Biden Defends Statement with Words Not Actions

By Craig Richards,

“I have this strange notion, we are a democracy ... if you can’t get the votes … you can’t [legislate] by executive order unless you’re a dictator. We’re a democracy. We need consensus.” – Presidential Candidate Biden 2020.

 “And I want to make it clear — there’s a lot of talk, with good reason, about the number of executive orders that I have signed — I’m not making new law; I’m eliminating bad policy,” – President Biden 2021.

By March 8, 2021, President Biden had signed 59 executive orders and actions. In his first week he signed 37 executive orders and actions, 33 more than Donald Trump’s first week, 32 more than Barack Obama and 37 more than George W. Bush. This presents quite a perplexing power play since the democratic party controls the White House, House of Representatives, and the Senate.


The unprecedented action shows a clear lack of desire for even the appearance of unity with the Republican party. More compelling is the fact that with majority control of Congress it also may show a lack of unity inside the Democratic party.

The actions of President Biden to legislate from the Oval Office has left Americans with a case of a possible politically legislated coop, as “bad policy” is being erased by one person – similar to a dictatorship. What appears questionable is with the lack of Republican voting force in Washington, why is the President bypassing a Democratic controlled congress?  

Even the liberal leading New York Times took issue with the onslaught of executive orders with a headline reading, “Ease Up on the Executive Actions, Joe.” The article went on to support the President’s agenda but encourage him to let the ink dry on the last executive order and use his democratic lead Congress as opposed to the Presidential pen. 


White House indication on March 27th was that the President would sign an executive order on gun control. The President can issue executive orders on how various policies are implemented by government but cannot change legislation. For example, President Biden could not and did not actually “ban drilling” on federal land. He merely changed the policy guiding how and when drilling permits are issued, which in an around about, red tape kind of move created a de facto ban.

Any executive order on firearms would be an attempt to try to force control through new implementation of a more cumbersome permits and background checks procedure, but an executive order can’t entirely ban the sale of any specific firearm or equipment. If he is “coming after your AR” he must accomplish that though legislation not federal policy mandates.

For now, the President has managed to remain under 100 executive actions in the first 100 days. But with office supply stores within reach of the Oval Office, there is no reason to expect the White House is short on ink or the determination to expand on President Biden’s record setting run.  

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