Did I get your attention!? Did my title make you react? How did you react? Do I really want to know?
I talk to a lot of people. Interestingly enough, many of them don’t like President Trump. Many more do not like the way he is tossing Executive Orders around. Let’s do a bit of discussion with these orders and all the hype.
First off, nearly every single President issues at least one executive order. They have to; it’s practically part of the job description. I see it as how they jump start their Presidency. The first few days/weeks can be really tough, especially if parties are changing. An executive order allows the President to say, “Hey! This is important to me! Let’s look at this NOW!” And we do…
I am trying hard not to take sides here. I have gone on public writing record as being for President Trump. I have also gone on record as pleading for people to start getting along and help our country instead of fighting about who should have won. We did that enough with President Obama’s 1st term in office.
So, according to the people, President Trump is overusing his powers as President in signing so many executive orders so quickly (18 orders in his first 12 days of office). So, I looked it up…Mr. Obama signed 19 orders in his first 12 days of office…https://qz.com/899741/how-many-executive-orders-has-donald-trump-signed-compared-to-barack-obama/
Now, the picky ones out there are gonna try and tell me how much more good for us were Mr. Obama’s EOs then President Trumps. I know that; I can hear it coming before it’s said.
So, I go to another article: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/presidential-executive-orders-donald-trump-what-are-they-constitutional-limits-congress-anti-a7554231.html. This one doesn’t exactly tell us whose orders are best. What it does is tell what these EOs are, how they are used, how they can be repealed, and what guidelines must be followed (oh yes, there are guidelines).
In layman’s terms (and my opinion, of course), executive orders cannot undermine the Constitution, they cannot create new laws, and they cannot order new funds from the Treasury. A President must look at all of these and word his EOs so that they follow the rules. The Congress (2/3 majority) can overrule an EO. The Courts can overturn one that goes against the Constitution. Otherwise, the President can use these EOs to strengthen his first few weeks in office and get rid of things his predecessor(s) put into place.
Our country was set up with rules and regulations. Many people scream that Mr. Obama was trying to overthrow the Constitution with his EOs (not possible). Now, the same is being said of President Trump (still not possible).
I see this whole thing of the last 8+ years as being a “good for the goose; good for the gander” ideal. It was done by Mr. Obama when he was President and the Republicans screamed; now, the same basic thing is being done by President Trump and the Democrats are screaming. What we really need to do is to grow up and accept that our country is bigger than its Presidents. Those change every few years while our country keeps on keeping on.
I know I will, probably, be screamed at and trolled in the comments. However, what I have tried to do is simply present a balanced idea for the use of EOs as have been done by, at least, the last two Presidents. People are going to scream. That is a right in this country. I really don’t ever want to see that right overturned; however, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to be just a bit more prudent as to when and how much we do it.