The most ominous sign of possible things to come appeared on March 16, 2012, when President Obama signed executive order 13603 about “National Defense Resources Preparedness.”
This 10-page document is a blueprint for a Federal takeover of EVERYTHING you own, like Stalin in Russia did. Specifically the plan involves
seizing control of:
* ALL PEOPLES’= YOUR FOOD as was done by Stalin= “All commodities and products that are capable of being ingested by either human beings or animals”
* ALL PEOPLES’= YOUR FUEL “All forms of energy”
* ALL PEOPLES’= YOUR CARS VEHICLES “All forms of civil transportation”
* ALL PEOPLES’= YOUR WATER “All usable water from all sources”
* ALL PEOPLES’= YOUR MEDICINES “Health resources -- drugs, biological products, medical devices, materials, facilities, health supplies, services and equipment”
* Forced labor= PUT YOU IN A WORK SLAVE CAMP OR INTO THE ARMY (or “induction” as the executive order delicately refers to Military Conscription)
Moreover, federal officials would “issue regulations to prioritize and allocate resources.” ALLOCATE YOUR FOOD. YOU WILL ONLY HAVE WHAT FOOD THEY GIVE YOU.
Each government bureaucracy “shall act as necessary and appropriate.”
To be sure, much of this language has appeared in national security executive orders that previous presidents have issued periodically since the beginning of the Cold War.
But more than previous national security executive orders, Obama’s 13603 seems to describe a potentially totalitarian regime obsessed with control over everything. Obama’s executive order makes no effort to justify the destruction of liberty, no effort to explain how amassing totalitarian control would enable government to deal effectively with cyber sabotage, suicide bombings, chemical warfare, nuclear missiles or other possible threats. It’s quite likely there would be greater difficulty responding to threats, since totalitarian regimes suffer from economic chaos, colossal waste, massive corruption and bureaucratic infighting that are inevitable consequences of extreme centralization. Such problems plagued fascist Italy, Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, communist China and other regimes. Totalitarian control would probably trigger resistance movements and underground networks like those that developed in Western Europe during the Nazi occupation. Totalitarian control could provoke more political turmoil than there was in the Vietnam War era of the 1960s. There would probably be a serious brain drain as talented people with critical skills escaped to freedom wherever that might be.
Because it would be the same in the USA as it was in Russia under Stalin:
Stalin had eliminated all likely potential opposition to his leadership by late 1934 and was the unchallenged leader of both party and state. Nevertheless, he proceeded to purge the party rank and file and to terrorize the entire country with widespread arrests and executions. During the ensuing Great Terror, which included the notorious show trials of Stalin's former Bolshevik opponents in 1936-1938 and reached its peak in 1937 and 1938, millions of innocent Soviet citizens were sent off to labor camps or killed in prison.
By the time the terror subsided in 1939, Stalin had managed to bring both the party and the public to a state of complete submission to his rule. Soviet society was so atomized and the people so fearful of reprisals that mass arrests were no longer necessary. Stalin ruled as absolute dictator of the Soviet Union throughout World War II and until his death in March 1953.
There’s nothing in Executive Order 13603 about upholding the Constitution or protecting civil liberties.
Obama’s executive order remotely-control drones, pilotless combat helicopters, unmanned ground vehicles, mobile security robots and related military technologies.
In what circumstances, one might ask, would a president try to carry out this audacious plan?
Executive order 13603 says with ominous ambiguity: during “the full spectrum of emergencies.” THAT MEANS DURING “ANYTHING”=ANY EVENT.
The United States is already in a state of National Emergency declared by President George W. Bush on September 14, 2001 and extended last year by President Obama.