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America is a Dictatorship and I Can't Stop It

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Things in this country have been there for a long, long, time.   Every year the federal government constantly assails our rights under the Constitution. This didn't start with Bush, in fact, it started with Clinton. Now that Obama is in the White House we still see our rights eroding by the day. This president was elected on a platform of change. I'll don't see any change, in fact things are going from bad to worse. It's not just the Republicans that seem to be out after middle class it also Democrats or at least a majority of them. Obama has done nothing but placate an out of control Republican Party. I guess George Carlin was right on the mark when he said "Now they are coming for your social security'.


It isn't just Social Security and Medicare that are the prime targets of our political system. It's also things like the Bill of Rights and ideas such as habeas corpus. Now the president has the power to deem anyone whether foreign or domestic as a threat to the country and can authorize his or her assassination. This isn't a president this is a dictator. In fact, the whole country is fed up with both Congress, the executive branch, and the judiciary. That is our entire federal government as laid out by our Constitution.


I haven't been writing much lately because I feel that I've said everything that I could possibly say. Every time I write an article I write about same old things, the loss of our freedom, the government which is nothing but subservient to corporations and the rich political donors and the wars and interventions around the world that we can't seem to stop ourselves from delving into.


If I could sit down with Pres. Obama I believe that I could honestly convince him that the direction this country is taking is a downward spiral. I have been writing about the corporations controlling the government since 2005. I would like to put one of my articles that I wrote in 2006 into this article just to show how things haven't changed and in fact have gotten worse. Here is the article I wrote in 2005. It might not be the best article I've written but when, but when read in 2011, it sure makes a lot of sense.

Help Save America

(Jan 26, 2006)

1. The news tonight was troubling. It usually is, but tonight it left me with more questions than answers. I heard about the Senate Judiciary Committee recommending the nomination of Judge Alito by a strict party line vote. I also heard that the nomination itself will be a win for The Republicans along Party lines, and Gloria Borger told Bob Schrieffer that politicians have told her in private that if they had the votes, that they would go for a filibuster, because they fear that the supreme court will beat back Roe Vs. Wade and the possible expansion of Presidential Authority.

Meanwhile, the nomination was not the only thing that was on the committee's mind today. At least on the Democratic member's minds. They were concerned about the NSA wiretapping ordered by the President. They were also questioning if the Supreme Court was indeed slipping to the right, and would that mean broader powers for the executive branch. I heard some fighting words today from Senators that are normally very conciliatory towards each other. I mean where is the drama coming from? What is the agenda here? That's what is on my mind most of all. What agenda are these right wing conservative politicians on? What is it that they want?

If you look at the rhetoric from both sides, take out half the threats and half the drama, and you can usually come out with the truth. In the case of this Congress, in this year, that doesn't hold water. The Republican right seems to be leading this country into a dictatorship of the executive branch. What other reason could possibly be the case? Time and time again, the Republican leadership in congress has defended a President that says and does whatever he wants to do. This is not just rhetoric. Let me point out exactly what he has done.


1.       He has charged that a foreign government, with ties to Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda, had weapons of mass destruction and was preparing to use them against the United States. He and his cabinet and some of the military people in Washington, told us that Saddam Hussein had biological, nuclear, and chemical weapons, and that he was preparing to use them on American citizens in America, right after the Twin Towers attack in New York, and The Pentagon, and a number of other targets were attacked by citizens of Saudi Arabia that were connected to Osama Bin Laden. He asked for and received the Authority for The Use of Force, only after he promised Congress that he would do everything in his power to let the UN weapons inspectors finish their jobs and only after he conferred with the European Union and other governments around the world and only then would he use the force necessary to stop him from possessing, or using those weapons of mass destruction. Are we on the same page here? Have I left anything out? I said this was not going to be rhetoric, and I don't believe it is, this is solid fact. We all know what happened after he got that authority to use force. He used it, without proving that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, without letting the UN inspectors finish the job they were sent to do in Iraq, and he used force without a strong coalition of nations backing our decision, as he said he would do. Frankly, he lied to the Congress, and he lied to the American people. We all know that no weapons of mass destruction were found, and that many of the things that he claimed about Saddam Hussein having ties to Al Qaeda were falsifications. Yet, the American people were told that even though no WMD's were found that we still accomplished a good thing by getting "rid of an evil dictator". He celebrated "The End of Combat Operations" from the deck of an aircraft carrier and we went on to lose more than 2,213 men and women from our Armed Forces, over 16,000 admitted casualties in the ranks, and over 35,000 dead Iraqi's by the President's own estimation. Also, every time that a senior military officer disagreed with the administrations military policies in Iraq, they were retired or removed from staff positions, or positions of command. During this period which is still going on, we have tortured Iraqi prisoners and interred people without due process in direct violation of the Geneva Convention. Meanwhile, the President's political Party does nothing, or tries in any way, to get him to answer for his actions.

2.       After the terrorist attacks of 9/11/2001, the President introduced the Patriot Act, and with that, does the largest reorganization of the Federal Government since the Roosevelt Administration in the Great Depression. He puts limits on personal freedoms that are granted by the Constitution, and says they are only temporary. Last month, he tried to make them more stringent and to make them permanent. It took a threatened filibuster and a crossing of party lines by five Republican Senators to stop him, and his administration from doing exactly what he promised not to do.

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Tim Gatto is Ret. US Army and has been writing against the Duopoly for the last decade. He has two books on Amazon, Kimchee Days or Stoned Colds Warriors and Complicity to Contempt.

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