Stop Obama’s Unconstitutional Power Grab!




Date: 05/30/2011

Enabling a Future American Dictator

by 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.

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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  1. Ron Paul 2012 !!!

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  2. Thank you sir for trying to keep this so called government as it was created by our forefathers, who created a fair "peoples" government, which is now being destroyed by globalist Banker pigs.

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  3. yamisupersaiyan

    lol this guy looks like he rapes children

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  4. It just shows who Coke and Pepsi really are.

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  5. i watched the hearing on MOXNEWSd0tCOM channel, i thought it was actually pretty positive that they're questioning the war powers act...in the end we don't expect any changes though :(

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  6. keep up the good work!
    Unfortunately trolls are still coming on here to vote dislike.
    Ban their butts.!

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  7. ron paul is gonna win that fuken 2012

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  8. LOOK at the city that rules over the kings of the earth.. ALL roads lead to ROME. The Vatican runs the show. CIA and fbi were both founded by catholics..C. Bonaparte, and wild Bill Donovan...the patriot act was written by Viet Dihn..JESUIT/Roman catholic.Attends Georgetown university..the roman virus has taken the U.S. AS many a person told us in the past,
    WARNING us of the U.S. demise once the JESUITS got into power.

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    • The fringe is out in force now. There's been a big escape from the insane asylum and Ron Paul is leading them down the road singing and dancing and raving to themselves like this maniac. Oooooooooooooooo! Vote Ron Paul and we'll all be even more pissed off after the election when he's forgotten again. And finally for the final time!

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  9. OBAMA IS BRZEZINSKI'S ASS CLOWN! Prescott Bush and his offspring's connection to NAZI. They with Ford and Rockefeller funded HITLER'S false flags to start ww2 and the concentration camps as well! Hell, Japan was down to 1000calories per day and 10% fuel reserves. They knew of the attack to get USA behind WW2 Shame that is not in the History books! Now they do not even teach cursive writing! Peeps are too fluoridated and Aspartame'd to use critical thinking ALL TALMUD VATICAN ISRAEL PLAN!

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  10. Personally, I can't FREAKIN' stand it anymore EVERYTHING about our country, government, society has become such an obvious CON SCAM, SHAM and FLIM-FLAM to benefit an Aristocratic Class that has grown in America.BUT with the 9/11 issue.the EVIDENCE speaks. no, no ... it SCREAMS for itself (Res ipsa loquitor).

    I don't know for certain (MOSSAD) who did it ALL THAT I KNOW IS THAT IT WAS DONE WITH EXPLOSIVES INSIDE the FREAKIN' Buildings Anyone who still thinks otherwise is simply a MORON.

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  11. Keep up the good work Dr. Paul. I'm Canadian and I support you, in fact it's surprising how many of us do.

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  12. "freedom is always one generation from extinction. It is not passed down through the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected,and handed down to our children to do the same. Otherwise one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and grandchildren what it once was like were good men were free." Ronald Reagan. w w w dot apathetic - usa dot com ( of course without spaces and dot is . ) seriously THIS IS AN EXCELLENT video people. check it out.

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  13. Ron Paul 2012.

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  14. RevolutionistsUnited

    Wow, some folks must be upset with Ron Paul. Keep doing what your doing Paul!

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  15. lmao, they're rapidly disliking the comments on the video.

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  16. How the fuck is there so much support for the new basically unlimited war power act? Its scary!!

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  17. Obama ordered some of his slaves, er, "supporters" to dislike this video.

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  18. I think ppl are just disliking what is happening in the world...

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  19. FIGHTFOROURFREEDOM2

    300 million people need to rally around this man and take this country back!

    Ron Paul 2012

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  20. 17 dislikes with no reason given as to why, or even if, Ron is wrong in what he says.

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