T’is The Season To Run Ron Paul Out.(It Happens Every 4 Years)
[Right up front: I don’t endorse any person for the presidency as of this time. This is just an observation on my part.]
It’s that time of the cycle, “To Run Ron Paul Out” of the Presidential Primaries. This is done by the other candidates painting him as, a Conspiracy Theorist, Racist, Nut Job. Then there is that other thing that has crept in over the last three decades, The President has to be “Good Looking”. During the 2008 election you don’t know how many times I heard, “Oh My God, Obama’s so hot.” Bill Clinton and George W. Bush were also in that category with some female voters. However, that is another blog.
Ron Paul was interviewed by The Hill the article written by Jonathan Easley.
Congressman Paul tells how National Defense Authorization Act which was passed earlier this month will lead even further down the slippery slope the country is on.
Ron Paul warned that the National Defense Authorization Act, which was passed by Congress this month, will accelerate the country’s “slip into tyranny” and virtually assures “our descent into totalitarianism.”
I went over to one of my least favorite blog sites The Daily Kos, to see if there were any reactions to Obama guaranteeing that he would sign this version or the bill. There were and I was not surprised most of the writers and comments were bending over backwards. (Not so much as defending, but making excuses about the wording and interpretation of the structure of the bill.) Which is what they do over at the Kos.
Now for years we have heard words like, Totalitarianism, Tyranny, Despotism, Socialism, Fascism, and the all time favorite communism. Seeing as Ron Paul suggest and rightly so, that this bill, “virtually assures our descent into totalitarianism.” Should I take for granted that everyone know what totalitarianism literally is? So for the sake of argument I have added the definitions.
1. arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power; despotic abuse of authority.
2. the government or rule of a tyrant or absolute ruler.
3. a state ruled by a tyrant or absolute ruler.
4. oppressive or unjustly severe government on the part of any ruler.
5. undue severity or harshness.
Of, relating to, being, or imposing a form of government in which the political authority exercises absolute and centralized control over all aspects of life, the individual is subordinated to the state, and opposing political and cultural expression is suppressed: “A totalitarian regime crushes all autonomous institutions in its drive to seize the human soul” (Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.)
First usage was in 1926 it was used to reference Italian Fascism. Totalitarian is used to describe an on party political state that regulates every aspect of a person’s life. This was the type of government that George Orwell used in the Novel “1984”.
The argument that is being made is that the wording (which is tricky), Supporters of the bill say that those being detained will only be detained until the war is over. However since the United States is being declared a war zone in the “War on Terror” a war that theoretically will never end, it is indefinite detention.
Section 1021 and 1022, controversial to the general public, were perceived as threats to the Bill of Rights and the freedoms of America. They allow for the indefinite military detention of potential terrorists, challenging the general judicial status of “innocent until proven guilty.” This most recent addition of the NDAA has critics that say it puts not only civil liberties in danger but also that it is an aggressive but futile attack in the War on Terror.
Despite the act passing overwhelmingly, it is viewed by many as a large threat to the privileges of American citizens. Addressed by many major publications negatively, it also received a direct video message from Anonymous in an attempt to expose the chicanery of the act and its potential consequences.