Preparing for dictatorship? 6

Food and water may from now on be allocated to or withheld from you on the decision of a single Obama deputy.

Very quietly on March 16 the President issued an Executive Order – the instrument by which he is increasingly inclined to govern – which gives him and his gang this power.

The EO grants the administration martial law powers in peacetime.

Drudge and Canada Free Press have carried this news. The mainstream media must know about it. If they choose not to report it, what are they allowing by their silence?

The issue of such an order in peacetime raises suspicion that Obama may be preparing to refuse to relinquish power if he is defeated in the November presidential election.

This is from Canada Free Press, by Alan Caruba:

An Executive Order posted on the White House website on Friday, March 16, 2012, has generated a wave of fear. It is officially about “National Defense Resources Preparedness” and its stated policy addresses “national defense resource policies and programs under the Defense Production Act of 1950.”

Its stated policy is that “The United States must have an 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 and in times of national emergency.”  …

In effect, the EO allows the federal government, directed by the President, to commandeer and control all aspects of the economy and the lives of all Americans. It centralizes control to an astonishing and frightening degree. …

It parcels out control to the Secretary of Agriculture with respect to food resources

The Secretary of Energy with respect to all forms of energy;

The Secretary of Health and Human Services with respect to health resources;

The Secretary of Transportation with respect to all forms of civil transportation;

The Secretary of Defense with respect to water resources; and

 The Secretary of Commerce with respect to all other materials, services, and facilities, including construction materials.

The obvious question is why is this EO necessary in the absence of any threat of an invasion or even an attack? [And] why should the President of the United States, in the run-up to a national election, feel that this is the time to issue such an EO?

I have frankly been dismissive of widely expressed fears that Obama would or could carry off a coup d’etat to establish himself as an American dictator. The problem, however, is that Obama has surrounded himself with Cabinet Secretaries and a shadow government of “czars” that would likely support him if he were to attempt such an audacious move.

The “legality” of such a move would be rubber-stamped by the Attorney General whose regard for the Constitution and laws of the nation is dubious at best, elastic at worst. The President’s views about the Constitution are well known and he resents the limits it puts on his powers.

Would Congress stand by and allow its powers be usurped? Imagine yourself a Senator or Representative fearful of arrest and detention. Rounding up all 435 members would not be a difficult task.

The nation’s media, with exceptions, has “covered” for this President regarding the legitimacy of his right to hold office, his absurd energy policies, and his takeover of various segments of the nation’s economic base; the auto industry, the insurance industry, and Obamacare’s attempt to takeover the healthcare sector.

That is why this EO has evoked such fear and concern and that is why Congress has to assert its Constitutional powers before this President is permitted to overthrow the legislative branch of government and seize control through an EO that is so broad that it is a breathtaking seizure of power that could only be considered if the nation was, in fact, under attack.

This EO is about “preparedness”, but for whom?

Is this unwarranted scare-mongering? Or is it valid cause for fear?

  • Liz

    In spite of what the previous commenters have said here, I have seen enough of Obama (and company’s) tactics that I would not be suprised at all if something like this actually happened.  I don’t consider anything too low, or too extreme, for them to stoop to, considering everything they’ve done so far.  I’m certain that for every asinine thing they do out in the open, there are a dozen happening below the radar.  (The “Fast and Furious” fiasco is a good example.) 
    They have been overreaching ever since they took power, and they are just arrogant enough to reach for their ultimate goal of dictatorship by coup rather than admit defeat by the will of the people in an election.
    On the other hand, they know they have the media in their pocket, so if they lose, all they have to do is continue their usual smearing and lying campaign against whoever replaces them and be pretty much assured of success in the next elections.

    • George

      I can’t speak for the previous commenters Liz but I’m in total agreement with you 100%  regarding Obama ( and company ). Except I would call it Obama ( and regieme ) for a better term .

  • A republic with as long and strong a tradition of democracy as ours won’t fall to a coup until we truly are in a crisis.  As bad as things are, we’re a long way from civil war or foreign invasion.  By that measure, our difficulties now are still pre-crisis, if you like.  Yes, our fiscal and moral tack is toward the shoals, but we still could, even this late, change course, tack back toward deep water, and sail along for many generations.

    Obama is no Caesar.  Our military simply would not follow him across the Rubicon, and without that ultimate guarantee of force his tyranny will remain soft.  But soft tyranny is bad enough.  It could easily prepare the way for a genuine Augustus in this century.  The end of liberty is entirely possible–just not plausible this soon.

    • Post script:  When we do meet our genuine Augustus, he will find the statute supporting this EO a wonderful tool for his purposes.

  • TyS

    As much as I despise Obama and everything he stands for, I hate to be the bearer of “bad” news:

    Nearly all of the contents of this executive order are about 18 years old, when it was first initiated by Clinton. The only changes made by the Obama admin. omit FEMA from being part of the NDRP program