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Moving Ever Closer

Updated on April 29, 2012

Better Start Paying Closer Attention

Power corrupts and absolute power absolutely corrupts. Our nation was founded on a hallowed document called the United States Constitution. Looking back on history, the founding fathers crafted a document that was specifically designed to insure that a tyrant couldn't seize the reins of power and rule their lives ever again, nor their heirs either, and that would be us. During the past three plus years I have watched as the nation has struggled under the likes of Barack H. Obama. Lately I am seeing some grave signs that I shouldn't ever be seeing emanating from the executive branch of our nation. One of the problems associated with this is that many people don't see some of the warning signs of how things can go totally wrong in a hurry. Either that or they are just ignoring them.

He Warned People...

James Madison was a brilliant man and a patriot. Our founding fathers lived under a tyrant and they knew that power of such sorts is truly devastating to mankind and its plight in life. Americans have become soft but not as Obama defines softness. The federal government has created too many cushions to rest your haunches on whether you need to rest them there or not. Where we are seeing the federal government go is exactly where our founding fathers intended it not to go. They didn't want a large centralized government, especially an all powerful executive branch, to dictate to the people. They believed in self-determination and "We, the People..." had the ability to make decisions for ourselves on how our life was to be led. We have lost much of that. We need to regain our footing as individuals, not as some collective mass of sheeple.

I, for one, will not remain silent. There is a continuing pattern that is evolving in this nation that has to do specifically with Obama and the Executive Branch of our government. Go back up and read Madison's words one more time. "The accumulation of all powers, executive, legislative and judiciary, all in the same hands..." Is that what we have witnessed and continue to witness during the course of this administration? Do we have a chief executive who has publicly stated that he "will not take NO for an answer?" Are we to be treated as mere children who has a parent who doesn't understand man's free will?

The signs have been there all along. It started with Obamacare which Obama was determined, no matter what, was going to be implemented. It was unpopular then and remains even more so today. Too much power over the people has now been put in the hands of the HHS. Just the other day Kathleen Sebelius, using that flawed law, dictated that free surgical sterilization would be made mandatory in health care policies. The ruling applies to all female college students. Any college aged female, whether a student or not, will also receive this "free" care if they are covered under an employer policy, their parent's coverage or a government subsidized plan. That last part is what Obamacare is really all about. Now I ask you as this is just the tip of the iceberg. What is this really all about? Should the executive branch have that much power over anyone or anything?

Beware Of A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing...

Next is the National Defense Authorization Act. This legislation allows for the indefinite detention of American citizens based upon some rather vague wording of who can be detained and for what reasons. Our founding fathers I can assure you would have been detained indefinitely at this point under this administration. They would have been classified as terrorists because they were intent on insuring that a tyrant was disposed of as tyrants should be. They didn't elect King George III, they were just stuck with his yoke around their necks.

I hope you listen to the video below closely. Chris Floyd wrote the following in a commentary about the NDAA: "And whatever the outcome of this particular bill, the reality will remain the same: the President of the United States will continue to claim -- and exercise -- absolute arbitrary power over the life and liberty of every person on earth. As we've said here before, not even Adolf Hitler or Josef Stalin at their most megalomaniacal ever dreamed of asserting the kind of universal power now asserted by American presidents and the lickspittlish lackeys in the United States Congress."

Hits The Nail On The Head About Trampling The US Constitution

Executive Orders are unquestionably unconstitutional. There is not one word in the US Constitution that allows for the practice. Three days ago on March 16th, when most people werre distracted by other absurd events in the nation, Obama signed an Executive Order that should alarm anyone with any common sense in view of what James Madison warned above. The National Defense Resources Preparedness Order gives the President of this nation the absolute authority over our nation's natural resources in time of natural disaster or war. Sounds innocent enough, doesn't it? Then stop and think about it and think about "I will not take NO for an answer."

Basically, in that order, Obama has granted himself the absolute power to approve the distribution of all energy resources, transportation, food and water. In other words, the essentials of life as we know it. Now go back up and read Madison's warning one more time. So lets get into the meat and potatoes of the powers Obama has bestowed upon himself. The wording I highlighted is specific dangerous wording.

"Section 101. Purpose. This order delegates authorities and addresses national defense resource policies and programs under the Defense Production Act of 1950, as amended (the "Act").

Sec. 102. Policy. The United States must have an industrial and technological base capable of meeting national defense requirements and capable of contributing to the technological superiority of its national defense equipment in peacetime and in times of national emergency. The domestic industrial and technological base is the foundation for national defense preparedness. The authorities provided in the Act shall be used to strengthen this base and to ensure it is capable of responding to the national defense needs of the United States.

Sec. 103. General Functions. Executive departments and agencies (agencies) responsible for plans and programs relating to national defense (as defined in section 801(j) of this order), or for resources and services needed to support such plans and programs, shall:

(a) identify requirements for the full spectrum of emergencies, including essential military and civilian demand;

(b) assess on an ongoing basis the capability of the domestic industrial and technological base to satisfy requirements in peacetime and times of national emergency, specifically evaluating the availability of the most critical resource and production sources, including subcontractors and suppliers, materials, skilled labor, and professional and technical personnel;"

This Flag Was Seen Flying Over The Democratic Party Headquarters In Florida

I'm sure not trusting enough of anyone, much less Barack Obama, to give the powers he has granted himself to have the very power of life and death over the citizens of this nation. It seems unreasonable to me unless there is that hidden tyrannical agenda I have been seeing glimpses of as we moved along. How much power is too much power? Take a look for yourself again at this part of the order.

Sec. 201. Priorities and Allocations Authorities. (a) The authority of the President conferred by section 101 of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2071, to require acceptance and priority performance of contracts or orders (other than contracts of employment) to promote the national defense over performance of any other contracts or orders, and to allocate materials, services, and facilities as deemed necessary or appropriate to promote the national defense, is delegated to the following agency heads:

(1) the Secretary of Agriculture with respect to food resources, food resource facilities, livestock resources, veterinary resources, plant health resources, and the domestic distribution of farm equipment and commercial fertilizer;

(2) the Secretary of Energy with respect to all forms of energy;

(3) the Secretary of Health and Human Services with respect to health resources;

(4) the Secretary of Transportation with respect to all forms of civil transportation;

(5) the Secretary of Defense with respect to water resources; and

(6) the Secretary of Commerce with respect to all other materials, services, and facilities, including construction materials

Done Under The Guise Of...

The moves we have been seeing should be worrisome to any freedom loving American who values their life, their liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Power is an aphrodisiac of the worst sort. It corrupts. That is what we have been witnessing for too long in our nation's Capitol. Obama has brought it to new heights. I reckon I just have trouble with the idea of having a centralized government intent upon seizing and maintaining power over the people at any cost. That is called tyranny in most people's book. The cost of freedom has never been cheap, nor will the maintenance of those freedoms come at a discount.

Below is one of the source articles I read as I researched this Hub. Just Google "National Defense Resources Preparedness Order." Obama cites The Defense Production Act of 1950 as his authority to sign such an order. I see it as a further power grab myself. That act is a law passed by Congress. His latest move isn't a law, it is an order and the US Constitution specifically states that Congress shall enact the laws by which we are governed.

How Tyranny Is Born

Two hundred and thirty six years ago a nation was born. It was born on the strength of patriots who wanted to be free and the citizens of a free country where they determined their own destiny. It's now time for a rebirth of those principles. If you haven't been really paying attention recently, it is high time that you start and have discussions with your friends, neighbors and relatives about the course the nation is on and why.

As always,

The Frog Prince


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      nicomp really 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      ROFL. Even Donald Trump couldn't fire you.

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      anjegirl - Kind of hard to fire me I reckon :)


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      anjegirl 6 years ago from Myrtle Beach,SC

      The Judge and Pat Buchanan and Glenn Beck were all fired for talking about this stuff----

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      The Frog Princess 6 years ago from Florence area of the Great Pee Dee of South Carolina

      Now I have a few minutes to read some. Very Good and educational hub here. Thanks for the writing.


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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Abercedarian - Yes, I can spell it. Do you understand "Get your head out of the sand?"


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      Abecedarian 6 years ago from These United States, Texas

      Wow, can you spell paranoid?

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      nicomp really 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      4 years ago, I remember many bumper stickers where I worked with the date of Bush's last day. I trust that those folks got the change they were hoping for.

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      Ghost32 6 years ago

      Between your work on this issue and the stuff coming out on Fox News, I have GOT to take a crack at it as well. Thanks for providing the premier reference source on this particular Act on the entire Net.

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      I am so glad you wrote this hub. Obama's moves to circumvent Congress are mounting. When they are on a recess or even when they are in session, Obama is steadily turning this country into a dictatorship. The future is frightening. We had better make sure he does not get 4 more years.

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      vrajavala 6 years ago from Port St. Lucie

      Straight out of the Obamace: chips to be implanted in all Americans by 3/2013.

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      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      The country should be absolutely alarmed at many things going on today. The president makes a direct assault on freedom of religion. Where is the ACLU when we need them?

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      The Federal Government became all powerful under FDR, when his SCOTUS decided that the commerce and general welfare clauses were unlimited in scope.

      We now need to amend the Constitution to restrict those two clauses.

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      QualityContent 6 years ago

      I feel for you Americans. I can't believe what is happening to your country right now. It just blows my mind. The good people of your country have been completely hijacked. Republican or Democrat it doesn't matter, your hijacked.

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      Authority or not...where has the need arisen from? Is there suddenly some awareness that America is in dire consequence and that the president must rush himself into position to take the reins without question? I seriously doubt it but remember, Obama does most of his best work under the guise of "emergencies" and the need for immediate action...this just another example. As I have pointed out time and again, do not take your eyes off of the OWS crowd...they are not done for Obama is not finished with his plans for them. As we get closer to election time, you will see a surprising up turn in the unrest on the part of this group...unrest that will take to the street and create enough chaos for Obama to consider alternative measures to remain in office. There is no doubt in my mind. This man has no respect for the American political process, no respect for our democratic republic and he totally loathes the Constitution. Our system is supposed to protect us from such action but the Founding Fathers did not count on having Joe Biden and Harry Reid at the controls in the Senate...the top watch dog for checks and balances. For some, this may be the fantasy of movies but I see it as very real, very, very real. WB

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      anjegirl 6 years ago from Myrtle Beach,SC

      Finally----and without naming it we are talking about United Nations Agenda 21 which was signed by both Bush Sr. and Clinton as a plan to depopulate the world by 90% and to initiate a New World Order and all these laws that have followed were written for the purpose of getting to the place we find ourselves in today----while the sheeple have slept----the Illuminara "machine"

      comprised of Democrats and Republicans has passed lots of unconstitutional and unlawful acts, agendas and bills and both sides are involved---the NDAA act was voted into law by a vote of 97-3 by this Senate and both the Bushes and the Clintons and Obama are collectively leading the way to a New World Order and have been for two decades----

      Romney is and will prove to be a puppet for the machine just like Obama and nothing will change in November short of a revolution against the machine and until or unless the American people take up arms against the government this will continue---and the Bilderburgers will pick our President as they do every year

      All the things you are talking about that could happen already did happen in Katrina---the Army Corps of Engineers flooded New Orleans,civilians were imprisoned in the Super Dome where they were dying and being raped and where ppl. were coming off of drug addictions and old ppl. didn't have necessary prescriptions and many babies were conceived from the rapes and the place was filthy and smelled of urine and feces for days on end and while all this went on Bush ordered our troops to stand outside that dome and to imprison the ppl instead of helping them or rendering aid and more troops stood guard to keep the Red Cross from bringing food and water and supplies to the imprisoned civilians and this went on for weeks and in the meantime Bush ordered that Martial Law be imposed and it was and he ordered that the troops disarm the people and they did----and again, until or unless we go to War with all of them these laws will keep on coming----

      Abecedarian----you are way behind just like 90% of the rest of the country

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Abecedarian - You must be having a bad day with all the whining you wrote. The photos are readily available using Google, if you know how that works. No one has forgotten anything, especially concenring the past 3 plus years. But maybe you haven't been paying attention. Obama renewed the Patriot Act. Remember. All the other things are FACTS. Now I know you lefties don't like FACTS but that's okay. This isn't an opinion Hub but then FACTS might get mixed up in your head huh? Obama signed that EO on March 16th of this year. Just the other day. Read it and weep.

      Stu - I think this one goers a little bit deeper but I'll save that for later.

      The Frog

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      Stu 6 years ago

      Right on Frog. The Constitution limits Presidential EO's to ceremonial (declaring holidays) and operating (issuing orders to federal agencies) purposes. Nothing in the Constitution grants Presidential EO's the power to violate enumerated powers. The National Defense Resources Preparedness Order is clearly illegal as it imposes socialist style corporatism utilizing executive powers that are not constitutionally enumerated. This order, to me, is just one step in a pattern of shredding the Tenth Amendment, a follow-up step to the illegal Patriot Act and detainment provisions of the 2012 NDAA. This growing set of executive powers, which essentially transfers judiciary and legislative perogatives to the Administrative branch, is exactly the tyranny that Madison feared when Articles (1)-(3) are not obeyed. Also, since many of the powers claimed here no branch of federal government has, federalism (vertical separation of powers) is also gravely threatened. Rather than a Republic of states, we are becoming a centralized dictatorship where each state is considered by Washington to be nothing more than a homogenous "administrative zone." This is EXACTLY what happened when Hitler took power. German provincial and municipal governments were replaced by federally appointed Nazi governors and mayors, who reported directly or indirectly to Berlin. Using this one step, federalism in Germany was smashed. Further, the Enabling Act reduced the German Parliament to an advisory body, and the German judiciary to a collection of kangaroo courts where everybody was guilty in advance; Hitler and his central party and administrative staff assumed all rulemaking power. Hitler could create or destroy law by personal fiat. Obama is creating those very same conditions for himself here in the US now.

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      Fire breathing lizard 6 years ago


      i am using an assumed identity so that I have plausible deniabilty when the "O-Brown shirts" come for us. All this guy has been working toward is a stalinist regime, unless he wins in November I am really afraid he will try to cheat ,lie and steal to get elected. This manchild is a big baby that when he doesnt get his way he cheats to win the point and does not " operate fairly". He finds a loophole and dives through it. People who do not rea;ize what is happening- happened before in the past we will be forced to repeat it. Granted THIS type of tyranny has been used in all the totalitrian regimes Hitler, Stalin, Kim Jong Ill, and Rome. what is obama doing bread and Circuses.. he is giving us bread while showing himself at all the circusses world series, super bowl, nba games, he has NCAA Brackets, just wait for him to show up for the nhL finals...he hosted the BRUINS- BUT i BET HE COULDNT name any other player than TIM THOMAS who refused to go. Boy talk about off topic but still, BREAD AND CIRCUS'. I should make that into a hub....

      THe big green lizard

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      Abecedarian 6 years ago from These United States, Texas

      What a crock? The photos are doctored at best or stolen from right wing blogs, that' why they are blury. Even the references are from right wing blogs. Research usually comes from reputable sources and then blogged. This is merely an opinion blog and the holding American's prisoners indefinetly, has everyone forgotten the rendition program under the former republican administration?

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      vrajavala 6 years ago from Port St. Lucie

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      vrajavala 6 years ago from Port St. Lucie

      I pray that the Supreme Court doesn't drop the ball.

      You know, with one argument, thry could get rid of Obamacare and Obama.

      After all, the signer of Obamacare has to eligible "natural born citizen". There is legally binding definition of that term from Supreme Court decision,Minor v. Happersett (1875). It says yhat "nbc" has to have two American parents, and birn on American soil.

      As you know, this is one of the main eligibility factors to be Commander-in-Chief.

      Since Obama Sr. Never was anything more than a visiting British colonial student, his children, including Barry Jr., Are all Brits.

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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      I just knew you would be all over this one, frog, and I am so glad you wrote about it. There have been many people around who feared that this latest fiasco would come into being and it has, 'Martial Law". This president is doing everything he can to fundamentally change our nation by bypassing Congress nd by extension us. Up and interesting and awesome too.

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Shady - It's all good. I didn't take it the wrong way. Obama is very arrogant. That arrogance combined with his narcissistic personality disorder can pose problems.

      tsadjatko - What you said...

      Lynn - I'm watching closely as we move closer to see just what Obama is capable of in order to maintain power.


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      Lynn S. Murphy 6 years ago

      November can't come soon enough.

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      TSAD 6 years ago from https:// online/ hubpages. html

      Are you "... afraid of the people that are supposed to be protecting you?"

      or in other words are you an Obamaphob? You bet!!

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      mrshadyside1 6 years ago from Georgia

      I agree Davesworld it will be difficult to undo the wrongs.I fear that before the general public takes the time to notice or over come complacency and fear things will have progressed even further into the abyss. It was a very arrogant thing to openly suggest Congress is nothing more than a ceremonious institution. Although the Congress we have now appears to be just that.

      The Frog Prince I wan't trying to dis you in any way I'm just completely disgusted with both parties in the Congress. When I watched them pass the NDAA on cspan I was in complete and utter shock. Your Hub was very well written I voted up and I will check out some of your other work.

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Mrshadyside - I didn't say that it began with Obama. What I am pointing out here is the exacerbation of the problem since Obama took office. It takes a certain kind of personality to become a true tyrant. This is one of the most corrupt administrations I have ever seen. If you haven't ever read some of my other Hubs then take a look. A thorough cleaning out of the garbage in Washington DC who have been allowed to sit there for decades does indeed need to be done.

      Go to the link, if you didn't, and read some of the quotes at the bottom and who made them. Then anyone should give them serious thought in relationship to what has been occurring.

      I'm with you fellow American. It's time to right the ship of state. This is about "We, the People..." and "They, Themselves..." should no longer be tolerated.

      Remember In November!

      The Frog

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      Davesworld 6 years ago from Cottage Grove, MN 55016

      I suspect, but cannot prove, that Obama Administration has done more "rule by executive fiat" than any preceding American presidential administration. This is the natural consequence of putting an anti-constitutionalist into office and the horrible expansion of government that has occurred over time.

      Other presidents have done so, but this Administration manufactures new law through executive order and administrative regulation at an alarming pace. It will be very difficult and take a long time to undo much of what has lappened in the last three years.

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      mrshadyside1 6 years ago from Georgia

      Although I am in agreement with the majority of your hub,the trampling of the Constitution didn't start with Obama.If it hadn't been for Bush,Obama wouldn't have the ability to do the things he has done.This is not a Democratic coupe,it is a by-partisan coupe.George Washington warned the founders of the country not to allow the party system to take hold in our government.With a party system you open the door for an organized crime syndicate and unfortunately we have two.Not only is the executive branch trying to achieve un-accountable power but the democratic and republican parties are as well.All of the bills that were made into law that are in violation of the Constitution were passed through congress with unprecedented by-partisan support. The "big two" realize the people of this country are becoming fed up with the special interest groups having total control,they know that before long they are on the way out.With the NDAA and HR347 they effectively removed our right to peaceful protest and the executive branch and the military can now legally police the citizens on US soil.Anyone deemed to be a significant threat can legally be detained indefinitely without trial under the NDAA of 2012.We need to stand up,I am in total agreement on that but we don't need to stop with Obama,a cleansing of the corruption should be undertaken while the iron is still hot. In my opinion all who voted in favor of several laws within the last decade should be viewed as attempting to topple the Constitution and held accountable for high treason. What else should it be considered when grown educated men knowingly pass laws in direct violation of the Constitution. If you or I had tried to undermine the law of the land do you think we would be let off with no charges?No,we would face the death penalty. At very least every one that voted in favor and allowed Bush and Obama to take our rights away should face prison time.Otherwise what incentive will there be for anyone else to obey the law?None,things will just continue to snowball until a tragic new world order dawns on the days of our children and by that time blood shed will be the only way to take the country back. If we act now we have the majority of the military in our corner,even the director of the CIA was against the NDAA,along with many top military leaders and the head of the FBI. But these organizations will not act without a unified outcry of the public. It's time to let go of the differences between left and right and become what we should have been all along. AMERICANS

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Maria - I sure can't put words in the judge's move. He does quite well of saying what needs to be said as it needs to be said.


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      Maria Jordan 6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dancing around your desk does you a world of good, Frog.

      This is better than a pot of coffee, I'm wide awake! The video on this works just fine, the content, not so fine... Voted UP & UAI.


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