Liberty Movement *LEGITIMIZES* Obama and the EstablishmentSubmitted by Brigger on Wed, 07/03/2013 - 12:11
I have lived in two countries, Brazil and Paraguay, that had recently come out of long dictatorships. During the dictatorships, and this follows for current dictators in the world, the ruling party will allow for opponents to exist because it legitimizes their “democracy.”
If the people believe that they have a choice, that the citizens are the ones that decide who is in power, then the population will accept their government as being legitimate. People will be willing to follow the rules and regulations created by the legitimate government. When the government implements measures to “protect” its citizens from danger from abroad and at home, people believe that it can only be done with good intentions since they were the ones that elected the officials that are creating such systems. When taxes are imposed on people, they are willing to accept it by a “legitimate” government because they have already given authorization with their vote.
But consider the situation where the government isn’t seen as being legitimate: an open dictatorship. Any negative move by the government is seen as a hostile act upon the citizens. In Brazil and Paraguay, as in all dictatorships, the government would arrest people, send them to trial, and either imprison or sentence them to death. In many cases it was a legitimate criminal and thus justifying such punishment. But because it was being done by an illegitimate government, people would resent the government for such acts. When a business or an entire industry was taken over by the government, people damned the government. With time the hatred towards the government grows and eventually the dictatorship is replaced by another, or if “lucky”, a democracy is put in place.
For a dictatorship to last a significant amount of time, the head of state must be seen as a God-like figure. North Korea is an excellent example of this. It is the same reason that the USSR, or communism, wishes to replace religion with the state. If the state is the religion, then the leader is God. This will allow the state to rule with the acceptance of the people. The chance of an uprising is slim, because it would signify people going up against God. However, achieving this status is not an easy task and many dictators have died trying.
In the USA, the best of dictatorship, democracy, free reign over the people, and legitimacy in the eyes of the people, are brought together.
Clearly here the power of the government is equivalent to what is seen in a dictatorship. We have a “kill” list, secret courts, total surveillance, media control, etc., etc. Take away the elections and most people would realize that we are in a dictatorship. But in a sense elections have already been eliminated.
What I saw happen to Ron Paul was a disgrace, not because he lost, but because the abuses that were committed to just make sure he did not win did not cause an outrage by the general population. Yet because of us, the liberty movement, the constitutionalists, the tea party, the libertarians, we give the legitimacy that the establishment requires to keep the population at ease, to keep them thinking that the government is “good willed” and would never harm the people that put them in office.
We fulfill the requirement needed to keep this system in place.