Republican Congressman Publicly Accuses President Obama Of Trying To Cause An Ebola Epidemic To Gain More Power (AUDIO)

Well, that didn’t take long.

For awhile, the Republican plan had been just to ramp up the fear campaign on Ebola and blame President Obama for failed leadership. Most of the nutty conspiracy theory banter had been left to Fox News or conservative columnists. Now a Republican has actually taken up one of these conspiracy theories.

Republican Rep. Steve Stockman of Texas publicly accused President Obama of unleashing the Ebola virus upon the American people in a scheme to seize more power for himself during a Monday chat with Rick Wiles on his radio program.

I think, what was it, executive order 1332 or 33, where Obama has laid out — it’s a great Forbes article too, you can read about it — but he talks about using emergency powers to take over control of the economy and everything. Of course our friends at ‘snoops’ [Snopes.com] say it’s false, then you read about it and it turns out to be true. I think, I don’t know, their terminology is there’s always a crisis which they want to use to their benefit, I would not be surprised that the reason that you see a lack of response is so that it becomes a real crisis and things can be used to correct the crisis, you know.

Here’s the thing. After searching for such a Forbes article, it turns out it doesn’t exist. Nor is there a Snopes report about an executive order 1332 or 1333. There is, however, a Snopes report on executive order 13603. The order outlines National Defense Resources Preparedness. The order has been consistently renewed since 1951 by every president since that time, including twice by former President George W. Bush. It was most recently amended by President Obama in 2012, which prompted a Republican congresswoman from Texas to blow the whole thing out of proportion with a charge of conspiracy. According to an email sent to her constituents, Kay Granger accused President Obama of signing an execuitve order that “gives an unprecedented level of authority to the President and the federal government to take over all the fundamental parts of our economy – in the name of national security – in times of national emergency.”

After thorough research, Granger’s claim was rated “false” by Snopes. So, Steve Stockman is using a debunked conspiracy claim by a fellow Texas Republican to accuse President Obama of using Ebola against the country so he can declare martial law. He even repeats the same claim that Granger did about an impending takeover of the economy by President Obama during a national emergency.

I’m wondering if that’s intentional in order to create a greater crisis to use it as a blunt force to say, well in order to solve this crisis we’re going to have to take control of the economy and individuals and so forth. I don’t know. It’s just a strange non-response, a strange way of handling it and I think that if it does go forward and we do not control it, there may be an overreaction where the government starts taking away the rights of those that aren’t that necessarily involved or need that to happen. I hope that’s not that case but as you know this current government uses crisis to advance their philosophy and their agenda.

Here’s the audio via Right Wing Watch:

Stockman’s accusation also sounds eerily similar to those made by conservative columnist Morgan Brittany, who wrote last week:

My fear is that this has all been orchestrated from the very beginning. Who knows? Maybe the current administration needs this to happen so martial law can be declared, guns can be seized and the populace can be controlled. Once that happens … game over.

Once again, Republicans are seizing upon the crazy claims of their propaganda machine to make accusations against President Obama in an effort to scare Americans into voting for them. The fact is, only one person has died from Ebola in this country and that’s because the Dallas hospital acted recklessly in caring for the patient when he first went in for treatment. Health experts have repeatedly stated that there is no need for Americans to panic about Ebola and have blasted Fox News for fear-mongering over the virus. Latching onto conspiracy theories is behavior that is beneath elected officials. Steve Stockman should be ashamed of himself for even thinking about suggesting that a US President would intentionally try to cause an epidemic for their own political gain. Such accusations have no place in the political discourse.