"I believe that every American should write... that this was the State of the Union where our President declared he would become America's first dictator," conservative firebrand Glenn Beck said in response to President Barack Obama's 2014 State of the Union address.
While Glenn is not known for subtlety in his discourse, the outspoken Beck called the speech "horrific from start to finish" and invoked President Obama's mission to accomplish his agenda by executive order, if necessary, saying "he fully intends to trash the constitution of the United States."
"When our differences shutdown government or threatens the full faith and credit of the United States, then we are not doing right by the American people," President Obama had said as part of his speech.
"America does not stand still, and neither will I, so wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that's what I'm going to do."
Glenn Beck contends this intention is at odds with the constitutional separation of powers and the government's system of checks and balances.
"The founders set this up so each branch would fight for their power," Beck said, via his Web site, TheBlaze. "It wasn't just, 'Well, we're just going to separate these things and it will just go along fine.' They knew that in the hearts of men was selfishness and a hunger for power, and so each branch would say, 'No, no, no. You're not crossing that line. That's my power.'"
Instead, the members of Congress who are ceding their powers to the executive branch, Beck said, "cheered him on like the lemmings that they are."
"Like the Roman Senate and Caesar, they cheered him on," Beck said.
When considering the use of executive order, Glenn Beck should keep in mind that Obama is hardly the first POTUS to employ the ability. In fact, in his five years in office, he's only issued 168, according to The American Presidency Project. That's on track to come in at fewer than his predecessor, George W. Bush (291), and Bill Clinton (364). Ronald Reagan managed 381, setting the bar for the modern presidency.
"The state of the union is dark and dismal, and it needs to reconnect with reality. The state of our union is upside down," Beck contended on his radio program.
What do you think about Glenn Beck's commentary on the situation in America and the president's State of the Union address? Do you stand with Glenn or against Glenn?
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