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Showtime Executive Orders and Bankrupt Republicans -- Really?

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Dear Mark: Finally the president is taking a strong stand against the gun lobby and the rednecks at the NRA. Issuing his executive orders is just another example of Obama's strong leadership. Maybe members of Congress will follow up and pass legislation to end the kind of gun violence we saw in Sandy Hook. When will the gun kooks finally put an end to the madness? — Pacifist Pam

Dear Pacifist: Do you want Congress to pass feel-good legislation, or do you want them to end gun violence? Make up your mind because the executive orders that President Obama issued will do nothing to end gun violence.

Oh, but didn't Obama look so presidential and strong in front of those children signing those EXECUTIVE orders. While the president moved his left hand across the parchment, the gallery swooned as if they were witnessing the signing of the Declaration of Independence; such is the greatness of Obama.

OK, back to reality. Space does not permit me to comment on all 23 orders, but here are a few samples to show you the real "teeth."

"Issue a presidential memorandum ..." or, "Publish a letter from the ATF ..." or, "Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign," or, "Clarify that the Affordable Care Act ..." or, "Challenge the private sector to develop innovative technologies," or, "Release a letter to state health officials ..." or, "Launch a national dialogue ... ." What powerful language. Oooh, I can see all of the criminal minds dropping their video game controllers and trembling with fear in their basements.

If President Obama's executive orders had been in place prior to Sandy Hook, there's no guarantee that the massacre would have been prevented because gun violence is a moral issue not a legislative issue.

Growing up in Texas, there were gun racks with rifles in pickups all over my high school. I received my first rifle when I was 10, as did many other kids. (This appears to be the same age as Obama's signing ceremony props.) The difference compared to today is that people were taught to respect their guns, the law and others. We've lost that as a society, and President Obama and other liberal elitists who simply blame the gun are missing the impact of our moral decay.

Dear Mark: You need to think about finding some spine in your life. If you can do that, you can admit that the Republican Party is utterly bankrupt. It's what those 12-step programs preach — in order to make any progress, you have to admit how messed up you are. If you can't confront the truth and reality, you can't change, either. Think about it, to the extent you have any capacity to think. Only then can you embrace God and move forward. — Masako

Dear Masako: I'm assuming that you are referring more to the tea party Republicans as opposed to the Rockefeller Republicans. What exactly is bankrupt about the Republican Party? Today's Republicans simply want smaller government, lower taxes and a balanced budget that attacks the deficit.

The problem I see with Republicans is that they've had trouble winning the public relations war. The Democrat machine, including the media, have done a fantastic job of painting the Republican Party as the anti-women, anti-minority, anti-children, anti-poor, anti-elderly and anti-environment party.

To use your own words, it looks like the House Republicans are the only politicians in Washington willing to address the "truth and reality" of the budget crisis our country is facing. Sorry to disappoint you, but I am admitting nothing.

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Contratulations to Maskao for having a comment of hers posted. Even though Mark did not admit to anything, your comment was valid and intelligant enough to be addressed. I have to agree with Mark though. Your comment lumped all republicans in together. Sure, there are some nutjobs, but there are also responsible people in there too. The party as a whole could do a lot better, but the ideas of limited government remain to be the best course of action. Now if only more reps would believe that themselves.
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Posted by: Chris McCoy
Fri Jan 18, 2013 9:31 AM
Sorry, Mark, but the people want big government. They want a government that will control every aspect of their lives and takes away the people's responsibility of thinking for themselves.
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Posted by: Liam Astlel
Sat Jan 19, 2013 3:58 AM
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