A Facebook friend said yesterday that Executive Orders are not good because:
- Executive Orders violate the checks and balances of American government, and
- Evil people, such as Obama, can use them for wickedness.
Note: My friend is a Christian and is about as discerning in all matters as one can be.
The Proper Reply
Here are the accurate responses to the above charges levied against the use of Executive Orders:
Wicked Executive Orders and Good Executive Orders
An Executive Order that creates a wicked law is a wicked Executive Order.
An Executive Order that nullifies a good law is a wicked Executive Order.
An Executive Order that eliminates a wicked law is a good Executive Order.
An Executive Order that activates a good law is a good Executive Order.
About Wicked Presidents Who Use Them
Yes, wicked Presidents can use Executive Orders to bypass the “checks and balances” of the American government that were (supposedly) put into place to stop runaway government wickedness.
Not-as-wicked Presidents can use Executive Orders to bypass the “checks and balances” of the American government that were put into place to stop government wickedness.
The fact that Executive Orders can be used for evil, as the half-white muslim from Kenya did for eight years, has no bearing on whether Executive Orders should be available to Presidents. This is the same faulty reasoning that Libertarians and other Leftists use to stop DNA databases on American citizens: “It can be used against us.”
Just because somebody can use a tool for wickedness should never be a reason to eliminate a good tool. For example:
- Bad people can use guns against good people. Using the faulty reasoning above, therefore, good people shouldn’t be allowed to have them either.
- Police can use guns against good people. Using the faulty reasoning above, therefore, police shouldn’t be allowed to have guns. (Ask Great Britain if their experiment with taking away guns from their entire police force once turned out to be a good idea or a bad one.) (And ask them why they didn’t take guns away from their military also.) (The answer is because they would have been forcefully taken over by a foreign nation within hours of that.) (They might be liberals, but they aren’t 100% stupid.)
- The American government has nuclear weapons. Using the faulty reasoning above, therefore, the American government could wrongly use those against its own citizens. Therefore, the American government should not be allowed to have nuclear weapons. (See above; upon fulfilling the Left’s dream of a defenseless, non-nuclear America, we’d be forcefully taken over within hours of those weapons being decommissioned.)
Here is the bottom line: Every American citizen, every police force, every government branch, should have every tool necessary to do whatever they need to do so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.
“Don’t do evil so that good may come of it.” ~ God (via Paul)
My friend brought up Romans 3:8 as a possible argument against Executive Orders. She did say that an Executive Order isn’t evil “necessarily.” I suspect she qualified this because that she knew, instinctively, that all uses of Executive Orders don’t violate Romans 3:8.
I already explained above when Executive Orders violate Paul’s admonishment and when they don’t:
- An evil Executive Order should never be signed, even if supposed “good may come of it.”
- A good Executive Order certainly should never be connected with a violation of Romans 3:8.
What About the “Checks and Balances”?
The three branches of government (if you’re a Civics teacher in the government schools, ask any home-educated child what the three branches of the government are; he or she can reduce your confusion) were supposedly put into place to keep runaway tyranny in check.
Let me ask you, how’s that been working out for us the past 100 or so years, huh?
More specifically, ever since the American government gave its entire financial structure to a private institution that’s never been audited, the Federal Reserve, in 1913, how have those wonderful “checks and balances” every conservative seems to love so much been working out, huh?
And in that same year, 1913, when the Internal Revenue Service was created to take money from every facet of American citizens’ lives for ad infinitum, how have those wonderful “checks and balances” every conservative seems to love so much been working out, huh?
And if you say “That’s the problem, we need to return to the Constitution!” then I say, in 1912, we were under the Constitution! If the Constitution, the document that forces authority upward, the last direction that any authority should ever flow in any organization, if that Constitution were so great, then how did it allow us to get into the mess we are today?
What Are We to Do?
Our job is so incredibly simple. This is why so many wanna-do-right conservatives complicate it. They feel the solution has to be complicated.
The solution is simply this: We are to demand nothing but Godly leadership and governance from our government.
Will we get that? The odds are against it. Only two leaders in the 6,000+ history of mankind have ever been Godly, and one, David, went in and out of wickedness constantly. (I would be open, I suppose, to George Washington being in the group with the Kings David and Josiah. Perhaps even John Adams. Both, however, had the same lust for the Constitution over the Biblical notion that authority should flow downward and not upward. I see that as a major flaw of any leader.)
Demanding that our governing officials be Godly is in no way a demand that authority flows upward by the way. When done righteously, it’s a demand that our leaders lead us and let their authority flow downward, from God to them, and from them to us, and from us to younger generations, and from husbands and dads to wives and children, and from wives and moms, to children and younger women.
Again, working to eliminate Executive Orders is nothing more than a waste of our resources in the same way seeking term limits is a waste of our resources. We should put all effort into putting Godly men in office and then hold them completely accountable to lead the nation properly.
Christians, stop re-arranging the chairs on the Titanic!
Christians, stop wasting time trying to stop good actions (good Executive Orders) just because you live in fear of bad ones being signed also.
Christians, that kind of fear you are living in is not Godly.