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Monday, May 30, 2011
Enabling a future American dictator: Ron Paul
More “Straight Talk” from Texas Congressman Ron Paul:
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.
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.
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Posted by Matthew Johnston on May 30, 2011 | Permalink
One gets the impression that Obama is clueless on world events and history in general. He has surrounded himself with advisors that are just as inept as he is. He has great speech writers though. At the rate America is destroying itself with this "circle the wagons" mentality , Osama is no longer needed to finish the job.
Posted by: peterj | 2011-05-31 12:08:55 AM
Peter, it isn't the ineptitude that I find so disturbing, it is the willful distruction of our civilization. Right across the political spectrum of every western nation we see the same thing: everyone is gaming the system for personal gain.
Even more disturbing than that, is that these bozos seemingly have no difficulty being reelected time and again.
Posted by: Ed Ellison | 2011-05-31 9:09:47 AM
Recall the Democrats and Krajina in 1995. This is all so yawn.
Posted by: Agha Ali Arkhan | 2011-05-31 10:38:51 AM
" it is the willful distruction of our civilization. Right across the political spectrum "
Posted by: Ed Ellison | 2011-05-31 9:09:47 AM
Powerfull words but I agree that is the core of the problem. Everyone can see that western/European values and influence are drowning in a sea of debt and doubt. "Hope and change" were empty words that have not resolved the slide into the looming black economic hole. I see it like the man that kicks his dog because he is angry at something unrelated.
Gaming the system is universal but when the system is broken every gamer comes under close scrutiny and the voting public is quick to get angry and turn on the historical scapegoats, the elite. It is in the gamers best interest to keep the masses focused on any and all problems that keep the spotlight off them. War and insecurity have been the traditional methods in the past but it is getting more difficult to sell because the populace can not relate that to their declining standard of living and the gamers are running out of ideas on how to distract the masses. Everything Obama has done has only aggravated the problem
Posted by: peterj | 2011-05-31 10:49:15 AM
Good article. Ron is the man! Did anyone see the funny story about his new gold standard stance???
Posted by: ryansouth | 2011-05-31 1:21:22 PM
The extremism of Obama(America'a Pierre Trudeau). Has anyone considered that Harper and the Conservatives won a majority because of Obama? Ignateff and the Liberals had no real policies. The NDP and Obama's economic policies are not really that different. Harper hasn't been perfect but a recent news article showed that Canada's economy has twice the current growth rate of the United States. Obama and Layton give you the same pseudo socialist economic policies. These policies have failed under Obama. They failed when Trudeau tried them in Canada.
The Harper government will now cut corporate taxes down to 15%. They will remove the taxpayer subsidizing of politicial parties. They now have the votes to strike down the gun registry(and should also pass a nationwide Castle Doctrine law). Flaherty's plans call for eliminating 80,000 federal employees by attrition.Now, if only Harper would allow a public referendum on reinstating the death penalty(and replacing the federal income tax and GST with simply a national sales tax rate).
Posted by: Kevin | 2011-05-31 7:14:25 PM
Why can't anyone recognize that there is a worldwide push by the left to take down capitalism? Obama is a socialist. Despite a good economy, Germany is expected to fall to an alliance of socialist and greens in the next election. In France, you have the extreme National Front aligning its economic policies close to the Socialist(and also aligning with Putin. In Britain, the decline of the Liberal Democrats has led to the Labour Party(under a far left leader) being in first place. Also, Scotland is run by a socialist nationalist party(kind of like the Bloc). Also, it doesn't help that Cameron is a politically correct moderate and no substitute for Thatcher. In Spain, the right won the recent local election but it seems that this was more due to the abandonment of the Socialist Workers Party. The Socialists lost but the biggest political event there is the rise of the street protesters who call for ending nuclear power, cutting the military budget(interesting since Spain doesn't have much of a military or budet) while not cutting any social progams, and taking on corruption. The same thing is going on in Greece and Portugal. In other words, the street movements are basically anti-nuclear power, big government, anti-business so-called reformers. In Greece, they have already resorted to violence to push their agenda. Now, there is even talk of socialist in Eygpt and the Muslim Brotherhood(Islamic extremists) working together to create a state that has some mix of islam and a state-run economy. In addition, these groups are calling for Eygpt to break its peace treaty with Israel. Look at how much of the western left started turning aginst Israel once it turned away from the socialism of the Labor Party and embraced capitalism as promoted by the center-right Likud(Netanyahu has done more to privatize and deregulate the economy then any previous Israeli leader). Now, is the time for all pro-capitalist parties worldwide to work together. Look to the landscape of eastern Europe to see the failures of socialism. Look a the inspiration of virtually every country there where the left has been thrown into opposition.
Posted by: Jim | 2011-05-31 7:37:39 PM
(and replacing the federal income tax and GST with simply a national sales tax rate).
Posted by: Kevin | 2011-05-31 7:14:25 PM
That tax would have to be high to bring in the same revenue and would be detrimental to our export market without a lot of exemptions. It would also send a lot more shoppers across the border. I would prefer a flat income tax with no exemptions or loopholes for anything under the determined poverty level wage or income. I brlieve the last time this was studied the rate came in at well under 20% at the highest scenario. It would pretty well do away with Revenue Canada and all tax lawyers would have to find a diffrent vocation. Everyone including corporations could do their taxes on the back of a postcard. You pay on net profit , not gross, which gives a lot of incentives to hire workers and purchase/upgrade equipment and machinery. It would also do away with thousands of loophole pages in the tax code, which is now so complicated that even the "experts" have problems trying to decypher it.
Posted by: peterj | 2011-05-31 11:42:24 PM
Very funny by Ron Paul. That's what America needs, a man with a sense of humor to convey common sense. Being serious by keeping it light. Nearly Perfect!!
Posted by: Jelly Roll | 2011-06-01 12:29:10 AM
Glen Beck is right! The socialists of the west are joining forces with the islamists to take down our judeo-christian capitalist system. The islamists are pro-big government and hate us because we are not muslim radicals. The socialists hate capitalism and anyone that puts faith in God ahead of faith in government. Furthermore, many leftists see the radical islamists as a chance for the third world to get payback for the period of western imperialism that ended over 50 years ago.
Matt correctly recognizes the socialist agenda. However, he seems to have a blind spot when it comes to the spreading worldwide danger of radical islam and their calls for reestablishing the islamic caliphate(coming soon to Eygpt, Libya, the Arabian Peninsula, and maybe your neightborhood). The radical islamists have secretly taken over Turkey and have their dictatorship in Iran. Why doesn't Matt see this danger? Is this because the muslims are predominantly third worlders and he is afraid of being called racist? Call it what it is! The islamists are the fascists of modern day! Much of the western left(including the NDP and many U.S. Democrats) are little better than Gorbachev style communists. They just don't currently have the power to execute class opponents. These two groups are banding together like Hitler and Stalin did to take down Poland. Where is our modern day Churchill to battle these totalitarian lowlifes?
Posted by: Clint | 2011-06-02 2:05:09 PM
Obama Waging War On African Development
Day of Rage in D.C.
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Posted by: Phillip | 2011-08-04 3:12:13 PM
Obama seems to lost sight of the fact that the US can no longer afford to police the world. They need to get out these wars and reduce their military. He did not start the wars but he is stuck with them.
Kevin made some good points in his comment, but I disagree with the death penalty.
Posted by: Ron | 2011-08-10 9:49:21 AM
Ron Paul did well recently in Iowa, he was not delared the winner but came a respectable 3rd. He toned down some of his right wing ideas, which was good.
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