So the White House recently tweaks an Executive Order. Fourteen lawmakers respond by proposing a sense of the Congress resolution that warns President Obama he is not authorized
to confiscate personal or private property, to force conscription into the Armed Forces on the American people, to force civilians to engage in labor against their will or without compensation, or to force private businesses to relinquish goods or services without compensation (emphasis added for Battleland readers).
This is what they were over-reacting to – a routine updating of an Executive Order first passed in 1994. The resolution-pushers apparently unsheathed their quill pens, put them to parchment, and went on to quote Adams (warning of “anarchy and tyranny”), Jefferson (“‘A wise and frugal government…shall restrain men from injuring one another”) and Franklin (“They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”) Can someone please explain where the adults went?