“The president is going to act,” said Biden, giving some comments to the press before a meeting with victims of gun violence. “There are executives orders, there’s executive action that can be taken. We haven’t decided what that is yet. But we’re compiling it all with the help of the attorney general and the rest of the cabinet members as well as legislative action that we believe is required.”
Biden said that this is a moral issue and that “it’s critically important that we act.”
Biden talked also about taking responsible action. “As the president said, if you’re actions result in only saving one life, they’re worth taking. But I’m convinced we can affect the well-being of millions of americans and take thousands of people out of harm’s way if we act responsibly.”
There’s a problem, it must be solved, and we’re going to do something, danggit, even if it solves nothing and takes the Bill of Rights outside to be shot. (1) When a “pragmatic reformer” sees a need (even if it’s only a figment of his imagination, or a flat lie), he’s not going to let hoary old intellectualisms like natural rights and hard to understand pieces of paper get in his way. So what if they were crucial to the founding of this nation and its reason for existence? That was a long time ago, and times change!
And only a racist, mouth-breathing gun-fetishist would disagree.
Seriously, if Obama and Knucklehead Smiff Biden wanted to set off the alarms in the homes of every gun-owner and genuine liberal in America, they couldn’t have done a better job. No chance of getting tighter federal gun laws through Congress? No problem! Our Munificent Sun King (2) The president will just issue an executive order. So let it be written, so let it be done!
Two observations I’ll make about this. First, this is the result of the Congress ceding too much regulatory power to the presidency and bureaucratic agencies. From creating reasonable regulations needed to implement laws, it evolves into anti-democratic, anti-constitutional rule-by-decree. And inevitably there will come a president who does not respect the traditional boundaries and separation of powers that make an largely informal system based on mutual understandings, such as ours, work.
And when that happens, you get “I won” and decrees from the throne.
The second is –and I bet this leapt to to the mind of everyone reading this– the deep, bitter irony of an administration demanding gun control NOW!!!, when that same (mis)administration supplied thousands of weapons to drug cartels in Mexico, weapons that have killed hundreds — including school-age children. The administration is right, the United States does have a gun problem: it’s called Operation Fast and Furious.
Finally, while this may be another of Biden’s idiocies, or some trial balloon soon to be withdrawn, don’t rule out the possibility that this is a deliberate ploy by Obama to keep the pot stirred with yet another crisis, something else he can use to bash Republicans and polarize people in advance of the 2014 elections. That’s how an Alinskyite community organizer works: get everyone angry, bind your side tightly to you in that anger, and then use them to intimidate and browbeat the other side into submission. It worked in Chicago and it’s working in D.C.
And Obama is showing he’s learned his lessons well.
(1) With government-approved, government-owned firearms, of course.
(2) Thanks to Jim Geraghty for the apt description.