By James L. Hirsen, J.D., Ph.D.
Regrettably, a host of these executive orders remain on the books, and they confer upon the presidency a vast array of powers. When exercised, these powers can bore so many holes into the Constitution, its usual protections are virtually eliminated. With a crisis looming, and with a simple signature, a president has the power to:
Order the government to seize control over all media, including television, radio, newspapers, and the internet (E.O. 10995);
Order the government to take over all food resources and farms (E.O.10998);
Order the government to take over all energy, power, mining, and transportation (E.O. 10997, 10990, 11003, and 11005);
Order the government to register, relocate, and mobilize civilians into labor groups under government surveillance (E.O. 11000, 11002, and 11004);
Order the government to establish control over the health, education, welfare, mechanisms of production and distribution, energy sources, wages, salaries, credit, and the flow of money in U.S. financial institutions (E.O. 11921 and 11001).
Washington, You’re Fired!