Originally Posted by Tombstone RJ
6. There are many checks and balances against the federal governement, one of which is the right to bear arms. The others are as you mentioned like the first amendment. One of the most important checks and balances against tyranny is the right of the states. However, that has been eroded too over the years and now the feds overrule the states on everything. Point being theres been a steady erosion of the rights of the people and the states for many years. Obama is now using executive orders in ways that were never used by any previous president. Yes, executive orders have been used in the past but not for the reasons the president is using them. Obama is setting new precedent in the ways he is using executive orders and I and many others see this as yet another erosing of democracy.
1) The federal government has always overruled the states, ever hear of the Supremacy Clause?
2) Please, tell me how Barack Obama is using executive orders in ways that differ in how they've been used in the past. (HINT: he isn't.)