According to Vice President Biden, "President Obama literally has a buttload of executive actions coming down the pike" on gun control, the phrasing of which stirs disturbing surrealist images in my mind.
Okay, I paraphrased him. His actual words were, "[T]he president is already lining up some additional executive actions he's going to be taking later this week." I still can't tell, Biden--are you speaking literally or figuratively? You haven't specified!
You know what? On second thought, I think a "literal buttload of executive actions" would be less disturbing than "additional executive actions." This is of course doublespeak for "executive orders," a term this administration has been cautious to avoid, despite running the government on these orders. Liberals don't like executive orders—or at least they pretend not to—so this administration uses the term "executive action."
Obama spent his first term trying to get Congress to pass the most unpopular legislation of modern times, socialized health insurance, in the form of Obamacare. That was at a time when healthcare was at the bottom of Americans' list of priorities for our benevolent leaders to work on.
Obama won that battle as only a corrupt politician can: unfairly, with bribes.
The President has chosen the battle to waste his second term on, and that is gun control, yet another issue near the bottom of Americans' list of priorities. Fortunately for them (us), it appears as though Obama has lost, with the Senate voting down the Manchin-Toomey background-check bill.
Obama was visibly angry the other day, pouting at the podium to publicly shame those who voted against the bill, which would have expanded background checks to personal and gun-show sales, but only for law-abiding citizens--those who don't commit mass-shootings--and not to those who would commit mass-shootings since those people don't submit to background checks.
"No matter," says Biden, as paraphrased by me again. "We don't like the way the vote turned out, so Obama's going to ignore the vote, bypass the rules, and just write his own laws from the Oval Office. What do you think this is, a constitutional republic? You think it matters whether your representatives represent you or not? We in the executive branch make the rules, not your representatives."
You have to wonder at some point if this administration really does believe that congressional voting procedures are a mere formality they must go through, the hoops through which they must jump in order to keep up the illusion that the will of the American people is represented. They are either knowingly being tyrannical, dictatorial, or else they do not understand that voting in Congress is not just for show. As in so many other areas of this administration, it comes down to those two possibilities: either Obama's failures stem from a place of malice and ill will, or from a cavity in his brain that renders him incompetent and ignorant.
Whatever it is, neither possibility bodes well for us.