I remember. I remember conservatives shaking their heads when Obama bragged about having a pen and a phone. If it was wrong then, it’s still wrong now.
But it’s so easy, isn’t it? When your side is in power, it’s so easy to fall into the trap of looking the other way when the president passes an executive order you like. But here’s the brutal truth: Executive Orders erode our faith in the constitutional foundation. You might say, “Who cares,” but the more doubt in the integrity of the system, the more calls there will be for a new system. You might then say, “But Dan, this system isn’t working!” You’re right, this half-capitalist-half-cronyism-quasi-constitutional system isn’t working. But all it takes is for citizens to recognize their place – their responsibility of putting their government in its proper place. The founders of this system meant for us to distrust the government, and entrust them with very little. That’s why there is a Bill of Rights that tells the government what it CAN’T do to us. So let’s take the power and give it back to the people.
Here’s a big first step. Vigilant citizens on the right need to stand up to this president and demand no more Executive Orders. Just think about what that could accomplish. Think about it in terms of Obama. Had the Left, still simmering from the Bush Executive Orders, stood up to Obama and demanded he use the proper legislative procedures, it would have united a resistance among the people, and properly framed the scene from left vs right into government vs citizens. It would have emboldened citizens with velocity and initiative to solve our own problems ourselves.
Look at Uber or Airbnb. Look at how dramatically these companies have transformed the landscape from corporate power into civilian power. That same kind of innovation can happen for healthcare, student loans, immigration, and poverty too, if we just begin to put government in its proper place. The best ideas usually come from those of us who reside within these fields in our daily lives, not some bureaucrat who reads about our woes from afar. We the people have wholeheartedly embraced these new freedoms provided by Uber etc, but just look at how our governments have responded to them. They pulled out the red tape! They tried to sink them with dubious regulations like the technical definition of what a “meter” is, or what a “home” is. We need to stand up like Clint Eastwood and say, “Get off my lawn!”
So let’s take a stand. Not against Trump per se, but against government power. We can start with Executive Orders, but here’s the key… It has to start from the party in power. It has to come from voices on the right. This is our opportunity to show everyone that we are serious about smaller government, and not just when the other side is in office.
You want to put faith back in the American people? Pass a law that states Executive Orders can no longer be passed by the president. Yes, I know every president has passed Executive Orders, but this has gotten out of hand, and everyone knows it.
So I’m calling out all of the big names on the right. Voices who have spoken out against Executive Orders in the past. Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly… what say you? What say you now, Tea Party-ers? You fought for years for the opportunity to limit the size and power of the government. Now is your time.