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In Amerika There Will Never Be a Real Debate

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Cross-posted from Paul Craig Roberts

God help them if Obama and Romney ever had to participate in a real debate about a real issue at the Oxford Union. They would be massacred.

The "debates" revealed that not only the candidates but also the entire country is completely tuned out to every real problem and dangerous development. For example, you would never know that US citizens can now be imprisoned and executed without due process. All that is required to terminate the liberty and life of an American citizen by his own government is an unaccountable decision somewhere in the executive branch.

No doubt that Americans, if they think of this at all, believe that it will only happen to terrorists who deserve it. But as no evidence or due process is required, how would we know that it only happens to terrorists? Can we really trust a government that has started wars in seven countries on the basis of falsehoods? If the US government will lie about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction in order to invade a country, why won't it lie about who is a terrorist?

America needs a debate about how we can be made more safe by removing the Constitutional protection of due process. If the power of government is not limited by the Constitution, are we ruled by Caesar? The Founding Fathers did not think we could trust a caesar with our safety. What has changed that we can now trust a caesar?

If we are under such a terrorist threat that the Constitution has to be suspended or replaced by unaccountable executive action, how come all the alleged terrorist cases are sting operations organized by the FBI? In 11 years there has not been a single case in which the "terrorist" had the initiative!

In the 11 years since 9/11, acts of domestic terrorism have been miniscule if they even exist. What justifies the enormous and expensive Department of Homeland Security? Why does Homeland Security have military-equipped Special Response Teams with armored vehicles? Who are the targets of these militarized units? If 11 years of US government murder, maiming, and displacement of millions of Muslims hasn't provoked massive acts of domestic terrorism, why is Homeland Security creating a domestic armed force of its own? Why are there no congressional hearings and no public discussion? How can a government whose budget is deep in the red afford a second military force with no defined and Constitutionally legal purpose?

What is Homeland Security's motivation in creating a Homeland Youth? Is the new FEMA Corps a disguise for a more sinister purpose, a Hitler Youth as Internet sites suggest? Are the massive ammunition purchases by Homeland Security related to the raising of a nationwide corps of 18- to 24-year-olds? How can so much be going on in front of our eyes with no questions asked?

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Why did not Romney ask Obama why he is working to overturn the federal court's ruling that US citizens cannot be subject to indefinite detention in violation of the US Constitution? Is it because Romney and his neoconservative advisers agree with Obama and his advisers? If so, then why is one tyrant better than another?

Why has the US constructed a network of detainment camps, for which it is hiring "internment specialists"?

Why does the US Army now have a policy for "establishing civilian inmate labor programs and civilian prison camps on Army installations"?

Here is Rachel Maddow's report on how Obama criticizes the neoconservative Bush/Cheney regime for violations of the US Constitution and US statutory law and then proposes the same thing himself.

How did the presidential debates avoid the fact of Predator Drones flying over us here in the domestic United States of America? What is the purpose of this? Why are the smallest police forces in the most remote of locations being equipped with armored cars? I have seen them. In small lilly-white communities north of Atlanta, Georgia, communities of sub-million dollar MacMansions have militarized police with armored cars and automatic weapons. SWAT teams in full military gear are everywhere. What is it all about? These small semi-rural areas will never see a terrorist or experience a hostage situation. Yet, they are all armed to the teeth. They are so heavily armed that they could be sent into combat against the Third Reich or the Red Army.

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Any such questions run afoul of the assumption of America's moral perfection. No such debate will ever happen. But if "it is the economy, stupid," why is there no economic debate?

Last month the Federal Reserve announced QE3. If QE1 and QE2 did not work, why does anyone, including the Federal Reserve chairman, think that QE3 will work?

Yet, the utterly irrational financial markets, which haven't a clue about anything, were overjoyed at QE3. This can only be because what rules the equity market is propaganda, spin, and disinformation, not facts. The vaunted stock market is incapable of making any correct decision. The decisions are made by the fools in the market operating on a short-run basis. The only safe path to take is to run with the lemmings. This strategy insures that a portfolio manager is always in the middle of his peers and, therefore, he doesn't lose clients.

How wonderful it would have been for Obama and Romney to have confronted in a real debate how QE3, designed to help insolvent "banks too big to fail," can help households operating, with two earners, on real incomes of 45 years ago, which is where the current real median household income stands.

How does saving a bank, designated as "too big to fail," help the family whose jobs or main job has been exported to China or India in order to maximize corporate profits, executive performance bonuses and shareholders' capital gains?

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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 Ian Goddard said, "A society whose citizens ... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Wednesday, Oct 24, 2012 at 4:56:57 PM
This "Manifesto of WTF?!" should be plastered on e... by Don Caldarazzo on Wednesday, Oct 24, 2012 at 4:59:11 PM
I appreciate your support, Don, and share your fru... by Paul Craig Roberts on Wednesday, Oct 24, 2012 at 8:51:07 PM
I mean that literally, too. The rich elites (and t... by Hooker Jay on Thursday, Oct 25, 2012 at 12:27:39 PM
you have an amazing knack for connecting all the d... by Ms Nan on Wednesday, Oct 24, 2012 at 5:36:42 PM
I have questions:  If one chooses not to Vote... by Kevin Tully on Thursday, Oct 25, 2012 at 6:42:48 AM
PCR, I hear you. Both candidates want to continue ... by Steven G. Erickson on Thursday, Oct 25, 2012 at 7:21:40 AM
the 13th Amendment, and by the way, lawyers are no... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Thursday, Oct 25, 2012 at 10:45:49 AM
Mr. Roberts, you belonged to the elite of  GO... by Mark Sashine on Thursday, Oct 25, 2012 at 10:27:52 AM
Perhaps at that time PCR did not truly see the ram... by Jim Miles on Thursday, Oct 25, 2012 at 11:43:19 AM
Now he presents the arguments. But.. even now he h... by Mark Sashine on Thursday, Oct 25, 2012 at 12:20:54 PM
...if his buddies are in agreement... by Jim Miles on Thursday, Oct 25, 2012 at 7:04:13 PM
would be present at a press conference with PCR. T... by Ms Nan on Thursday, Oct 25, 2012 at 7:10:02 PM
Well written comments on the militarized state of ... by Jim Miles on Thursday, Oct 25, 2012 at 11:45:20 AM
outside its borders it will eventually do inside i... by intotheabyss on Thursday, Oct 25, 2012 at 7:59:45 PM
Seriously, what is with all this, "both parties ar... by Kaiser Soze on Thursday, Oct 25, 2012 at 9:49:06 PM
They are both the same and they are both facade. A... by Mark Sashine on Friday, Oct 26, 2012 at 7:52:19 AM
AND A REAL DEBATE FROM OBAMA/ROMNEY CAN ANY WAY NE... by Klaudio Vinkerlić on Friday, Oct 26, 2012 at 12:22:33 PM
I completely disagree with the title of your artic... by michael payne on Friday, Oct 26, 2012 at 6:32:43 PM