Do The United States Still Exist? — Paul Craig Roberts
To answer the question that is the title, we have to know of what the US consists
Are we a special interest ethnic group, a collection of buildings and resources, a land mass with boundaries, or are we our Constitution?
Clearly what differentiates the US from other countries is the US Constitution. The Constitution defines us as a people
Without the Constitution we would be a different country. Therefore, to lose our Constitution is to lose our country
Does our Constitution still exist?
Let us examine the document and come to a conclusion
Our Constitution consists of a description of a Republic with three independent branches, legislative, executive, and judicial, each with its own powers, and the Bill of Rights incorporated as constitutional amendments
The Bill of Rights describes the civil liberties of citizens that cannot be violated by our government
Two articles describe the major powers of Congress, and both articles have been breached
The Constitution’s grant of “all legislative powers” to Congress has been overturned by executive orders and signing statements
The Presidents used executive orders to legislate, and used signing statements to render sections of laws passed by Congress and signed by the President into non-enforced status, for example border control immigration laws
Legislative authority has also been lost by delegating to executive branch officials the power to write the regulations that implement the laws that are passed
The right that Section 8 gives to Congress to declare war has been usurped by the executive branch
Thus, major powers given to Congress were lost to the executive branch
The First Amendment has been compromised by executive branch claims of “National Security,” by extensive "Classifications" and 4 million government security clearances exceeding the population of Norway rendering government accountability under FOIA Freedom of Information Act moot
Whistleblowers are relentlessly prosecuted, despite Federal laws protecting them
The right of assembly and public protest are overturned by arrests, bullying, tear gas, clubs, rubber bullets, water cannons, and jail terms
Free speech is also limited by political correctness and taboo topics
Dissent shows signs of gradually becoming criminalized
The Fourth Amendment is a dead letter amendment. In its place we have warrantless searches, SWAT team home invasions, strip and cavity searches at Transportation Nodes, warrantless seizures of computers, cell phones, their content, and the loss of all privacy to warrantless universal spying
The Fifth Amendment is a dead letter amendment. The criminal justice system relies on self-incrimination as plea bargains are self-incrimination produced by psychological torture, and plea bargains are the basis of conviction in 97% of all felony cases
Moreover, physical torture is a feature of the “War on Terror” despite its illegality under both US statute and International Law, also experienced by inmates in the US prison system
The Fifth Amendment’s protection against deprivation of life,
liberty, and property without due process of law has been lost to indefinite detention, executive assassination, and property takings without compensation
The Racketer Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) passed in 1970. The act permits asset freezes, which are unlawful takings
The Comprehensive Forfeiture Act passed in 1984 and permits police to confiscate property on “probable cause,” which often means merely the presence of cash
The Sixth Amendment is a dead letter amendment. Prosecutors routinely withhold exculpatory evidence, and Judges at Prosecutors’ requests have limited attorneys’ ability to defend clients
The “War on Terror” introduced secret evidence and secret witnesses, making it impossible for a defendant and his attorney to defend against undisclosed evidence
The Eighth Amendment’s prohibition of excessive bail and torture are routinely violated. It is another dead letter amendment
It is paradoxical that every Civil Liberty in the Bill of Rights has been lost to a police state except for the Second Amendment, the gun rights of citizens, which have been compromised and eliminated in certain jurisdictions
An armed citizenry is inconsistent with a Police State, which the US now is
Other aspects of our legal protections were overturned, such as the long standing rule that crime requires intent
Attorney-client privilege was lost
Our Civil Liberties are often said to be “Natural Rights” to which we are entitled. However, in historical fact, Civil Liberty is a human achievement that required centuries of struggle from Alfred the Great Common Law and the Magna Carta, before and beyond
Today law as a shield of the people has been lost
The loss was gradual over time and culminated in the George W. Bush and Obama regime assaults on habeas corpus and due process
We cut down the law so that we could better chase after the Mafia
We cut down the law so that we could better chase after drug users
We cut down the law so we could better chase after tax cheats
We cut down the law so that we could better chase after child abusers
We cut down the law so that we could better chase after “terrorists”
We cut down the law so that we could better chase after whistleblowers
We cut down the law so that we could better cover up government crimes
Today the law is cut down
Any one of us can be arrested on bogus charges and be helpless to do anything about it
Public defenders became useless
Government regulators became useless
Government courts became useless
ACLU is not defending the civil liberties in the Bill of Rights that protect us from the abuse of government power, but newly invented “civil rights” not in the Constitution, such as “abortion rights,” the right to homosexual marriage, and rights to preferential treatment for preferred minorities
President Obama declared his power to execute citizens by executive branch decision alone, without due process and conviction in court, and it produced barely audible protest
Historically, a government that can, without due process, throw a citizen into a dungeon or summarily execute him is considered to be a tyranny, not a democracy
By any historical definition, the United States today is a tyranny
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments. His internet columns have attracted a worldwide following. Roberts' latest books are The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West, How America Was Lost, and The Neoconservative Threat to World Order
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