The Libertarian Patriot
Imagine what the founders would think about what the government they created has become. Certainly some, like Alexander Hamilton would be thrilled, but for the most part the men who risked everything to give us freedom from tyranny would be appalled.
So how did we get here? Simply, every generation of politicians has built upon the proceeding generation's usurpation of liberty to create a a federal Leviathan that has an ever growing hunger for more and more power until it becomes the very thing that it was meant to defend against.
Ron Paul is one of the few people in our government that see the dangers in giving Leviathan unlimited power. He sees the danger in the precedent of the Obama administration's blatant disregard of the War Powers Resolution as it pertains to our current involvement in Libya and warns that "it would be incredibly naïve to think a dictator could not or would not wrest power in this country." He adds further, "Those in power right now might be trustworthy, upstanding people. But what of the leaders of the future? They will inherit all the additional powers we cede to the current position holders. Can we trust that they will not take advantage? Today's best intentions create loopholes and opportunities for tomorrow's tyrants."
And it is not just our foreign involvements that worry the Congressman. What about here at home? As he points out, it is not beneath the state to "treat all Americans as suspected terrorists". He later reminds us that our "constitutional rights no longer apply when the United States is "at war" with you."
These are sobering words and we are nearing the tipping point where we will one day awaken to the realization that our republic has turned into a police state where agents of the state do not need a warrant, only suspicion, to raid your property. We may soon find out that we do not have the right to resist or impede the state from entering our homes in the name of their safety. It may even come to pass that armed stormtroopers can gun you down in your home in the enforcement of a spurious warrant.
But this could never happen in our America, could it? Surly that only happens in other far away lands ruled by evil-doers.