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Florida Today | 03/21/1997

EDITORIAL
EXECUTIVE ORDERS GIVE CLINTON DICTATOR POWERS

Most liberty-loving citizens would like to see Bill Clinton subjected to impeachment proceedings. Grounds are plentiful; he makes the late Richard Nixon appear as a mild-mannered, reverent, Sunday-school teacher. Let us count some of the ways:

- Years of shady dealings in Arkansas - carried over to Washington; see Boy Clinton by R. Emmett Tyrrell; Regnery, 1996.

- Using the Justice Department and FBI as baronies, with lackeys Reno and Freeh manning the ramparts.

- Illegally - and shamelessly - employing government properties as private resorts, for the express purpose of milking political cash cows.

The bill of particulars against the first fellow seems endless. Of course, Clinton's yellah-dawg supporters can see no wrongs; to them, Bill is a Sunday-school teacher; nay, a (choke) saint.

But, if we pause to cogitate on this outrageous support for an ambition-blinded, philosophically and ethically obnoxious man, maybe we shouldn't blame Billy Jeff and his gaggle of operatives. Why gore his ox?

After all, as Bill's media cheering section tirelessly observes: He isn't the first politician to use shady methods to fuel his egomaniacal, petty-tyrant complex.

Many power-mongers in our recent and past history have used similar methods. In fact, Clinton's a piker. He simply plagiarizes the efforts and works of true geniuses - like FDR, who turned self-aggrandizement and arrogation of power into an art form.

Consider " executive orders ": EO 10996 gives the U.S. government the power to commandeer the media (all of them!); 10997 allows a takeover of all fuel and minerals; 10998 gives the feds control of all food and farms; other EOs grant absolute federal power over transportation, highways, civilians (conscription into "work brigades"), education, health, welfare, and population relocations. (Thanks to Dennis Shepard, afternoon host of "Reality Check" on WMEL-AM, for providing information about EOs.)

Of course, these dictatorial powers are only for "emergencies" (you hope). FDR got the ball rolling with his "banking holiday" edict of March 9, 1933. The supporting statute is 12 USC (S)95(b): "The actions, regulations, rules, licenses, orders and proclamations heretofore or hereafter taken, promulgated, made, or issued by the President of the United States or the Secretary of the Treasury since March the 4th, 1933, pursuant to the authority conferred by Subsection (b) of Section 5 of the Act of October 6th, 1917, as amended (12 USCS Sec. 95a), are hereby approved and confirmed . . ."

(Note: Thanks are due to an old friend, one Robert Heym of Huntsville for his extensive research on would-be dictators like FDR. For a treat, visit Mr. Heym's website, The Patriot's Soapbox, at http:/www.geocities.comCapitolHill1781money.html.)

Anyone who cares to investigate the very real threats to freedom lurking in the belly of our federal beast ought to attempt getting copies of accumulated executive orders . It'll be an interesting experience.

In the future, don't hold Clinton-and-Gore types accountable for their actions. They're only doing what we and our forebears have blessed, via the Congress and courts.


 

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