Sunday, October 25, 2009

Obama Declares Swine Flu Emergency




This AP news article about the swine flu emergency states:
President Barack Obama declared the swine flu outbreak a national emergency, giving his health chief the power to let hospitals move emergency rooms offsite to speed treatment and protect noninfected patients.... The national emergency declaration was the second of two steps needed to give [Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen] Sebelius extraordinary powers during a crisis.
But is it really an Katrina or 9/11 national emergency?

One website says this,
According to the CDC, swine flu infections have already peaked, and the pandemic is on its way out. Peak infection time was the middle of October, where one in five U.S. children experienced the flu, says the CDC. Out of nearly 14,000 suspected flu cases tested during the week ending on October 10, 2009, 99.6% of those were influenza A, and the vast majority of those were confirmed as H1N1 swine flu infections.
Lots of people have had swine flu and have lived to tell about it.
So what's the emergency?
And what exactly does Obama's emergency declaration mean?

A state of emergency is a governmental declaration that is invoked which may be used to suspend certain normal functions and policies of government. It may also be used to alert citizens to alter their normal behaviors, or to order government agencies to implement certain emergency preparedness plans. It can also be used as a rationale for suspending civil liberties.

It can also be the precursor to a situation of martial law.
Martial law is the system of rules that takes effect when the military takes control of the normal administration of justice. Martial law can be declared in cases of major natural disasters; however most countries use a different legal construct, such as a "state of emergency"... Martial law imposes particular rules, one of which is curfew.
Once a National Emergency is Declared by the President, the President has full authority to supercede Congress and the US Constitution under the John Warner Act of 2007 (passed by Congress and signed into law 0ct 17, 2006). Buried in that defense authorization bill was language that expanded the power of the President during national emergencies - specifically section 1076 - that allows him to take control of state national guard units - as well as control supplies, services, and equipment. Read more here about various other laws that remove your rights and have expanded the powers of government.

Meanwhile, public hysteria is being stirred by media hype about the swine flu and are further fueled by reports of vaccine nonavailability. There is even a flu tracker website (probably more than this one). Don't forget, vaccine makers - whose lobbyists crawl all over Congressional halls - are cashing in big time.

Back in August of this year,
Georgia Congressman Paul Broun [like him or not] warned attendees of a town hall event Tuesday that the Obama administration was planning to use a pandemic or a natural disaster to implement martial law in the United States.

Speaking at the North Georgia Technical College auditorium, Broun said that the “socialistic elite,” as well as Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, were planning to exploit a crisis to create a favorable climate for their stalling political agenda.

“They’re trying to develop an environment where they can take over,” he said. “We’ve seen that historically.”

Broun’s warning arrives on the back of a letter sent by The National Governors Association to the Pentagon last week, which condemns the military’s plans to usurp domestic control of National Guard and federal forces deployed in the event of a natural disaster or terrorist attack.

In December 2008 it was announced that at least 20,000 more active duty soldiers will be placed inside the United States under Northcom to “help state and local officials respond to a nuclear terrorist attack or other domestic catastrophe.”

“Domestic emergency deployment may be “just the first example of a series of expansions in presidential and military authority,” or even an increase in domestic surveillance, warned Anna Christensen of the ACLU’s National Security Project. And Cato Vice President Gene Healy warned of “a creeping militarization” of homeland security.”

Maybe as a Congressman he knows something that most people don't.
Interestingly enough, Obama's children won't be getting the swine flu vaccine....
Maybe as President, he knows something that most people don't.
I'd actually be curious to see how many in Obama's administration are getting the swine flu shot.

But I digress....

America - RELAX.

It seems we should take the common sense approach to H1N1 and any other flu strains on the loose.

Flu IS serious business; people HAVE died from it.
I think we all recognize that fact.
(CDC keeps statistics regarding child deaths in past years)

There's been much controversy over the "rushed to market" vaccines.
Certainly, there have been many stories of people being damaged by flu vaccines in the past.
People have died from those too.
I don't need to give links - you can find them all over the Internet.
More people died from the swine flu vaccine in 1976 then they did of swine flu!

The fact is, you can also protect yourself in many other ways.
Use some defensive preventative measures.
We live in a world of germs.
Do whatever you need to do to keep your immune system healthy -

These are some strategies that me and mine plan to use:

Eat well.
Take your vitamins.
Get some sunshine and/or Vitamin D.
Wash your hands often.
Get enough sleep.
Get some fresh air.
Dress warmly.
Stop stressing so much.
Minimize contact with people who are ill or who sneeze or cough.

I am less concerned about swine flu than I am about the Obama administration seizing an opportunity to grab more power. Afterall, Obama's Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, said, "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before".

Yeah, perhaps the swine flu is the least of our worries.

2 comments:

The Lynch Mob said...

Thank you for this. There is so much hype about H1N1, which is nothing more than the regular flu. As a pediatric nurse I have been overwhelmed with questions about it. I wish people would turn off the news and turn on their common sense!

Robert Herriman said...

Good piece. Just wanted to share a piece on the same topic I wrote for examiner.com.
http://www.examiner.com/x-7707-Infectious-Disease-Examiner~y2009m10d26-My-opinion-is-swine-flu-really-a-national-emergency