(CNSNews.com) – Commenting on President Barack Obama’s remarks yesterday that he will not wait on congressional legislation but will instead use his pen to take executive and administrative actions, conservative talk-radio host Mark Levin said what Obama was doing constituted “a gradual, quiet coup,” or takeover of the government.
Levin added that Obama’s language equaled the “common parlance of the dictator.”
On his nationally syndicated radio program on Jan. 14, Levin played audio clips of Obama’s remarks from that day just prior to his first Cabinet meeting of the new year.
Obama said: "But one of the things that I'll be emphasizing in this meeting is the fact that we are not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we're providing Americans the kind of help that they need. I've got a pen, and -- and I've got a phone. And I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward.”
Levin said, “He’s just announced that he is going to assume law-making powers. He’s just announced that he is going to assume law-making powers. He does not recognize the [Republican Party] majority in the House of Representatives. I don’t know how much more clearly he can say it.”
“You know what this is, folks? You know what this is? This is a gradual, quiet coup,” said Levin, a constitutional scholar and former chief of staff to Attorney General Edwin Meese. “That’s what’s taking place. It’s gradual. It’s quiet in the sense that it’s non-violent. But it’s a coup.”
A second audio clip of Obama was then played. The president said, “One of the things that I'm going to be talking to my Cabinet about is how do we use all the tools available to us, not just legislation, in order to advance a mission that I think unifies all Americans –”
Levin then said, “Stop! This is the common parlance of the dictator: assuming that he represents all Americans, that he’s a unifying figure, that we just need to concentrate more power in his hands. He will decide what laws are good, what laws are bad. He will use executive orders to pass laws that Congress won’t pass. And he will ignore laws he doesn’t like, and he’ll re-write laws that he wants to re-write like Obamacare and so forth. This is the mindset and the language that dictators have.”
A coup, or coup d’etat, occurs when a small group of people overthrow or alter the existing government.