The Slide Into Dictatorship

 

 

 

"The high office of president has been used to format a plot to destroy the American's
freedom, and before I leave office I must inform the citizen of his plight."
- John F. Kennedy, 1963
http://web.archive.org/web/20000929110450/http://restoreliberty.com/dictatorship.htm

 

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       November 1, 2000

       The slide into dictatorship, by Paul Craig Robert
   

       Will the United States disappear on
       Nov. 7 -- not physically, of course,
       but morally and ethically as a nation
       of law? Everything would still look
       the same, but personal rule would supplant
       the rule of law. We could become what we
       never before have been -- a land of arbitrary
       power.

       Americans are preparing to vote without
       having heard any debate on the critical issue
       at stake. Al Gore has bet his future on
       instilling fear of Republicans in the elderly
       and in racial minorities. George W. Bush has
       bet his chances on coming across as a
       compassionate, reasonable person.

       Choose Al Gore and vindicate eight years of
       lawlessness: Whitewatergate, Filegate,
       Travelgate, Monicagate, Campaign Finance
       and Buddhist Templegate, "missing" Rose
       law firm and Al Gore e-mail documents,
       Justice Department stonewalling of law and
       investigations, the Waco massacre -- the list
       goes on ad nauseum.

       Topping it all off is the latest Gore scandal --
       a secret deal between our vice president
       and a Russian prime minister. Did you know
       that Gore illegally exempted Russia from the
       economic sanctions that the U.S. imposes
       on all countries that sell arms to Iran? In addition, Gore violated the
       Nuclear Nonproliferation Act by keeping Congress in the dark about
       Russia' nuclear cooperation with Iran. Is this another instance of "no
       controlling legal authority"?

       Here we see the true colors of Clinton Gore: The law means nothing
       if a political purpose is served by ignoring it. No matter how powerful
       his office, no U.S. official has the power to grant exemptions to U.S.
       law, regardless of the end served. As deplorable as Clinton's morals
       are, the real beef Americans have with his administration is its
       lawlessness.

       This lawlessness is dictatorial in character. The dictatorial
       inclinations of the Clinton Gore administration manifest themselves
       in the ways the executive branch ignores the powers of Congress
       and federal courts and in the use of propaganda to silence facts.
       This administration has financed the implementation of treaties that
       Congress has not ratified, and it has made presidential
       appointments in open defiance of the Senate's right to confirm the
       appointments of sub-Cabinet officers. The Clinton Gore
       administration hides its illegalities by ignoring subpoenas and by
       issuing executive orders that assert new powers for the president.

       Wherever one looks in the Clinton Gore administration, one finds
       illegalities perpetrated in the name of one Clinton Gore cause or
       another. Take for example, gun control. Under orders from the White
       House, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is abusing its
       power, and using intimidation and harassment to create a de facto
       federal registration of gun owners. Despite protests from Congress
       and a U.S. District Court order, BATF is using raw power to force
       gun dealers to comply with BATF's illegal collection of surveillance
       data.

       This is the way the National Socialists turned Germany into a
       dictatorship during the 1930s. When German courts ruled against a
       policy of Hitler's government, the government ignored the court.
       Similarly, defendants acquitted in court trials were seized and
       carried away by police when they left the courtroom.

       Annoyed by judicial resistance to his policies, Hitler did what
       Franklin D. Roosevelt tried to do: He "packed" the court system by
       creating new courts that would do his bidding.

       Hitler did not come to power in a coup that overthrew democracy.
       Germans elected Hitler because of unemployment and disgust with
       the Weimar Republic. Hitler was not elected to be a dictator or to
       start World War II and conduct a genocidal policy against Jews. He
       became a dictator because the German parliament gave the
       executive branch the power to make laws. Hitler then made the laws
       that made him a dictator.

       Once government becomes large in size, the executive branch
       gains the upper hand, because it has the bureaucracies that make
       the rules and the enforcement agencies that interpret and implement
       the rules. Other branches of government can protest but are
       impotent unless the legislature takes extreme measures, such as
       impeachment or refusal to fund an offending agency.

       Such extreme measures are unlikely to succeed. Democrats in the
       House and Senate have made it clear that their loyalties are party
       loyalties, not loyalty to the institution of Congress or the Constitution.
       Unlike Republicans three decades ago, congressional Democrats
       stand firmly with their president, at great expense to the
       prerogatives and powers of Congress.

       The United States cannot become a dictatorship overnight like
       Hitler's Germany. But eight years of Clinton Gore have created, both
       in attitude and deed, an executive branch that is becoming
       independent of law. After another term or two of Clinton Gore, law
       would issue from the mouth of the executive.

       2000 Creators Syndicate, Inc.

SOURCE:
Paul Craig Roberts (archive)

http://web.archive.org/web/20011115065028/http://www.townhall.com/columnists/paulcraigroberts/pcr2000111.shtml

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