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WorldNetDaily published an ominous report
last month. It pointed out the disturbing truth that President Clinton
doesn’t need to sign an executive order to start a full-scale gun grab.
He doesn’t need to declare martial law if he wants to use the armed
forces to deal with public unrest. He doesn’t need a governor’s request
to use troops to enforce federal laws in rebellious states.
As Sarah Foster reported, “He can do all these things on his own,
without seeking advice or approval from Congress.”
Those were the disturbing findings of a study by Virginia attorneys
William Olson and Alan Woll, who were commissioned by Gun Owners of
If Larry Pratt, the executive director of the organization, was
looking for some encouragement in his fight against onerous federal
gun-grabbing laws and executive orders, he had to be disappointed.
“What they discovered was worse,” said Pratt. “The president doesn’t
have to sign an executive order. He already has the power to go after
“We had no idea that his powers were so broad,” said Olson. “The fact
that there are these vast standby statutory powers is shocking. I’m
afraid Congress keeps passing the laws that grant this power and never
stands back and asks, ‘What have we done?’ It’s time that they start
looking and asking.”
The statutes referred to are found in Title 10 of the U.S. Code,
which deals with the armed forces. Through them the president is given
authority to intervene with military force in a state’s domestic
disputes, upon request from the state legislature or governor — or
Olson and Woll discovered that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1863
that the president can unilaterally decide whether an insurrection is in
effect and determine how much force is necessary to suppress it. He can
“brand as belligerents the inhabitants of any area in general
Equally shocking as the fact that the president can use the military
against civilians, is the fact that former presidents have done so on
“many occasions” — none of them declaring martial law.
“No one should ever think the Posse Comitatus Act is any check
whatsoever on the ability of the federal government to employ military
might against civilians,” said Olson. “We were surprised at how weak
the Posse Comitatus Act is,” he continued. “There have been no
prosecutions ever, and it doesn’t apply to any branch of the armed
forces except the Army and the Air Force. It has a huge exception —
that deployment of the Army or Air Force as a posse comitatus is a
crime, ‘except in cases and under circumstances expressly authorized by
the Constitution or Act of Congress.'”
Olson and Woll also discovered that the military doesn’t need an
order from the president to have control over civilians. Any commander
can do it — that is, suspend all civil rights.
Americans take their freedom for granted. The truth is that our
liberty rests on a fragile foundation. The actions of one man — no
matter how misguided, shortsighted, immoral and evil they might be —
could end this experiment in American self-government overnight.
And if ever we had a president in the White House capable of such
treachery, it is Bill Clinton. If ever we had a president with nothing
to lose, it is Bill Clinton. If ever we had a president with nowhere to
go and too young for retirement, it is Bill Clinton. If ever we had a
president showing no signs of eagerness to turn over the reins — even
to a handpicked successor — it is Bill Clinton.
After having honored the men and women who sacrificed their lives for
the precious liberties we still enjoy in this country, I would ask all
Americans to set aside some time this week to pray for our country. Pray
that we regain our moral balance. Pray that we rediscover our
Constitution. Pray that we take our heads out of the television and
start reading again. Pray that we bury our faces in the Holy Scripture
that inspired our heritage of freedom. Pray that our nation turns its
back on evil and redirects its focus on God.
The way things are going, without that kind of reality check, America
doesn’t stand a prayer.