reply to post by Sherlock Holmes
Both political parties, most constitutional lawyers, and the bar associations are willing to set aside the Constitution whenever it interferes with
their agendas. Americans have forgotten the prerequisites for freedom, and those pursuing power have forgotten what it means when it falls into other
hands. Americans are very close to losing their constitutional system and civil liberties.
"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms it will be because we destroyed ourselves. Dont interfere with
anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained for it is the only safeguard of our liberties."
-Abraham Lincoln (1809-65) U.S. President.
We know exactly what Dr. Paul stands for! It has been 80 years since we have seen a true constitutionalist even in the running. Why would you think it
so over board that Americans would stand with real American values?
The New Deal legislation resulted in Congress delegating its legislative powers to the executive branch. Today when Congress passes a statute it is
little more than an authorization for an executive agency to make the law by writing the regulations that implement it.
President Bush and Obama used "signing statements" hundreds of times to vitiate the meaning of statutes passed by Congress. In effect, they were
vetoing the bills they signed into law by asserting unilateral authority as commander-in-chief to bypass or set aside the laws. For example, both has
asserted that they have the power to ignore the McCain amendment against torture, to ignore the law that requires a warrant to spy on Americans, to
ignore the prohibition against indefinite detention without charges or trial, and to ignore the Geneva Conventions to which the US is signatory.
In effect, They assert the powers that accrued to Hitler in 1933. Their Federalist Society apologists and Department of Justice appointees claim that
our President has the same power to interpret the Constitution as the Supreme Court. An Alito Court is likely to agree with this false claim.
Prior to the New Deal, legislation was tightly written to minimize any executive branch interpretation. Only in this way can law be accountable to the
people. If the executive branch that enforces the law also writes the law, "all legislative powers" are no longer vested in elected representatives in
Congress. The Constitution is violated, and the separation of powers is breached.
The principle that power delegated to Congress by the people cannot be delegated by Congress to the executive branch was the mainstay of our political
system. Until President Roosevelt overturned this principle by threatening to pack the Supreme Court, the executive branch had no role in interpreting
John Marshall Harlan wrote: "That congress cannot delegate legislative power to the president is a principle universally recognized as vital to the
integrity and maintenance of the system of government ordained by the Constitution."
Dictatorships seldom appear full-fledged but emerge piecemeal.
I will almost always side with the man screaming liberty and freedom. Never the man chased by fraud or any person with an agenda to scorch the entire
middle east etc...
If a anyone was able to defraud our electoral process and win the presidency then what would we have in play? A fascists state by chance,
Direct democracy was very much opposed by the framers of the United States Constitution and some signatories of the Declaration of Independence.
They saw a danger in majorities forcing their will on minorities. As a result, they advocated a representative democracy, and so such delegates are
free to vote as they see fit!
If Ron Paul has the delegates he will have the nomination!
Alexander Hamilton said, "That a pure democracy if it were practicable would be the most perfect government. Experience has proved that no position is
more false than this. The ancient democracies in which the people themselves deliberated never possessed one good feature of government. Their very
character was tyranny; their figure, deformity."
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