Paul Ryan Ridiculously Claims President Obama is Becoming ‘Increasingly Lawless’

paul-ryan-abc-screenshotDon’t you just love when Republicans lose one argument due to those things called “facts,” they just shift it slightly so that they can continue to perpetuate the same argument?

For years Republicans have implied that President Obama wants to become some kind of “king” or “dictator” by how often he uses his executive order powers.

Well, as I and many others have pointed out, President Obama is actually on pace to issue far fewer executive orders than Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.  In fact, for President Obama to reach the amount of executive orders Reagan issued, he would have to serve nearly a whole other term.

But that doesn’t stop the Republican narrative on this issue because – well, now it’s no longer about the number of executive orders, but what he’s doing with them.

Oh, but of course it is.

During an interview with This Week, Paul Ryan said:

“It’s not the number of executive orders, it’s the scope of the executive orders. It’s the fact that he’s actually contradicting law, like in the health care case, or proposing new laws without going through Congress, George, that’s the issue.

We have an increasingly lawless presidency where he is actually doing the job of Congress, writing new policies and new laws without going through Congress. Presidents don’t write laws, Congress does.”

Which is, of course, a lie.

What President Obama actually said was:

“Wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I’m going to do.”

Keyword “can” – as in legally.  The executive order does give the right for the president to do some things without the approval of Congress.

What President Obama essentially said during the State of the Union is that he’s sick and tired (as are many Americans) of the “party of no” Republicans blocking everything in Congress.  Even when a bipartisan bill (such as immigration reform or a continuing resolution to avoid a government shutdown) is passed by the Senate, House Republicans are getting in the way.

But this argument Republicans are trying to wage now is just – sad.  It’s basically the cliché, “It’s not the quantity but the quality, ” because facts clearly show their conservative hero Ronald Reagan issued the most executive orders of the last four presidents.

So now they’re just switching it to the much more complex and subjective “context” argument.  Meaning to prove their argument wrong on this stance, one would have to break down every single executive order issued since Reagan to determine exactly which president issued the most controversial ones.

And of course “controversial” is a subjective term.

This is just more of the same worn-out rhetoric of fear-mongering and paranoia the Republican party has been using against President Obama since even before he was elected.  If one of their lies gets debunked, they just switch to another.  Which is exactly what they’re doing with their debunked “out of control use of the executive order” claims by saying now it’s not the amount he’s issued, but what each executive order is about.

Basically, they’re just upset because there are legal ways for President Obama to go around some of their blatant obstruction.

I just hope the American people wake up come November and give President Obama a Congress that will actually work with him instead of simply having the “goal” of blocking everything he supports.

Because that’s the only policy Republicans have had since 2008.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Ned

    Ryan is an ass.

    • white trash religious teaparty

      isn’t he QB for the packers under another name?

  • Michael Drzyzga

    Actually, this doesn’t seem to me so much “switching their argument” as expanding on it. Every time previously that you’ve debunked the executive order myth, I was left wondering about Ryan’s latest point. Because if the argument they’ve always meant was “Obama is abusing executive orders” then we need to debunk both quantity and quality. I know this is harder to debunk, but to argue only about quantity always struck me as a logical fallacy.

    DISCLAIMER: I am not a conservative, and I’m not meaning to troll. I’m just trying to hold us to a higher standard, and not get trapped by solid-sounding arguments that overlook something key. Furthermore, I do not believe Obama has been abusing executive orders or otherwise acting like a dictator. But quantity alone is not definitive proof. (Though if their content were so out there, I’d expect specific examples would already have made the news. Maybe even gotten the House to file for impeachment).

    • In fact, when George Stephanopolous, the interviewer, asked Paul Ryan if, since he thought the President was being so “lawless,” why didn’t the House go ahead and impeach him, Ryan quickly backpedaled, saying he had a “difference of opinion” with the President that would be “fought out in court.” The court case he referenced clearly referred to the Hobby Lobby case before the Supreme Court, which doesn’t have much to do with executive orders.

      (The transcript can be found on the ABC News website, under the article title: ‘This Week’ transcript: Rep. Paul Ryan. Since this site has such a phobia about links.)

      If the Republicans had an honest-to-God scandal, like they thought they had with Bill Clinton, there’s no doubt in my mind they already would have drawn up articles of impeachment. They haven’t. Not even during the height of the ridiculous Benghazi hysteria. They obviously don’t have a leg to stand on.

      • white trash religious teaparty

        I love how they decry impeaching a dude (OBAMA) who is not only a constitutional lawyer,,,but TAUGHT IT at a great college!!
        ” bring it on “

  • Why5ks

    So Obama granting delays to ObamaCare is illegal. Then explain please explain to me why the Boehner, Ryan, Cruz, and a whole host of other two face Republicans have asked Obama to issue executive orders delaying portions of the bill they want delayed? Even they know there is no way they can get what they want delayed in the law stopped through legislation, after having tried over 45 times while the Senate just laughs at the House, the only avenue available to them is through executive order. They are just mad that as the losing party they haven’t been able to get the President to cave in to their blackmail and extortion to get their way. For the record, an executive order is not illegal if it does not change the primary focus of a law. An executive order allows the government to more effectively deal with laws by adjusting their administrations as demands change. Delaying implementations of some provisions of a law, if it allows wider enforcement or implementation of the basic law is not illegal.

    • Monkey nuts

      You whack jobs are absolutely crazy. This Muslim fraud has destroyed the US and you Libs will feel the pain just like the rest. In fact when you
      progressive zombies lose everything and this country collapses you will be the first ones extinct. Liberalism has NEVER worked ANYWHERE !!!
      do you people understand that ?? its a failed belief and system yet you clowns keep banging the drum…why? Why are you people so fkg stupid. You watch country after country collapse under entitlement society’s yet you cheer this imposter on. My god you idiots are dense.

      • Why5ks

        Liberalism has NEVER worked? Maybe you should have spent more time in civics class. This country is founded on liberal principles. Your ability to offer your uneducated opinions is a result of free speech which is a liberal idea. The fact that you don’t live in a company housing project working for slave labor wages is a liberal ideal. The fact that children from the age of 8 aren’t forced to work in factories is a liberal idea. The idea that all men are created equal is a liberal idea. Liberalism is what has advanced societies from the Dark Ages until today. What is destroying this country right now is people like you who allow the leaders of the conservative movement to play on fear, racism, religious ideology, and anger to make you unaware of what is actually happening. Keep barking at the moon with your stupidity, but the sun will still rise tomorrow.

      • Monkey Nuts

        But no mention of what matters ? your Country is failing and fast, you left wing progressives don’t seem to realise or care about that. when the money runs out and your utopian dream collapses then what ? You people never think that far ahead. I spent my years building businesses , employing people and creating so apparently that makes me less intelligent than you. You people spend your time on sucking up other peoples money, but in the end the result is always the same, TOTAL COLLAPSE . The Euro way, all the young people there, the champions of liberalism, with no jobs,
        no opportunity and no future.
        You think the USA has advanced under Obama and the rest of those freaks ? Of course you do . Numbers don’t lie, educated people should be able to do the math.
        Its all about the social agenda with you. What pisses me off being Canadian is that we are in fairly good shape with one of the best economies in the G8, funny we have a Conservative Govt. Problem is we are joined at the hip with your mess and when you crash we crash. So all I can do is watch you fools run everything over the cliff and I guess we will see what’s left when the smoke clears.

      • Why5ks

        Well, since you are Canadian I’ll give you a little slack. First, I am not a Liberal or Progressive, I am an Independent. Second, if Conservatives in the US are the fiscally conservatives and Liberals are spending all this money then you need to explain something to me. Why is it that under Republicans since Eisenhower deficits have skyrocketed and under Democrats deficits have shrunk. And in the case of Clinton there was actually a surplus. Both parties are welfare spending parties, but Democrats spend most of theirs on average people while Republicans tend to spend theirs on rich people and corporations. Finally, if you are even remotely comparing the economic problems of Europe with the US then you should at least chose the correct European country to compare US to, Germany. I’m sorry that so many countries, like Canada, fall into the economic shadow cast by the US. Unfortunately, the mere size of our economy and our crass consumerism make that inevitable, but please don’t be mistaken by the myth that our conservatives are concerned with the stability of your country, because they barely care about the economy of ours.

  • Greg S.

    And these folks have the nerve to call Obama a liar. Ryan is just a paid mouth piece for the Koch Brothers. His goal is to drive all the minorities and poor our of State. Now those businesses that take advantage of those poor minorities may end up not liking that plan.

  • BobLoblaw

    Our great nation should give thanks to Mr. Ryan. As he was the cause of the 2 term president.

    • Sandy Greer

      The Obama presidency has done a great service to our nation:

      It has brought the Hate, Bigotry, and Racism inherent in the GOP out from beneath the white sheets, into the light of day.

      I, for one, am glad to get a good, long, look at it.

      • white trash religious teaparty

        meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee 2

  • Green_Devil

    It it just me or does it look like there’s something fucked up with Ryan’s nose? He’s looking like Clousseau when his disguise started to melt.

    • white trash religious teaparty

      eddie munster at 45

  • Stephen Barlow

    This guys budget was so good for people he not only wrote three of them, but he lost a Presidential campaign because other than the title, all the inside pages were blank.

  • thesquire1

    Ryan isn’t a ‘liar’ – you have to understand how Time’share salesman ‘think’ !

    • white trash religious teaparty

      very poignant and profound!! I like that!

  • Edward Krebbs

    Ryan quote accuses Obama of doing the job of Congress. Well perhaps he wouldn’t need to if the House would cut their vacation days to a level similar to previous years and work on real legislation rather than voting on repealing the ACA ad nauseatum, stop acting like spoiled brats and work together for solutions(even though Ryan definitely impresses me as someone who had a nanny and butler catering to his every whim), stop shutting down the govt, etc.

  • SQDB

    The author of this article looks like a dumb ass in hindsight. There is no law in America.