There once was a president with a pen and a phone, who signed an executive order.
That executive order was eventually undone by the Supreme Court, rescinded by another president, and Congress eventually apologized and made restitution to all who were affected.
The president who signed that executive order was Franklin Delano Roosevelt. On February 19, 1942, seventy-two years ago today, he signed Executive Order 9066, which authorized the Secretary of War to designate “military zones” along the West Coast of the United States, and allowed for the internment of over a hundred thousand people (the internment camp facilities were covered by yet another executive order, 9102), of which about two-thirds were American citizens, because… why?
Never let a good crisis go to waste, right? And the crisis at hand is Hurricane Sandy. It’s only a little over a week until the election,…