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The Daily Show With Jon Stewart: “Tyrants Are More… Tyrannical”

Submitted by on January 19, 2013 – 9:16 amOne Comment
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With President Barack Obama‘s announcement this week regarding gun control initiatives, the right unleashed a predictable tirade against this “assault on the Second Amendment.” But even more manufactured are the renewed claims of Obama’s “dictatorship” that found renewed strength.

The criticisms addressed the president’s signing of twenty-three executive orders, which do not require the approval of Congress. Fox News pundits tossed around the words “tyrant” and “dictatorial;” Sean Hannity even used the title “King Obama.”

So what were the actions that caused this outpouring of democratic rage? Was it Obama’s failure to close Guantanamo, or his use of drone strikes, or his treatment of whistleblowers?

Nope. Among the orders are vague directions to “review safety standards,” “launch a… responsible gun ownership campaign,” and remind doctors that the federal government won’t send them to jail for asking about guns in the home.

The president will also allow the CDC to research gun violence for the first time in 17 years.

There’s a lot of reviewing, researching, writing memorandums, and asking the legislature- but not a lot of demanding or ordering.

As Jon Stewart points out, tyrants don’t usually ask their legislatures about things. They tend to act more… tyrannically.

I pointed out earlier (in regards to the debt ceiling debate) that the president’s opponents make these kinds of accusations regardless of reality- which must provide even less incentive to actually play by the rules.

What do you think?

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  • [...] Sadly, the president’s joke was a response to the real perception among too many Americans that he is a “tyrant,” or “Chicago thug.” (When I did an internet search for “Obama mind meld” to find video of the press conference, Google first auto-suggested “Obama mind control techniques.”)  Obama had denied being a dictator just moments before, and explained that he was not going to force his opponents to do anything, no matter how unreasonable they are being. However, the president’s actual behavior seems to have little effect on his critics- though, as Jon Stewart pointed out, tyrants are usually more tyrannical. [...]

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