Ron Paul: Restore Due Process and the Rule of Law

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by Ron Paul

It is ironic but perhaps sadly appropriate that Attorney General Eric Holder would choose a law school, Northwestern University, to deliver a speech earlier this month in which he demolished what was left of the rule of law in America.

In what history likely will record as a turning point, Attorney General Holder bluntly explained that this administration believes it has the authority to use lethal force against Americans if the President determines them to be a threat to the nation. He tells us that this is not a violation of the due process requirements of our Constitution because the President himself embodies “due process” as he unilaterally determines who is to be targeted. As Holder said, “a careful and thorough executive branch review of the facts in a case amounts to ‘due process.’” That means that the administration believes it is the President himself who is to be the judge, jury, and executioner.

As George Washington University Law Professor Jonathan Turley wrote of the Holder speech:

“All the Administration has said is that they closely and faithfully follow their own guidelines — even if their decisions are not subject to judicial review. The fact that they say those guidelines are based on notions of due process is meaningless. They are not a constitutional process of review.”

It is particularly bizarre to hear the logic of the administration claiming the right to target its citizens according to some secret selection process, when we justified our attacks against Iraq and Libya because their leaders supposedly were targeting their own citizens! We also now plan a covert war against Syria for the same reason.

I should make it perfectly clear that I believe any individual who is engaging in violence against this country or its citizens should be brought to justice. But as Attorney General Holder himself points out in the same speech, our civilian courts have a very good track record of trying and convicting individuals involved with terrorism against the United States. Our civilian court system, with the guarantee of real due process, judicial review, and a fair trial, is our strength, not a weakness. It is not an impediment to be sidestepped in the push for convictions or assassinations, but rather a process that guarantees that fundamental right to be considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

I am encouraged, however that there appears to be the beginning of a backlash against the administration’s authoritarian claims. Just recently I did an interview with conservative radio talk show host Laura Ingraham who expressed grave concern over using these sorts of tactics against Americans using the supposed war on terror as justification. Sadly, many conservative leaders were silent when Republican President George W. Bush laid the groundwork for this administration’s lawlessness with the PATRIOT Act, warrantless wiretapping, indefinite detention without trial, and other violations. Similarly, as Professor Turley points out, “Democrats previously demanded the ‘torture memos’ of the Bush administration that revealed poor legal analysis by Judge Jay Bybee and Professor John Yoo to justify torture. Now, however, Democrats are largely silent in the face of a president claiming the right to unilaterally kill citizens.” The misuse of and disregard for our Constitution for partisan political gain is likely one reason the American public holds Congress in such low esteem. Now the stakes are much higher. Congress and the people should finally wake up!


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378 responses to “Ron Paul: Restore Due Process and the Rule of Law”

  1. ju88ff

    lmfao. And what facts do you have? You Paulnuts always act like you got it all figured out, as if any opposing view is absolutely wrong, you hypocrites. You talk about me asserting, when you just did yourself! Talk about fail!

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  2. MrTheKatalyst

    It’s one thing to say it, it’s another to substantiate those assertions with facts. You lack the facts, that is why your opposition just looks like a joke to anybody with half a brain. Thank you for illustrating that so plainly.

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  3. MrTheKatalyst

    Yes it was. Are you illiterate? I asked you if you knew that, clearly you did not.

    What is Ron Paul wrong about? What do you have to show aside from the supposed majority to back that up? As I have already shown you, majority does not make right, so it is necessary to explain otherwise if you want to take a valid stance.

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  4. ju88ff

    In this case the majority is right. Ron Paul is a loon.

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  5. ju88ff

    That’s not a question.

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  6. MrTheKatalyst

    All of those Nazi occupied seats were elected Democratically. My point here is the majority is not always right.

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  7. MrTheKatalyst

    The question was if you realized the Nazi party was elected in democratically, which they were indeed. You cannot rewrite history to make your points. Many of the Reichstag seats (German version of House of Reps at the time, essentially) were occupied by Nazis before Hitler’s rise to power, which was a result of Hindenburg caving to political pressure and appointing Hitler. Even before Hitler’s formal appointment, the Nazi’s occupied about 198 seats on the Reichstag.

    Democracy = majority rules.

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  8. ju88ff

    What question?

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  9. ju88ff

    Actually, the Nazis didn’t win the popular vote. Nice try though. You all are a bunch of crazies. And to the SANE MAJORITY, we are right. You are all wrong. That’s why Ron Paul doesn’t win, because he’s simply a loon. Get it through your head. Oh yeah, you can’t, because you suffer from a mental illness.

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  10. MrTheKatalyst

    And you failed to answer my question. Way to prove your ineptitude in rational discussion.

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  11. ju88ff

    Racist Paul should just drop out already, die, kill himself! He’s useless and irrelevant to mainstream politics. He should go join those green environment clubs, since hes all pro-life. Lol pro-choice moron, that exist in a fantasy world. God you people don’t realize how fucking dumb and crazy you all are, its so pathetic.

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  12. MrTheKatalyst

    Majority does not equal right though. That is what you fail to understand. It’s really easy to sway simple minded people (like yourself) to believe whatever you want them to. That is what politicians do, and American politicians are especially good at playing that angle.

    You know the majority of Germans in World War II voted HItler in democratically, yes? Point made.

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  13. ju88ff

    Clearly the majority of the world thinks you’re wrong, so where does that leave you? You guys like being the outsiders, like being the nerds, like being the conspiracy nuts! It don’t matter what we argue about, I already won the argument. Ron Paul is losing and won’t win. Clearly the majority of the people side with me. Nutbags. :)

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  14. MrTheKatalyst

    I don’t think we’re the center of the world. I think we’re right and you are wrong, but that is besides the point.

    I don’t think you know how to form an argument outside of slinging insults, but you go on ahead thinking you can. It’s always entertaining.

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  15. ju88ff

    You people REALLY believe Ron Paul is some kind of super hero hahahahhahaha fuckin nutbags man!

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  16. ju88ff

    You people actually think you’re the center of the world. Like you’re right and are some kind of heroes. You really are a bunch of nutbags. Wake up, to the majority of the world, you’re just crazy and Ron Paul is as good as irrelevant. Ron Paul is the joke. This guy got voted behind guys that’s not even mainstream in Puerto Rico! That’s sad for a mainstream candidate!

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  17. MrTheKatalyst

    I’m not a troll. Just playing with you a bit, you do a good job of making a fool of yourself with or without my comments.

    Honestly, I find you entertaining. Nobody really takes you seriously, so it’s an easy task to make you out as a joke. Keep doing what you’re doing man.

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  18. ju88ff

    Yeah, you’re a troll. But guess who won? I did of course, because Ron Paul is losing horribly and will never be President. :)

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  19. ju88ff

    Who cares about the constitution. Peace comes and goes.

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  20. ju88ff

    I’m not foreign. I’m a true American. Something you people aren’t.

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  21. MrTheKatalyst

    I’m aware. I’m just having a little fun with him.

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  22. RogueCrockett

    oh and one more thing do you even know what the constitution says or understand the word peace??

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  23. RogueCrockett

    oh so you live in a foreign country so you are trolling XD oh well thought i could argue with someone American on this but sorry i mistook you XD anyways most internet people want Ron Paul because he seems like the only candidate who is worth his salt i mean i know people are flooding the internet with his policies but really it is necessary and may seem annoying but what are we to do i sincerely hope he does become president and if it means posting RON PAUL 2012 on every video then so be it XD

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  24. FreedomsReigning

    No it’s his attempt to insert racism and hate into everything. He knows it’s his last hope.

    He’s just another ZioFascist trying to get whites and blacks fighting amongst each other while he stuffs his pockets with monopoly money.

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  25. ju88ff

    Great video! Ron Paul CAUGHT RED HANDED with this buffoonery. Animal cruelty, racism, homophobia, the list goes on! This guy is a piece of shit! The worst kind of person!

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  26. ju88ff

    Nope.

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  27. MrTheKatalyst

    Is that a threat?

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  28. ju88ff

    You support Racist Paul. You deserve death.

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  29. MrTheKatalyst

    I wasn’t aware you were arguing. Just looked like babbling and insulting. I really do feel sorry for you, you are such a scornful person.

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  30. ju88ff

    Ron Paul is a caught racist and homophobe. You people are sick for defending this man’s vile ways.

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  31. ju88ff

    I won every argument that centers around Paul being unelectable. The people have spoken and they don’t want crazy old man Paul as President.

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  32. ju88ff

    I’m concerned about your health you crazy piece of shit. You should be in a mental hospital, along with Ron Paul and the rest of you clowns.

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  33. sfiorare

    i saw ron paul speak in dallas more than 30 years ago and signed up for his newsletters

    i can assure you that ron paul is a racist

    watch this video:

    Rachel Maddow Shows Ron Paul is Undoubtedly Racist (Or At the Very Least a Lying Moron)

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  34. Ozlanthos

    Prove that Ron Paul is a racist (and do bother to read the story before sending me a link)! Those who hate Ron Paul’s freedom and liberty message usually only bother to read the title, and so after I read the articles, I find out that their “evidence” of Ron Paul’s racism has something to do with a $500 dollar campaign contribution from a racist….and a quote indicating that while the racist is aware that Dr. Paul IS NOT A RACIST, he contributed because Dr. Paul was the BEST CANDIDATE!

    -Oz

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  35. MrTheKatalyst

    What exactly have you won? You’re not running for anything :/

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