Ethel? Bring me my tinfoil beanie and a shotgun, we gots us some dictators in the taters again

Perhaps it’s my tin foil hat, but I find myself spooked by some recent pronouncements from the Executive branch. An order on July 17th would seems to criminalize dissent against Messo’potamia, an order from May 9, would seem to be a rather blatant power grab in case of “national emergency”, which the Executive Branch can now declare with no input from Congress or the Judiciary.

Executive Order: Blocking Property of Certain Persons Who Threaten Stabilization Efforts in Iraq has taken a huge jump towards Orwell with astounding phrases like ” pose a significant risk of committing” and “undermining efforts to promote economic reconstruction and political reform in Iraq”. Pundits suggest that this law means that if the White House decides that you are in any way “undermining efforts” in Iraq, or related to Iraq or pretty much anything else, the Treasury Department is authorized to seize your money, property, stocks, etc, and that antiwar protesters are first against the wall.

As to the May 9th Declaration of “I Am *SO* the boss of you!”, even the right wing seems a little shocked.

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