March 23, 1933 – Reichstag passes Enabling Act On March 23, 1933, the newly elected members of the German Parliament (the Reichstag) met in the Kroll Opera House in Berlin to consider passing Hitler’s Enabling Act. It was officially called the ‘Law for Removing the Distress of the People and the Reich.’ If passed, it would effectively mean the end of democracy in Germany and establish the legal dictatorship of Adolf Hitler. It passed
"National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive" On May 9th, 2007, President Bush signed a directive granting extraordinary powers to the office of the president in the event of a declared national emergency, apparently without congressional approval or oversight.
Draw your own conclusion……but both were declared during a time of duress, where the nations were divided and its citizens uncertain….