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Let’s talk executive orders. If you have heard of such items, well they have been mentioned from time to time in the big media, and alternative news outlets have made significant note of them with some frequency. But most certainly, where no one has ever heard this term would be within the bounds and wording of the United States Constitution itself. Yes, that is correct—there is no explicit delineation for any such authority termed an ‘executive order’ within the United States Constitution. Still, such a term and its ensuing powers have been conjured from the beginning of this nation through the vague wording granting “The executive power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America.” given in Article II, Section 1, Clause 1 of the Constitution, and furthered by the statement to “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed” made in Article II, Section 3, Clause 5. This wording has seemingly been construed towards an arbitrary interpretation that the executive branch somehow maintains an undefined power, and that through the intents set forth in whatever power that may be; it has the legal obligation to execute that power.
Arguments of some that the Constitution is an outdated document, etc., etc., in this case is really neither here nor there. And on the contrary, the fact that the Constitution does not specifically provide such a power within its text inherently suggests a check and a balance within the document itself regarding the powers of the Executive Branch. And as flawed as some would hail the United States system of policy and government, its most key premise right alongside the Bill of Rights is an effective, punctual, and fair system of the check and the balance from one branch to another. On that note, via a strictly legal, textual interpretation of the Constitution, any such executive order would be yielded void. But alas, it is not. And furthermore as it stands, a number to exceed ten thousand executive orders have been engineered throughout the history of the nation.
In concession, by no means have all the historical outcomes of executive orders been utterly counterproductive. In fact, the executive order was utilized in the positive, most namely in the integration of the United States Armed Services, as well as the desegregation of public schools—over a half century ago. In the midst of these very arguably productive goals and accomplishments, the orders have been utilized in a multitude of more than questionable contexts, both since their pseudo-institution and to the present day—even just several days ago. In history, the most notable and outright abuses of the executive power turned executive order would be Andrew Jackson’s incredibly tragic, bloody, and epidemic-ridden relocation of the law-abiding Cherokee people forced onto the trail of tears, Abraham Lincoln’s Civil War silencing and detainment of media and political opponents and the World War II, Roosevelt Era internment of Japanese American citizens into internment camps.
All this background and history is pertinent, yes, but it is still history—what I mean is now how does this direly affect our citizenry, status, and liberty in the present era, if at all? Well, it doesn’t necessarily—but the sudden dawning of a complete and utter state of control is queasily and unnervingly real—and needless to say, against the most original bases of liberty-oriented sovereignty and value. Observe that the following were issued at different dates and times, and by different Presidents. Should you choose to review these executive orders at the National Archive, whose website is provided below, you will see there is an extensive history linked to each which reveals which executive order revoked the former executive order, and then which executive order replaced the former, or instead modified it to demonstrate further changes by the current administration, and in doing so brought it up to date and extends its powers (or limits them) and extensions of authority into future government administrations.
Website for the National Archive : http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/executive-orders/
The following Executive Orders, even though they are currently “sleeper” orders, or “standby” orders, have been extended by previous presidents and are currently alive and active, and have been consolidated to take effect under the provisions of Presidential Directive Decision 51 (NSPD 51/HSPD 51), to make use of them under the auspices of the “Continuity in Government” policy:
-Executive Order 12148 created the Federal Emergency Management Agency that is to interface with the Department of Defense for civil defense planning and funding. An “emergency czar” was appointed. FEMA has only spent about 6 percent of its budget on national emergencies and the bulk of their funding has been used for the construction of secret underground facilities to assure continuity of government in case of a major emergency, foreign or domestic.
-Executive Order 12656 appoints the National Security Council as the principal body that should consider emergency powers. This allows the government to increase domestic intelligence and surveillance of U.S. citizens and would restrict the freedom of movement within the United States and grant the government the right to isolate large groups of civilians. The National Guard could be federalized to seal all borders and take control of U.S. air space and all ports of entry. Here are just a few Executive Orders associated with FEMA that would suspend the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
These and the following Executive Orders have been on record for nearly 30 years and could be enacted by the stroke of a Presidential pen:
– 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 10998 allows the government to take over all food sources and farms
-Executive Order 10999 allows the government to take over all modes of transportation and control of highways and seaports
-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 communities, build new housing with public funds, designate areas to be abandoned, and establish new locations for populations
-Executive Order 11005 allows the government to take over railroads, inland waterways and public storage facilities
-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 11490 assigns emergency preparedness function to federal departments and agencies, consolidating 21 operative Executive Orders issued over a fifteen year period
-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 institution in any undefined national emergency. It also provides that when a state of emergency is declared by the President, Congress cannot review the action for six months. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has broad powers in every aspect of the nation
Combine all these with a number of others more recently instituted mainly since the late 1970’s and the field of America is ripe and ready to reap a rich and highly cultivated police state of control. Call it fascist, call it whatever you like. Labels are for packages, not for societies. A society maintains its substantive degree of liberty and freedom, or it surrenders it—voluntarily and/or involuntarily. In any case, the state of the union is as it is regardless of our acceptance or non-acceptance of that. And the questions which stem from this status are innumerable. Start asking things and doing something—anything—or keep sleeping.
Part II will be discussing the themes and those related to the following video clip as well as the second tier of executive order relating to this topic. Hindsight is indeed 20/20, and the recent developments and ensuing possibilities of said developments allow for some very real reflection as to the intentions of our government as a whole, and what items and doings foreign governments and armies would not hesitate to undertake in the case our government grants them legal access in doing so.