Ron Paul: Is This The End of the American Republic?

Date: 05/25/2011

Ron Paul: 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 meaning 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 experience with liberty will end.

  • imcal101

    I see those here who have reservations and believe in your bibles but only to the degree that someone else explains to you. Some of you don’t even read the old testament. So go read for yourself Luke : 22:36-38

  • Mopar21277

    Excellent dissertation Dr. Paul! This war powers act is tragic; we have civilian puppet presidents who have never served in the military using our troops as cannon-fodder for the Anglo/American Empire.

    Reverse these overseas’ excursions, reinstate Glass-Steagall, nationalize the Fed, tax Wall St., outlaw derivatives, enact protective tariffs, re-industrialize and grow the nation out of this depression. You can’t cut your way out of it, you have to grow!

  • CYLiu13

    Can someone please guide me on how to register to vote? Thanks!

  • HiawathaMohawk

    End all foreign entanglements, most importantly w/ Israel. We must reclaim our American republic based on sound money Article 1 Section 8. Remember the USS Liberty and those that fought for our great republic this Memorial Day 2011. “a passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils. Sympathy for the favorite nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest in cases where no real common interest exists and infusing into one the enmities of the other”


  • LoveHolsters

    Has AMERICA not had enough of living in fear?

  • FreedomsReigning

    Americans have no President. “President” is a position created and defined by the constitution. These criminals have the audacity to call themselves shadow government. In my American dictionary that’s called treason.

  • TommyGaupo86

    Ron Paul 2012

    Lets hope he gets in this time

  • PullTheTricker

    If a revolution of civil war may arise, I will support the Americans wholeheartedly. If Egypt can do it, you can do it!

    An incredible and mind opening speech by Ron Paul. Vote for him, don’t just do it for The United States, do it also for us, the rest of the world. We are greatly being affected by the atrocities that the Bush and now Obama office is doing.

    You don’t see Greece going to war just because we’re in debt. Neither should America.

  • back2thefutre

    I yeild back the balance of my time. BAM

  • Halverson

    ron paul is the last chance we have people

  • MsDowntowns

    Ron Paul 2012 is Wininng!

  • lj2justgoto

    The sooner the house of cards fall, the sooner we can rebuild… but next time we’ll know what cards not to use.

  • pCriistopher

    I bet he makes partisans minds explode.

  • decay91
  • quadcatfly

    YES IT IS !!!!

  • writertrump

    ron paul 2012! VOTE FREEDOM, or dont vote!

  • tryptala

    We should stop using the term President. He is the U.S. Emperor, enthroned and controlled by the major power brokers of Wall Street, international banking, and the military industrial complex.

  • hstone39

    This could be the end of America if people sit back and do nothing. People better come together before it’s too late. Everyone acting like we have all the time in the world to be wasting right now when we don’t. Things could have been a lot better a few years ago. Things can be better in the future if we do something now. Things might look bad now but if we do nothing now we will look back on this time and wish we had done something. It is not that bad right now compared to the things to come.

  • bgoodfella7413

    This is what we have to look forward to in America: a true authoritarian dictatorship that obliterates our hard fought freedoms and our children becoming slaves to the machine. It is obviously already happening.

  • IronMaidenTNPer

    God Fuck This America