Ron Paul warns of Dictatorship

Last nail – floor speech 5/25/11

On the floor of Congress, May 25, 2011:

ý”The last nail is being driven into the coffin of the American Republic. Yet, Congress remains in total denial as our liberties are rapidly fading before our eyes. The process is propelled by unwarranted fear and ignorance as to the true m…eaning of liberty. It is driven by economic myths, fallacies and irrational good intentions. The rule of law is constantly rejected and authoritarian answers are offered as panaceas for all our problems. Runaway welfarism is used to benefit the rich at the expense of the middle class. Who would have ever thought that the current generation and Congress would stand idly by and watch such a rapid disintegration of the American Republic? Characteristic of this epic event is the casual acceptance by the people and political leaders of the unitary presidency, which is equivalent to granting dictatorial powers to the President.

Our Presidents can now, on their own:
1. Order assassinations, including American citizens,
2. Operate secret military tribunals,
3. Engage in torture,
4. Enforce indefinite imprisonment without due process,
5. Order searches and seizures without proper warrants, gutting the 4th Amendment,
6. Ignore the 60 day rule for reporting to the Congress the nature of any military operations as required by the War Power Resolution,
7. Continue the Patriot Act abuses without oversight,
8. Wage war at will,
9. Treat all Americans as suspected terrorists at airports with TSA groping and nude x-raying.

And the Federal Reserve accommodates by counterfeiting the funds needed and not paid for by taxation and borrowing, permitting runaway spending, endless debt, and special interest bail-outs.

And all of this is not enough. The abuses and usurpations of the war power are soon to be codified in the National Defense Authorization Act now rapidly moving its way through the Congress. Instead of repealing the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF), as we should, now that bin Laden is dead and gone, Congress is planning to massively increase the war power of the President. Though an opportunity presents itself to end the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, Congress, with bipartisan support, obsesses on how to expand the unconstitutional war power the President already holds. The current proposal would allow a President to pursue war any time, any place, for any reason, without Congressional approval. Many believe this would even permit military activity against American suspects here at home. The proposed authority does not reference the 9/11 attacks. It would be expanded to include the Taliban and “associated” forces—a dangerously vague and expansive definition of our potential enemies. There is no denial that the changes in s.1034 totally eliminate the hard-fought-for restraint on Presidential authority to go to war without Congressional approval achieved at the Constitutional Convention. Congress’ war authority has been severely undermined since World War II beginning with the advent of the Korean War which was fought solely under a UN Resolution. Even today, we’re waging war in Libya without even consulting with the Congress, similar to how we went to war in Bosnia in the 1990s under President Clinton.

The three major reasons for our Constitutional Convention were to:
1. Guarantee free trade and travel among the states.
2. Make gold and silver legal tender and abolish paper money.
3. Strictly limit the Executive Branch’s authority to pursue war without Congressional approval.

But today:
1. Federal Reserve notes are legal tender, gold and silver are illegal.
2. The Interstate Commerce Clause is used to regulate all commerce at the expense of free trade among the states.
3. And now the final nail is placed in the coffin of Congressional responsibility for the war power, delivering this power completely to the President—a sharp and huge blow to the concept of our Republic.

In my view, it appears that the fate of the American Republic is now sealed—unless these recent trends are quickly reversed.

The saddest part of this tragedy is that all these horrible changes are being done in the name of patriotism and protecting freedom. They are justified by good intentions while believing the sacrifice of liberty is required for our safety. Nothing could be further from the truth.

More sadly is the conviction that our enemies are driven to attack us for our freedoms and prosperity, and not because of our deeply flawed foreign policy that has generated justifiable grievances and has inspired the radical violence against us. Without this understanding our endless, unnamed, and undeclared wars will continue and our wonderful experiment with liberty will end.”

It’s not just a question of who the next president will be—if serious attention is not paid, we won’t have to worry about it, but if we lose the Republic we will not get it back.

9 comments on “Ron Paul warns of Dictatorship

  1. Pingback: Ron Paul warns of Dictatorship (via Phoebe’s Detention Room) « That Mr. G Guy's Blog

  2. I have to disagree, the terrible speakers are the ones who spew the lies. Okay, so he’s no as eloquent as the liars are but like you said, his message is absolutely right. I have noticed that when he’s speaking on the floor, he speaks very fast and usually has time to spare and yield the balance of his time. That’s neither here nor there I supposed because it’s the message. My favorite quote is…

    “Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom, it is the argument of tyrants, it is the creed of slaves.”

    and you’ll see me quote it often.

  3. I must be in a disagreeable mood today because I don’t agree with mrgguy either. Ron Paul can’t win for several reasons, the first of which is, that people assume that he can’t win so they don’t vote for him.

    How many times have you heard, “I would have voted for him but he can’t win”? Of course with attitudes like that he can’t win but maybe if all those folks who said that would have voted for him, he just might have won.

    Another reason is, that he tends to harp on the same subject although I see him diversifying this time around, before it’s always been about the monetary system which most people don’t understand or at least didn’t in the last election, I think many more people are beginning to get it now.

    And yet another reason, he isn’t a fighter and it shows, he’s quick to let others, whether it be his colleagues, the pundits or the moderators at the debates walk all over him.

    Even though I’ve voted for him in the past because I can see past his flaws, I always felt that he was just out there to educate, as if he, himself, didn’t expect to win. He needs to step up to the plate this time because we need him more than ever.

    • “Even though I’ve voted for him in the past because I can see past his flaws, I always felt that he was just out there to educate, as if he, himself, didn’t expect to win. He needs to step up to the plate this time because we need him more than ever.”

      phoebe53, I couldn’t agree with you more on your statement. I also voted for Ron Paul in the 2007/08 primaries. When Paul announced his candidacy for 2012, I was at first relieved that someone with real ideas would be on the ballot again. But like you, I do think he was and is again in it to educate and not to win, but with the stakes being so much higher now, it really is time for someone like him to actually win. Hopefully, someone will emerge that shares Ron Paul’s perspective; should that happen, then it would be time for Ron to step aside (perhaps moving to a VP or Fed chariman spot…).

  4. Ron Paul is still right; This is a dictatorship.
    There are things that I dont agree with about Ron Paul, same way I feel about things concerning Palin.
    At this point, I feel that a military coup is a necessary evil. Like ASAP.

  5. Sounds good in theory but ain’t gonna happen even though a headline on Foxnews.com this morning said that support for Obama among the military is going down. That article is now gone which is interesting since the fluff stuff stays on there for days.

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