The mysterious “Executive Order”. It goes back to the days of George Washington. Commonly, it is thought to be a tool used by the Executive Branch to “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed” as stated in Article II, Section 3, Clause 5 of the United States Constitution. In other words, it gives the President a way to do his/her job which they are sworn to do. To make sure the laws of the land passed by Congress are faithfully executed.
The Executive Order issued on March 6, 2014 and entitled, “Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Ukraine“, is yet another creative use of the Dept. of Justice to legalize a Presidential power grab. Vice-President Biden claims the retaking of Crimea by Russia is “nothing more than a land grab“(Actually, it’s much more than Russia increasing its real estate holdings Joe). It appears everyone is taking advantage of Crimea to grab something.
You may recall that this EO was supposed to be a sanction against Russia by penalizing 11 members of Putin’s gang. Yet the President has now declared a “national emergency” to order:
Section 1. (a) All property and interests in property that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of any United States person (including any foreign branch) of the following persons are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in: any person determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State:
(i) to be responsible for or complicit in, or to have engaged in, directly or indirectly, any of the following:
(A) actions or policies that undermine democratic processes or institutions in Ukraine;
(B) actions or policies that threaten the peace, security, stability, sovereignty, or territorial integrity of Ukraine; or
(C) misappropriation of state assets of Ukraine or of an economically significant entity in Ukraine;
(ii) to have asserted governmental authority over any part or region of Ukraine without the authorization of the Government of Ukraine;
(iii) to be a leader of an entity that has, or whose members have, engaged in any activity described in subsection (a)(i) or (a)(ii) of this section or of an entity whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order;
(iv) to have materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of, any activity described in subsection (a)(i) or (a)(ii) of this section or any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order; or
(v) to be owned or controlled by, or to have acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order.
Gee, sounds a bit more comprehensive that seizing assets for 11 Putin guys, wouldn’t you say? You didn’t “indirectly” engage in any activity that Barack Obama may interpret to undermine Ukraine, did you? One could surmise that simply posting on one’s blog something determined to be derogatory toward Ukraine would qualify here.
Of course, all of this legalese wordsmithing had to come about because our President has no legal authority to seize private property from foreigners. Fact is, you won’t find any language in U.S. law outlining the fact that these 11 random individuals targeted by the Obama Administration are a threat to the interests of the United States and therefore we are justified in seizing their assets. This is important because an EO is supposed to clarify law in order to assist its execution. You can’t clarify what never existed, so in this case you just make it up.
You may say, who cares, if this EO gives us legal cover to inflict some pain on those Commies, we’re all for it. Therein lies the problem. Extending the authority to the Executive Branch to make law by decree no matter what the target, is a dangerous and slippery slope. Defenders will now mock and criticize any detractors and assure us that the President would never use this newfound authority to target a U.S. citizen so just relax.
Utilizing vested authority due to acts of war on our interests abroad could be extrapolated to anyone, anywhere. Same goes with national defense. Our “interests” can literally mean anything. We may view a referendum vote, such as in Crimea, as invalid. Yet these types of votes occur across the globe all the time. North Korea anyone? Venezuela? Cuba? Where are the EO’s condemning those votes? Why aren’t we seizing assets there?
Of course, the answer is the EO is a tool used as a political weapon. We only issue them at our convenience. The Ukraine EO is mocked and laughed at because the rest of the world knows it has no legitimate effect on the course of events in Ukraine. Yet, like the N.D.A.A. power grab, these actions highlight the fact that our President, regardless of who they are, can instill imperialistic decrees at their whim and face no recourse. Sure, the opposition may whimper and whine a bit, but that’s where it ends.
The longer the Executive Branch goes unchecked, the greater the likelihood they will misuse that power. We’ve already extended the battlefield to include the entire globe. These types of EO’s extend our potential adversary’s to include all Americans as well. Russia may be employing Cold War tactics, but Obama is employing globalist new world order tactics. It is tyrannical.