Online Views: Is the Fourth Reich at hand?

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“America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.” —Harry S. Truman, 1947

The republic hangs by a thread. In all the campaign rhetoric, there was no mention of it. The national media ignored it, although the alternative media gave it several accounts.

Oct. 17, in a private ceremony in the Oval Office, George W. Bush dealt our democratic republic two near-fatal wounds. If it happens that the mid-term elections turned out not to his liking, those wounds may quickly become terminal.

Bush, on the above date, signed the Defense Authorization Act of 2007 and also signed the Military Commissions Act of 2006. By those two signatures, he effectively wiped out or modified the Insurrection Act and the Posse Comitatus Act. Both laws limited the use of troops for domestic law enforcement and offered some restraint on a presidential declaration of martial law.

One law permits torture and detention overseas, and the other is aimed at iron-fisted compliance with the president’s will at home, allowing him to order the military into the streets of America. It also empowers Bush to seize control of the National Guard whether the governors or local authorities consent or not.

An article about these developments appeared Oct. 27 on, a bipartisan Web site that bills itself as “an independent news portal.” It carries various reports by the alternative press.

The article quotes a section of the Authorization Act that says “the President may employ the armed forces, including the National Guard, in Federal Service, to restore public order and enforce the laws of the United States when, as a result of a natural disaster, epidemic, or other serious public health emergency, terrorist attack or incident, or other condition in any state or possession of the United States, the President determines that domestic violence has occurred to such an extent that the constituted authorities of the state or possession are incapable of (“refuse” or “fail” in) maintaining public order, “in order to suppress, in any state, any insurrection, domestic violence, unlawful combination, or conspiracy.”

‘That is a blueprint for a fascist police state. It would be a simple matter for George W. Bush to declare a “national emergency” and turn the troops loose against protesters, political opponents, illegal aliens, illegal enemy combatants (as he determines) or anybody who disagrees with the will of Mr. Bush and his cohorts.

The law eases the way for militarized police roundups of those Bush wants out of circulation. They will be detained in camps being built right now by Halliburton. It is rumored there already are some facilities ready for use, such as a portion of Fort McCoy in Wisconsin (between Sparta and Tomah, approximately 35 miles from LaCrosse and 105 miles northwest of Madison).

So, who voted for the potential lock-down of the United States of America and elimination of our freedoms and civil liberties? In the U.S. House, a total of 508 votes were cast. There were 250 yes votes, 170 no votes and 12 abstentions. Among the “yea” votes was one cast by our Congressman, Don Manzullo.

In the U.S. Senate, on Sept. 28, the authorization bill passed 65-34. Illinois Senators Dick Durbin and Barack Obama voted “no.” Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine was the lone abstention.

Sept. 19, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, said: “We certainly do not need to make it easier for presidents to declare martial law. Invoking the Insurrection Act and using the military for law enforcement activities goes against some of the central tenets of our democracy. One can easily envision governors and mayors in charge of an emergency having to constantly look over their shoulders while someone who has never visited their communities gives the orders.”

Journalist Edward R. Murrow, during the McCarthy era, pointed out: “We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.” That is a solid chunk of truth.

Mr. Bush and his colleagues, often in the wee hours of the night, have put pen to paper with the intent of infecting the body politic with apathy and submission. The president has employed numerous executive orders to mold domestic law to his liking. Hitler used the same technique to turn Germany into a Nazi dictatorship.

What would martial law mean for this country? Martial law is defined as the imposition of military rule when the civilian authority cannot maintain order in an emergency.

A published summary of pertinent executive orders effective in an emergency available on the Internet states: “All communications media are to be seized by the Federal government. Radio, TV, newspapers, CB, Ham, telephones and the Internet will be under federal control” [thus suspending the First Amendment indefinitely].

“All electrical power, fuels and all minerals will be seized by the federal government. All food resources, farms and farm equipment will be seized by the government. Hoarding food will not be allowed because food will be regulated.

“All modes of transportation will go into government control. Any vehicle can be seized. [How would you function without a car?]

“All civilians can be used for work under federal supervision.”

And the grand prize winner: “Executive Order 11490: establishes presidential control over all U.S. citizens, businesses and churches in time of ‘emergency.”

Another executive order “directs various Cabinet officials to be constantly ready to take over virtually all aspects of the U.S. economy during a state of National Emergency at the direction of the president.”

FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) is directed to take control over all government agencies in time of emergency. FEMA is controlled by the executive branch. No wonder they can’t control themselves, let alone an emergency.

Still another executive order states the president shall set the policy for national security emergency preparedness. The order will include federal takeover of all local law enforcement agencies, wage and price controls, bars moving assets in or out of the U.S., establishes a military draft, controls all travel in and out of the country and much more.

After the original constitutional convention in Philadelphia, Ben Franklin told curious colonists: “We have given you a Republic, if you can keep it.”

That is our challenge today, more than ever. If we fail to take action as united Americans, the land of the free will become the home of the slave. It is up to us.

If you would like Simple Simon and the Grand Old Perverts to rule us indefinitely, then do nothing. The hour is late, and the threat is dire.

From the Nov.8-14, 2006, issue

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