On Friday, President Donald Trump issued an executive order under a national emergency “authority,” something that was not provided in the US Constitution, to call up 1,000,000 selected reserve and certain members of the individual ready reserve of the armed forces to active duty.
While Q followers will herald this as nothing to worry about, I am very skeptical, especially since the Constitution provides zero authority for the president to do this.
Here’s the executive order.
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Here’s the text of the EO.
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.), and in furtherance of Proclamation 9994 of March 13, 2020 (Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak), which declared a national emergency by reason of the threat that the novel (new) coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2 poses to our Nation’s healthcare systems, I hereby order as follows:
Section 1. Emergency Authority. To provide additional authority to the Secretaries of Defense and Homeland Security to respond to the national emergency declared by Proclamation 9994, the authorities under section 12302 of title 10, United States Code, and sections 2127, 2308, 2314, and 3735 of title 14, United States Code, are invoked and made available, according to their terms, to the Secretaries of Defense and Homeland Security. The Secretaries of the Army, Navy, and Air Force, at the direction of the Secretary of Defense, and the Secretary of Homeland Security with respect to the Coast Guard when it is not operating as a service in the Navy, are authorized to order to active duty not to exceed 24 consecutive months, such units, and individual members of the Ready Reserve under the jurisdiction of the Secretary concerned, not to exceed 1,000,000 members on active duty at any one time, as the Secretary of Defense and, with respect to the Coast Guard when it is not operating as a service in the Navy, the Secretary of Homeland Security consider necessary. The Secretary of Defense or the Secretary of Homeland Security, as applicable, will ensure appropriate consultation is undertaken with relevant state officials with respect to the utilization of National Guard Reserve Component units activated under this authority.
Sec. 2. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:
(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or
(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.
(b) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.
(c) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.
While Trump proclaims he has this authority by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America to call the armed forces up, our Constitution is clear that he doesn’t have that authority and Congress cannot pass their authority to call up the armed forces to tthe president.
It’s called separation of powers.
For more on the enumerated powers of Congress and the president, see the below articles.
- Enumerated Powers of Congress
- The President’s Enumerated Powers – Rulemaking by Executive Agencies & Executive Orders
I thought things were under control. I thought it was just Democrats making this hysteria a political issue. If that is the case, why violate the Constitution, usurp the powers of the Congress given in the Constititution and call up a million reserves?
For what? A microbe? How do armies defeat the “invisible enemy”?
Hint: They don’t, but they are effective in subduing the people who dissent.
Where is posse comitatus in all of this? Where is the rule of law?
It’s been abandoned.
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