Matt Comer, the editor of the newspaper QNotes and the blog InterstateQ, got involved in a debate on Twitter over whether or not President Obama is a dictator. Seriously. You can read the back and forth here. During the argument, Twitter user "Proud American" asserts that the president's usage of executive orders means he's a dictator.
According to the National Archives' Federal Register, Obama's issued 60 executive orders so far. Of course, it's important to note that President George W. Bush issued 291 executive orders, Bill Clinton issued 364, George Bush, Sr., issued 166 (of course he was only in office for four years) and Ronald Regan issued 381. Shall I go on?
Point is, issuing executive orders does not a dictator make.
When Matt pointed out that "W" also issued executive orders, "Proud American" responded:
You know, Proud American is right. "W" didn't govern like this. In fact, "W" was much more like a dictator than any other president in our nation's history what with his secret, private army, the invasion of Iraq without just cause, the propaganda surrounding the war, torturing war criminals in violation of international law, deregulating the very industries that shoved all of our faces into an economic collapse, ignoring the environment to all of our detriment ... and that's definitely, definitely the short list.
Meanwhile, our current president is left to clean up junior's mess.
But, you know, let's ignore reality, skip past the facts and jump right into name calling. That'll solve our country's problems.
Read the entire InterstateQ post here.