The article is concerned that Obama’s executive order could give the U.S. government control over the internet. It is designed to empower an agency like The Department of Homeland Security control over telecommunications and the web during natural disasters and security emergencies.
The communications control referred to above is sweeping. It covers everything from the national and international levels to the local level as the following excerpt outlines:
As noted in the C/Net article critics are concerned about Section 5.2 which essentially gives the Secretary of the Dept. of Homeland Security the power to “oversee the development, testing, implementation, and sustainment” of national security and emergency preparedness measures on all systems, including private “non-military communications networks”
Now’s here is the most disturbing part of the C/Net article to me:
Constitution? Oath of Office? Remember those Thingys?
Excuse me, but where in the Constitution of the United States of America does it give the executive branch the capacity to create new laws at the stroke of a pen?
Article I, Section 1 clearly reads:
“All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.”
Article II, Sections 2 and 3 of the Constitution outlines the powers of the executive (The President) and notes that he shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy and Militia “when called into the actual service of the United States”. (That would be a formal Declaration of War approved by Congress BTW not based on UN resolution violations as every conflict we have been involved in since WWII has been justified which is a clear violation of the Constitutional oath of every elected or appointed representative.)
He may grant reprieves and pardons for “offences against the United States, except in cases of impeachment.” He has the power to make treaties, with the consent of the Senate (2/3ds majority vote). He may appoint Ambassadors and other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the Supreme Court “and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law. All with the consent of the Senate.
Finally, he call fill up vacancies that happen during the recess of the Senate which will expire at the end of the next session.
Now, note- There is nothing in there about creating laws at the stroke of a pen. PERIOD!
What is an Executive Order Really?
An Executive Order is a policy or procedure issued by the President that is a regulation that applies only to employees of the Executive Branch of government. ANY Executive Order that has any effect on individuals that are NOT government employees is a violation of Article I Section I.
Where is the Congress? Do They Have Any Backbones? Do They Actually Care?
Whenever the President issues an Executive Order that extends to all of the people, Congress has a responsibility to the people who placed them in office as their representatives to veto any Executive Order that has any effect on non governmental employees.
When a President issues an unconstitutional Executive Order and Congress allows the order to stand, they are violating their oath of office which pledges them to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
Where are they? Why do they not stand up for the people’s rights? The Federal government has no right to intrude into our personal lives according to the 4th amendment right of privacy. Now, Obama writes an executive order which is supposed to apply ONLY to the people in the executive branch that impacts each and every one of us and none of them say anything!
I don’t know about you, but it truly angers and disgusts me.
President or King!
I think that Obama read the wrong job description. He apparently fancies himself as the King! Perhaps that is why the term natural birth no longer applies to the Presidency? It seems that Congress has granted him new powers that allow him to create laws at the stroke of a pen without opposition. The media, compliant because they are controlled, obediently responds as though we now have a new law!
It is not and cannot be so under what should be our rule of law- the Constitution! It is, in fact, a violation of our rights and Obama’s oath of office.
What is more, it is a violation of the oaths of office of each of our spineless and/or traitorous members of Congress.
Our Rights or the Governments?
If “We, the People” value our rights as private sovereign citizens, we should join forces and pretty much sweep the House and the third of the Senate up for re-election clean at the next opportunity (November 2014).
No more Pelosi. No more Boehner. We should pretty much get rid of them all.
Perhaps a few are salvageable but on the whole, we have NO real representatives in Congress.
They represent the vested interests that funded them into office. Not the people. And certainly not our Constitutionally affirmed natural rights which includes the Bill of Rights as it was intended, not the politician/lawyer driven interpretive mess we have today.
With this kind of assumed law-making power taking place, July 4th pretty much becomes a hollow and meaningless holiday. Instead of affirming our independence as a nation of sovereign citizens, we are moving at an ever increasing velocity towards a totalitarian state! If we do not wake up en masse, it will be as Pastor Martin Niemoller put it in Nazi Germany (and this may not be completely accurate but it still makes a valid point):
In Germany they first came for the Communists,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me —
and by that time no one was left to speak up.
Are we going to wait until there is no one left to speak up?
The order was signed BTW without fanfare of course, shortly after July 4th our “Independence Day”!
What a sham and a shame on us that holiday has become.