Presidential Ruling By Executive Order
Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, September 23, 2011
By Sue Ella Deadwyler
Good morning, Jim. Years ago when President Clinton issued his first executive order, he said, “Stroke of the pen. Law of the land. Kinda cool.” With that, he revealed a certain awe of his presidential power to create laws that are just as binding as though they had passed Congress. In fact, state governors have the same power. They can create state laws by executive order.
As of August 30th President Obama had introduced 94 executive orders and nine of them were introduced during the ten-week period from June 9th through August 18th – almost one a week this summer. But today my focus is on Executive Order 13583, his August 18th EO that, with a stroke of the pen, also became the law of the land. That EO established a coordinated government-wide initiative to promote diversity and inclusion in the federal workforce. In other words, the federal government must use affirmative action for still another multi-faceted “diverse” group to be “included” on the federal payroll. So, the definition of “diverse” becomes a critical issue in government employment.
The Georgia public school curriculum divides “diversity” into eleven subdimensions. Number five is “gender” and number ten is “sexual orientation.” Meaning, diversity in federal jobs requires affirmative action to be based on sexual orientation, which includes alternate lifestyles such as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. It, also, involves gender identity, which includes folks that have surgically changed their sexual identity and transvestites that assume opposite-sex identity through cross-dressing.
So, on August 18th. President Obama ordered all federal government agencies, departments and branches to recruit, hire, fire, promote, train, retain and develop employees based on their sexual behavior and said the plan must be issued within 90-days. And, let me remind you of his critical speech on May 31st, when he said the United States (i.e. his administration) had led the UN to pass its first-ever sexual orientation resolution. Also on May 31st, he proclaimed that his administration is asking foreign countries to openly commit to the support of LGBT lifestyles.
Between you and me, I don’t think that’s what “foreign aid” really means. Now, add to that the administration’s quarter-million-dollar federal grant to create an LGBT refugee center in Chicago. With that, you’ll understand part of what he, actually, meant when he campaigned on “hope and change.” For Georgia Insight I’m Sue Ella Deadwyler, your Capitol correspondent.