Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott is under the mistaken illusion that any executive order he issues is stronger than any issued by President Joe Biden, suggesting that the governor has never read the United States Constitution.
Appearing on Fox News to discuss an executive order Biden signed last week mandating that all federal employees and businesses with over 100 employees be vaccinated for COVID-19, Abbott remarked:
However, endless court decisions have made it clear over the centuries that a president’s executive order and any federal law always trumps what a state may seek to do. The Constitution also clearly spells out that federal laws and orders always supersede those of any state, even a state with an attitude as big as Texas’ clueless governor, who appears to be angling for higher office, provided he can manage to win reelection next year, which isn’t guaranteed thanks to his dismal handling of the pandemic in the Lone Star State.
If Abbott (or any other governors) want to take Biden to court, they’re welcome to, but they’ll just the same way governors have historically lost when it comes to federal supremacy.
Later today, President Joe Biden will unveil a sweeping package of executive actions to decrease gun violence in the United States, a move that is almost certain to enrage Republicans and those on the right who believe the Second Amendment is absolute, even though the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that it isn’t.
Politico reports that the planned executive actions are meant to help control some of the biggest problems with guns in America, especially as the landscape of the weapons market continues to evolve as technology allows for new ways to possess weapons of mass murder:
“Among the actions Biden will take will be to direct the Department of Justice to begin, within 30 days, the process of requiring buyers of so-called ghost guns — homemade or makeshift firearms that lack serial numbers — to undergo background checks and, within 60 days, regulating concealed assault-style firearms, according to the White House.”
The action to better regulate assault weapons will likely draw major resistance on the right, but the National Rifle Association (NRA) is badly weakened and currently in bankruptcy court after bilking its members out of millions of dollars that were spent on luxury items for the top brass of the pro-gun organization. That means the NRA won’t be able to marshal organized resistance to Biden’s executive orders.
Biden will be joined at the announcement by Attorney General Merrick Garland, and is expected to task the Department of Justice with making it easier take weapons from those deemed a danger to themselves or others:
“Biden will also direct the Department of Justice to provide states within 60 days with proposed red flag legislation that would permit courts to order the temporary removal of firearms from a person who may be a danger to themselves or others and issue a comprehensive report on firearms trafficking, according to the White House. The last report was completed in 2000. In addition, Biden will direct five federal agencies to redirect money to help prevent community violence. The Department of Health and Human Services will also help teach states how they can use Medicaid money for gun violence prevention.”
As you’d expect, carping from gun fetishists has already begun before Biden even unveils his plan, with the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association for the firearms industry, remarking:
But executive actions related to public safety are difficult to challenge in court, so the pro-gun camp may find they have almost no way to effectively fight the president’s new orders.
No matter what Biden does, you can count on the gun crowd asserting that the president wants to take guns away from everyone, even though that’s nothing but a lie they recycle anytime gun control is discussed in Washington.
If anyone needs proof of McConnell’s credentials as an asshole and liar, he gladly provided them on Thursday when he took to the floor of the Senate and began hypocritically attacking President Joe Biden for signing executive orders meant to reverse many of the horrific 220 ones that Donald Trump signed during his four years in office.
Worst of all, however, is that McConnell tried to use a quote from Biden to slam the president, remarking:
But Biden didn’t say that, and McConnell was cold busted by fact-checkers working for CNN and the Washington Post, both of whom pointed out that McConnell had just lied:
Also, it should be noted that McConnell never once criticized a single executive order of Trump’s, including the most glaringly disgusting ones about the border wall or immigration.
McConnell’s “fake news” soon resulted in him being pilloried on social media:
Here’s some free advice for Moscow Mitch: Crawl back in your shell and shut up. No one cares what the Senate Minority Leader has to say because you’re irrelevant.