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Our Federal Government

April 14, 2010 by

In every age of the world, the few have found means to steal power from the many. But in our government, if it be indeed a consolidated one, such a result is absolutely inevitable. FULL ARTICLE by Abel P. Ushur


Dick Fox April 14, 2010 at 11:14 am

You know I don’t consider myself a conspiracy nut so I hope you can set me straight but it appears that President Obama fundamentally changed the United States federalist system of government stripping away the power of the state governors to control their National Guard units and putting this power in the hands of the executive branch.

On Monday, January 11, 2010 President Obama signed Executive Order 13528


creating the Council of Governors. This Council is made up of 10 governors appointed by the president, no more that 5 can be of one party. That appears to make it non-partisan but it actually makes the votes and the power of the 10 meaningless, they cancel one another out. Then the Secretary of Defense will designate an Executive Director. Because of the makeup of the Council the Executive Director will essentially run the it.

The Executive Order specifically states what the Council will control.
(d) synchronization and integration of State and Federal military activities
in the United States; and
(e) other matters of mutual interest pertaining to National Guard, homeland
defense, and civil support activities.

So immediately the council takes away the power of the state governors to control their National Guards.

Additionally the Executive Order states:
(d) The Council may establish subcommittees of the Council. These subcommittees
shall consist exclusively of Members of the Council and any
designated employees of a Member with authority to act on the Member’s
behalf, as appropriate to aid the Council in carrying out its functions under
this order.
(e) The Council may establish a charter that is consistent with the terms
of this order to refine further its purpose, scope, and objectives and to
allocate duties, as appropriate, among members.

In other words the Council will establish its own responsibilities with virtually no limits to its power.

I am amazed that I am only now finding out about this. There were news stories but I never saw one on television or heard one on the radio. This is the most fundamental change in the history of our nation. No wonder President Obama wasn’t worried about opposition to health care by the voters. He has essentially established a Hugo Chavez style dictatorship right before our eyes.

Please tell me I am wrong, but as I see it on January 11, 2010 the United States ceased to exist except in name only.

Vanmind April 15, 2010 at 2:24 am

I read about that development a few months ago, but as a Canadian I am afraid even to comment. Enemy combatant, and all that.

With tongue in cheek I urge the Mises Institute to head for exile in Vancouver, world headquarters of specie speculation and historical source of the term “skid row.” Already the city is a front (equal parts captured and conceded) in this century’s great Political Economy debate. Come help create market incentives to counter the socialist tendencies of a population that soon will tire of Olympics-related government debt.

Don’t tell Block, let it be a surprise.

tralphkays April 14, 2010 at 11:59 am

Sounds scary for sure. I am not convinced that it is more than a small step in the slow destruction of America that has gone on my entire life however. The truly scary step would be if Obama has national guard units stationed inside the US but outside the states they are from. Much easier to convince soldiers to shoot strangers than to shoot people from their own community.

DixieFlatline April 14, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Dick, welcome to libertarianism.

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