“The pen is mightier than the sword,” is a common adage that is said to emphasize that thinking and writing have more influence on people and events than the use of force or violence.
The spirit of the saying, originally coined by Edward Bulwer-Lytton, however, was intended to convey a sense of unifying eloquence — not divisive authoritarianism.
Joe Biden has signed 39 executive actions in his first week in office, according to a detailed outline of them by NBC News. From the perspective of the power of the president’s office, one might wonder how that compares to the actions taken by his four most recent predecessors.
According to the Office of the Federal Register, which is responsible for logging all Executive Actions, Joe Biden’s actions appear to be on a dictatorial pace compared to the previous four administrations. Donald Trump signed 12 actions in his first month. Barack Obama signed 14 in his first month. George W. bush signed 3. And Bill Clinton signed 5.
Combined, the previous four administrations signed a total of 34 executive actions in their first month. Joe Biden alone has already signed 39 in only his first week. Biden has already signed more executive actions than Obama did in any single year of his presidency, sans 2016.
There is no excuse for such unilateral, unchecked behavior — especially when the president enjoys a majority power in both chambers of Congress, and should be enabling the legislative branch of the government to do its job.
Joe Biden would rather play pseudo-dictator, albeit a mindless one who can’t seem to even find his own pockets. It appears the pen is mightier than Joe Biden.