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Benjamin L. Corey

Benjamin L. Corey

BLC is an author, speaker, scholar, and global traveler, who holds graduate degrees in Theology & Intercultural Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and received his doctorate in Intercultural Studies from Fuller. He is the author of Undiluted: Rediscovering the Radical Message of Jesus, and Unafraid: Moving Beyond Fear-Based Faith.

Dear Conservatives: Since When Did You Start Loving Executive Orders?

Dear Conservatives,

You know, I’ve been watching– and here’s a funny thing: my memory isn’t too shabby.

I watched you in my newsfeed for eight long years. I listened to you on the news, and on radio talk shows. I read the articles you wrote.

A lot of us did.

And here’s the thing: You *hated* it when President Obama signed executive orders.

While it is well in the right of a president to sign executive orders, when Obama did it you were outraged.

You said it was “unprecedented” and “unconstitutional.”

When I and others pointed out to you that this is well within the right of a president, pending checks and balances for constitutionality, you still objected. Instead, you argued that even if it’s within the right of a president, legal policies are best set by the legislative branch of government. You explained to me that we have a “standard process” for setting US government policies and that executive orders have a way of bypassing the will of the people, in favor of the will of one person.

We had this conversation sooooo many times that I know your explanation, cold.

So here’s my question, conservatives: since when did you start *loving* executive orders?

I mean, let’s be honest. Since the moment Donal Trump sat down in the oval office he’s been signing one after another at a pace I certainly can’t remember in my lifetime. With each one he signs you jump up and down, cheering in agreement for the new direction of the country. Even when his ban on refugees was temporarily overturned as unconstitutional, you said nothing– it’s as if you, the self-appointed Keepers of the Constitution, no longer care if something is good, right, or legal.

I’m not trying to be a jerk or anything, but I’ve got to say: I spy with my little eye a giant group of hypocrites. 

Let’s be honest: You didn’t *really* believe all those things you told me about executive orders. You didn’t believe they were unconstitutional. You didn’t believe they were wrong because they bypassed the legislative branch and the will of the people. You didn’t believe we have a standard process that functions better for setting laws and policies.

You didn’t believe ANY of it, because if you did, you’d be crying foul now.

Instead of actually being opposed to executive orders, let’s be a little more honest: You’re only opposed to them when you don’t like the person signing them.

When it’s your guy?

Mmmmmm…. they magically taste delicious.

 

I’m all for charitable disagreements and finding common ground, but it’s hard to respect that degree of blatant, unapologetic hypocrisy.

 

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Benjamin L. Corey

BLC is a cultural anthropologist, public theologian, writer, speaker, global traveler, and tattoo collector. He is a two-time graduate of Gordon-Conwell with graduate degrees in Theology & Intercultural Studies, and went on to receive his doctorate in Intercultural Studies from Fuller. He is the author of Unafraid: Moving Beyond Fear-Based Faith, and Undiluted: Rediscovering the Radical Message of Jesus. In addition to his blog, Formerly Fundie, his work has been regularly featured by a wide array of media outlets such as TIME magazine and CNN, among others.

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Benjamin L. Corey

BLC is a cultural anthropologist, public theologian, writer, speaker, global traveler, and tattoo collector. He is a two-time graduate of Gordon-Conwell with graduate degrees in Theology & Intercultural Studies, and went on to receive his doctorate in Intercultural Studies from Fuller. He is the author of Unafraid: Moving Beyond Fear-Based Faith, and Undiluted: Rediscovering the Radical Message of Jesus. In addition to his blog, Formerly Fundie, his work has been regularly featured by a wide array of media outlets such as TIME magazine and CNN, among others.

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  • Paul Froehlich says:

    Ben is correct that Republicans have changed their tune about executive orders. They also changed their view about the appropriateness of federal courts striking down unconstitutional ones. When such abrupt changes in position occur, it is fair to suspect a partisan double standard.

  • Martha Anne Underwood says:

    I’m with you Ben. When it was Pres. Obama/Democrats executive orders were “bad” and now that it is Trump/Republicans they are “the greatest thing since sliced bread”.

  • Bob Shiloh says:

    “So here’s my question, conservatives: since when did you start *loving* executive orders?” Answer: When they reverse an unconstitutional order issued by a lawless president trying to use progressive ideas to reshape the country in ways the people clearly don’ want.

    “I’m not trying to be a jerk or anything, but I’ve got to say: I spy with my little eye a giant group of hypocrites.” And we the people see a giant group of sore losers who cannot accept the fact that their ideas are not mainstream and that the people have rejected them.

    “You’re only opposed to them when you don’t like the person signing them.” Here is the fallacy. Trying to make the argument about the person not the policy; crying racism and xenophobe because you have no facts.

  • Heston Churchill Jr. says:

    When?

    The very nanosecond we realized the hideously obese corporation, the corporation you people call “government”, was lying to us – to grow.

    And you people were cheering – because the corporation owns you people – like pimps own prostitutes.

  • Joe Bryant says:

    Thanks Dr. Corey. I suspect you know the answer to your question well. People are fine with Executive Orders. When they side with the person issuing the order. People dislike Executive Orders. When… well you can finish the sentence. It’s been that way I suspect for as long as we’ve had Executive Orders.

    My question for you would be “Why write this?” Do you think it’s news to either side? Or was it more just to take a shot at the “other” side?

    And I write this as someone who voted for Hillary Clinton and who disagrees with the recent Executive Orders. Thanks.

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