Accelerating Toward Totalitarianism

The seriousness of our decline in terms of honoring the Constitution and the Rule of Law cannot be overestimated. The US is slowly seeing its form of government disappear and the rate of deterioration is suddenly accelerating.

Massive change rarely comes all at once. It comes in small increments, almost unnoticed, until one day it is recognized but too late to reverse. That is exactly how the institutional metamorphosis from the most cultured nation in the world degenerated into Nazi Germany.

Doug Casey’s comments regarding this process are below. The process that 1930s Germany went through is scarily similar to the neglect and lack of concern by American citizens:

David Galland recently read They Thought They Were Free: The Germans, 1933-45, by Milton Mayer. He quoted a passage in his column of last Friday. It goes a long way in explaining why Americans appear to be such whipped dogs today. They’re no different from the Germans of recent memory. For those who missed it, let me quote it:

“You see,” my colleague went on, “one doesn’t see exactly where or how to move. Believe me, this is true. Each act, each occasion, is worse than the last, but only a little worse. You wait for the next and the next. You wait for one great shocking occasion, thinking that others, when such a shock comes, will join with you in resisting somehow. You don’t want to act, or even talk, alone; you don’t want to ‘go out of your way to make trouble.’ … In the university community, in your own community, you speak privately to your colleagues, some of whom certainly feel as you do; but what do they say? They say, ‘It’s not so bad’ or ‘You’re seeing things’ or ‘You’re an alarmist.’

“These are the beginnings, yes; but how do you know for sure when you don’t know the end, and how do you know, or even surmise, the end? On the one hand, your enemies, the law, the regime, the Party, intimidate you. On the other, your colleagues pooh-pooh you as pessimistic or even neurotic… the one great shocking occasion, when tens or hundreds or thousands will join with you, never comes. That’s the difficulty. If the last and worst act of the whole regime had come immediately after the first and smallest, thousands, yes, millions would have been sufficiently shocked… But of course this isn’t the way it happens. In between come all the hundreds of little steps, some of them imperceptible, each of them preparing you not to be shocked by the next. Step C is not so much worse than Step B, and, if you did not make a stand at Step B, why should you at Step C?”

The quote from Mayer is truly frightening. I use these comments not to suggest that we are becoming Nazi Germany, but to show that the loss of freedom is subtle and slow until it reaches some critical point where people are afraid or unable to act. Are we on this path toward totalitarianism? Unless we reverse some recent legislation, it may already be too late. Unless we respect the law and individual freedom, that is exactly where we will end up. It is time to return to basic principles while we still can.

The acceleration of this decline under President Obama is frightening. From Doug Ross@Journal comes this list of likely abuses of the Constitution and usurping of powers never intended. All but the last one qualify:

• First President to Violate the War Powers Act

• First President to issue an unlawful “recess-appointment” while the U.S. Senate remained in session (against the advice of his own Justice Department).

• First President to be Held in Contempt of Court for Illegally Obstructing Oil Drilling in the Gulf of Mexico

• First President to Defy a Federal Judge’s Court Order to Cease Implementing the ‘Health Care Reform’ Law

• First President to halt deportations of illegal aliens and grant them work permits, a form of stealth amnesty roughly equivalent to “The DREAM Act”, which could not pass Congress

• First President to Require All Americans to Purchase a Product From a Third Party

• First President to Spend a Trillion Dollars on ‘Shovel-Ready’ Jobs — and Later Admit There Was No Such Thing as Shovel-Ready Jobs

• First President to sue states for requiring valid IDs to vote, even though the same administration requires valid IDs to travel by air

• First President to Abrogate Bankruptcy Law to Turn Over Control of Companies to His Union Supporters

• First President to Bypass Congress and Implement the DREAM Act Through Executive Fiat

• First President to Threaten Insurance Companies After They Publicly Spoke out on How Obamacare Helped Cause their Rate Increases

• First President to Threaten an Auto Company (Ford) After It Publicly Mocked Bailouts of GM and Chrysler

• First President to “Order a Secret Amnesty Program that Stopped the Deportations of Illegal Immigrants Across the U.S., Including Those With Criminal Convictions

• First President to Demand a Company Hand Over $20 Billion to One of His Political Appointees

• First President to Terminate America’s Ability to Put a Man into Space.

• First President to Encourage Racial Discrimination and Intimidation at Polling Places

• First President to Have a Law Signed By an ‘Auto-pen’ Without Being “Present”

• First President to Arbitrarily Declare an Existing Law Unconstitutional and Refuse to Enforce It

• First President to Tell a Major Manufacturing Company In Which State They Are Allowed to Locate a Factory

• First President to refuse to comply with a House Oversight Committee subpoena.

• First President to File Lawsuits Against the States He Swore an Oath to Protect (AZ, WI, OH, IN, etc.)

• First President to Withdraw an Existing Coal Permit That Had Been Properly Issued Years Ago

• First President to Fire an Inspector General of Americorps for Catching One of His Friends in a Corruption Case

• First President to Propose an Executive Order Demanding Companies Disclose Their Political Contributions to Bid on Government Contracts

• First President to allow Mexican police to conduct law enforcement activities on American soil

• First President to Golf 90 or More Times in His First Three Years in Office

When one looks at the totality of what has happened in just three years, one cannot be optimistic. If Congress had a spine or principles, it would have stopped most of these actions. The fact that it didn’t removes the major check and balance from a truly imperial Presidency.

Without a meaningful separation of powers as provided for by the Founders, the presidency becomes no different than a dictatorship.

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11 Comments

  1. Thanks for the synopsis.

    Meanwhile the press smiles and plays “Happy Days are Here Again”.

    Toss in the $16,000,000,000,000 of debt, record unemployment, record poverty etc. and one can see America no longer exists. It’s been replaced by the USSA, and perhaps something worse to come. Misery, poverty, violence etc are all trademarks of EVERY socialist state yet this is what the regressives push for. Facts, history and an ability to think are things beyond the regressives.

    1. Implied in your conclusion is the assumption the political class gives a damn about citizens. They do only to the extent they need to for re-election. I suspect you don’t believe this.

      If enough people believe they are beneficiaries under socialism, they will become “vote-mules” to win the next election. Also, never rule out power and wealth (political self-interest) as the underlying political motivations.

  2. It’s funny when I was reading this I was thinking about Bush. Then when I realized it was an Obama hit piece, it lost all of it’s credibility. Bush was shredding our rights and the constitution long before we even new who Obama was. We’re all doomed until we realize they’re all in it together; doesn’t matter which party, and the strings are being pulled by the super wealthy.

  3. “The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government — lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.” – Patrick Henry

  4. Hi Monty. A prescient article similar to the old frog in boiling water parable (although I’ve read that the frog story isn’t true, but I really don’t want to torture a poor frog to find out for myself). Where did Americans go wrong? I think there’s two aspects of our problem. First and foremost is massive hispanic immigration into our country (thanks Ted Kennedy). Of course people sharing my view are called racists, although nothing could be further from the truth. Its a matter of culture.

    This colonization by these invaders provide ready made socialists for the democrat machine. Those of us that live out in red America don’t grasp the third world nature of our major cities that contain such a large bulk of voters. Even television keeps America asleep as we see probably 90 percent of all television actors that are white people of northern European descent. It lulls us into thinking that things are demographically well.

    But white America is to blame too. The rebellious nature of pampered young people back in the 60′s led to a lifetime of feeling entitled. Thinking that life was just one big party, they partied and made no provisions for their future. Too many gravitated to their peers that took over the democrat party. Feeling the pressure, the harvest of their sowing, too many are willing to look to an all powerful government to make up the deficits that they created in their own lives.

    How will this end? Almost certainly in disaster. But nations and empires have come and gone throughout history and America will likely go too, at least as we’ve known it. Personally, I think that secession is the only viable solution. Red state Americans need to really hammer down on electing good governors and legislators. The time will come when states will have to make a choice, when citizens will have to make a choice.

    I think the European collapse is extending our pretending, they actually make us look good. The concerns over our own dire financial situation seems to have faded. Instead of feeling the pressure to do something, politicians get to pretend a little longer. Heck even Obama has gotten a bump lately, how pathetic considering that his every move is just further destruction of our economy and the fabric of our nation.

    Well anyway, have a good day.

  5. On going currency debasement by the world central banks has finally had a major consequence. Today, June 5, 2011, was a pivotal day in financial history, as all forms of fiat wealth, that is currencies, stocks, commodities, and bonds, turned lower in value, while the chart of the gold ETF, GLD, shows an increased in value. Bad central bank credit policies have destabilized all fiat financial instruments, especially global financials, IXG, and world treasury bonds, BWX. Diktat is rising as a form of money, which is driving the world into regionalization for security and stability. A Global Eurasia war will be waged in Syria and Iran.

    Fears of sovereign insolvency and banking insolvency turned currencies, stocks, commodities, and bonds lower today.

    World Currencies and Emerging Market Currencies traded lower.

    The trade lower in Germany’s Deutsche Bank, and Spain’s Banco Santander, lead European Financials, lower, which turned World Financials, lower. Spain, Italy, and lead Europe, lower.

    Falling currencies turned the world’s mining stocks and the world’s mining and steel ETFs lower. Energy stocks also turned lower today. Natural resource investing became more unprofitable due to falling currency values. Debt deflation and exhaustion of central bank credit, is causing an unwinding of carry trade investment and stimulating derisking out of natural resource stocks worldwide.

    It is the world central banks’ bad credit policies that are making money bad. Bad money is destabilizing the world economically and politically. We are witnessing the beginning of the end of the AAA era. Richard Russell, publisher of Dow Theory Letters said in King World News interview, We are watching the greatest debt bubble in history about to deflate, and it won’t be a pretty sighThe investment, political and economic tectonic plates are shifting, and an authoritarian tsunami is on the way.

    Seigniorage, that is moneyness, will no longer come from banking and national governments, but rather come from the diktat of regional sovereigns. Currencies are now sinking, and global financial derisking and deleveraging is underway, with the result that the new dynamo of diktat is driving economic and political action. Political capital is replacing investment capital. The seigniorage of fiat money, is being replaced by the seigniorage of diktat.

    With the death of fiat money, regional global governance is rising to replace sovereign nation states, as nations loose their debt sovereignty. This is foretold in bible prophecy of Revelation 13:1-4 and Daniel 2:31-33. Life in the Euro zone will be characterised by collectivism, as statism rises to govern all.

    The only way to preserve wealth is to buy and take possession of gold bullion.
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