, impressive indeed…must not have much time on his hands with all the “ordering” he’s doing.

        Facts are fun:

        This was last updated on Feb 7th of 2012 so feel free to add…let’s add the 23 new ones to Obama’s number, and then another 20 for fun, and to our amazement he is still behind Bush, Clinton, and even Reagan who posted a whopping 380 during his time (not to mention many other presidents who have exceeded Obama’s number)…..good thing we got rid of all of these “tyrants” by voting. them. out. of. office. Tyrants with a 4 to 8 year shelf life who can be ousted by a vote or impeachment…. oooohhhh, frightening!

      • Wingman77

        Wow…you people, led by this ignorant and incoherent babbling, are completely paranoid. Over 10,000 executive orders?? That is quite feat….over 6 a day by my calculations since “this president” took office, impressive indeed…must not have much time on his hands with all the “ordering” he’s doing.

        Facts are fun:

        This was last updated on Feb 7th of 2012 so feel free to add…let’s add the 23 new ones to Obama’s number, and then another 20 for fun, and to our amazement he is still behind Bush, Clinton, and even Reagan who posted a whopping 380 during his time (not to mention many other presidents who have exceeded Obama’s number)…..good thing we got rid of all of these “tyrants” by voting. them. out. of. office. Tyrants with a 4 to 8 year shelf life who can be ousted by a vote or impeachment…. oooohhhh, frightening!

        Ohh…and the Japs didn’t attack the US because they knew we had guns????…and so their response was to go after Pearl Harbor….both scared of our guns and stupid, weren’t they?

      • Anonymous

        Hmmm. Over 10,000 executive orders in just four years? Surely that must be more than all the executive orders of all our past presidents put together…

  • Anonymoose

    “I don’t believe that people should be able to own guns.”

    Barak Obama, as quoted to John R. Lott, Jr., PhD, while both were working at the University of Chicago Law School in 1996. From the book “Debacle”, by Grover G. Norquist and John R Lott, Jr.

  • Steelliberty

    Michael —

    If the Constitution is the supreme law of the land and the Supreme Court has ruled in Marbury v. Madison, 5 U.S. 137 (1803) that “laws repugnant to the Constitution are VOID” — We have no requirement to follow this non “law”.

    If that is true, then Americans must ignore the ‘law’ and the de-facto government attempting to enforce that law. Further, states especially states attorneys and county Sheriffs should begin arresting any and all Federal Usurpers attempting to enforce this non-law.

    It is simple. Sheriffs and State police, not federalized and therefore illegal, should be standing at the in-roads to their states arresting any and all that come for guns. That includes arresting the military, as they are now mercenary and in violation of the Constitution should they attempt to ignore the 2nd Amendment. If the military fires on state officials then war will result, requiring all armed State citizens to report to defend their state and their natural rights as enumerated in the declaration of independence and the Constitution of the united States.

  • GK

    I don’t know if you dingbats realize this, but he issued ZERO executive orders. He issued 3 “presidential memoranda,” which are LIKE executive orders, but they’re not. He has 23 “executive actions,” which amounts to little more than a shopping list he’d like Congress to pick up on.

    You all act as if he’s this tyrannical ruler undermining our basic laws and liberties, but in case you haven’t noticed, EVERY SINGLE THING HE’S DONE IS CONSTITUTIONAL.

    There have been no guns banned. Your free speech is uninhibited. Your Constitution has not gone up in flames and your Bill of Rights is intact.

    In other words, STFU, because there’s nothing to complain about.

    • Sunshine

      No, but it will come upon us swiftly…as a theif in the night…count on it ! :sad:

    • Just Common Sense

      GK→I just “Love It” when YOU Socio-Libro-Commie-Crats that are as “BLACCK As Tar” in this case Biing A Pot…(and full of it) calling the Kettle **BLACK**‼ Oh the “AUDACITY” & Beligerence in the Amount of Ignorance You Peeps Crank out there is Staggering…! LMAOROTF…! They got a Nice Acronym 4 U Peeps→ “DWEEBS”….! The “REAL AMERICAN PEOPLE” are about to Stand Up & Make No Mistake Libro→ Things “WILL” Change ‼

    • Anonymous

      “There have been no guns banned. Your free speech is uninhibited. Your Constitution has not gone up in flames and your Bill of Rights is intact.”

      No, they just LOOK like it. Obama enforces laws that Congress refused to pass or simply things he WANTS to have as laws that he couldn’t get passed and knows it so he never tried. Have you not noticed that people who’ve saved up food, pretty much ANY vets (whoa re now private citizens), protesters AND anyone who publicly disagrees with federal policy and many others who are guilty only of, as the article says, being patriots (who are now classified as “terrorists”) have been arrested, jailed, and otherwise deprived of their Constitutional rights. at this point he doesn’t need laws, EOs OR memoranda – he just has people arrested who express anything but approval of a dictatorship. No, our “right” to free speech is NOT intact! There are “free speech areas” where no one who matters can hear a protester, and cops STILL go after them. He breaks the law and violates the Constitution all the time, as do the courts and the police. The Congress and all appointees are now corporate property – as are we all according to this illegitimate “government”.

      Yo are in a dream world that’s about to become a nightmare.


  • jeff martin

    Once again. The “executive order” does not actually exist!! It is not included any place in The Constitution!! It is merely a Presidential Proclamation of an intent to do something specific!! Just as the Emancipation Proclamation was not law and did not have to be followed and wasn’t followed by all slave owners. Slaves escaped at there own risk and owners still went after them and I’not aware of any arrests for not immediately freeing slaves. Only Congress can make law!! Read The Constitution to find out the truth!! To use them as law is a high crime called Treason!! Time for all American Citizens to take a stand!!

    • Just Common Sense

      Jeff ….PLEASE, it’s EMBARRASSING to see you use language that is this Badly Flawed! I mean I migh tmake a “Typo” Error or actually “Mis=spell something” But this is Littiary BS! Yes LINCOLN issued teh “Proclamation of Emancipation” and that is how I was taught it was, “Exactly That”! I have “NEVER” heard it taught it was an “EXECUTIVE ORDER” He Issued‼ Frether More→to “state” that OBASTARD did not sigh into Law 23 Exicutive Orders is Stupendiously Veinly [MUCHO GRANDE] “Intellectually Dishonest” i.e. ["YOUR A FRI§§EN LIAR"] I DARE YOU go back to teh Audio-Visual tapes of his “Show Boating” and LISTEN to his Words to the Peeps that said:→”Let Me go Over Here And SIGN These 23 [EXECUTIVE ORDERS]…etc…‼ Jeff, I had “No Idea” you were in Competition with OBASTARD for being the Worlds Best Word Smith Abilities…! Shameful, Downright Shameful…! You Types of Peeps Jeff that’s “Gumming Up the Process” IMHO….‼‼‼

  • Mrs. Rhea White

    Again, with what US president Barry has been doing while illegally occupying that office, all of it reflects the ways in which Israel wants America to be run. Israel seriously thinks that their people are going to rule the world, under a totalitarian system of government, like it has been doing in Israel. Some seem to forget that the serpent people (the old identity of jews), are the authors of MARXISM, SOCIALISM, COMMUNISM and the like. The US president and others, are under that same jewish spell/trance. As was the case in Germany and else where, the Rothchils’
    control the US president and much of the rest of the US political system. Things will only get worse unless WE THE PEOPLE cease to candy coat everything that Israel is actually doing, and end their presence and manipulation of everything in this country.
    I am a Hebrew Yisaelite.

  • Anonymous

    MICHAEL,the LORD says americans have grown so stupid ,they are going into captivity,the anti-christ will kill most americans with his NATO ARMY before they start to realize who he is,by then it will be to late, as they will take the mark of the beast thinking the lord will forgive them for it,HE WON’T……..THE FEMA CAMPS ARE REALLY DEATH CAMPS,VERY few will realize their mistake till their about to be executed,……RIGHT NOW IS THE TIME TO GET READY”WAR IS UPON YOU AMERICA” the anti-christ is about to drop the hammer on you and he won’t be sending you a postcard to warn you ,besides he knows americans would throw it in the trash without reading it…………………..THERE WILL BE “NO WARNING”……..take your hand guns everywhere you go from NOW ON………………….

  • Look Up

    What Barrack Hussein Obama is doing could not be more obvious! He is clearly arming the Muslims while setting American’s up to be attacked. Obama is trying to break American’s moral, weaken them physically through Health (Obama Care= Selection By Elimination) while stripping them of any means of self defense. Now that he has control over the Mental Health Care System (Which was already corrupt) he has managed the utmost power grab ever seen within the U.S. for one President and he will use the expanded ” Mental disorders” named in the DSM-5 which include every human emotion against the people to obtain his goals. What his supporters cannot seem to comprehend is the simple fact that they are not exempt from what has begun and what is to come as they perish for lack of knowledge. Time to accept that the Republicans and Democrats are ONE EVIL ENTITY playing good cop/bad cop with the peoples emotions. Hard to believe so soon after 9/11 that one whose name is Barrack Hussein Obama and speaks fluent Arabic would be elected President especially after Osama informed America that it would be taken down from within. Obama had already Abolished most all of the Bill Of Rights with Executive Orders previously signed. After the 2nd Amendment there simply will be nothing left. So I ask, “Where is the outcry for Impeachment :idea: of this Vile Tyrant”?!! javascript:grin(‘:idea:’)

  • Anonymous

    What do you think would have happened had a Conservative President written Executive Orders against the Liberals (those who are progressive)? Seems that Obama has targeted all Conservatives “those living in the past”

  • Anonymous

    Is violation of one’s oath of office not an impeachable offense? Or violation of the constitution? Yet Obama seems determined to barge madly ahead with his unconstitutional actions like it just doesn’t matter.

    Does congress not have the resolve to rein in Obama’s detestable behavior and stop his usurpation of powers delegated exclusively to congress? And his shameless violation of our constitution? Or even open treason? Or has he become so entrenched that even treason is not sufficient grounds for impeachment?

    Alex Jones called it right when he called this tyrant “Teflon Tony” because of his seeming ability to do anything he wants, and seemingly no one is willing or able to lay a finger on him.

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