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In the US, even your friendly local police have gone over to dictatorship. And they are armed with its tools. A friend, a competitive shooter for accuracy, told me that as he left his gun club on August 27, a local sheriff department entered in a military armored vehicle, something one would expect to see on a battlefield, followed by a large sheriff's department truck full of military equipment. He says that the gun club allows local police to use the club's facilities so that club members are not stopped and harassed about their firearms as they go to and from the club. He reports that the police will line up 30 abreast, with automatic weapons, not allowed to club members, and fire at one target, with 30 police emptying 30-round magazines at the same target.

He once asked our protectors if they were practicing for some competition. The answer was, "No, we are preparing to control the outcome when there is trouble."

Control is the operative word. We have seen for a number of years now that the Republican Party is power-addicted. Remember when the Bush administration fired the US Attorneys who refused the order to indict only Democrats? Remember the Republican Party's transparent frame-up of popular Alabama Democratic governor Don Siegelman? Evidence indicates that the Republican operative Karl Rove took advantage of a Republican federal judge, vulnerable according to news reports to corruption charges, and a compliant Republican US attorney in Alabama to railroad Governor Siegelman. The message to Democrats was: if you get elected in our Southern Territory, we will get you.

But never fear, we have "freedom and democracy." George W. Bush told us so himself.

The weak, chicken-hearted Obama administration has not commuted Siegelman's outrageous sentence. The inability of the Democrats to stand up for their own members and their own principles is the best indication we have that Republican tyranny will prevail.

It didn't take Caesar George W. Bush 10 minutes to wipe out the prison sentence of vice president Dick Cheney's chief aid for revealing the identity of a CIA operative, a felony under US law. But the Obama Justice (sic) Department supports Karl Rove's destruction of one of its most popular governors.

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It was the German left-wing's weak opposition to the National Socialists that gave the world Hitler.

The Republican Party has become the Party of Hate. Decades of frustration have made Republicans mean. They object to everything that has happened since the Great Depression in the 1930s to make the US a more just and humane society.

The Republican Party wants power so that it can smash all vestiges of regulation and welfare and all those of whom Republicans disapprove: the poor, the minorities, liberals, the imagined "foreign enemies," war protestors and others who challenge authority, those American weaklings who have compassion for the unfortunate, the US Constitution, that pinko-liberal-commie document that coddles criminals, illegal aliens, and terrorists, and all dissenters from the policy of enriching the one percent at the expense of the 99 percent.

Above all else, the Republicans want to turn Social Security and Medicare into profit centers for private corporations.

Would the world be surprised if Republicans donned brown shirts? America has declared itself to be "the indispensable nation," justifying its hegemony over the world. Any country that does not submit to Washington is "a foe." The neoconservative propaganda that America is the indispensable nation with a right to world hegemony sounds a lot like "Deutschland uber alles."

A decade ago the Bush regime demonstrated that it could over-ride US statutory law, the US Constitution, and the constitutional separation of powers in order to concentrate unaccountable power in the office of the president.

The Democrats, when they gained control of Congress in the mid-term elections, did nothing about the unprecedented legal and constitutional crimes of George W. Bush. The Democratic Speaker of the US House of Representatives, who could easily have impeached George W. Bush for his obvious crimes against US law and the US Constitution, announced that "impeachment is off the table." Money was more important to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi than the rule of law.

When a people have no political party that represents them, they are doomed to tyranny.

And to war.

Russia and China are in the way of Washington's hegemony. Romney, the Republican presidential candidate, has declared Russia to be "our number one geopolitical foe" for opposing Washington's plans to overthrow by violence the Syrian government. Why is overthrowing the Syrian government so advantageous to Washington that Romney in a fit of pique recklessly brought the United States into direct confrontation with Russia?

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Dr. Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury for Economic Policy in the Reagan Administration. He was associate editor and columnist with the Wall Street Journal, columnist for Business Week and the Scripps Howard News Service. He is a contributing editor to Gerald Celente's Trends Journal. He has had numerous university appointments. His book, The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West is available here. His latest book,  How America Was Lost, has just been released and can be ordered here.

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As usual, PCR packs a lot of incisive truth into h... by Ernie Messerschmidt on Tuesday, Sep 4, 2012 at 11:30:19 AM
Amen! Nothing more to be said, Paul Craig Roberts.... by Janet Gaudiello on Tuesday, Sep 4, 2012 at 11:36:03 AM
Ernie,I agree with you. I refuse to sit back and a... by Janet Gaudiello on Tuesday, Sep 4, 2012 at 11:43:00 AM
There has been an obvious lack of willingness to s... by manifesto 2000 on Tuesday, Sep 4, 2012 at 12:58:22 PM
Al Qaeda to over throw the Syrian government. Qaed... by bogi666 on Sunday, Sep 9, 2012 at 1:00:39 PM
strikes me as another grand form of lunacy and ran... by Daniel Geery on Tuesday, Sep 4, 2012 at 11:45:54 AM
I have no TV, fortunately, and did not have to sub... by Peter Duveen on Tuesday, Sep 4, 2012 at 12:32:15 PM
How stupid can our leaders be? To challenge two of... by Ginger McClemons on Tuesday, Sep 4, 2012 at 3:29:49 PM
 Does your friend see any understanding in yo... by BFalcon on Wednesday, Sep 5, 2012 at 1:43:07 PM
Yet, we have only to pay attention to the politica... by Ginger McClemons on Wednesday, Sep 5, 2012 at 4:21:07 PM
to pay attention to our government which includes ... by BFalcon on Wednesday, Sep 5, 2012 at 8:13:24 PM
is being used to fund these FORCED WARS. The infra... by bogi666 on Sunday, Sep 9, 2012 at 1:19:04 PM
oil fields so that they are radio activated for de... by bogi666 on Sunday, Sep 9, 2012 at 1:14:51 PM
16 trillion national public debt is reached on Tue... by Lance Ciepiela on Wednesday, Sep 5, 2012 at 7:35:00 PM
 There is always a contrary opinion to mud th... by BFalcon on Wednesday, Sep 5, 2012 at 8:15:28 PM
I believe what Dr. Roberts writes is true, and I b... by Kristine Hoggatt on Wednesday, Sep 5, 2012 at 9:11:16 PM
Kristine,Thank you for your very intelligent input... by Janet Gaudiello on Thursday, Sep 6, 2012 at 1:49:02 PM
Paul Roberts has more cogones and more Verstand th... by Michael David Morrissey on Thursday, Sep 6, 2012 at 7:20:00 AM
I agree with PCR so often that I (stupidly) commen... by Michael David Morrissey on Thursday, Sep 6, 2012 at 10:00:06 AM
Russia and has plans to "sell" off USG assets, to ... by bogi666 on Sunday, Sep 9, 2012 at 12:49:45 PM