The president who’s made executive orders a hallmark of his governing style is about to do it again.
This time to send the citizen soldiers of the National Guard overseas to fight an enemy they’ll never see: The Ebola virus.
NBC News reported President Barack Obama is preparing an executive order to send National Guard active duty and reserve engineers and logistical specialists to Liberia build Ebola treatment centers there.
And word that the White House plans yet another foreign duty for a military corps built and intended for use to help Americans deal with crises and disasters on American soil was not being welcomed on the home front.
Check out some of the reaction here. (But expect some strong language.)
Now POTUS wants National Guard called up – no not to insure our health – but go to Liberia? It only gets more stupid every day.
— Donnie Dixon (@donniedixon22) October 16, 2014
@TwitchyTeam it's time for all military to tell o'bama NO.
— Ray Sexauer (@RaySexauer1) October 16, 2014
Well, being as it’s a civilian-controlled military, that’s not likely. But Americans can make clear to the political class just how they feel about it.
Like these folks:
— Misha Ski (@msbs05) October 16, 2014
— NevadaTeaParty (@TeaPartyNevada) October 16, 2014
— Franci (@LadySandersfarm) October 16, 2014
And more than a few Americans think the Guard is the last group that should be involved. Instead of being at home, dealing with crises at home, they’ll be abroad and possibly bringing a crisis back with them.
Besides, isn’t there something else the Guard could be doing? Like securing borders here?
— Michael Johns (@michaeljohns) October 16, 2014
— Melody (@prfekrdumbrella) October 16, 2014
That doesn’t fit the plan, though.