For those who, like me, looked upon the March 16th “cover of night” presidential signing with alarm, you might read this article as a possible correction. In this intensely transformational time where whatever we see and hear may be either false or true only in some very limited context, it’s wise to remain centered, no matter what.
Advice to self: keep the vertical link between crown and feet, Heaven above and Earth below intact, to counter chaotic lateral winds that would otherwise blow me about.
Thanks to motherjones.com.
No, President Obama is not coming to steal your house and take all the food out of your fridge.
March 30, 2012
President Obama wants to conquer your farmland, plunder its resources, feast upon the contents of your refrigerator, and then draft you into slave labor for his aggressive war on Iran.
Such is the narrative that has emerged out of the right’s latest phony freak-out about Obama’s wielding of executive power. On March 16, the White House quietly released the details of an executive order titled “National Defense Resources Preparedness.” The order authorizes the federal government to identify “requirements for the full spectrum of emergencies, including essential military and civilian demand,” and to “control the general distribution of any material (including applicable services) in this civilian market.”
It’s your standard government readiness policy—nothing particularly exciting or groundbreaking. In fact, almost identical executive orders have been issued by administrations since the early days of the Cold War, including those of Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Dwight Eisenhower.
And some conservatives—who have previously accused Obama of wanting to confiscate their guns, ammo, Bibles, and even Cheerios and fishing rods—have taken this as one more assault upon individual liberty from a radical president. Because the order identifies essential items that should be stockpiled in extreme scenarios—from livestock and water to construction materials and pharmaceutical products—some on the right have sounded the alarm.
Late last Sunday, the Washington Times blasted out an email titled “Obama authorizes himself to declare martial law.” The column‘s author, Jeffrey Kuhner (who has a habit of referring to the president as a neo-pagan Lenin), writes that the order represents “a sweeping power grab that should worry every American” that “one would expect to find in Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela or Vladimir Putin’s Russia.” Kuhner posits that Obama is gearing up for a devastating transatlantic war with Iran, in which Tehran-sponsored Hezbollah cellswould retaliate by bombing American cities.
Fox News host Sean Hannity claimed the executive order grants Obama absolute power in peacetime and crisis “over any and all American resources,” including food, plants, and energy sources. Pamela Geller, over at her anti-Muslim and birther blog Atlas Shrugs,labeled it the latest attempt by the Obama administration to nationalize everything (“even you”). She insisted that the order calls for an uncompensated “civilian draft” for government labor, and dubbed it a “totalitarian” edict from “der fuhrer.” Other outlets and commentators, including Daily Paul, Reason, and Alex Jones, weighed in with similar concerns. (Skeptics at the right-leaning Daily Caller, Hot Air, and evenWorldNetDaily—yes, that WorldNetDaily—didn’t buy the latest conspiracy theory.)