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Keeping an eye on things.

 Item the first - notice how we have the rumblings that President Obama, if he thinks things are not going to go well in November, will simply declare an emergency and call off the election?  And we will have had our last election, ever?

Item the second - remember how we had the rumblings that President Bush, if he thought things were not going to go well in November 2004, and again in November 2008, would simply declare an emergency and call off the election?  And that we would have had our last election, ever?

Item the third - remember how we had the rumblings that President Clinton, if he thought things were not going to go well for the Democrats in 2000, would simply declare an emergency and call off the election?  And that we would have had our last election, ever?

Item the fourth - Remember how...

Not that we shouldn't keep an eye on all the bastards.  They're drawn to power, and therefore are untrustworthy with it - hence why they all try to gather more and insulate themselves from control.  But remember how all this depends on Congress, the Courts, frankly the military, and the People to all just roll over.  [Cue Frank with a Gramsci quote]

So.  What fuels (aside from a well-earned and justified suspicion of people who like to exercise power) these conspiracies?  Well, there is some truth to them, as there is in almost all conspiracies.  While mutterings about Presidents seizing power have echoed throughout the two-and-a-quarter centuries of the Republic, since 1945 the instruments of that takeover actually exist, in the forms of the executive orders that have their genesis in the fears of the Three-Hour-War, i.e., Global Thermonuclear War, and the needs of governance in the immediate aftermath of that event.   

Rather than just winging it and trying to think this stuff up while the fallout plumes are still settling around the globe, much thought has gone into it already - and most of that based (because original thought is *hard*) on stronger variations of what the government did during WWI and WWII [so, to be clear, at their heart, these are the plans of Democrats...  8^D].  

Having either been on high-level military response planning teams, or a blogger, I've spent the better part of the last 15 years seeing all the executive orders in this arena, as several of them constituted my unit's basic legal authority for existing, and would generate our legal authority to operate in the operational context of either a catastrophic attack on the US, or a natural disaster of truly national impact (think asteroid strike or the Yellowstone volcano erupting like it did the last time it erupted (which would bury Castle Argghhh! under a layer of ash, and we're in eastern Kansas...).

Just about the first EO that comes out when a new President assumes the office - and we're talking like within one or two days - is the one that extends the "current emergency."  Which every President since Eisenhower has issued.  That current emergency?  The potential of nuclear war.  That provides the legal basis for much else.  It also lets Congress off the hook, continually, which is one reason they like it and haven't bitched about it for a long time.  It let's the Prez do a lot of stuff.  

One wonders if the gov't could work anymore, were they to not issue that order...  but that's a different issue.

So, using the "OMG-the-BOMBS-are-dropping!" as our lens - these EOs start to make sense, if you accept the basic premise - which Congress clearly does, and the Courts have not been asked to consider:

* Executive Order 10990 allows the Government to take over all modes of transportation and control of highways and seaports.

* Executive Order 10995 allows the government to seize and control the communication media.

* Executive Order 10997 allows the government to take over all electrical power, gas, petroleum, fuels, and minerals.

* Executive Order 11000 allows the government to mobilize civilians into work brigades under government supervision.

* Executive Order 11001 allows the government to take over all health education and welfare functions.

* Executive Order 11002 designates the Postmaster General to operate a national registration of all persons.

* Executive Order 11003 allows the government to take over all airports and aircraft, including commercial aircraft.

* Executive Order 11004 allows the Housing and Finance Authority to relocate and establish new locations for populations.

* Executive Order 11005 allows the government to take over railroads, inland waterways, and public storage facilities.

* Executive Order 11049 assigns emergency preparedness function to federal departments and agencies, consolidating 21 operative Executive Orders issues over a fifteen-year period.

* Executive Order 11051 specifies the responsibility of the Office of Emergency Planning and gives authorization to put all Executive Orders into effect in times of increased international tensions and economic or financial crisis.

* Executive Order 11310 grants authority to the Department of Justice to enforce the plans set out in Executive Orders, to institute Industrial support, to establish judicial and legislative liaison, to control all aliens, to operate penal and correctional institutions, and to advise and assist the President.

* Executive Order 11921 allows the Federal Emergency Preparedness Agency to develop plans to establish control over the mechanisms of production and distribution of energy sources, wages, salaries, credit, and the flow of money in U.S. financial institutions in any undefined national emergency. It also provides that when the president declares a state of emergency, Congress cannot review the action for six months.

Mind you, the potential has *always* been there for the Executive to take over.  But it still requires our compliance and acquiescence, and that of the other branches of government - including the mlitary.

[Cue Frank with a Gramsci paragraph]

The Center For Western Journalism clearly thinks we're ripe for the plucking.

Me, I think our institutions are stronger than we think.

But I'm a well known squish who will be one of the first into the camps, too.


14 Comments

Ummm ..... do I mention Gramsci and his incremental strategy of the "long march through the institutions" too often here?  LOL
 
You're our Gramsci-scholar...
 
Well sir...

Just because the bridge aint fell down yet, don't mean it wont.
 
Despite a few fellow travelers, you and i travel in different groups. Among the serious people I know I have never heard any threat to elections from Carter through Bush II.  This time I do.  I sense that there is a real concern about just how much what was left of the constitutional republic will be overthrown under this president.  I don't anyone thought anyone president could so fundamentally change the nation as this one has done in so short a time.
 
I assure you it was there, Jim.  You just weren't listening to it because it wasn't the topic of conversation in your circles.  My Venn diagram has different overlaps.

No worries.  When the takeover occurs, I'm such a reliable lackey for this administration I'll be a kapo in the camps.  I'll make sure you get in my barracks.

8^ )
 
We currently have a lawless Administration.  Why shouldn't we be concerned? 

I'll never make to the camps.  My bullet-riddled corpse will be dumped in a ditch. 
 
If I did make it to the camps, it'd probably be as food. Yeah, I've put on the weight. Don't judge me or I'll report you to the PC Thought Police.
 
Where d'you people get the idea I said "Don't be concerned?"  I just said, "Have some perspective."

There is this paragraph up there...

"Not that we shouldn't keep an eye on all the bastards. They're drawn to power, and therefore are untrustworthy with it - hence why they all try to gather more and insulate themselves from control. But remember how all this depends on Congress, the Courts, frankly the military, and the People to all just roll over. [Cue Frank with a Gramsci quote]"

Nothing in there says anything about not being concerned.  Just have some perspective.  And pointing out the other side shares the concerns... when it's their ox being gored.

 
"Keeping an eye on *ALL OF THE BASTARDS*, sorta sounds like you're getting cynical. I hear, being cynical is a sign of auld age. If so, *WELCOME ABOARD* !
 
The moonbats were whining about BusHitler suspending elections when we were approaching 2004 and 2008.  FedGov can't really suspend elections as teh states controll those, so you will also have to get the State Capitals on board for Congressional Elections, and then Congress too for Presidential elections. The founders set it up that way because they meant for the states to handle almost all of domestic matters, with FedGov restricted to Interstate Commerce, Foreign Relations and Defense. 95+% of what FedGov has been up to, and building to since Lincoln's war, is unconstitutional and, therefore, illegal.

If the bombs are actually falling, then it's a different matter. But only then.
 
I worry that President Obama may get desperate enough to try to cancel the elections. I have never had this worry with any previous President.

 
Only one caveat. As far as I know, previous presidents didn't have their departments ordering millions of rounds of ammo and a whole buncha CQB weapons when their poll numbers started tanking. Just sayin'.
 
 Well, Irish, that is a trend that started under Bush.  The whole "Homeland Defense" construct, plus the increasing militarization of law enforcement are at work there.

And the latter started back in the 70's, and is an outgrowth of the "War on Drugs."

Entirely too many wars going on in the United States.

But power loves that metaphor to get what it wants.  Whether it's right- or left- handed.
 
Good point.