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It’s all about the teeth.
In routine practice, much of this Executive Order is designed to streamline and expedite procurement processes already in place, bypassing bidding and providing emergency purchase loans. And it imposes an overall strategic plan that is aimed primarily at preventing spot shortages and supply disruptions. So far, this is in the nature of an incremental fix. But we need to consider the players, the not-so-hidden agendas and the potential for abuse.
Because there are no meaningful disclaimers or limitations, constitutional or otherwise.
By design rather than innocent omission, I suspect that the architects of this Order have produced a template that works quite well in connection with the imposition of “martial law lite”. As to that notion I invite you to imagine a condition in which the acquisition by the government of otherwise private resources and the redirection of domestic civilian priorities is rapidly and expeditiously accomplished using a combination of loans, fine and outright takings.
Think of it, if you will, as if we were living in exposed tents on a large plain. A few feral predators wander about, usually keeping out of sight. But one day, we wake up to notice that things have changed overnight. The predators are now lining up rank by rank with great discipline. They surround your encampment. They have purpose.
We’ve been led into complacency by government inefficiency.
We wake up in an era when a single administrative agency (one of hundreds operating within the executive branch) has the power to write regulations that have the force of the criminal law, the power to prosecute and even to adjudicate.
One such agency has recently declared the very carbon dioxide you are exhaling when you read this to be a dangerous pollutant.
Given the gradual stealth power grab by the federal regulator bureaucracies over the last half century, with scarcely a whimper of protest, are we entitled to be gravely concerned when the Executive seeks to consolidate all that power for the noble purpose of “preparedness”?