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Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

1. The Council of Governors; 2. The Rand Report: 3. Universal Voter Registration

1. Council of Governors:

From on the 11th:

“President Barack Obama Monday established a panel of state governors to collaborate with Washington on a variety of potential emergencies, the White House said."

“Obama signed an executive order establishing a panel to be known as the Council of Governors, which will be made up of 10 state governors, to be selected by the president to serve two-year terms. Members will review matters involving the National Guard; homeland defense; civil support; and synchronization and integration of state and federal military activities in the United States, the White House said in a statement.

“The statement said the White House would seek input from governors and governors’ association (sic) in deciding which governors to appoint to the council, which will have no more than five governors from the same party.

“The secretaries of defense and homeland security will also sit on the council, as will presidential assistants for homeland security and counter-terrorism, intergovernmental affairs, the U.S. Northern Command commander, the commander of the East Coast Guard, and the chief of the National Guard Bureau.

“The panel was set up under a provision of the Fiscal Year 2008 National Defense Authorization Act, the White House said.”

Here is a PDF file of the White House press release.

Of course, you've not heard or read much of this in the American press. I had to check the Canadian press before I found something that would question the "why?" of this Executive Order:

Quietly—even stealthily—in the opening days of the New Year, President Barack Obama has set up a “Council of Governors”.

Like the 30-plus czars running America with neither the people’s nor the congress’s blessings, the Council of Governors is already a done deal.

“Is this a first step towards Martial Law, or a tie to the InterPol, RAND National Police Force stuff we’ve been hearing about,” asked a Texas patriot who tipped off Canada Free Press (CFP) after finding news of the new Council of Governors on Twitter. “Is this a sort of Homeland Security Politburo?

Even the -- gulp! -- LA Times questions this move.

And so I ask you, put on your Thinking Caps and answer this question: why a Council of Governors"? Why another bureaucratic body? Why now?

Then read:

2. The Rand Report: U.S. Needs a "National Stability Force":

From the Rand Report entitled "Reorganizing US Domestic Intelligence, Assessing The Options (PDF file available here):

Our analysis clearly indicates that the United States needs an SPF or some other way to accomplish the SPF mission. Stability operations have become an inescapable reality of U.S. foreign policy. Establishing security with soldiers and police is critical because it is difficult to achieve other objectives—such as rebuilding political and economic systems—without it.

The cost of not fixing this gap is significant. The United States will continue to experience major challenges in stability operations if it does not have this policing capacity. These challenges include creating the ability to establish basic law and order, as well as defeat or deter criminal organizations, terrorists, and insurgents. In some cases, allied countries may be able to fill this gap. Allies did this effectively in Bosnia and Kosovo, both of which were successful in establishing security. In other cases, the United States may not be able to count on allied support. The United States should not depend on allies to supply these capabilities, because doing so would limit U.S. freedom of action on the international stage. Consequently, the United States should seriously consider building a high-end police capacity.

Then please note this:

The ability of SPF personnel to act in a law–enforcement capacity while in the United States [my emphasis: BZ]. One important aspect of the return on investment from an SPF option is what SPF personnel do when not deployed. Given that an SPF will be deployed one out of every three years at most for active duty options and one out of six for reserve options, whether its members can perform law enforcement functions and so contribute to domestic tranquility and homeland defense when not deployed will have a major impact on whether an option is cost-effective. Two categories of options—military units and contractors—cannot do so under current statutes and regulations.

What would have to be repealed? Oh, that's right, American Constitutional law:

In particular, for the MP option to be as cost-effective as possible, relief from the Posse Comitatus Act [which forbids the US Army from being used in law enforcement in the United States] (again, my emphasis: BZ) would be required to permit its members to perform domestic law enforcement functions.

Others blogging this:
- Yid With Lid
- Goomba News Network

3. Universal Voter Registration:

The Nation
, back in May of last year, wrote:

Between 2 and 4 million Americans were unable to vote in the last election because of problems with their registration. And that's just people who tried to vote; in 2006, there were more than 65 million who were eligible to vote, but weren't even registered. That's a third of potential voters.

It doesn't have to be this way. Registration rates in other countries frequently run upwards of 90 percent (both Canada and France hit that mark, for example, while Venezuela stands at roughly 94 percent, and Russia about 97). Now reformers are seizing the moment to use existing law to expand registration, as well as considering new laws that could finally put the United States on an equal footing with many of the world's other democracies.

So, what to do, asks Debbie at Right Truth?

The plan, as I understand it, is to use existing welfare rolls, state unemployment rolls, property tax rolls, driver licenses rolls, and who know what other lists. Next the Democrats will attempt to get amnesty for illegal aliens, get them covered under the government health care (if and when it passes), and they will be registered to vote.

In response, I say: interesting. Have the federal government overrule state law, mandate registration from the rolls of persons whose sole job is to demand more Free Cheese, just so the government can propagate and -- wait for it -- if the individual forced voter chooses, they can let the government vote for them by proxy!

It just doesn't get any better than that, does it?



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Thu Jan 14, 02:22:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's a little creepy, BZ. You have a groupie, ^.

This post is quite concerning simply because it appears to be an effort to take the authority given to the States by the Constitution, and redistribute it to the Federal Gov't. That is exactly what our framers argued against.

In doing so, we as Americans lose our independence and freedom that we held so dear for 234 years. As a reminder, allow me to post a thought:

"When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security..."

Thu Jan 14, 07:24:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wouldn't read too much into 1&2. It's much more important to defeat #3. Only "prometheans" should be allowed to vote. Openning a "promethean process" to "epimethean's" is equivalent to spitting in Zeus' eye and provoking a pandoran calamity.

Thu Jan 14, 07:48:00 AM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Vijay: dear??

Gawfer: hmmmm. Plus, if there does become a federal "NSF," could it not be present to enact various federal laws, and, should the US hold sway to international law, then would/could that not be a cadre to enforce international wishes and abrogate sovereignty? Gist for the brain.

FJ: I'm gonna have to consult my dictionary before I answer that one.


Thu Jan 14, 07:59:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bullfinch's Mythology might serve you better. ;-)

Thu Jan 14, 09:14:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Especially v Epimetheus.

Thu Jan 14, 09:16:00 AM PST  
Blogger Ron Russell said...

It does seem that something may be afoot here. Such things are not done in a vaccumn and leave one to wonder what the purpose is. However if those in power should be questioned on this I feel certain they will have an answer ready---but the truth, well it may never be known unless that time should come when Obama and gang play their cards. We still have that hole card however, thanks to the foresight of the founders in the 2nd.

Thu Jan 14, 10:19:00 AM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Ron: we could ourselves be asked that fine old Columbian question in the future: "Plata o plomo?"


Thu Jan 14, 12:15:00 PM PST  
Blogger shoprat said...

I would favor the president routinely conferring with the governors but it would better if it was all governors and informal or semi-formal.

We do need to stop illegals from being given the right to vote or any party will be able to import voters whenever they want.

(accidentally posted this earlier with the wrong post)

Thu Jan 14, 12:19:00 PM PST  
Blogger Old NFO said...

Good compendium of the issues, and there WOULD be a major exception that would have to be made to have a US police force... The 'other' question is would the folks be serving in their state/town/neighborhood, or would they be TAD'ed to some other states... I know what my bet would be...

Thu Jan 14, 03:08:00 PM PST  
Blogger Toaster 802 said...

It is one thing after another. A new outrage everyday.


What is this, the quickening? (not the accounting software).

I will bet that in 2010, you ain't seen nothing yet.

Next outrage up, stolen election in Masshole land.

Thu Jan 14, 07:32:00 PM PST  
Blogger One of the Moons said...

I was going to say something similar to Toaster 802: one holy krap moment after another. Worse than snakes on a plane. I thank God every day for my little disheveled house on the hill in the middle of nowhere. My hubby, my dogs, and a bunch of cold, hard protection


Granny With a Pitchfork

Fri Jan 15, 06:38:00 PM PST  
Blogger Maggie M. Thornton said...

BZ - what a terrific and frightening post. I had no knowledge of 1 and 2. I wonder if the Council of Governors might also provide the National Civilian Security Force, in some manner, that Obama talked about. Remember the one that would be "just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded" as our military - because he said, we cannot rely on our military."

About the Stability Force. Whoa...Is this saying we need a SPF to help in places like Haiti, after the quake? and then, after that mission is over...they'll do what? and the part about acting as law enforcement inside the US? Is this our SPF acting as law enforcement? Whatever, this sounds far-left and dangerous!

I believe they will try to get Universal Voter Registration. I think they will work it hard, just like health care. It gives them every edge, forever. If you forget that the states lose all their rights, then consider that they'll take those lists and vote the vote when someone doesn't show up. We have to fight like hell against this when it comes down - and it will.

Fri Jan 15, 08:13:00 PM PST  

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