Executive Orders and the Demise of Liberty
James L. Hirsen, J.D., Ph.D.
November 12, 1999


NEWSMAX.COM-It is not possible for a constitutional republic to maintain itself. A great and noble system of government requires perpetual vigilance on the part of its citizenry if it is to survive.

Sadly, within our own precious land, a subtle but virulent type of distortion has been taking place. The assault has been slow but persistent. It has occurred beyond the grasp and view of many Americans. Most alarming, though, is that we now find ourselves in a situation where the rudimentary mechanisms of our republic, the actual underpinnings of our representative structure, are in danger.

At the superficial level, procedures appear to be routine in nature and government seems to be operating facilely. So by what means could a so seemingly solid and efficient system be threatened?

The instrument of destruction that hangs over us like the sword of Damocles goes by various titles, but most commonly it is referred to as the executive order. When used as originally intended, an executive order is a written method of communication that enables a president to facilitate and effectuate necessary administrative functions.

However, this tool has slowly been corrupted over time. It is now being used with the very intention of circumventing our system of representative government.

Most Americans would be shocked to find out that President Clinton, acting alone has:

Taken legislation that was voted down by our elected representatives and, acting as a one-man Congress, signed it into law;

Every American citizen should find the above list of items extremely disconcerting. But equally distressing is the fact that the present administration plans to accelerate its approach further still.

And so, with an urgency that has rare parallels in our history, we must determine how to stop the ever-increasing, pernicious usurpation of power that has been occurring through Bill Clinton’s abuse of the executive order process.


James L. Hirsen, J.D., Ph.D., is an internationally recognized attorney and general counsel for a multinational corporation. Renowned as a speaker on constitutional, government and global issues, he currently hosts his own nationally syndicated radio show on the American Freedom Network.

Dr. Hirsen is also a columnist, a regular contributor to the Orange County Register and is the author of the following two books, available through Newsmax.com's Booksite: The Coming Collision: Global Law vs. US Liberties, and a previous book on Executive Orders, Government by Decree: From President to Dictator Through Executive Orders.

Dr. Hirsen is duly admitted to the US Supreme Court and the US Court of International Trade. He is a professor at Trinity Law School in California.

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