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
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
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
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
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.
Paul Craig Roberts (archive)
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Definitions of Resolution
Every major word in the resolution is defined here, for your topicality arguments.
A More Perfect Union:
The Creation of the U.S. Constitution
"Silence can only be equated with fraud when there is a legal or moral
duty to speak, or when an inquiry left unanswered would be intentionally
misleading... We cannot condone this shocking conduct...
If that is the case we hope our message is clear. This sort of deception
will not be tolerated and if this is routine it should be corrected
immediately" U.S. v. Tweel 550 F2d 297, 299-300.
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