From the February 2010 Idaho Observer:
Obama’s Council of Ten Governators Takes Shape
By Chuck Baldwin
Budget documents released February 1, 2010 by the Office of Management and Budget revealed the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) State and Local Programs budget for FY 2010: $4,000,590,000. According to Obama’s Executive Order dated January 11, 2010, his Council of Governors (CG) will be responsible for homeland defense; civil support; state and federal military activities in coordination with the Secretary of Homeland Security and counterterrorism… “the Secretary of Defense will designate an Executive Director for the Council…”
A recent Associated Press (AP) report announced “President Barack Obama has selected Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to serve on an advisory council for defense and national security issues. Nixon was one of 10 governors named Thursday [February 4, 2010] by Obama to the newly created Council of Governors.”
The creation of a CG should be of serious concern to all liberty loving Americans. The mistaken belief that the American people have nothing to fear from an overreaching federal government is pure folly! We have far more to fear from Washington, DC than from Iran, Iraq, North Korea, or any other potential terrorist state. It is Washington, DC alone that has the power, opportunity, and propensity to squash our freedom and sell us into tyranny.
As Kurt Nimmo reports, “…with the stroke of a pen, Obama significantly increased the ongoing effort to federalize the states and take control of the National Guard in violation of the now more or less moribund Posse Comitatus Act. Posse Comitatus was effectively annulled by the 2006 John Warner National Defense Authorization Act. The act provides the president with power to declare martial law under revisions to the Insurrection Act and take charge of United States National Guard troops without state governor authorization. Parts of the act were repealed in 2008.” (1)
Most Americans fail to realize (thanks to the national propaganda press corps of America’s ruling class) is that the subdivision of the United States into a 10-region country (thereby negating the sovereignty and authority of the 50 independent and autonomous states) goes back to the Richard Nixon administration.
In response to pressure from the United Nations, President Nixon issued Executive Order #11647 on February 10, 1972, which carved up the United States into 10 “standard Federal regions.” (2) CuttingEdge.org director David Bay commented at the time, “This regional system is also apparently a military structure.”
The Council of Governors, as it coincides with the respective 10 regions, has two basic criteria: a) the location of necessary government infrastructure, facilities, personnel, etc., combined with b) the compliant attitude and overall disposition of the governor selected. Here is how it looks:
Obama’s CG grants federal executive power to these 10 governors, who mostly come from their respective region, with the specific responsibility of providing leadership and direction to the National Guard and related homeland military activities. (3)
While it is true that President Jimmy Carter revoked President Nixon’s “Federal Regional Council” in 1979, the concept never died. There can be no question that Obama’s CG builds on Nixon’s initial 1972 “Regional Council” model.
Neither is it a coincidence that Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is included in the list of 10 governors appointed to the CG. Remember the MIAC flap in the State of Missouri last year? I sure do, because I (along with Ron Paul and Bob Barr) was listed in the MIAC report as being a potential dangerous militia member or terrorist. And anyone who supported or voted for the three of us was similarly maligned in the MIAC report. The report also targeted people who opposed any of the following:
This was an official Missouri State Police report that was distributed to all Missouri State law enforcement officers that Governor Nixon strongly represented.
Governor Nixon and other State leaders were forced to withdraw the report, due to immense public pressure from both the citizens of Missouri and angry Americans all across the country. (5) Doubtless, Governor Nixon’s support for the MIAC report brought him into the good graces of this Marxist President, who, in his inaugural address, pledged to “remake America.” Without a doubt, the newly established Council of Governors is helping do just that.
The big question is not, “Is America being remade?” It most certainly is--and it started long before Obama moved into the White House. The question is, “Will this ‘remade’ America be something we can live with?”
Chuck Baldwin is a radio broadcaster, syndicated columnist, and pastor dedicated to preserving the historic principles upon which America was founded. He ran for President in 2008 with the Constitution Party. You can donate to his ministry by writing him at Chuck Baldwin, P.O. Box 37070, Pensacola, Florida, 32526 or through his website at www.chuckbaldwinlive.com The above article is abbreviated. The full article is available on the above website.