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Executive Order 13,603

By: G. J. Fortier

I have always been what others call a “thinking man”. My mind is always active and I enjoy researching things on the internet. In fact, one of my (many) mottos is “the day we stop learning is the day we die”. From archaeology to Bigfoot, from cooking to self-diagnosis, from astronomy to helioseismology (look it up) I am fascinated by an array of topics. Consequently, I spend a lot of time watching lecture videos and reading material online that would probably make most of you cry. One of the many benefits of a hobby like this is that I stumble upon very interesting (to me) and little-known information that entices me to research even more and then draw my own conclusions about the subject’s importance.

Recently, while attempting to single handedly debunk global warming, I happened upon something very disturbing. While the information itself, and I think you will agree, is controversial but not surprising given the subject matter and its author, I was actually more unsettled in the knowledge that this Executive Order, signed by the President of the United States has existed for more than five years … and I had never even heard of it!

The content that you are about to read is an excerpt from an article written by Jim Powell, a contributor to FORBES.com. It was published April 29, 2012. It may sound like “fake news” meant to stir up your emotions but, to the best of my knowledge, this executive order is real, albeit not in these exact words, and, more disturbingly, it’s still on the books. If anyone reading this finds anything indicating that this article is in error, please let me know.

The most ominous sign of possible things to come appeared on March 16, 2012, when President Obama signed executive order 13603 about “National Defense Resources Preparedness.”

This 10-page document is a blueprint for a federal takeover of the economy that would dwarf the looming Obamacare takeover of the health insurance business. Specifically, Obama’s plan involves seizing control of:

  • “All commodities and products that are capable of being ingested by either human beings or animals”
  • “All forms of energy”
  • “All forms of civil transportation”
  • “All usable water from all sources”
  • “Health resources — drugs, biological products, medical devices, materials, facilities, health supplies, services and equipment”
  • Forced labor (or “induction” as the executive order delicately refers to military conscription)
  • Moreover, federal officials would “issue regulations to prioritize and allocate resources.”

Each government bureaucracy “shall act as necessary and appropriate.”

To be sure, much of this language has appeared in national security executive orders that previous presidents have issued periodically since the beginning of the Cold War.

But more than previous national security executive orders, Obama’s 13603 seems to describe a potentially totalitarian regime obsessed with control over everything.  Obama’s executive order makes no effort to justify the destruction of liberty, no effort to explain how amassing totalitarian control would enable government to deal effectively with cyber sabotage, suicide bombings, chemical warfare, nuclear missiles or other possible threats.  It’s quite likely there would be greater difficulty responding to threats, since totalitarian regimes suffer from economic chaos, colossal waste, massive corruption and bureaucratic infighting that are inevitable consequences of extreme centralization. Such problems plagued fascist Italy, Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, communist China and other regimes.  Totalitarian control would probably trigger resistance movements and underground networks like those that developed in Western Europe during the Nazi occupation.  Totalitarian control could provoke more political turmoil than there was in the Vietnam War era of the 1960s.  There would probably be a serious brain drain as talented people with critical skills escaped to freedom wherever that might be.  Canada?

There’s nothing in executive order 13603 about upholding the Constitution or protecting civil liberties.

Obama’s executive order seems to assume that the next war will be like World War II or World War I, where vast armies of unskilled conscripts went at each other.  But current trends suggest that future conflicts are more likely to involve smaller numbers of military personnel – highly-trained professionals, perhaps thousands of miles away from a battlefield, who remotely-control drones, pilotless combat helicopters, unmanned ground vehicles, unmanned ships, mobile security robots and related military technologies.

Even if Obama’s 13603 were no different than previous national security executive orders, it’s more worrisome because it was issued by the president who rammed Obamacare and runaway spending bills through Congress, who racked up $5 trillion of debt and surrounded himself with hardcore “progressives” hostile to the private sector and America as we have known it.

In what circumstances, one might ask, would a president try to carry out this audacious plan?

Executive order 13603 says with ominous ambiguity: during “the full spectrum of emergencies.”

Well, if that doesn’t make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside I don’t know what would. When I read this, it sent chills down my spine. This is the kind of thing that you’d expect to see in a bad Owellian “B” movie knock-off, not in the archives of the Government Publications Office. This is nothing more than communism, pure and simple.

Don’t worry, I haven’t lost sight of the fact that God is still in charge and I’m not in a panic over this. But I do believe that God uses us to do His will and gives us information that allows us to act on his behalf. I’m not suggesting anything grandiose either. I see no need for a march on Washington or any kind of civil disobedience. The course of action that I would suggest is simple. Write your congressman(person). Let him or her know that this executive order exists and tell him or her how you feel about it. If you’re feeling particularly froggy, write the White House too. If that doesn’t work …

Does anyone know how to start an online petition?

The battle is on!

Ephesians 6:10-18 and 2 Chronicles 7:14.

G. J. Fortier is a member of IronMen Ministries and of First Baptist Church, Centerville, Georgia. Look for his book, Mirrored Man: The Rob Tyler Chronicles, Book 1 available on Amazon for Kindle and at www.smashwords.com. Or visit his website at www.mirroredman.com.


What’d You Say?

By: G. J. Fortier

Have you ever opened your mouth only to insert your foot in it so far that you develop athlete’s bowel? You know you have. We all have. We butt into a conversation … or worse, we initiate one …      and somewhere along the line we say something so stupid or thoughtless that we wish we could find a deep, dark cave where we will, hopefully, get mauled to death by a bear. That way we eliminate the possibility of ever having to face the person or (gulp!) people we said it to ever again! So, in the absence of said bear, what do you do?

“When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.” Proverbs 10:19 (NIV)

Have you ever heard the saying, “It’s better to remain silent and thought a fool than open your mouth and remove all doubt”? Well, it’s based in Biblical truth.

“Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.” Proverbs 17:28 (NIV)

And, there’s another saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.”

Well, to that one I say, and I quote the immortal words of Colonel Sherman Potter, “Horse hockey!” The fact is that words can hurt much, much worse than any physical injury and the effects can last much, much longer. Anyone who claims that careless words uttered by a loved one don’t bother them is either a saint, a dim-wit or lying. And words have a tendency of resurfacing at the most inopportune times. Like, say, in the middle of an argument … when they can do even more damage.

“A prudent man keeps his knowledge to himself, but the heart of a fool blurts out folly.” Proverbs 12:23 (NIV)

The simplest answer that I can come up with to avoid these situations is, don’t say or, Heaven forbid, write down any stupid or thoughtless things. Now, I know what you’re thinking and you’re right, it’s inevitable. We are all destined to say things we shouldn’t and have to deal with the consequences when we do. So, what then?

There’s an acronym that I’m fond of; KISS … Keep It Simple, Stupid!

The answer really is simple. Apologize. That’s it. Just, be humble and sincere, swallow your pride, say you’re sorry and then commit yourself to not saying stupid things anymore. And I know what you’re thinking now, too. You’re thinking, but I already know that I might say something stupid sometime in the future. To that I say, I know … and so does the person or (double-gulp!) people that we need to apologize to.

“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Proverbs 15:1 (NIV)

Here’s the thing; when we say things that are thoughtless or stupid, we’re, undoubtedly, saying them to people who are … well … people. Chances are good (I mean, really! It’s like 100%) that they have said thoughtless and stupid things just like we have. And, hopefully, they’ve wanted to be mauled to death by a cave bear too. They may have even been in the position that they’ve needed to apologize to someone(s) too. Maybe even to you. And that’s where the responsibility shifts to the person we’ve offended. If we are Godly men (or woman, as the case may be), we apologize … and mean it … and make an honest effort not to repeat our sin, or repent. Then it’s up to them to forgive us. 

“A fool shows his annoyance at once, but a prudent man overlooks an insult.” Proverbs 12:16 (NIV)

See, we can only be responsible for what we can control. So, apologizing for an insult, or even a perceived insult … and yes, it’s okay to apologize to someone even when we didn’t do them wrong, trust me on this …, is as far as we need to go with it. At that point, the ball is in their court. They can either choose to forgive us or not. The responsibility is theirs to do the right thing.

“A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense.” Proverbs 19:11

Dont’cha just love The Book of Proverbs? Did you notice that each of the verses that I used in this column is from The Book of Proverbs? And, there are quite a few more verses in there concerning this subject. Why? Because the Lord knew that we’re going to mess-up and do and say stupid and thoughtless … sinful … things. He gave us His Word, of which Proverbs is only one of the sixty-six books of the Bible, so that we will have everything we need to know about how to live happy and harmonious lives. But, like any other “owner’s manual”, the Bible will only help us as much as we use it as a resource. In other words, we need to read and meditate on the Word of God in order for it to benefit us in any way what-so-ever. It’s not going to do you any good sitting on the floorboard of your truck or on the shelf in the den. It needs to be, not only read, but shared daily. Sharing the Word with family, friends and brothers may give you insight that you might miss out on otherwise. Yes, we do need our quiet time, but we also need fellowship. Not just for our own spiritual growth, but for those who are coming behind us in the faith. We all have mentors, but we are meant to be mentors to others as well.

The Battle is on!

Ephesians 6:10-18 and 2 Chronicles 7:14.

G. J. Fortier is a member of IronMen Ministries and of First Baptist Church, Centerville, Georgia. Look for his book, Mirrored Man: The Rob Tyler Chronicles, Book 1 available on Amazon for Kindle and at www.smashwords.com. Or visit his website at www.mirroredman.com.