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Enabling a Future American Dictator

by Ron Paul | Texas Straight Talk
May 31 2011 - Audio

These are truly troubling days for liberty in the United States.

Last week the 60 day deadline for the president to gain congressional approval for our military engagement in Libya under the War Powers Resolution came and went. The media scarcely noticed. The bombings continued. We had a hearing on Capitol Hill on the subject, but the administration refuses to bother with the legality of its new war. It is unclear if Mr. Obama will ever obtain congressional consent, and astonishingly it is being argued that he doesn't need it.

Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution begs to differ. It clearly states that the power to declare war rests within the legislative branch - the branch closest to the people. The founders were a war-weary people, and the requirement that it would take an act of Congress to go to war was intentional. They believed war was not to be entered into lightly, so they resisted granting such decision making authority to one person. They objected to absolute warmaking power granted to Kings. It would be incredibly naïve to think a dictator could not or would not wrest power in this country.

Our Presidents can now, on their own: order assassinations, including American citizens; operate secret military tribunals; engage in torture; enforce indefinite imprisonment without due process; order searches and seizures without proper warrants, gutting the 4th Amendment; ignore the 60 day rule for reporting to the Congress the nature of any military operations as required by the War Power Resolution; continue the Patriot Act abuses without oversight; wage war at will; and treat all Americans as suspected terrorists at airports with TSA groping and nude x-rays.

Americans who are not alarmed by all of this are either not paying close attention, or are too trusting of current government officials to be concerned.

Those in power right now might be trustworthy, upstanding people. But what of the leaders of the future? They will inherit all the additional powers we cede to the current position holders. Can we trust that they will not take advantage? Today's best intentions create loopholes and opportunities for tomorrow's tyrants.

Perhaps the most troubling power grab of late is the mission creep associated with the 9/11 attacks and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Initiated as targeted strikes against the perpetrators of 9/11, a decade later we are still at war. With whom? Last week Congress passed a Defense Authorization bill with some very disturbing language that explicitly extends the president's war powers to just about anybody. Section 1034 of that bill states that we are at war with the Taliban, al Qaeda, and associated forces. Who are the associated forces? It also includes anyone who has supported hostilities in aid of an organization that substantially supports these associated forces. This authorization is not limited by geography, and it has no sunset provision. It doesn't matter if these associated forces are American citizens. Your constitutional rights no longer apply when the United States is "at war" with you. Would it be so hard for someone in the government to target a political enemy and connect them to al Qaeda, however tenuously, and have them declared an associated force?

My colleague Congressman Justin Amash spearheaded an effort to have this troubling language removed, but unfortunately it failed by a vote of 234 to 187. It is unfortunate indeed, that so many in Congress accept unlimited warmaking authority in the hands of the executive branch.

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When I hear of dictators....

I think of the Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire. The scariest thing for me is that they had "hundreds of years of dictators." Since this country is only a little more than two hundred years old, we're in for a hell of a ride.

"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is argument of tyrants. It is the creed of slaves." William Pitt in the House of Commons November 18, 1783
"I have one word for you...predator drones. Oh, you think I'm kidding?" Obombya

Hell yes I am alarmed

Alarmed yet I have no fear. We will win this. Even if I am killed off for resisting, I will still have my freewill and my mind, therefore i have won. My honor is not judged by men, and I own myself. Babylon will fall. The good guys always win in the end my friends.

In light of

Ron Paul's article consider this article:

Obama has full dictatorial powers. He lacks no power that Adolf Hitler had, right down to execution, torture, secret prisons, unilateral declarations of war, the whole enchilada.

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[link broken on purpose]

The law cannot make a wicked person virtuous…God’s grace alone can accomplish such a thing.
Ron Paul - The Revolution

Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. Ron Paul

May I copy this and e mail it

May I copy this and e mail it to people I know?

Formerly rprevolutionist

Michael Nystrom's picture

Yes.

Please do.

I doubt Dr. Paul will mind. In fact, I think he'd like it if you did.

Support POTUS And The State

Using the flag as a prayer rug, knell upon it three times daily at 8am, 12pm and 4pm (EST), oriented towards Washington DC, and recite the Pledge of Allegiance while repetitively prostrating oneself forward with outstretched arms. When finished, arise and neatly fold your flag (more comfortable and thicker rugs may be rolled), tuck it under the arm and bow one final time toward the sacred capital and carry on with your day.

Dancing at the Jefferson Memorial is blasphemous by the way. When in D.C. worshippers should demonstrate proper respect at the Lincoln Memorial by using their prayer flags and reciting the sacred pledge before the most blessed former leader of the State.

Other holy sites where worshippers could further demonstrate their loyalty are The White House, The Capital, Fox News NYC, The Federal Reserve Bldg, any Post Office, etc... (You get the picture).

"Future" dictator?

Once you assume the powers of a dictator, you are one. The future is now.

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Over 12,400 views, this message is

getting out -- far more than the usual Texas Straight Talk audiocasts, I believe.

Once this is all over

the fascists will have lost. It is impossible for the psychopathic degenerates to win. Our free will and love beats their malcontent.

fireant's picture

Title says it all

The founder's brilliance was due to that simple statement.

Undo what Wilson did

Michael you know it in your heart & others know it too

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We know what is going on.....

the question is, what can we do about it right NOW? Not in 2012, but NOW. Congress is controlled by zionist and mafia. Ditto the emperor's branch and the so-called judicial branch. Honestly, I'm not making a statement, I'm asking an urgent question. Anyone have a solution? I am concerned that there is not a year and a half left in this country before caos.

"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is argument of tyrants. It is the creed of slaves." William Pitt in the House of Commons November 18, 1783
"I have one word for you...predator drones. Oh, you think I'm kidding?" Obombya