Executive Order

Opposition to the war in Iraq is now illegal, and my assets, such as they are, can be seized. If they are, the lawsuit I will file and the fight which will ensue will be quite interesting.

These executive orders smack of dictatorship and I wonder, can Presidents now sign executive orders in violation of the Constitution and still make them stick? In Latin America they usually void the Constitution first, if I understand things right. Is this an especially sophisticated technique we have come up with here, or is it an especially inept one which can or will be struck down in court?

But my questions, I fear, are too innocent, as it seems there is no government left to protect us now. Do not forget that the military has drawn up plans for combating civil insurrections here. Apparently the Pentagon believes these are likely if the President stays his course in the Iraq war. There is a concentration camp ready and waiting near you.

AROOO, meanwhile, leads us to Günter Grass’ narrative How I Spent the War and it is riveting. An IRL friend suggests that everyone read realistic war stories, and do it often, so that we know full well what we are doing when we start or enter into wars. This would work if the people who started the wars did not know what they were like. My concern is that they may know, and not care.

Axé.

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2 responses to “Executive Order

  1. If not actual war stories, stories that dive into the aftermath are usually very compelling as well. I know I will never forget the profound affects of war for a few of the characters in D.H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Colette’s The Last of Cheri, Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, and many more.

  2. Very good point. Thanks, Kitty! :-)

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