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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351 Comments:

  1. Something you status quo lovers should consider.

    If you believe in the whole global world NWO thing, think upon this.

    They will kill billions of people. They will gain the help of people who believe they will be one of the few to survive.

    I got news for you. You people who aid them, you are a tool. Like any tool, once your usefulness has passed, you WILL BE EXPENDABLE. They will toss you away like everyone else.

    The elite don’t like sharing power. They sure aren’t going to share it with YOU.

    Think about it. You may only be assisting in your own destruction.

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    • Can you tell us more about who ‘they’ are Jim? And when will they start killing people to uphold the new world order? Will Obama be the driving force behind it all or will it be a foreign enemy? Will the GOP have something to do with it too?

      These are terrifying and prophetic words you speak Jim. You must elaborate and make yourself clear. Does this have something to do with the prophesied end times?

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      • Ok, even though I know you are just trying to bait me I will humor you.

        THEY, are the people who believe in the globalist ideals. The globalists believe that their solution to world politics and economics, will help prevent world conflicts between nations, such as WWI and WWII.

        They are self appointed leaders who have decided they are the ones most able to address the problems of world population, economics and political strife.

        Look up the ‘Georgia Guidestones.” SOMEBODY put those there. It specifically states: “Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.”

        As far as Obama is concerned, he is involved I am sure, as well as many many many others in world politics, medicine, education, media etc.

        How they accomplish it could go several different ways. They are playing chess. Positional players.

        They can find some excuse to declare martial law, bring in UN troops.

        They could release a virus of some kind, which would also negate the fact that many Americans bear arms.

        To the globalists, the concept of nationalism is passe. This isn’t just about America, it’s about the WHOLE WORLD.

        And, yes, it is also about the end times I believe. We are in most of the trouble we are now, because most people have forgotten God and His laws.

        If we followed them, even if you didn’t believe in God, we would still be better off.

        This ought to tickle your fancy. I believe the NWO will come out on top. For a while. How it actually plays out here in America, I am not so sure. There is some possibility that America gets wiped out. Babylon and all.

        While the NWO will dominate for a while, it WILL eventually be utterly destroyed by God. Laugh all you want, but on that day, there will be much weeping and gnashing of teeth. Pray you aren’t one of them.

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        • Hey Jim,
          Just wanted to say that I fully support the idea of what you are saying but it is actually way simpler then you think. I see you have a long list of occupations that you believe to be involved however I can assure you there is only one occupation that contains 10 to 50 individuals that are truly running the whole show. Of course they would use their friends, contacts, children and acquaintances to their advantage which could run that number way higher, but as far as the ones calling the shots; that number is far less then you may think.
          You want a conspiracy for you to think about? This is the God’s honest truth. I recently posted a partial list of the secret members of “The international banking club” or the Bilderberg Group and it is no longer on any of the sites I posted it on. Before posting this I was simply going to go and copy and paste their names to answer Michael’s question of “who are they?” and it’s not on my Facebook, EscapeTyranny.com, NorthAmericanTeaParty which is a group on Facebook, MY POST WITH THEIR NAMES IS SIMPLY DISAPPEARED. I thought that was rather interesting as all my other posts remain.
          Just thought you would find this interesting as I have and will have to re-obtain those names as I truly didn’t think I would have to file them somewhere.
          And the answer to whether Obama is part of it all, the answer is Obama is not smart enough to be a key player. He is simply their puppet that they will use to get some of their agenda in place then will simply turn him over as the fall guy and usher in their next pawn. I too have worries that Ron Paul will have assassination attempts made on his life as he in NOT one of this groups pawns. However, some of the candidates are and I will not go into specifics as it will alienate me too much from too many. That’s not what we need, we need to make sure that this man, RON PAUL does make it to the whitehouse and is very well protected until he has taken care of some of the mess and institutions that have created it.

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          • I could have been more specific, my instinct tells me that the major players, are Rothschild’s first, then probably Rockefeller. I didn’t get into too much detail even though I could have elaborated more.

            It goes back a few hundred years if you really want to get to the root of this. As for Bilderberg, I have read a couple of their meeting minutes. They got started shortly after world war II, ostensibly to prevent things like the war from happening again.

            I think some of them at first actually believed that, and still do.

            I think what is really happening is that a very select few know the REAL agenda, but recruit people to help them implement their plan, under a false belief of doing good.

            The bible says there will be a great lie, or deception. I can see it even now. Heads up, it’s going to get interesting in the next few years.

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          • Look at the motives behind the Inquisitions and the Holocaust, and it will become clear. Let people say you are a conspiracy freak–just let it roll off your back. The same things was tossed around as Hitler took over from within. These people are out there and always will be. It goes back thousands of years and the motives have not changed. Studying and understanding why 65 million people (Inquisitions + Holocaust) were brutally murdered, most commonly buried alive, is not freakish, it’s responsible. Ignore the naysayers.

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        • You’re right Jim, I was just trying to bait you to see how far you would go. You haven’t disappointed one bit and I’m sure your message will play well with ron Paul’s followers.

          You are absolutely over the fucking edge Jim. Along with Jager and Ron Paul, your next president. Like as if?

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      • You know Michael, in all seriousness, why do you come in here and spew all kinds of crap?

        Are you just a raving democrat trying to help your party? Just don’t like Ron Paul? Are you just trying to help which ever candidate you think should win?

        I would imagine you think you are doing something useful, rather than just like taking a contrary position no matter what it is.

        Have you even thought about the implications of what is going on around us? Do you not see the very real danger we are in?

        Stop and think. Look around. Look at history. Try and connect the dots. Each thing taken separately seems innocuous, but when you put them all together, the picture starts to become clearer.

        I am hoping you just don’t see the truth of this and are able to learn it, rather than, you know the truth, and choose to ignore it.

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        • None of the above Jim. I’m here for the entertainment value. Most people would have to pay good money to talk to crazy people like you Ron Paul goofs. It’s sort of an experiment to see how far off the beaten track and the accepted normal you whackjobs will go. Here I learn something about human traits from the fringe amongst us. Priceless!

          Keep it up Jim, you and Jager are on a roll now. And I know I will get a few hysterical old ladies involved too in order to keep it interesting.

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          • Accepted normal huh? So now anyone who doesn’t think like you do, or like the ‘accepted normal’ are whackjobs. Interesting.

            So I guess following your mindset, if everyone was jumping off a cliff, you would do it too.

            I, am not a lemming, but you can be one if you like. Don’t forget your water wings.

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      • Libertarian777

        I’ll bite.

        I’m really not into conspiracy theories, but recent events have actually shown that ‘they’ really do exist.

        Who are ‘they’?
        The ECB, IMF and the UN.
        Why do I say this?
        Greece is about to lose SOVEREIGNTY. In exchange for this ‘bailout’ (number 2 or 3 can’t remember), the Greece government will be ceding taxing authority to the ECB. Yes, you read that right. TAXING AUTHORITY.

        The CIA states the risk of an overthrow of the government in Greece is high.

        Which is why Greece is about to implode very shortly. The ECB is forcing a bailout of the European banks onto the shoulders of the citizens of Greece.

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        • And the US is going to implode too when ‘THEY’ move to take away your money and your freedom and your constitution and your constipation and, and.

          And Jeezuz will come any moment now and rapture all you Ron Paulies up into the sky and everybody will live happily ever after.

          DOUBT IT AT YOUR MORTAL PERIL!!!!!

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  2. The ONLY person in Washington I believe – THE ONLY ONE.

    Can you imagine being a Secret Service agent and having to take a bullet for Obama, Bush, or Clinton? What an absolute travesty.

    I, truly, would be willing to protect this man, as I am so sick of the liars and murderers in ALL branches of the government, and as someone said;

    “Why would you waste a vote”?

    “If I voted any other way, it makes me an accessory to murder, illegal invasions, the debasement of our way of life and Constitution”

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  3. You need to update your dotcom date.

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  4. To stop voting is to give in and give up.

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  5. thetopherkush420

    every one is complete morons like really every thing is power and money no one in government really looks to better your life so what the fuck is the point of voting for any of them they simply agree on dumb shit and the simple problems are blown out of proportion and they spend billions keeping 50% locked up and the other 50% under control

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    • You my friend have just answered your own question and just given yourself the only reason you need to Vote for Ron Paul in 2012. You are correct to say nothing changes as nothing does. Pawns are used in every election to make you believe you are going to solve one problem by inviting another into office. The decisions have already been made for you by the establishment. This has gone on for many many decades with a few throne in that the establishment believed would help them yet they turned out to be their own thinkers, and example of this would be JFK. They figured because of his family name and his love of women and the lifestyle he lived that he would be easily controlled and on their side. They were wrong and he was killed for it remember (the grassy knoll)? If you don’t believe in that, stay ignorant, it’s truly ok. However, Ron Paul is NOT on of their pawns and that it why he gets little respect, ridiculed and they try to discredit him in any way possible. They are hoping the American people stay ignorant while they take over the world. GET OUT and make a difference, one that would be the first in my life time by getting a real American elected to the Presidency. Vote Ron Paul 2012

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  6. smokinjoewilson

    If you honestly think we need to hand over our hard earned tax money to foreign countries, you need two hands down your pants!

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  7. jdsmith7772000

    I’m afraid we will elect another tool of the establishment, i.e Obama, Palin, Romney, etc.

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    • Then do what you can to ensure Ron Paul gets there. He is the only man running that is not part of the establishment. I looked into Cain as I thought, maybe, just maybe, but hell he was on the board of the KS Federal Reserve. If that’s not a sure sign he is part of the establishment, I don’t know what to use to convince you!

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  8. I remember Ron Paul being accused of supporting Al Qaeda last year for simply stating his non-interventionist foreign policy. I’m afraid they might try to label him as a part of those “associated forces” to legally assassinate him. How did that legislation make it through Congress? I mean come on America

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    • I can tell you this as truth. If Ron Paul is assassinated for any reason by any one regardless of what the government claims or what the media reports I my friend will be leading a militia to overthrow this government taking out anyone and everyone that stands in my way. I say this to be as clear as I can. If Ron Paul is assassinated You must stand with me because at that point you will see the government involvement as well as be under the control of a socialist, communist, tryannical regime and it must truly be overthrown to save American values and to save the Constitution of These United States of America.

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  9. Republican4Jayzuz

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  10. The Founders NEVER meant for the U.S to be an empire…..but we have become what we rebelled against………..RON PAUL 2012!!…CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE (this time)

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  11. politicians are liars : u cannot be american persident if ur not republican or democrat !!!! u cannot apply ur plan that u planned after u became american president why ? because zionists are in the congress !!!!! if ur anti-isreal u cannot be american president why ? because jews taken this country over !!!

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  12. Heil Barack Hussein (aka Barry Soetoro) Obongo, Obombalot, Obummer, Obozo, ”Owe”bama. Soon if the Federal Reserve as ”Federal” as Federal Express keeps printing the ”Owe”bama cash they can put his face on the new trillion dollar bill. I am glad I left the USSA. Ron Paul and Peter Schiff are my President and Vice President. I will drink to the US’s demise when the Dollar collapses. Ron will be assassinated by the ”Fed” if he gets to close to winning much like they did JFK in.

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  13. PurePressure999

    In my opinion, Ron Paul may be our last shot (unless Rand runs) at a PEACEFUL revolution in this country.

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  14. Obama is the greatest president in our recent history

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  15. RON PAUL = COWARD, QUITTER, AND CARELESS. He care less about the genocide. He want this country stop giving money to our Arab nations allies so Israel won’t have a threat. I guess Ron Paul is fucking retarded. Just remember this Ron Paul many Israeli military were killed by Russian made weapons during Six Days War, Yom Kippur war, and 1982 Lebanon Civil war. So Fuck You Ron Paul. You only care about youself but you don’t care about the problem in other countries. SO FU RON PAUL!

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  16. Streetmastaalex

    Ron Paul is a fucking dumbass. Its scary how his followers actually WORSHIP him and revere him as some great all-powerful entity who will deliver us from evil. Get a grab, whackos

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    • Why don’t you pull your head out and realize that people LIKE FREEDOM. Don’t you?

      If you want to be a slave, be my guest. If you think any other candidate will give you anything but an iron collar around your neck, vote for them. Just don’t whine when it happens, you were forewarned.

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  17. omGOD!!! Then you call a press conference, and you stand up and SCREAM AT THE PEOPLE WATCHING THEIR TV’S with the millions of people who ARE BEHIND YOU RON….that it is ILLEGAL, AND UNCONSTITIONAL and we WANT IT TO STOP. Then, you go and march very very peacefully, no chanting, no yelling, just you and all the people who WILL support this, standing there, outside Congress, waiting. And if they do nothing..do the people who VOTED for them, CITIZENS, not have the power to remove them either?

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  19. “We are a nation of laws.” –Obama
    The problem is that the elite think they ARE the law.

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  20. im in the uk but watch what goes in in the us with interest, i realy like what ron paul says and hope he is successfull in the election.

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