Ron Paul: We Are Laying the Groundwork for a Future American Dictator Staff
Posted: May 31, 2011 12:10 PM
Ron Paul: We Are Laying the Groundwork for a Future American Dictator
Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.), an official candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, released a column entitled "Enabling a Future American Dictator" as part of his Texas Straight Talk series. Paul, who ran for the GOP presidential nomination in 2008, also ran for president as a Libertarian in 1988. This week's column is about the loss of liberty and, more specifically, the War Powers Resolution of 1973, the Patriot Act and mission creep after 9/11. Paul posted his column to his official House website on Memorial Day.

"Last week the 60 day deadline for the president to gain congressional approval for our military engagement in Libya under the War Powers Resolution came and went," writes Paul as the reason for his frustration over the failure of America's leadership to defend the Constitution for future generations of Americans. Paul calls out President Obama for not seeking congressional approval to continue military action in Libya. "It is unclear if Mr. Obama will ever obtain congressional consent," says Paul.

Paul argues that Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution “clearly states that the power to declare war rests within the legislative branch – the branch closest to the people.” Paul points out that the writers of the Constitution wanted to make sure that the president didn’t have the same war powers as a king. Given the current direction of the executive and legislative branch, Paul writes that “it would be incredibly naïve to think a dictator could not or would not wrest power in this country” at some point in the future.

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