Happy New Year! Multiple reports say Obama to go ahead with executive gun control

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Published by: Dan Calabrese on Thursday December 31st, 2015

It was fun while it lasted.

The issue is not even so much that he's doing it. Of course he's doing. Obama always pushes up to the line of his regulatory authority, and then blows past it. The issue is also not whether this will cut down on "mass shootings." Of course it won't. This is classic doing something for the sake of doing something.

The real issue is that - although he has no constitutional authority to act without Congress, and obviously he has no authority to restrict your Second Amendment rights - absolufreakinglutely no one cares that he does it. The same ignorance that put him in office in the first place enables him to pull this crap on a daily basis. Whether it's blanket amnesty for illegals, international agreements without treaty ratification or the shredding of part of the Bill of Rights - it's all so esoteric and who can be bothered with it when they're trying to get ready for New Years Rockin' Eve?

Rob and I have no intention of putting up with the UAW's crap here in the Republic of Michigan, and don't pretend you don't know what I mean:

Described as "imminent," the set of executive actions would fulfill a promise by the President to take further unilateral steps the White House says could help curb gun deaths.

Plans for the action are not yet complete, and those familiar with the process warn that unforeseen circumstances could delay an announcement. But gun control advocates are expecting the new actions to be revealed next week, ahead of Obama's annual State of the Union address, set for January 12.

The White House wouldn't comment directly on the exact timing or content of Obama's executive orders. White House spokesman Eric Schultz said that the President expected a set of recommendations on unilateral action to arrive at the beginning of the year.

He said Obama was "expressing urgency" for a list of steps he can take on his own after high-profile incidents of gun violence at the end of this year.

Tell me again how supporting Donald Trump is backing a fascist but cheerleading for this guy is just mainstream politics at its finest, would you? Something happens that's "high-profile" and thus there is a sense of urgency, so the Constitution is suspended because the president "must act." 

The people who should be screaming bloody murder about this, but are not, are not ignorant about the constitutional issues here. They just don't care about them. They agree with Obama's agenda and they figure it's Congress's own fault for refusing to rubber-stamp his agenda. They also admire power politics ploys, provided of course they're employed on behalf of an agreeable agenda.

If Congress tries to use the power of the purse to stop this action - in other words, refusing to fund it - Obama will declare war with a government shutdown at stake, and Republicans will back down for fear of being blamed by the media. Thus, Obama has unlimited power.

And no one gives a s***. Happy New Year, America. Enjoy them while you can.

Dan recently served as editor for a youth adventure novel written by his son Tony. Titled Shadow Island, it's about a mysterious island in the middle of Lake Michigan, which is discovered by four young Chicago residents - only to unleash a force that threatens the entire city of Chicago. Aimed at young readers, it's available in hard copy or in e-book download formats. Follow all of Dan's work by liking his page on Facebook.