Sounds good doesn’t it? Â t heard about this back when Obama signed it and tried to read the order, but I couldn’t understand it. Â This email from Kay Granger, who I am normally not a huge fan of, Â puts it into terms that made sense to me. Â She should be commended for pointing this out to her constituents in such understandable terms.
With all that is going in Washington these days some things donâ€™t make the news the way they should. Â Fourteen days ago President Obama issued an Executive Order that you should know about.Â This order gives an unprecedented level of authority to the President and the federal government to take over all the fundamental parts of our economy – in the name of national security – in times of national emergency.
This means all of our water resources, construction services and materials (steel, concrete, etc.), our civil transportation system, food and health resources, our energy supplies including oil and natural gas â€“ even farm equipment â€“ can be taken over by the President and his cabinet secretaries. The Government can also draft U.S. citizens into the military and force U.S. citizens to fulfill “labor requirements” for the purposes of “national defense.” There is not even any Congressional oversight, only briefings are required.
By issuing this as an Executive Order the President puts the federal government above the law, which, in a democracy, is never supposed to happen.
As President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, he has the Constitutional authority to issue executive orders.Â And while similar orders have been made before by presidents from Eisenhower and Reagan to Clinton and George Bush â€“ it has never been done to this extent.
It is still unclear why this order was signed now, and what the consequences are for our nation â€“ especially during times of peace.Â This type of Martial Law imposes a government takeover on U.S. citizens that is typically reserved for national emergencies, not in a time of relative peace.
I want you to know I am following this very closely. Â If you would like to read the order for yourself please click here. (Kay Granger’s original email had a direct link to the White House dot gov site, but being the prudent, sometimes overly suspicious person I am I didn’t want a direct track back to my website from there. Â If you want to read it do a search for “National Defense Resources Preparedness March 16, 2012)
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