As some of you already know, today is very special to me because I got married to my best friend, Terri, and now I feel fulfilled, complete, more settled down, more calm, and very happy. PTL. I feel that in many ways Terri is a better person, smarter, younger, more kind, and just more fun to be around. I pray that our Father in heaven will bless us and prepare us for what ever comes down the pike. I also pray that God uses her as his 'agent of restraint' in tempering me like good quality steel, to be used to the full in God's Army of loyal servants -- but "Iron sharpens iron" ~ Proverbs 27:17, and that is what I like... to be tested by another blade equal to me, and just as witty.
I believe that things happen for a reason, although we may not understand the sum total of things in the beginning -- we certainly don't want to shake our fist at the Creator-- because we lack understanding, wisdom and discernment right now in the present-- the answers are for those who are humble, patient, and who have FAITH in the Word. So, go figure, that if the Lord was so kind and merciful to us-- ought we not extend our time, energy and treasure to the Lord's work, in sharing the Good News of the Gospel of Salvation --- while there is still time?? It is my own humble opinion that the fruit of our lips-- our declaration and testament to God's wonderful Salvation, and being Saved from eternal hell and damnation, is of utmost import now! You don't have to finish first in this race -- but you do have to finish in time to be Saved-- BEFORE the 'Ark' is signed, sealed and delivered.
It's almost every day that I watch conservative TV, radio and read the News Paper, that something else is hurtling our way that proves all the more that we are indeed living in the Last Minutes, of the last hours, of the last days of this wicked Satanic system of things on earth, where scripture says that the majority of humankind will reject the Son, Jesus Christ, for one reason or another, and go down that wide and spacious path to everlasting destruction. See: Mathew 24, etc. And the composite 'signs' mentioned are reported by many good Christian authors who are attune to the Bible prophecies, and it is the coming One World Gov't, and religion, along with world economic melt down, that I have been blogging about for the past 7 or more years now, in my humble Journal.
Below is another facet of what I am talking about, and very important. My question is: Why have the other political party and the Independents let this go without report??
Even as the 2012 NDAA was rooted in the Patriot Act and the various executive orders and Congressional bills that ensued to broaden executive power in the "war on terror," so the new Executive Order is rooted in the Defense Production Act of 1950 which gave the Government powers to mobilize national resources in the event of national emergencies, except now virtually every aspect of American life falls under ultimate unchallengeable government control, to be exercised by the president and his secretaries at their discretion.
The 2012 NDAA deemed the United States a "battlefield," as Senator Lindsey Graham put it, and gave the president and his agents the right to seize and arrest any U.S. citizen, detain them indefinitely without charge or trial, and do so only on suspicion, without any judicial oversight or due process. The new Executive Order states that the president and his secretaries have the authority to commandeer all U.S. domestic resources, including food and water, as well as seize all energy and transportation infrastructure inside the borders of the United States. The Government can also forcibly draft U.S. citizens into the military and force U.S. citizens to fulfill "labor requirements" for the purposes of "national defense." There is not even any Congressional oversight allowed, only briefings.
In the NDAA, only the president had the authority to abrogate legitimate freedoms of U.S. citizens. What is extraordinary in the new Executive Order is that this supreme power is designated through the president to the secretaries that run the Government itself:
• The Secretary of Defense has power over all water resources;
• The Secretary of Commerce has power over all material services and facilities, including construction materials;
• The Secretary of Transportation has power over all forms of civilian transportation;
• The Secretary of Agriculture has power over food resources and facilities, livestock plant health resources, and the domestic distribution of farm equipment;
• The Secretary of Health and Human Services has power over all health resources;
• The Secretary of Energy has power over all forms of energy.
The Executive Order even stipulates that in the event of conflict between the secretaries in using these powers, the president will determine the resolution through his national security team.
The 2012 NDAA gave the Government the right to abrogate any due process against a U.S. citizen. The new Executive Order gives the government, through the Secretary of Labor, the right to proactively mobilize U.S. citizens for "labor" as the government deems necessary and to coordinate with the Secretary of Defense to maintain data to coordinate the nation's work needs in relation to national defense.
What is extraordinary about the Executive Order is that, like the NDAA, this can all be done in peacetime without any national emergency to justify it. The language of the Order does not state that all these extraordinary measures will be done in the event of "national security" or a "national emergency." They can simply be done for "purposes of national defense," clearly a broader remit that allows the government to do what it wants, when it wants, how it wants, to whomever it wants, all without any judicial restraint or due process. As Orwell famously said in 1984, "War is peace. Peace is war." This is now the reality on the ground in America.
Finally, the 2012 NDAA was hurried through the House and Senate almost like a covert op with minimal public attention or debate. It was then signed by the president at 9:00 PM on New Year's Eve while virtually nobody was paying attention to much other than the approaching new year. This new Executive Order was written and signed in complete secret and then quietly released by the White House on its website without comment. All this was done under a president who studied constitutional law at Harvard.
It is hard to know what to say in the face of such egregious disregard for the integrity of what America has stood and fought for since its founding. It is hard in part because none of us thought such encroachments would ever happen here, certainly not under the watch of a "progressive" like Obama.
At one level, the prospect for war with Iran is probably an immediate justification. But the comprehensiveness of the Executive Order, like that of the 2012 NDAA, speaks to something much deeper, more sinister. I would suggest that this Order, like the NDAA, has been in the works for some time and is simply the next step in the logic of the "global war on terror." Our political elites have come to consider democracy an impediment to effective governance and they are slowly and painstakingly creating all the democratic legalities necessary to abridge our democratic rights with impunity, all to ensure our "security." Of such measures do republics fall and by such measures tyrants emerge.
The only thing that really remains is the occasion to test the new rules of the game. Perhaps that will be war with Iran, perhaps some contrived emergency, or perhaps, as long as the public and media remain asleep, no occasion will be necessary at all. It will just slowly happen of its own accord and we, like the frog in the pot of slowly boiling water, will just sit there and be consumed by our own turpitude.