What would you think if a national emergency (which was not defined prior to its declaration), meant that the government had the right to confiscate your supplies and equipment without warning? How willingly would you accept that?
Wait… it gets better… what if they could also require you to fulfill “labor requirements” for anything deemed necessary for national defense? Are you concerned yet? Would you feel free? Would you consider that a life of liberty?
On March 16th, Obama signed an Executive Order to that effect: The Executive Order for National Resources Preparedness. If you haven’t read it, you should. It’s amazing that this has not had more “media play,” but at least some legislators are bristling, like Congresswoman Kay Granger of Texas’ 12th district, who told her constituents in a newsletter:
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 – even farm equipment – 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.
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