national emergency
Posted by blackvelvetjesus 8 years ago
The US is in a renewed state of national emergency. When you hear the phrase, "national emergency", you'd expect something serious. Reinforcing the point that no-government-is-good-government, President Obama continued our national emergency because of the country of BELARUS:  
CONTINUATION OF THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY WITH RESPECT TO THE  
ACTIONS AND POLICIES OF CERTAIN MEMBERS OF THE GOVERNMENT  
OF BELARUS AND OTHER PERSONS THAT UNDERMINE DEMOCRATIC  
PROCESSES OR INSTITUTIONS IN BELARUS  
 
On June 16, 2006, by Executive Order 13405, the President declared a national emergency and ordered related measures blocking the property of certain persons undermining democratic processes or institutions in Belarus, pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701-1706). The President took this action to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States constituted by the actions and policies of certain members of the Government of Belarus and other persons that have undermined democratic processes or institutions; committed human rights abuses related to political repression, including detentions and disappearances; and engaged in public corruption, including by diverting or misusing Belarusian public assets or by misusing public authority.  
 
Despite some positive developments in the past year, including the release of internationally recognized political prisoners, the actions and policies of certain members of the Government of Belarus and other persons continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States. Accordingly, the national emergency declared on June 16, 2006, and the measures adopted on that date to deal with that emergency, must continue in effect beyond June 16, 2009. Therefore, in accordance with section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)), I am continuing for 1 year the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13405.  
 
This notice shall be published in the Federal Register and transmitted to the Congress.  
 
BARACK OBAMA  
THE WHITE HOUSE,  
June 12, 2009.
 
 
*facepalm*
Yeah. Some emergency.
FoolProof: It's only the lives and futures of 10M people.
blackvelvetjesus: You're kidding, right? How do problems in Belarus constitute a national emergency in the US? Presidents declare national emergencies to wield powers granted under supposed emergency conditions by a blissfully ignorant Congress. We've been under an uninterrupted series of national emergencies since the National Emergencies Act of 1976.  
 
What threat is Belarus to us? Why are we responsible for the lives and futures of 10 million Byelorussians?  
 
The point of my original post, without actually having made a point, was that the idea of this continued national emergency is ridiculous, as are the rest of the national emergencies that have been declared.
crataegus: It's TERRAH!
FoolProof: There was a time when the treat of communist expansion led us to take great lengths all over the world. Notably, the formation of NATO in Europe, proxy war in Afghanistan, Vietnam... There are plenty of examples. Now, Russia is run by ever-increasingly ballsy former KGB toughguys in a de facto dictatorship and has a supranational relationship with Belarus. If people undermine the democratic process in Belarus, such as it is, as is the concern here, perhaps Belarus could further slip behind what some to consider a modern reprisal of the Iron Curtain. This has many trade and security implications.  
 
Emergency can mean a lot of things. If I have to go the the bathroom really bad, it's a potty emergency. If your mom falls down the stairs and gets hurt, it's an emergency. If Russia so much as twitches, it's an emergency. The effects on peoples lives are significant - effects that could reverberate all the way here.  
 
...or I could be full of shit and it could just be a quirk of political language..  
 
Like what you said about the National Emergencies Act of 1976 - It stands to remind me how much I hate that people will take any opening to advance agendas and push through policy no matter how inappropriate, be it a court decision or constitutional amendment (I'm looking at you, gay marriage bans and stupid transportation bill in MN) or loosely interpreting existing statutes (*cough*). If it needs to be a law, make it a law IN CONGRESS.
blackvelvetjesus: I'll see your loss of 4th amendment rights, and raise you erosion of the 6th amendment, where right to counsel is no longer a right, but a privilege.
blackvelvetjesus:
There was a time when the treat of communist expansion led us to take great lengths all over the world. Notably, the formation of NATO in Europe, proxy war in Afghanistan, Vietnam... There are plenty of examples. Now, Russia is run by ever-increasingly ballsy former KGB toughguys in a de facto dictatorship and has a supranational relationship with Belarus. If people undermine the democratic process in Belarus, such as it is, as is the concern here, perhaps Belarus could further slip behind what some to consider a modern reprisal of the Iron Curtain. This has many trade and security implications.
 
 
What good have any government interventions done in any of these cases? Why would interfering in Belarus be any different? I'm not arguing that Belarus is unimportant. I am arguing that when the government decides it wants to solve problems, things inevitably become worse. If a situation is serious enough to demand our attention, we can't be so irresponsible as to let government handle it.
FoolProof: Labeling it an emergency doesn't necessarily entail action on our parts.