On June 9, 2011, President Obama signed his 86th Executive Order, and almost nobody noticed.
(For the record, Obama is on par to match President Bush’s 291 orders executed during his two terms in office. The National Archives defines an Executive Order this way; Executive orders are official documents, numbered consecutively, through which the President of the United States manages the operations of the Federal Government.)
President Obama’s E.O. 13575 is designed to begin taking control over almost all aspects of the lives of 16% of the American people. Why didn’t we notice it? Weinergate. In the middle of the Anthony Weiner scandal, as the press and most of the American people were distracted, President Obama created something called “The White House Rural Council” (WHRC). (more)
WE encourage citizens to take a very hard look at this presidential order that was given without transparency or debate. Be alert to what will surely follow in the form of directives to apex councils and local planners. This White House blog illustrates how the executive branch has planned a coordinated federal strategy for implementing sustainable communites, beyond "laws" as we know them.
Do we need yet another layer of federal bureaucracy directing the people in every endeavor - down to the local level -- led by a new agency in Washington D.C.? "Land of the free" appears to be an outdated concept to those seeking the integration of local living economies into a greater global vision. The Canada Free Press also posted a summary and comments (here).
This is likely tied to the "nation building at home" theme that the President spoke to in his speech June 22, 2011 (YouTube, go to about minute 11). The "limits of American power" abroad pales next to the growing power of government at home. What say you?