That's an interesting way of looking at private enterprise . . . so you're saying it would be OK for the government to nationalize a private enterprise should they decide that national security is threatened? What part of the COTUS says they can?
Isn't this the same forum that the far reaches of GWB's grabs for power have been lauded? Didn't he say, before he started this wire-tapping thing, that national security was at risk (or something like that)?
Note that I said that Nationalization should not even be thought of BUT, we, as a country have Nationalized the Railroad, Mines, Merchant Shipping so it is not without precedent.
COTUS might not address it but as we well know, COTUS doesn't address many aspects of America. We have Congress, a President and SCOTUS that also have a hand in running the country.
Now, regarding Nationalization. The difference that I see in the Bush example of wiretaps is that Congress would be the one making that decision, not an "in the cover of darkness" executive order. Also, any commerce that directly affects the livelihood of every American, from the cost of their food to the cost of getting to work is something that can affect our national security.
That said, I really hope that we don't go that path. There are many other ways to deal with the problem of gas prices than Nationalization. The negatives and unintended consequences far outweigh the positives.