I agree, the consensus seems to be emerging that this is not martial law, but it certainly seems to rise way above the concept of limited government, and if even part of it would be deployed, it would represent usurpation on a level that would have made King George blush. The following keeps running through my head; you may have heard this before:
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.I wish I could come to some other conclusion, but I can't. We have a government that has come completely unhinged from the one thing that is supposed to keep it in check, and I am very distraught. I hope the ballot box is still effective as a means to throw off such government, because the alternative would be tragic.
I don't think it is out of line to note that even though this might be merely an update to some boilerplate documents that we've had for many years, our newfound awareness of constitutionally enumerated powers and limited government makes U.S. citizens view this in a different light than we might have during the Clinton administration. The White House might reconsider, in the spirit of constitutional fidelity (not that they would).