Florida Republicans Will Save Us From Threat of Obama Dictatorship That Doesn't Exist

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A couple of Florida's GOP congressmen, lead by first term Rep. Sandy Adams, read some crazy conspiracy theories on the Internet about how Obama was going to enslave us all into military conscription and forced labor, and decided to file an actual resolution about it. Obviously Allen West is involved.

For 60 years the president has had powers to increase his powers "in the event of a potential threat" like times of war or natural disaster. The same version of this law has been in place since Bill Clinton's term in office, but President Obama decided to update it to reflect the creation of the Department of Homeland Security. Otherwise, Obama didn't give himself any powers his predecessors didn't have.

For some reason, right-wing muckrakers wanted you to think he did. The Drudge Report posted a link to a story with the title, "Martial Law?" The right-leaning Washington Times and World News Daily also published bizarre articles about it. "EXECUTIVE-ORDER PANIC: MARTIAL LAW IN THE U.S.?," read the WND headline in dramatic all caps.

Apparently, Orlando-area Rep. Sandy Adams read about this and decided to do something about it. So, according to the Orlando Sentinel, she has "filed a nonbinding resolution specifying what Obama cannot do with the order -- including institute a draft, confiscate personal property and 'force civilians to engage in labor against their will or without compensation.'"

The resolution now has 37 co-sponsors. Six Republicans from Florida have signed on, including Allen West.

To put it bluntly however, legal experts think the resolution is bullshit.

"It's valid to be concerned that the president has too many powers that are justified by national-defense needs," Benjamin Friedman, a defense expert with the libertarian Cato Institute, told the Sentinel. "But this executive order doesn't change much compared to prior executive orders that Republican and Democratic presidents have put in place."

Good use of your time Florida Republicans.

[via Wonkette]

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Travis
Travis

this article delivers nothing but continue to encourage willful ignorance, brainwashing, and minimizes this issue by the  comment, "But this executive order doesn't change much compared to prior executive orders that Republican and Democratic presidents have put in place.", just to prevent widespread panic.have put in place.", just to prevent widespread panic while guns and ammunition are being rounded to protect ourselves in case of cilvil unrest and then given to to mexicans as un-solicit guns and ammunition.

Fret
Fret

this article delivers nothing but continue to encourage willful ignorance, brainwashing, and minimizes this issue by the  comment, "But this executive order doesn't change much compared to prior executive orders that Republican and Democratic presidents have put in place.", just to prevent widespread panic.

Frapturebeat
Frapturebeat

this article delivers nothing but only willful ignorance and minimizes this issue by the comment, "But this executive order doesn't change much compared to prior executive orders that Republican and Democratic presidents have put in place." just to prevent widespread panic.

Tess
Tess

the Florida GOP is a flaming joke.  Vote as many as you can out this November.  Our lives depend on it!

Leo Williams
Leo Williams

Thats 's strange, because that's not what the bill says. "But this executive order doesn't change much compared to prior executive orders"Except the people had no way of knowing about the previous bills. Clinton's is almost identical and only his.EO does "specify what Obama cannot do with theorder. yes it does specify, there is nothing he can't do if he wants to act on this bill

Christopher Neal
Christopher Neal

This article fails on many levels.

Let's sort this out: There is a concern, so a resolution was created that now has 37 co-sponsors (including six Florida republicans). Yet legal guy states that its a VALID concern, although the EO doesn't change much; however, the EO does "specify what Obama cannot do with the order -- including institute a draft, confiscate personal property and force civilians to engage in labor against their will or without compensation."

So we are supposed to be upset about this or?

Morons
Morons

Florida Republicans, leading through reading crazy conservative email forwards....

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