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A caisson at Arlington National Cemetery across the Potomac River from Washington, DC
Photo from Arlington National Cemetery website,
Courtesy of Andrew V McMaster, May 2006

This day of Memorial Day is when America pauses to honor those that have given their lives in service to their country. The Yelm Community Blog Host appreciates and honors all of those people who have served to defend, protect, and preserve our country from outside invaders.

Memorial Day was first called Decoration Day to honor Union soldiers who died during the American Civil War. After World War I, it expanded to include those who died in any war or military action, quoting Wikipedia.

While we pause to honor those that gave their lives against outside invaders,
nary a word has been spoken in recent days about President Bushs unilateral action giving him sole power to lead the federal government during a catastrophic emergency.”

[Ed. Note: Yikes! Invaders from within usurping the US Constitution? Will we have another Wag the Dog scenario on US soil prior to President Bush leaving the White House, so he can take ultimate control of the government? HMMM! Stay tuned.]

With scarcely a mention in the mainstream media, President Bush has ordered up a plan for responding to a catastrophic attack. Under that plan, he entrusts himself with leading the entire federal government, not just the Executive Branch. And he gives himself the responsibility “for ensuring constitutional government.” He laid this all out in a document entitled “National Security Presidential Directive NSPD 51” and “Homeland Security Presidential Directive/HSPD-20.” The White House released it on May 9 The subject of the document is entitled “National Continuity Policy.” It defines a “catastrophic emergency” as “any incident, regardless of location, that results in extraordinary levels of mass casualties, damage, or disruption severely affecting the U.S. population, infrastructure, environment, economy, or government function.” This could mean another 9/11, or another Katrina, or a major earthquake in California, I imagine, since it says it would include “localized acts of nature, accidents, and technological or attack-related emergencies.” The document emphasizes the need to ensure “the continued function of our form of government under the Constitution, including the functioning of the three separate branches of government,” it states. But it says flat out: “The President shall lead the activities of the Federal Government for ensuring constitutional government,” quoting The Progressive.

Don’t believe any of this?
Here is the official White House document, the National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive.

Let us pray that all of those we honor this day and who gave their lives for the freedoms we Americans hold so dear,
did not give their lives in vane as a new King is annointed in the USA,
should there be a national crisis here!

Posted by Steve on May 28, 2007 at 6:28 am | Permalink

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