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Dick Morris Lies About Obama

When I flew from Washington, DC to Florida on Monday, I ran into Dick Morris at National Airport. He was walking in to a gift shop that I was walking out of, having just bought something to drink. He’s incredibly short, maybe 5’6. He’s also incredibly dishonest, as a new video on his website shows. “Obama assumes dictatorial powers!” it declares.

The first lie is that the indefinite detention portion of the National Defense Authorization Act was something that Obama insisted on having in the bill; in reality, he threatened to veto the bill over it and instead issued an executive order saying he would not use that authority. So pretty much the exact opposite of what Morris claims. He also claims that “no president has ever had that power.” In fact, Bush claimed that same authority and, unlike Obama, actually tried to do it.

The second lie is that Obama just signed an executive order that allows him to declare martial law and that he’s going to reinstate the draft to have the military take over and to nationalize the oil industry. In fact, it’s just a minor update to an executive order that has been in place for decades. This lie is so bad that even the Worldnutdaily — which has almost never met a conspiracy theory about Obama it didn’t promote — debunked it.

But are the cries of martial law and expanding executive power justified?

No, says William A. Jacobson, associate clinical professor at Cornell Law School.

“If someone wants to make the argument that this is an expansion of presidential powers, then do so based on actual language,” warns Jacobson. “There is enough that Obama actually does wrong without creating claims which do not hold up to scrutiny.”

Discover how deep Obama’s violation of Constitution really does go with David Limbaugh’s “Crimes Against Liberty.”

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As it turns out, Obama’s executive order is nearly identical to EO 12919, issued by President Clinton on June 7, 1994, which itself was an amendment to EO 10789, issued in 1958 by President Eisenhower, and which in fact, was later amended by EO 13286, issued in 2003 by George W. Bush.

Despite the vague nature of the functions, none mention anything about martial law or seizing private property. The five functions are also identical to those identified in Clinton’s EO 12919.

So why did Obama issue the order at all?

A side-by-side analysis of Obama’s order compared to Clinton’s, conducted by Ed Morrissey of HotAir.com, reveals Obama’s order is essentially just an update to reflect changes in government agency structure.

“If one takes a look at EO 12919, the big change is in the cabinet itself,” Morrissey writes. “In 1994, we didn’t have a Department of Homeland Security, for instance, and some of these functions would naturally fall to DHS. In EO 12919, the FEMA director had those responsibilities, and the biggest change between the two is the removal of several references to FEMA (10 in all). Otherwise, there aren’t a lot of changes between the two EOs, which looks mainly like boilerplate.

Yes, Dick Morris is now too insane even for the Worldnutdaily. And that’s saying a lot.

The funny thing is that you don’t have to look this hard to find some genuine actions that Obama has taken that could lead to what is functionally a dictatorship; his use of the State Secrets Privilege makes for an executive branch that is entirely unconstrained by the Bill of Rights.

Comments

  1. says

    Dick Morris really seemed to go down the tubes after he got caught with that call girl. My initial (totally uninformed) guess is that he expected the Democrats to stand up for him and they didn’t, so now he’s bitter to the point of sheer dementia.

    Either that, or he was never in it for anything but the money, and the Republicans paid better.

  2. laurentweppe says

    The funny thing is that you don’t have to look this hard to find some genuine actions that Obama has taken that could lead to what is functionally a dictatorship

    Yeah, but do you imagine Morris screaming: “Obama is not vetoing the bill passed by a spineless congress which may well be used one day by a more authoritarian president to assume dictatorial power!!!”?

    Reality: almost as scandalous as fiction but too complicated for Dick Morris’ new target audience to understand.

  3. sunsangnim says

    You could probably make a video with the same title and just show a clip of Eric Holder redefining due process.

    Seriously, Congress passes a law to ensure that everyone gets healthcare coverage and the Supreme Court has to step in to prevent government overreach, but when the president declares the ability to unilaterally execute American citizens, nobody bats an eyelash?

  4. dingojack says

    Either that, or he was never in it for anything but the money …”
    Just like the call girl.
    Don’t tell me, Dick, it was professional meeting between colleagues in the same business. :)
    Dingo

  5. Michael Heath says

    Dick Morris is representative of the lot of talent Fox News uses for for its “analysis”. He made a name for himself which in turn provided sufficient exposure to the people who hire such talent that he was incompetent. So now Mr. Morris provides supposed independent analysis in order to falsely validate the legitimacy of the conservative/Republican line of argument promoted by Fox News as an organization. He’s hired to be a convenient dupe. Bill O’Reilly, Bernie Goldberg, Geraldo Rivera, and the absolutely horrid comedian withe a beard who guests on O’Reilly’s show are a handful of other examples (I forget the comedian’s name, in spite of the fact his style of humor is the kind I like best, he’s just not able to deliver the content needed to make it good.)

  6. Sastra says

    When I flew from Washington, DC to Florida on Monday, I ran into Dick Morris at National Airport. He was walking in to a gift shop that I was walking out of, having just bought something to drink.

    Jeez, you people who went to the Reason Rally just can’t stop rubbing it in, can you? All the important people and celebrities — it just doesn’t stop. You can’t even walk through the airport on the way home without running in to more of them. I’m so jealous I missed it all. Namedropper.

  7. Jordan Genso says

    @5 Michael Heath

    …and the absolutely horrid comedian with a beard who guests on O’Reilly’s show are a handful of other examples (I forget the comedian’s name, in spite of the fact his style of humor is the kind I like best, he’s just not able to deliver the content needed to make it good.)

    Dennis Miller?

    I used to find him funny, but then he decided that people like myself were no longer his target audience, and changed his material to appeal to the Tea Party Republicans.

  8. gshelley says

    Discover how deep Obama’s violation of Constitution really does go with David Limbaugh’s “Crimes Against Liberty.”

    Now I’m curious, are these the same violations as rational people like Ed point out, or are these more the “war on religion” type of ciolations

  9. slc1 says

    Re #7

    Who can ever forget the incompetent commentary provided by Miller when he was the “color man” on Monday night football. As big an asshole as Howard Cosell was, he at least presented a small amount of expertise on the subject, unlike Miller who didn’t know his ass from a hole in the ground.

  10. says

    Until last summer, I used to work in the same building as Fox News here in NYC, and I would see Dick Morris quite often. Yes, he is rather short. Andrew Napolitano was another one I would see frequently.

    Sometimes I would slap post-its on the revolving doors there with messages like “Fox News Sucks” and “Waterboard Sean Hannity.” I’m pretty sure Shepherd Smith saw one of them.

  11. says

    Michael Heath @5.

    One of the more bizarre examples I can recall was when Neal Cavuto had on Ted Nugent to discuss Obama’s health reform package, as if Nugent had anything to offer on the topic apart from cries of socialism.

  12. says

    @ slc1

    Yes, but did Howard Cosell ever refer to two teammates as Romulus and Remus while throwing in a remark, IIRC, about the River Tiber?
    Now comments like that go directly to the psyche of the average member of the MNF demographic.

  13. Ouabache says

    The title of this post is two words too long. I’m pretty sure Dick Morris has never said anything honest in his life.

  14. cptdoom says

    Jeez, you people who went to the Reason Rally just can’t stop rubbing it in, can you? All the important people and celebrities — it just doesn’t stop. You can’t even walk through the airport on the way home without running in to more of them. I’m so jealous I missed it all. Namedropper.

    Don’t be too jealous, almost anyone who comes to DC is going to see some sort of political figure out and about – they’re our version of Hollywood celebrities, but less glamorous and only known to the true policy wonks and political junkies out there. I live here in DC and have run into more political people at the airport or on flights than you can imagine – Tom Coburn, Trent Lott, Barbara Boxer, and, oh yeah, some Senator from Illinois named Obama (or something like that) walked by my in the ternminal once.

    I’ve also noticed the short-guy syndrome among many conservatives, which I think may be a bit of insight into their psyches. I had similar experiences to Ed, but with George Will and Ken Mehlman, who are both tiny compared to how they appear on TV (they both have long torsos and short legs, which I think makes them look taller when sitting down).

  15. roggg says

    I viewed the video on his site and then looked at the comment thread for it. Sweet jebus it hurts. I dont even know what to say. WND has nothing on these guys.

  16. dan4 says

    “He’s incredibly short, maybe 5’6.”

    I don’t know what that has to do with him lying about Obama (I’m someone who’s actually shorter than Dick Morris, so I take a non sequitur like this a little hard).

  17. says

    He’s incredibly short, maybe 5’6.

    I’m 5’6, and there’s nothing incredible about it.

    To be bracketed in any way with Dick Morris–I’m feeling a little insulted now.

  18. redmann says

    roggg, I went there too. What’s so disturbing is the commenters absolute belief that they are the ones using reason and truth, and liberals are the dividers and liars. It’s a perfect storm of ignorance and arrogance, pathetic. Its also very scary that these people will vote exactly as their beloved authoritarian masters tell them.

  19. Michael Heath says

    Jordan Genso:

    Dennis Miller?

    I used to find him funny, but then he decided that people like myself were no longer his target audience, and changed his material to appeal to the Tea Party Republicans.

    Yeah, that’s the guy. I wanted to like him because I want more comedy using his approach. But I never found him funny, even prior to him becoming a shill for conservatives.

  20. Michael Heath says

    cptdoom:

    I had similar experiences to Ed, but with George Will and Ken Mehlman, who are both tiny compared to how they appear on TV (they both have long torsos and short legs, which I think makes them look taller when sitting down).

    I have no idea how accurate it is but I noticed celebrities in D.C. whom I’ve encountered all seem to have disproportionately big heads.

  21. Paul W., OM says

    The average US white guy is a little under 5′ 10″, with an approximately normal distribution within a broad range, and a standard deviation of about 3 inches.

    So if Morris is 5′ 6″, he’s about 1.3 SD below the mean, which is hardly “incredibly” short. He’s only 4″ shorter than average, and taller than 10 percent or so of white men.

    He’s no more “incredibly short” than a guy who’s 6′ 2″ is “incredibly tall.”

    And he’s a couple of inches taller than your average woman, or about average for a white adult.

    5’6″ isn’t incredible. It shouldn’t even be remarkable.

    Please, let’s not go into “short guy syndrome” (or Napoleon complexes) without some actual statistics to base it on.

    Nobody should be even a little bit surprised if they can name a handful of politicos who are 5’6″ or shorter. It’s only to be expected if politicos are entirely representative of the population.

    Even if 20 percent of famous male political pundits or strategists or advisers were that short, it wouldn’t be shocking. Tall guys have an advantage as candidates, and you wouldn’t be surprised if the successful short guys generally end up disproportionately behind the scenes or behind a computer most of the time, and only get in front the cameras once they’re already successful enough to be talking heads.

    This is the kind of stereotype stuff that’s very prone to confirmation bias.

    Without serious statistics, don’t buy into it.

  22. says

    Y’all should stop picking on Ed about his perception of height. He also considers half of the US incredibly skinny.

    ;-)

  23. says

    dingo: how many call girls routinely spout obvious lies to innocent people, with the intent of misleading and causing discord?

    No, call girls are NOT in the same business as Dick Morris.

  24. thommo says

    I’m 5’6″. What difference does it make? Bringing it up is ad-hom, not insult. You know the difference.
    You should be better than that Ed.

  25. Chiroptera says

    thommo, #27:

    I just reread Ed’s first paragraph. His mention of Morris’ height is not an ad-hom. Irrelevent, perhaps, but definitely not an ad-hom.

  26. harold says

    Dingojack said –

    Don’t tell me, Dick, it was professional meeting between colleagues in the same business. :)

    Wow, Dingo, that’s a pretty harsh insult.

    Insult to honest sex workers, that is.

  27. Aquaria says

    It annoys the hell out of me when people fling ad hominem around when they don’t know what it means.

    Brayton didn’t say, “He’s 5’6″, therefore he’s a lying scumbag.”

    That would be an ad hom.

    Mentioning it in passing as a descriptor isn’t an insult.

  28. dontpanic says

    Aquaria,
    Yes, the term ad hominem was incorrectly introduced into the discussion, but mentioning Morris’ height “in passing as a descriptor” isn’t as innocuous as you seem to make it out to be. Short-ish people do get unwarranted grief about their height, and unconscious biases have been demonstrated to have real life consequences. Would you have been so indifferent if Ed had said “He’s incredibly shortfat, maybe 5’6190 pounds”? Especially if Ed were a svelte guy?

    There were two off-putting aspects to Ed’s statement. First it’s sort of non sequitur; sure I see how he tries to carry that thought over with the “He’s also incredibly …” in an attempt at a literary flourish but here it doesn’t work — the two are too disconnected and the effect is jarring. Secondly, it’s just not true. As shown above 5’6″ isn’t incredibly short so this flourish works against Ed, as in “Ed said he was short, but really isn’t. Then Ed said he was dishonest…” Poof, right at the beginning Ed’s partially undermined his own argument by introducing unnecessary doubt.

    Me, I’ve never really been particularly sensitive about my height, though now that my 14 yr old towers over my 5’7-3/4″ by a good 4-5 inches I’ve started to be a bit more empathetic.

  29. dontpanic says

    Just to follow up.

    When it comes to height, every inch counts–in fact, in the workplace, each inch above average may be worth $789 more per year, according to a study in the Journal of Applied Psychology (Vol. 89, No. 3).

    As another article about this and similar studies says:

    By this calculation, someone who is 6 feet tall earns $5,525 more annually than someone who is 5 feet, 6 inches. Over the course of a career, of course, those numbers can really add up.

    So mentioning, “in passing”, what needn’t be mentioned (as it was irrelevant), is just appealing to people biases: short people are worth less. And doing it in a negative sense — coupling height and dishonesty, even if not intending to generalize to the populace as a whole — reenforces the negative stereotype.

  30. dingojack says

    American caucasian male height deciles (to the nearest 64th):

    1st 5′ 6″ 5/32
    2nd 5′ 7″ 15/32
    3rd 5′ 8″ 27/64
    4th 5′ 9″ 15/64
    5th 5′ 10″ (by definition)
    6th 5′ 10″ 39/64
    7th 5′ 11″ 9/16
    8th 6′ 0″ 17/32
    9th 6′ 1″ 27/32

    95% 6′ 2″ 15/16
    98% 6′ 4″ 5/32
    99% 6′ 4″ 37/64
    99.9% 6′ 6″ 21/32

    Assuming the figures (μ = 5′ 10″ σ = 3″) are correct.
    Just so you can see how tiny Ed Brayton (who is freakishly large) thinks you are.*

    :) Dingo
    ——–
    * personally, I’m taller than about 30.854% of American white males, but if I hadn’t spent my teenage years in the bathroom I’d at +16.6667σ. :)

  31. dingojack says

    You would expect to find less than 1 American white male over 7′ 3″ xor under 4′ 5″ tall (±5⅔ σ).
    Dingo

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