Saturday, 17 March 2012

A dark day for America: Obama more absolute than Putin. Update - not quite so sensational..

Friday's document dump includes a stunning expansion of presidential power. See SDA's post.  With the new executive order, Obama authorizes himself to overrule all other authority in peacetime. Did we miss a national debate calling for this and what triggers it? He just has to determine there is a lack of the "industrial and technological base capable of meeting national defense requirements and capable of contributing to the technological superiority of its national defense equipment in peacetime as well as in times of national emergency."   As to danger, this may mean a decision has been taken to risk war with Iran.  As to Obama's ideology, this may mean more moves to force unaffordable green strategies on the military and the nation to "improve its readiness". Obama Forces Navy to Buy $16/Gallon “Green” Fuel)

The text of the new edict is here.
The text of the 1950 Order 11051 is here.  Immanent danger to the United States was the focus.
"WHEREAS national preparedness must be achieved and maintained to support such varying degrees of mobilization as may be required to deal with increases in international tension, with limited war, or with general war including attack upon the United States ..."
The old text justified autocratic rule by a need for central coordination in a time of danger.  The new text is a formula for meddling, a wet dream for progressive algae-loving scum.  Unless this is battlefield preparation for war involving Iran (damn that election!), it's fresh theft of power from congress and the people of America.

Update: Professor Jacobsen points out that language generalizing these powers outside of the immediate danger of war date back to 1994.  The scope of the Executive power seems just wrong but I'm out of order  making President Obama solely responsible.

1 comment:

  1. In 1950 the crisis was that the communists had the bomb.
    The so called crisis that is the only one in the mind of O is a climate crisis.
    This way when resources become scarce, like gas at the pump, he can order the troops deployed on his own people without having the state governor go through the niggling detail of actually requesting such an act.