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Does the United States Still Exist?
An address delivered to the Libertarian Party of Florida on March 23, 2016 in Destin, Florida
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To answer the question that is the title, we have to know of what the US consists. Is it an ethnic group, a collection of buildings and resources, a land mass with boundaries, or is it the 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 the Constitution is to lose the country.

Does the Constitution still exist? Let us examine the document and come to a conclusion.

The 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 the government.

Article I of the Constitution describes legislative powers. Article II describes executive powers, and Article III describes the power of the judiciary. For example, Article I, Section 1 gives all legislative powers to Congress. Article I, Section 8 gives Congress the power to declare war.

The Bill of Rights protects citizens from the government by making law a shield of the people rather than a weapon in the hands of the government.

The First Amendment protects the freedom of speech, the press, and assembly or public protest.

The Second Amendment gives the people the right “to keep and bear arms.”

The Third Amendment has to do with quartering of soldiers on civilians, a large complaint against King George III, but not a practice of present-day armies.

The Fourth Amendment grants “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures” and prevents the issue of warrants except “upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” The Fourth Amendment prevents police and prosecutors from going on “fishing expeditions” in an effort to find some offense with which to charge a targeted individual.

The Fifth Amendment prohibits double jeopardy, self-incrimination, the taking of life, liberty, or property without due process and the prohibition of seizing property without just compensation.

The Sixth Amendment guarantees speedy and public trial, requires that a defendent be informed of the charge against him and to be confronted with the witnesses, to present witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of an attorney.

The Seventh Amendment gives the right of trial by jury to civil suits.

The Eighth Amendment prevents excessive bail and cruel and unusual punishments.

The Ninth Amendment says that the enumeration of certain rights in the Constitution does not deny or disparage others retained by the people. In other words, people have rights in addition to the those listed in the proscriptions against the government’s use of abusive power.

The Tenth Amendment reserves the rights not delegated to the federal government to the states.

The Tenth Amendment is a dead letter amendment. The Third Amendment protects against an abandoned abusive practice of government. The Seventh Amendment is still relevant as it allows damages in civil suits to be determined by a jury, once a protection against unfairness and today not always the case.

The other seven amendments comprise the major protections of civil liberty. I will examine them in turn, but first let’s look at Section 1 and Section 8 of Article I. These 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 president can use executive orders to legislate, and he can use signing statements to render sections of laws passed by Congress and signed by the president into non-enforced status. 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 have been lost to the executive branch.

The First Amendment has been compromised by executive branch claims of “national security” and by extensive classification. Whistleblowers are relentlessly prosecuted despite federal laws protecting them. The right of assembly and public protest are overturned by arrests, tear gas, clubs, rubber bullets, water canons, 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, warrantless seizures of computers and cell phones, 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 and is 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 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” has introduced secret evidence and secret witnesses, making it impossible for a defendant and his attorney to defend against the 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. An armed citizenry is inconsistent with a police state, which the US now is.

ORDER IT NOW

Other aspects of our legal protections have been overturned, such as the long standing rule that crime requires intent. William Blackstone wrote: “An unwarrantable act without a vicious will is no crime at all.” But today we have crimes without intent. You can commit a crime and not even know it. See for example, Harvey Silverglate, Three Felonies A Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent.

Attorney-client privilege has been lost. The indictment, prosecution, and imprisonment of defense attorney Lynne Stewart is a good example. The DOJ prevailed on her to defend a blind Muslim regarded by the DOJ as a “terrorist.” She was informed that “special administrative measures” had been applied to her client. She received a letter from the federal prosecutor informing her that she and her client would not be permitted attorney-client privilege, and that she was required to permit the government to listen to her conversations with her client. She was told that she could not carry any communications from her client to the outside world. She regarded all this as illegal nonsense and proceeded to defend her client in accordance with attorney-client privilege. Lynne Stewart was convicted of violating a letter written by a prosecutor as if the prosecutor’s letter were a law passed by Congress and present in the US code. Based on a prosecutor’s letter, Lynne Stewart was sentenced to prison. No law exists that upholds her imprisonment.

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. The long struggle for accountable law that culminated in the Glorious Revolution in England in the late 17th century can be traced back to Alfred the Great’s codification of English common law in the 9th century and to the Magna Carter in the early 13th century. Instead of issuing kingly edicts, Alfred based law on the traditional customs and behavior of the people. The Glorious Revolution established the supremacy of the people over the law and held the king and government accountable to law. The United States and other former British colonies inherited this accomplishment, an accomplishment that makes law a shield of the people and not a weapon in the hands of the state.

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. Lawrence Stratton and I explain how the law was lost in our book, The Tyranny of Good Intentions. Beginning with Jeremy Bentham in the late 18th century, liberals saw the protective shield of law as a constraint on the government’s ability to do good. Bentham redefined liberty as the freedom of government from restraint, not the freedom of people from government. Bentham’s influence grew over time until in our own day, to use the worlds of Sir Thomas More in A man for All Seasons, the law was cut down so as to better chase after devils.

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 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 the government’s 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.

There is very little concern in legal circles about this. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) does attempt to defend civil liberty. However, just as often the 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” that are not in the Constitution, such as “abortion rights,” the right to homosexual marriage, and rights to preferential treatment for preferred minorities.

An attack on abortion rights, for example, produces a far greater outcry and resistance than the successful attack on habeas corpus and due process. President Obama was able to declare 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.

(Republished from PaulCraigRoberts.org by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. David says:

    Just last year, PCR was rejoicing in finally having found a home in Mexico. What does he care if the United States exists? Truth is his country, isn’t it?

    http://www.unz.com/proberts/truth-is-our-country/

  2. KenH says:

    Sadly, no, the USA exists in name only. I agree wholeheartedly with PCR that without the Constitution, there is no country. Dubya shredded it with the ‘war on terror” and NSA spying and Obama has driven a stake through it with his endless executive orders, and his refusal to enforce immigration laws or any laws he doesn’t like which is unprecedented in our history. He struts around like a Zanzibaran dictator lecturing and threatening American citizens and is totally unbecoming of a leader of a Western nation and Constitutional republic.

    We are now ruled by propaganda and naked force not unlike the former Soviet Union. Laws are selectively enforced. The late Joe Sobran wrote in the late 1990’s that in America, failure to heed and obey any myriad of laws can get a person killed. The late Sam Francis correctly described our system as an “anarcho-tyranny” where laws are only enforced against those people most likely to observe them which often times means members of the white majority .

    Just like when angry but otherwise law abiding rancher Lavoy Finicum gets riddled with bullets by the police and feds for merely opposing mistreatment of fellow ranchers while feral blacks riot, destroy property and set cities alight with impunity when a violent black criminal gets shot by the police or when they disagree with a court verdict.

    America was on life support when the Kenyan-in-Chief took office, but she’s now dead and gone.

    • Replies: @berserker
    , @Bill Jones
    , @dahoit
  3. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    I have divided the nation into two opposed political and economic groups:
    537-person USA, products of the crime family oligarchs, vs 300,000,000 struggling products of Oligarch directed, media propagated propaganda. Interesting how the opposites were shaped, honed, and trained by the same top down interest?

    The 537-person USA serve several oligarch masters ranging from foreign countries,
    the MIC, the Oil and Gas industry, the Banking Industry, and others all with significant power and none with an interest in Americans.

    The American people are seen as deep pockets and cannon fodder by the oligarchs and the USA is used by the oligarchs to extract from those deep American pockets the wealth that has separated America from the rest of the world. ( i. e. the denoucement of the gold standard in 1973, the formation of the energy deal between Israel, GCC, and Big Oil.

    The failure of force sufficient to defend freedom has yet appear because the propaganda machine has been backed by the lawmaking machine and those by the military.

    Non one has focused any effort on revealing the hidden.. for this I blame the Libertarian party among others..but they two expect to reap the deep pocket rewards so they have failed to unveil the hidden and to reveal the system for what it has become: a modern global version of 1920 Gangland Chicago.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
  4. berserker says:
    @KenH

    “laws are only enforced against those people most likely to observe them”
    – Seems to be the case across much of the Western world.

  5. Dr. X says:

    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.

    The Second Amendment, for all practical purposes, does not exist as a “right” in New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut, California, and Hawaii for about 100 million people, or 1/3 of the nation.

  6. Greg Bacon says: • Website

    No, the USA is under occupation and is only living in the memory of those old enough to remember what it was like to live w/o constant wars being ginned up by the government and the MSM to steal our wealth and turn the USA into a police state.

    The first blow came in 1913, when some Wall Street tycoons turned over our economy to the illegal Federal Reserve, which doesn’t protect Americans, it helps Wall Street TBTF banks to ransack the economy while our infrastructure falls apart due to lack of money.

    The final blow came on 9/11, when a devious bunch of traitors attacked the USA with foreign help that led to this state of endless wars and the gutting of the Bill of Rights.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  7. America was born with horrific birth defects in 1776 and died in 1787 at Philadelphia behind closed doors in a cloud of tobacco smoke. One-third of the men had the character to resist endorsing the document. The rest were whores for the bankster mafiosos in Europe. So, no, America never really did exist. We were only allowed enough freedom and prosperity to be able and willing to build their Wehrmacht and Panopticon which we are putting the finishing touches on now, as that freedom and prosperity is continually constricted until it strangles the body politic, and the dictates of the Georgia Guidestones are complete.

    • Replies: @Jacques Sheete
    , @utu
  8. Not a lot of comments on the death of America. What can you say? R.I.P.

  9. Folks who continue to whine about the constitution need to brush up on the history of the thing. They could begin by reading the works of the Anti-Federalists or they could just read this:

    “The Constitution looked fairly good on paper, but it was not a popular document; people were suspicious of it, and suspicious of the enabling legislation that was being erected upon it. There was some ground for this. The Constitution had been laid down under unacceptable auspices; its history had been that of a coup d’état.

    It had been drafted, in the first place, by men representing special economic interests. Four-fifths of them were public creditors, one-third were land speculators, and one-fifth represented interests in shipping, manufacturing, and merchandising. Most of them were lawyers. Not one of them represented the interest of production — Vilescit origine tali. (the dice were loaded from the start)”

    Albert Jay Nock, Liberty vs. the Constitution: The Early Struggle
    [Excerpted from chapter 5 of Albert Jay Nock’s Jefferson]

    https://mises.org/library/liberty-vs-constitution-early-struggle

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Ace
  10. @Bard of Bumperstickers

    Agreed. Fine comment. May I quote you?

  11. alexander says:

    How tragic is it, for all of us, the day would come when an individual such as Mr Roberts would have to write such an article.

    And it could be so thoroughly on point.

    And how shameful, to us all, that it is.

  12. pyrrhus says:

    Even the Second Amendment has been “cut down” quite a bit. What part of “Congress shall make no law” does SCOTUS not understand?

  13. Rehmat says:

    Dr. Roberts, according to Dr. Dahlia Wasfi, American anti-war activist and author, born to an American Jewish mother and Iraqi Muslim father – says United states do exists – but as an ISRAELI COLONY.

    https://rehmat1.com/2016/03/27/dahlia-wasfi-us-is-under-israeli-occupation/

  14. Corvinus says:
    @Anonymous

    So you are one of 300,000,000 who let this happen. Are you going to do something about these injustices or remain impotent and hapless and hopeless?

    Dr. X…

    “The Second Amendment, for all practical purposes, does not exist as a “right”…”

    [Laughs] if a person is able to purchase a gun, the Second Amendment still exists.

    Helena…

    “We were only allowed enough freedom and prosperity to be able and willing to build their Wehrmacht and Panopticon.”

    Do you enjoy being road kill, or are you going to lift yourself and actually do something about it?

    Alexander…

    “How tragic is it, for all of us, the day would come when an individual such as Mr Roberts would have to write such an article.”

    He can write the article, it’s just not accurate.

  15. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Jacques Sheete

    I have a book of writings of Anti-Federalists & you are correct.
    My understanding is that the convention in Philly was supposed be to “tweek” the Articles of Confederation, but they were thrown out & the Federalists started over, which they had no authority to do!
    The Anti-Federalists sign on to the constitution after the Bill of Rights were added(at least some did). Nevertheless, even going by just the constitution, we have gotten far away from it.
    Also, Lincoln & his tyranny isn’t mentioned here!

  16. Civilian Asset Forfeiture began under St. Ronnie Reagan…Hey, PCR…did you resign, or
    continue to collect that fat government paycheck?

  17. aandrews says:
    @David

    He’s a true patriot, David. He has my respect.

  18. Agent76 says:

    A Detailed Analysis of Ten Amendments. Just How Many Constitutional Freedoms Have We Lost? How many still remain?

    The 1st Amendment protects speech, religion, assembly and the press: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. The Supreme Court has also interpreted the First Amendment as protecting freedom of association. Of course, Muslims are more or less subject to a separate system of justice in America. And 1st Amendment rights are especially chilled when power has become so concentrated that the same agency which spies on all Americans also decides who should be assassinated.

    http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/10/americans-have-lost-virtually-all-of-our-constitutional-rights.html

    • Replies: @Rehmat
  19. anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Greg Bacon

    The Revolution of 1913 — “The Death of American Federalism”

  20. Rehmat says:
    @Agent76

    Aha! The Ten Commandments.

    Uri Avnery, veteran Israeli journalist and former member of Jewish militia Irgun claimed in 2004 that if Israeli Knesset passed a resolution claiming that The Ten Commandment a forgery – there will be 300 US Congressmen and 70 Senators would vote in favor of Knesset resolution.

    Now read and learn below how these commandments are practiced in the Judo-Christian world.

    https://rehmat1.com/2008/10/19/the-ten-commandments/

  21. @KenH

    Charlotte Twight coined the phrase “Participatory Fascism”.

    It seems about right to me.

  22. @pyrrhus

    Even the Second Amendment has been “cut down” quite a bit. What part of “Congress shall make no law” does SCOTUS not understand?

    That is the First Amendment. The Second reads “the right of the people….. shall not be infringed”

  23. utu says:
    @Bard of Bumperstickers

    My thinking goes along similar lines.

  24. syonredux says:

    A better question:” Does Anglo-America still exist?”

  25. I turned straight to the Comments. Thank G! Confirmation that reading PCR is enough to addle even Doubting Thomas’s brain. Or have I got the direction of causation muddled?

  26. @Jacques Sheete

    Monsieur Sheete, I believe my comment is now the property of either Mr. iSailer or Mr. Unz, so you’d be wise to contact them and/or an attorney on this matter. Were it up to me, I’d be proud to be freely quoted ad infinitum in the spirit of creative commons, with proper attribution, of course. Until then, may I suggest you keep your big, fat, typewriter shut. };^D

    Yes, had Warmerica actually manifested as proclaimed in the Declaration and the Magna Carta, and to a miniscule extent in Hammurabi’s Code (to wit: ya gotta get at least two witnesses to lie for the plaintiff, heh heh), it would have set precedent in liberty and jurisprudence (Citizen jury! Nullification! Rah rah RAH!). The ambitious, narcissistic sociopathocrats ever among us simply could never allow such a thing . . . but, the ultimate truth is that there are a million of them and billions of us, so humanity’s unwarranted domination is over the instant a critical majority of inner-directed souls withdraw their manufactured consent. Etienne de la Boétie is eloquent in this matter:

    “I should like merely to understand how it happens that so many men, so many villages, so many cities, so many nations, sometimes suffer under a single tyrant who has no other power than the power they give him; who is able to harm them only to the extent to which they have the willingness to bear with him; who could do them absolutely no injury unless they preferred to put up with him rather than contradict him. Surely a striking situation! Yet it is so common that one must grieve the more and wonder the less at the spectacle of a million men serving in wretchedness, their necks under the yoke, not constrained by a greater multitude than they…

    “La Boétie concludes his exhortation by assuring the masses that to overthrow the tyrant they need not act, nor shed their blood. They can do so “merely by willing to be free.” In short,

    “Resolve to serve no more, and you are at once freed. I do not ask that you place hands upon the tyrant to topple him over, but simply that you support him no longer; then you will behold him, like a great Colossus whose pedestal has been pulled away, fall of his own weight and break in pieces.”

    READ REST: https://www.lewrockwell.com/1970/01/murray-n-rothbard/overthrowing-the-state/

    The wide dissemination of revisionist history and factually-reframed argument is essential to the propagation of such a majority. “The most common of all follies is to believe passionately in the palpably not true. It is the chief occupation of mankind.” ~H. L. Mencken

  27. @Rehmat

    Dogged persistence, thy name is Rehmat! Dearest apoplectic Qu’ranter, prey tell what is this “Judo-Christian world” to which you make reference? Is it a race of well-trained militants karate-chopping the fear of Yahveh into infidels? They sound treacherous! Do not be reticent with arcana you’re apparently privy to.

    • Replies: @Oldwhig
    , @Clark
  28. marwan says:
    @David

    Just last year, PCR was rejoicing in finally having found a home in Mexico. What does he care if the United States exists? Truth is his country, isn’t it?

    Par for the course with the charlatans plying their trade here . The Saker who detests AngloZionism to the depths of his soul , lives in the capital of AngloZionism , the good old USA and he lives in Florida no less .

  29. joe webb says:

    As usual jews need not appear in any text of Roberts.

    Then there is his Civics Lessons. Gawd!

    Not only would a man from mars not get any information from Roberts on jews, he would not get any information on mexicans, blacks, or the tempest that we are entering which is All Race based.

    (and a little bit economics as in stagnation due to starving the workers, and killing the golden egg laying goose…consumer spending)

    This guy is so out of it…he should be retired to the not-even-funny farm.
    Joe Webb

    • Replies: @Rurik
    , @dahoit
  30. Rurik says:

    America isn’t the (dead) Constitution.

    America is a mindset. With a history. The Constitution only codified it all into law.

    America is the will and the balls to tell wannabe tyrants to fuck off, eat shit and die.

    That is America.

    America is Robert “LaVoy” Finicum

    It’s Leonard Peltier

    It’s Malcolm X and Michael Hastings and Edward Snowden and even Rosie O’Donnell when she demanded we all look at WTC building seven.

    America could suffer the odd treasonous government who’d subvert the Constitution in that eternal lust for power, but so long as we kept our nads, we could persevere. But what’s happened is the character of the country has been diluted by immigration and medical science and prosperity that kept the feeble and moronic alive and breeding more of the same, until the strength and independent nature of the gene pool was poisoned with dregs and the indolent and stupid. Those who during tougher times were weeded out.

    Now the America of our grandfathers is dead. Cold in its grave, and it’s time to move on. To recognize what this country has evolved into. Pajama boy is the best icon for this devolution.

    We all need to accept this and make the best of it. Profit from the decline insofar as you’re able, and plan an escape to a more virtuous place. Let the rot metastasize and say goodbye to a wondrous and sublime experiments in human freedom. It was amazing while it lasted.

    Rest in Peace, my beloved country and the truly great men (and their women!) who slaughtered tyrants and died bloody to bequeath it to us.

    • Replies: @Orville H. Larson
  31. Oldwhig says:
    @Bard of Bumperstickers

    Helena, Well said. Between DaJooz and Christian , Hindu, Buddhist and other kafirs who blight his hate filled universe, he can see only perpetual conspiracy which blocks the Islamist totalitarian goal of a domineering Caliphate.

    • Replies: @Rehmat
  32. The Fourth Amendment prevents police and prosecutors from going on “fishing expeditions”

    well then that’s failed, I’ve personally known cops and they have a contest every month on who gets the biggest “fish” they all put in $10 bucks and at the end of the month the winner gets the jack pot.

    the fish = pulled over for a not working license plate light and ends up the driver has ________________ fill in the blank, the list is endless.

    they even call it “fishing”

    • Replies: @Ace
  33. Rurik says:
    @joe webb

    This guy is so out of it…he should be retired to the not-even-funny farm.

    Personally Joe I think PCR is one of the best we’ve got. Right up there with Pat Buchannan.

    Of course he doesn’t rail against ‘the Jews’ like some kind of Brother Nathanael, or others like David Duke, but that’s not his personality. We should take the good when we can find it and avoid condemning them for not always saying things the way we want them to.

    I certainly don’t always agree with Dr. Roberts on everything anymore than I always agree with Buchannan- or Dr. Duke for that matter. But all of these gentlemen are supremely knowledgeable in their respective fields. (Roberts in economics for instance, Buchannan in history and Duke as far as Jewish shenanigans go).

    We should learn to pluck the gems where we find them, IMHO. And save our rancor for the professional liars like Krugman- or anyone else at the NYT.

    • Replies: @oldnik007
  34. Given that 99.9% of college grads don’t know shit about the Constitution, then it must not exist. Of course, first mission of liberal government is to get the population ignorant about the Constitution so that they could violate the Constitution at-will without protest from citizens. Why no protest against the ongoing and willful violation of the Constitution? No one understands the depths of the violation because no one in 4 generations has been required to study it as part of history or Government courses of education. Make it to pre-law, you will learn that the Constitution is a living, breathing and especially, flexible and violable piece of paper written by dead and irrelevant white guys. What did THEY know, anyway?.

    In other words, the Constitution is nothing more than a piece of paper and a phony promise uttered by the President when taking the oath. Obama is the finest product of the Harvard and Princeton law community and HE clearly doesn’t understand or care for the Constitution. In his actions and words and executive orders, he has made it worth less than the paper it’s written on.

    • Replies: @Ace
  35. Government is a playground for psychopaths. It gives an aura of rightness and approval to their inherent need to do wrong.

    Given the chance, most government supporters would relish the opportunity to have a position of power in government to similarly display their own disgusting psychopathic tendencies.

    Those who espouse the saying my country right or wrong really mean my government right or wrong.

    • Replies: @Orville H. Larson
  36. Priss Factor [AKA "Dominique Francon Society"] says: • Website

    US is an empire of lies.

    Just listen to David Denby give us BS about black students.

    They are ‘nice kids’ with problems. Yeah, nice way to put it.

    And the class has some Jewish teacher making the kids read Tahenisi Coates.

    Worthless lies.

    • Replies: @Jim Christian
  37. Jim says:

    Another question is – Do the American people still exist?

  38. Rehmat says:
    @Oldwhig

    Oldwhig – well said. Present-day Islamist Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi happened to be born into a French Jewish family – just like Christianity’s founder Christ.

    http://topinfopost.com/2014/08/08/isis-leader-al-baghdadi-is-a-jewish-mossad-agent-french-reports

  39. Agent76 says:
    @Rehmat

    My comment and post is about the Bill of Rights and how many we still have if any, and not about the Commandments’ from the Bible!

  40. @pyrrhus

    Your question assumes the benevolence of SCOTUS to the citizens. They’re a political tool, not the third branch, anymore and have not been since 1964.

  41. Marcus says:
    @David

    He can’t be concerned with his birth country’s fate?

  42. “The First Amendment protects the freedom of speech, the press, and assembly or public protest.”

    Interesting there is NO mention of what I consider the most important part of the First Amendment, and the part most often ignored or misinterpreted:

    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

    ….or prohibiting the free exercise thereof !

  43. @David

    why does David think I live in Mexico?

    • Replies: @David
    , @dahoit
  44. crobert says:

    When I read comments sections, I find myself wondering if America can survive the ignorance of is people.

  45. oldnik007 says:
    @Rurik

    if PCR said as some here advocate, the shi storm would negate anything he might be allowed to say, leading to him being silenced. that’s the reality. also for others like pilger, accused of not saying anything about 9/11 by uninformed commentors who have not seen what he had to say in australia some time ago.
    do you, personally, every day and everywhere bring these things to the conversations with your friends and neighbours? how successful is that endeavour?
    think before you leap.

    • Replies: @Rurik
  46. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Unfortunately, it’s all true. Little by little they’ve turned the screws, using the scarecrows of drug kingpins, terrorists and other bad guys to come in and purport to ‘protect’ the public by tightening the handcuffs. Home of the free, land of the brave now exists just in legend and popular mythology. The security state is in place; a couple more turns of the screw and we’ve got a full blown open dictatorship. Just wait for another national ’emergency’.
    Another feature of this is that exploitation of the domestic population is also slowly being ratcheted up. As John Perkins of Economic Hitman fame pointed out how foreign countries were put into debt slavery so now this has been turned inward domestically. Debt slavery is the new form of squeezing people, turning them into indentured servants who can never work themselves free. One such device is student loan debt which is big nowadays. It puts young people into debt bondage right at the outset of their working careers so now they can’t relax a bit but have to start cranking it out right away. The nifty part about debt slavery is that it has the outward appearance of being totally voluntary and it’s all legal. It’s death by a million cuts.

  47. David says:
    @Paul Craig Roberts

    PCR began the article called “The Truth is Our Country” with, “Last week in Mexico… I emphasized that Truth is the country of real journalists. Unlike presstitutes, the loyalty of real journalists is to Truth.” Is this not making light of loyalty to his people, Americans?

    Not to say that a journalist shouldn’t report the truth, but he doesn’t have to contrast doing so to being a loyal American.

    PCR said Hillary should not face “Justice (sic)” for all the crimes relating to her handling of emails because it wasn’t in the Anglo-American tradition. Now he wonders what happened to the rule-of-law in America. You see, a lot of people think this law or that one shouldn’t be enforced and are unlike PCR only in their ability to have a practicle effect.

    PCR chips away at the self-love essential to moral rectitude with his constant use of phrases such as “typical dumbshit Americans,” “Western democracy is a lie, a total sham,” and “entire Western media… too incompetent to do the basic math!” (this last came obviously to include himself when he needed to outsource the explanation of an airplane’s flight envelope).

    PCR amplifies Chicken Little-like every discouraging trend and leaves every myth that might inspire Americans to stand up for themselves specked with spittle and sh-t.

  48. Rurik says:
    @oldnik007

    every day and everywhere bring these things to the conversations with your friends and neighbours?

    you’re right

    we’ve all been very carefully programmed to have a sort of Pavlovian, kneejerk, instinctive response to certain subjects. All very carefully inserted into our collective sub-conscience by experts using sophisticated psychological methods and technology since we were all children. It’s called propaganda and ‘programming’ and it’s extremely effective.

    Mention Nazis, and you get a programmed response. The ultimate evil.

    http://www.tcm.com/mediaroom/video/1128877/Clockwork-Orange-A-Movie-Clip-It-Was-Ludwig-Van.html

    the process wasn’t as overt as what Alex received, but it was just as methodical

    and so now, when anyone mentions “Jews”, it always has the tinge of victimization and only a monster would want to harm those violin playing frail geniuses. And if you criticize ‘Jews’, then it can only mean you’re a closet Nazi and want to push Ann Frank into an oven.

    That’s the paradigm. That’s the running narrative of our collective matrix. And so people have to deftly navigate this emotional mine field with caution and sensitivity. It doesn’t take much to trigger that response. But, like the word ‘racist’, it’s losing its power to bludgeon crime-thoughts. Ted Nugent recently took on the tribe directly, and five years ago he wouldn’t have dared. So there’s leaks in the dyke. And not enough fingers to plug them all.

    In the mean time, you’re right, and people like PCR do well to remain circumspect, at least to a degree.

  49. @Rurik

    A fine essay, and I associate myself with it.

  50. @Drapetomaniac

    “Government is a playground for psychopaths. . . .”

    It attracts torturers, warmongers, and Madeleine Albright. Need I say more?

  51. @Priss Factor

    Tahenisi Coates is a fucking retard. Big star in DC back in the day, he’s a good example of Dindu expectations. He’s one of 5 with four women his father slagged. 5 years at Howard U School for Retards, he never graduated. Of course, he’s turned down regular work at WashPost and NYT, yet even with no degree he gets visiting professor work everywhere. BIG fan of reparations, although I’d say he gets HIS every day. He did however, write a dopey book about his criminal, non-accomplished youth on the streets of Baltimore as a ghetto-child of the 80s and 90s. He’s probably the retard that broke into my truck parked at Malcolm X elementary in West Baltimore while I was installing data and phone lines there in the early 90s. They were going to bridge the “Digital Divide”. Only thing bridged was the divide between the school parking lot and the pawn shop.

    In the end, the project was abandoned because they kept stealing the routers and cutting the cables. And of course, twice they stole the new phone system the Black school administrators were too stupid to learn how to use anyway. Or maybe they hadn’t enough time between thefts? Oh Baltimore is a PEACH of a town. Ha! Last year the Orioles played to an empty stadium because the Dindu wanted to butcher the White folks going to the ball park after a drug dealer died in jail transport. Ye Gods. The politicians discuss the wrong issues.

  52. epebble says:

    Trump, Cruz, Hillary, Sanders – it is as if a supernatural force is sending a strong signal that it is time to wind up the USA. May be we should get the hint and dissolve into a loose federation a la Europe. May be we just can’t produce a leader to handle the tough job of POTUS anymore and it is time we throw the towel before becoming like USSR.

  53. Klokman says:

    We’re right back to the Washington-Adams administrations when all manner of federal persecution took place for maligning the President and his cronies with the Whiskey rebellion and the Sedition Act. Undeclared wars and standing armies (as well as mercenaries) with executive orders prevailing over legislation, the same as then. Precipitous incarceration from contrived evidence and corrupt definition of treason. Keep the name United States, while changing the form to accommodate despotism.

    The Constitution, being a fraudulent act of the delegates, was written precisely to allow all the positive law loopholes we suffer from, and as such is a document that binds nobody. It would never hold up in a court of common law with regard to contracts. The delegates knew it, and the presidents who have violated it since day one have known it. Once the Courts are stacked, there’s no effective legal recourse. Delegates Randolph, Mason, and Gerry refused to sign, but Franklin, weary from years of battling the monarchist/oligarchs, capitulated and signed because he wanted to see something done before he died.

    Yup, our government is doing what it has done since the beginning=>terrorize the world and call it liberty.

    • Replies: @alexander
  54. alexander says:
    @Klokman

    Interesting comment,

    But I think you are full of baloney!

    Our government has been thoroughly hijacked by a bunch of belligerent billionaires, who are probably paying people like you to attempt to ameliorate their shameful and pernicious behavior by seeking to falsely equivocate their bogus wars of aggression, and massive pilfering of taxpayer dollars, with earlier times.

    Our government is not “doing what it has been doing since the beginning-> terrorizing the world and calling it liberty “…..what a crock !

    Rather you seem to be trying to equivocate…. to “massage” the consciences of these bogus big wig “movers and shakers” …..and make them feel better about utilizing “terror fraud” into sucking our country dry of tens of trillions of dollars in barely over a decade.

    Of course you would also seek , on their behalf, to dilute the constitution… and render it meaningless, because that’s what they want to do.

    As though, in your twisted mind, exterminating the constitution, has been job one of our nations representatives, since 1776.

    Please, spare me.

    You seem to epitomize those in power who wish to soften the pain of the awareness of their heinous criminality and their total destruction of our country, by saying…well, its always been done like this, since the beginning…therefore they don’t have to feel so bad about the utter ruination they have created….

    As though there is any remote resemblance between the War of 1812….and defrauding Americans into believing it was “Saddams’ anthrax” .

    Please.

    As though every year since our nations inception, a leader of a foreign country is invited to congress to display his complete ownership or our nations representatives,to the tune of 35 standing ovations, in endorsing his tirades for perpetual war, fraud and insolvency.

    Please.

    As though quadrupling our entire national debt in a mere 15 years, is just business as usual.

    You seem to be one of those contorted anti-Americans who actually believes the Patriot act, should be our “new” constitution in exactly the same way the Nazi party “believed” the Reichstag Fire Decree should be Germany’s.

    As though the US, post 9-11, has always been this way….a nation stewarded by malevolent frauds’s hell bent on exterminating all of Americans liberties, and our country’s entire solvency, in fighting illegal ,bogus, unconstitutional wars of aggression, forever.

    Excuse me for saying so, but what a complete failure of human decency you are, for saying so.

    What a total joke.

    • Agree: Ace
  55. Clark says:

    “The Constitution defines us as a people.” No, it defines our government. “The Bill of Rights describes the civil liberties of citizens…” No, it defines specific God Given freedoms that the gov’t cannot violate. If they were ‘civil liberties’ than the gov’t CAN may take them away; that is the very definition of a civil liberty vs. an inalienable freedom. Liberties are granted, freedom is won and held by those who work to earn it through diligence and hard work. “The Bill of Rights protects citizens from the government…” No, our GUNS protect us; the Constitution simply informs us when to start shooting! It’s no wonder we are in this position when few sites like this one doesn’t even know what the hell they are talking about! Nice try but no dice.

  56. Clark says:
    @Bard of Bumperstickers

    Yeah, especially considering that most of the founders were Deists, who make fun of the idea of a savior who was able to absolve ‘sins’. How I would love more people to read The Age of Reason before they say that they were Judeo Christians. THEY WERE NOT!

  57. dahoit says:
    @Paul Craig Roberts

    Probably an Israeli or Zionist using divide and conquer,which has worked so well for them,as America stumbles in the darkness of our neolibcon criminals.
    Salutations.

  58. dahoit says:
    @KenH

    Zanzibaran dictator?Struts?Slinks around like an Hawaiian bogartian toker(as opposed to a fair sharer of such:)) to me.
    Cruz was born in Canada to a foreign father.Just like what was alleged about Obomba,and their is nada about it in the MSM.Holy moly.

  59. dahoit says:
    @joe webb

    Attacking Jews is an affront to the Constitution.Zionists are the enemy,and yes,they are mostly Jews,but not all Jews are Zionists.
    America is a nation of immigrants,always has been,and deserve Constitutional protections.

  60. Ace says:
    @Jacques Sheete

    The supposed problem of special Framer economic interests has never seemed to me to have any substance.

    Slavery was left in place but wasn’t accorded any particular favored position. The Constitution opened the door to prohibition of importation of slaves opened in 1808. States could not impair the obligations of contract which favored creditors on the surface but all of us really. Contracts ought not to be arbitrarily voided by states.

    If the Framers were in part land speculators and men with interests in shipping, manufacturing, and merchandising, where are the provisions that provide undue protection to those interests?

    The 16th Amendment had to be passed before the real scramble for government boodle could begin in earnest and particular interests made the object of government largess. The Supreme Court had to purposefully betray the people by ceasing to enforce the Commerce Clause. Only then could the federal government swell like a tick, regulate on any and all subjects, and open the door to government agencies becoming captive agencies of particular industry groups.

  61. Ace says:
    @interesting

    That doesn’t make it unconstitutional. Even a pretextual stop is constitutional if there is in fact probably cause to make the stop. Automobile stops are indeed a rich vein to be mined for people with warrants and too much alcohol in them. Whether additional crimes can be discovered in the course of a stop depends on whether the officer can develop additional probable cause to search parts of the vehicle that may not be searched for stops because of defective equipment or minor traffic violations. Drivers frequently give consent to searches they do not need to give.

    I don’t accept that officer misconduct is widespread. The officers’ contest you describe is unobjectionable so long as they observe the law on search and seizure.

  62. Ace says:
    @Jim Christian

    The malfeasance of one official is nothing to write home about. The Framers and Ratifiers understood they would appear from time to time (FTTT). What they did not foresee is cowardice on the part of the majority in the House of Representatives who resolutely refuse either to impeach Obama or defund his unconstitutional conduct. Ryan just signed off on a laundry list of disgraceful items. There are little old ladies out there with more fight in them than that jasper.

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