Over Reaching Authority?

As you may know, a 17 year old boy was shot and killed in Florida the other day by a neighborhood watch captain.  The boy was simply walking home and the guy shot him, claiming self-defense.  It was noted the 17 year old victim was unarmed.  However, since the victim was black and the suspect is, according to police, white, it has become a race issue.  The suspected shooter considers himself Hispanic and his family says he is not a racist.  Whether racism was the intent or not, that’s what it has become.  Since it’s a race issue now, it is being investigated as a hate crime, which means the Department of Justice is involved.

Here’s my beef with the DOJ involvement

This is a local issue that needs to be handled by local police; state police at the most.  If this was a murder based on race, the locals or state can figure that out.  Just because the victim was black and the suspected shooter is white, doesn’t mean it’s a hate crime.  If the roles were reversed, there would be no federal intervention. 

You can’t tell me that there aren’t minorities that hate whites and kill them based on race, but the feds stay out of it. 

One thing I’ve noticed over the last several years is that the federal government likes to put its boney little fingers into everything.  It was bad enough under Bush with TARP and such, but it’s become even worse under Obama with the likes Obamacare, all the other stimulus bills, negating the Defense of Marriage Act, and other ways he’s undermined the Constitution.

My problem with the Justice Department really comes down their meddling in local affairs.  This is nothing new; anytime they get a chance to get involved with something they jump on it like kids to candy.

I mean lets look at the DOJ for a minute.  What agencies do the comprise of? ATF and FBI are the big ones.  Those are the same morons involved in the Fast & Furious scandal.  As you know this isn’t the first time they’ve gone and screwed up costing innocent lives.  Look at Ruby Ridge and Waco.

As far as Ruby Ridge and Waco are concerned, I’m not debating the need for federal involvement.  I’m talking about the tactics they used.  In both cases, people needlessly died as a result of an overbearing federal police agency.

More over reaching by Obama?

President Obama signed an Executive Order that updates presidential authority to take control over national defense resources in time of emergency.  It has a lot of people debating whether he has expanded the power of the Whitehouse or has simply re-organized the existing rules.

This Executive Order, according to its contents, is to make sure the U.S. is prepared to mobilize technological and industrial resources “capable of meeting national defense requirements” and ensure “technological superiority of its national defense equipment in peacetime and in times of national emergency.”

It orders Cabinet agencies to determine military and civilian staffing and evaluate access to resources like suppliers, materials, skilled labor and professional and technical personnel. The Executive Order is intended to ensure the U.S. government is prepared “in the event of a potential threat to the security of the United States.”

The executive order gives the homeland security secretary authority to issue guidance to other department heads to establish and activate a National Defense Executive Reserve (NDER) composed of experts in the private and public sector — though not full-time federal employees — to fill executive positions in the federal government in the event of a national defense emergency.

That includes employing consultants or other experts without compensation.  That’s right, without compensation.  What do you have when you don’t pay your workers and you make them work for you?  Slavery.  If you listem to my podcast on Talkshoe ot iTunes, I spoke of slavery to a welfare system last night.

The labor secretary can also begin training workers to help address national defense requirements.

The order scopes out the different roles of the National Security Council, Homeland Security Council and National Economic Council in advising the president — giving the secretary of homeland security authority to provide for the central coordination of the plans and programs delegated under the order.

Central coordination; centralized.  What good comes from an overly-centralized government?  None.  When one agency has too much power, it becomes corrupted.  It becomes a thorn in liberty’s side.

While much of this order seems boilerplate and nothing new, people are going to question the timing.  It appears to many that we are heading toward war with Iran, gas prices are climbing, and people wonder if this updated EO is really just a lot of nothing or rather a power grab.  This is not the first president to step out of line and take more freedoms in tha name of liberty or security; remember the Patriot Act?  However, our current president seems to like to take more than anyone else. 

This updated EO appears on the surface to relatively nothing, but don’t be fooled.  There’s always something; especially with an administration that likes to step on our Constitutional rights and legislate or EO or freedoms away.

It’s that simple.

How does a prepper deal with this?

Preppers tend to be Libertarians.  They tend to like to have less government intervention, be more self reliant than most, more about your rights, as well as theirs.  Any expansion of federal powers in not in the best interest of the people.  Federal involvement in some issues is good, but not in most issues.

A couple of examples are civil rights.  Federal involvement in civil rights is a good thing, as without it I believe we would still be in some seriously disgraceful times.  Another area that the federal government needs to be involved is interstate commerce, especially when it comes to making sure that commerce is mutually beneficial between the states.  You know, we don’t want one state charging an obscene tariff or another state blocking interstate traffic.  There are other areas that the federal governement needs to be involved, but not in everything.

Right now, it seems, the feds are getting involved in everyhting and that’s simply too much.

So what’s a prepper to do?  Well, as the government works its way toward more of a welfare state, we do whatever we can to stay out of the system.  Growing your own food and keeping a job is good for starters.  Maybe have two jobs for a while to get ahead or caught up. 

Following a self-reliant lifestyle is more than reading a couple good blogs or listening to a couple good podcasts.  Its more than just watching TV shows about people and their worries of the coming global superstorn or whatever major disaster they see coming.  It’s about actually doing something for yourself and your family.  It’s about taking measure to have yourself in a position to keep learning and staying on top of your preps.

It’s also about knowing that you don’t know everything and that you can continue to learn everyday.

Feel free to comment any questions and listen to Prepper Politics on Talkshoe or download it from iTunes.

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