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Be not afraid of the executive order

Posted: February 10, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 10, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Reader Ted Aquaro (Signal, Jan. 29, 2013) seems alarmed that the president may issue an executive order taking away our guns.


Justifying his anxiety, Mr. Aquaro takes us back some 70 years, citing Executive Order 9066 with which, he writes, "Japanese, Italians and Germans were interned, along with the confiscation of their personal property."


As it turns out, Italians and Germans were NOT affected by Executive Order 9066, and those Japanese who were, some 110,000, were limited to those in the western United States — not elsewhere, not in Hawaii and not in the East.


Motivated by the devastating Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, where the U.S. Pacific Fleet was crippled and more than 2,200 killed, President Roosevelt responded with the draconian internment of Japanese and Japanese-Americans.


Subsequently, in late 1944, the relocation orders were revoked. Some time later, all who were impacted by 9066 were indemnified by the U.S. government with payments of $20,000 each, along with abject apologies.


It should be added that the authority for executive orders emanates from the Constitution of the United States. Executive orders give the president the ability to, quoting the Constitution, "take care that the laws are faithfully executed."


With a Congress routinely obstructed by obdurate Republicans (with a current approval rating below 10 percent), we need not worry or be "afraid of the executive order" and its ability to get things done.


And, may I add, Ted Aquaro’s family’s "beautiful radio" was — still is — not in danger of seizure.




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