I know what you are thinking….what silliness as Trump signed into law before he is thrown from the White House, right?
Well you would be wrong….Trump as of August 2020 issued 200 EOs and he s not the all time record….that would be Clinton with 364……this EO is about 70 years old and was issued by President Harry Truman….
So do you think the Trump was being paranoid when he wanted loyalty from government employees?
In response to public fears and Congressional investigations into communism in the United States, President Harry S. Truman issues an executive decree establishing a sweeping loyalty investigation of federal employees.
As the Cold War began to develop after World War II, fears concerning communist activity in the United States, particularly in the federal government, increased. Congress had already launched investigations of communist influence in Hollywood, and laws banning communists from teaching positions were being instituted in several states. Of most concern to the Truman administration, however, were persistent charges that communists were operating in federal offices. In response to these fears and concerns, Truman issued an executive order on March 21, 1947, which set up a program to check the loyalty of federal employees. In announcing his order, Truman indicated that he expected all federal workers to demonstrate “complete and unswerving loyalty” the United States. Anything less, he declared, “constitutes a threat to our democratic processes.”
That was Executive Order 9835…..
Read the EO for yourself and see if there is nay difference in 70 years……
For more information……https://www.trumanlibrary.gov/library/executive-orders/9835/executive-order-9835
Let us not forget about the Sedition Act of 1918….
The Sedition Act of 1918, enacted during World War I, made it a crime to “willfully utter, print, write, or publish any disloyal, profane, scurrilous, or abusive language about the form of the Government of the United States” or to “willfully urge, incite, or advocate any curtailment of the production” of the things “necessary or essential to the prosecution of the war.” The act, along with other similar federal laws, was used to convict at least 877 people in 1919 and 1920, according to a report by the attorney general. In 1919, the Court heard several important free speech cases — including Debs v. United States and Abrams v. United States — involving the constitutionality of the law. In both cases, the Court upheld the convictions as well as the law.
Read the transcript and then tell me it does not sound familiar.
Just change a few words here and there and these could have been issued in the 4 years since the election of Donald Trump….
If you read and would like to give your thoughts….I am listening…..(should I have said ‘reading”?)
Ain’t history grand?
I Read, I Write, You Know
“lego ergo scribo”