Ron Paul: Celebrate Independence Day By Opposing Government Tyranny

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Submitted by Ron Paul via The Ron Paul Institute,

This week Americans will enjoy Independence Day with family cookouts and fireworks. Flags will be displayed in abundance. Sadly, however, what should be a celebration of the courage of those who risked so much to oppose tyranny will instead be turned into a celebration of government, not liberty. The mainstream media and opportunistic politicians have turned Independence Day into the opposite of what was intended.
 
The idea of opposing — by force if necessary — a tyrannical government has been turned into a celebration of tyrannical government itself!

The evidence is all around us.
 
How would the signers of the Declaration of Independence have viewed, for example, the Obama Administration’s “drone memo,” finally released last week, which claims to justify the president’s killing American citizens without charge, judge, jury, or oversight? Is this not a tyranny similar to that which our Founders opposed? And was such power concentrated in one branch of government not what inspired the rebellion against the English king in the first place?
 
The “drone memo,” released after an ACLU freedom of information request, purports to establish the president alone as the arbiter of who is or is not a terrorist subject to execution by the US government. There is no due process involved, just the determination of the president. Thus far the only American citizens killed by the president are Anwar al-Awlaki and his teenaged son, but the precedent has been established, according to the memo, that the president has the authority to kill Americans he believes are terrorists.
 
Even the New York Times, which generally backs whatever US administration is in power, is troubled by the White House’s legal justification to claim the authority to kill Americans. A Times editorial last week concluded that:

...the memo turns out to be a slapdash pastiche of legal theories — some based on obscure interpretations of British and Israeli law — that was clearly tailored to the desired result.

I agree with the New York Times’ conclusion that, “[t]his memo should never have taken so long to be released, and more documents must be made public. The public is still in the dark on too many vital questions.”
 
Coincidentally, in addition to the “drone memo” released last week, a broader study of the US use of drones was also released by the Stimson Center. The study, co-chaired by Gen. John Abizaid, former U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) commander, concluded that contrary to claims that drones help prevent wider conflicts by targeting specific individuals, the use of drones “may create a slippery slope leading to continual or wider wars.”
 
In fact, the study concluded, the use of drones overseas is likely counterproductive. “Civilian casualties, even if relatively few, can anger whole communities, increase anti-US sentiment and become a potent recruiting tool for terrorist organizations,” the study found.
 
Seven years ago I wrote in an Independence Day column:

Only the safe-guards and limitations that are enshrined in a constitutionally-limited republic can prohibit a nation from lurching toward empire...I hope every person who reads or hears this will take the time to go back and read the Declaration of Independence. Only by recapturing the spirit of independence can we ensure our government never resembles the one from which the American States declared their separation.

On Independence Day we should remember the spirit of rebellion against tyranny that inspired our Founding Fathers to set out our experiment in liberty. We should ourselves celebrate and continue that struggle if we are to keep our republic.

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Fri, 07/04/2014 - 12:24 | 4924710 OceanX
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I'm celebrating by going back to the Linux OS!

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 12:35 | 4924739 RevRex
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We must elect our first Lesbian President for real change......

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 12:42 | 4924754 G.O.O.D
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Yes, we must let the village raise the family. We are in for a mega shitstorm when the wicked witch of the world order gets her talons around the levers. Look to these as the good ole days, you are going to miss them.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 13:49 | 4924905 CH1
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we must...

We must stop obeying people we know to be liars and thieves.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 13:52 | 4924915 Anusocracy
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People must realize that there is no right to form a government.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 15:03 | 4925057 Anusocracy
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Downvoters, please show me the right.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 16:03 | 4925258 CH1
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Downvoters, please show me the right.

They can't, of course, but they "just know." That's how operant conditioning works.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 16:18 | 4925301 Harbanger
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I down voted him.  No Society in history has or ever will exist without some form of Governance, whether you like it or not.  The question is what form of governance you will tolerate, and what will you do to ensure it represents the will of the governed.  Any thoughts on what may work in our real world,  utopian dreams are for bitchez?

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 16:28 | 4925338 jbvtme
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he Colonial 1% (mostly masons) were sitting around the fireplace one night in 1774 digesting their slave made and slave cultivated meals, sipping french cognac. one says to the other "how will we obtain more indian land on which to grow our tobacco and enlarge our estates?  why don't we just march on them and take it?  that won't work as we could never build a force big enough PLUS we'd have england, france, germany and russia to contend with. to say nothing of the opposition from the frontier by our own people.  what can we do says one?  why not claim that england is tyrannizing us with taxation? that might work and then the french (without whose help the war could not be won and who hated england) and the germans (who also wanted to neutralize english empire) will enter as our allies and not our foes. plus, when we're done france will be bankrupt and we can steal her land to the west for a song. excellent idea, they all agreed. and a revolution was born.  what shall we call this land grab?  why not a war of independance?" they declared. suddenly they all started laughing..."we're going to need the help of some historians."

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 16:50 | 4925393 Harbanger
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You have no idea WTF you're talking about, there's so much BS it's impossible to respond.   If it's right for you just go with it.  I would feel pity for you but I've lost all sympathy.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 18:22 | 4925609 Not Too Important
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He's really not that far off. If you believe there was a 'war' in the first place. Masons killing Masons in those days? I think not.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 19:36 | 4925723 hedgeless_horseman
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At least I still have free will, and that is no small thing.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 22:01 | 4925915 Harbanger
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What it means to be an American needs to be understood again HH.  We have always been different and for good reason.  After the global reset we have to define ourselves again, clearly and with purpose.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 10:44 | 4926408 Analyse2
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"we have to define ourselves again"

Well said. It begins by trying to know the true US History - outside Hollywood glorifications and childish cartoons

This week Americans will enjoy Independence. The fact is that they wouldn't be celebrating the birth of this Nation today without the French.

This leads to a few embarrassing questions:

- Have the French ever been invited to the celebrations - like the American are kindly invited in Normandy every year for the remembering of D-Day June 6, 1944 (this year with Obama)?

- Where is the memorial in Washington for the 5,000 sailors of French Navy who died for US Independence at the battle of the Chesapeake, and for the French soldiers led by Comte de Rochambeau (more than half of the fighting troops) at the decisive battle of Yorktown?

Happy 4th of July

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 17:49 | 4925539 Libertarian777
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this is a oft-quoted miscontruction of the libertarian argument.

Most liberatrians are against a large CENTRAL (i.e. federal) government.

While large state government (like California) is no better, it is easier to control and closer to the people than an unaccountable king 2500 miles away.

People also confuse government for 'organization'. Lack of government doesn't mean libertarians don't like to plan or are against organizations. 

 

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 15:33 | 4925174 PoliticalRefuge...
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  I didn't abandon the US, the US abandoned me.

..Every decent man comes to the realization he is ashamed of the government he lives under...H L Mencken.

  I cannot respect an utterly duplicitous and criminal enterprise any longer- I certainly owe no allegiance to a criminal cartel so this is just a day of mourning for many of us..

 

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 22:36 | 4925962 Redhotfill
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Heil Hillary!

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 13:14 | 4924835 NOTW777
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"A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people."  ring any bells?

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 13:17 | 4924843 NOTW777
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"But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 13:25 | 4924863 G.O.O.D
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Ok, you charge that tank with your .22 rifle and I will video it for the youtubeular. We will get this "throw off the gov" idea of which you speak under way.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 13:51 | 4924911 CH1
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Just stop obeying.

Why is that scarier than shedding blood?

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 14:06 | 4924952 Anusocracy
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Government rules by the consent of the useless idiots.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 10:17 | 4931416 N2OJoe
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As demonstrated by the Ukranians, Molotov's are more effective than .22's... and cheaper too!

Though the .22 may come in handy when the hatch pops open.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 14:12 | 4924968 G.O.O.D
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Ok you try not paying the IRS and see what happens. Believe me from experience, you wont like the end results.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 14:31 | 4925018 Anusocracy
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Depends on what sort of lifestyle you want.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 14:49 | 4925054 Harbanger
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Is living in a civilized society free of tyranny too much to ask?  There's no freedom in running.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 14:54 | 4925064 Anusocracy
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That's why I'm for panarchism.

Voluntarily enslaved and voluntarily free coexisting side by side.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 14:59 | 4925080 Harbanger
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Never happen, the free will inspire the enslaved to revolt.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 15:10 | 4925097 Anusocracy
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Eventually. Beliefs will prevail at first, the reason for rejecting them must be greater.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 16:29 | 4925220 jbvtme
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moved

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 14:20 | 4924990 sessinpo
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CH1    Just stop obeying.

Why is that scarier than shedding blood?

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Who says you won't shed blood by not obeying?

Government has the monopoly on legalized violence.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 14:50 | 4925052 Jumbotron
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Just stop obeying.

Why is that scarier than shedding blood?

What examples can you share.....hhhmm?

Have you stopped paying ALL your taxes....Federal, State, Local, Property ?

Have you stopped paying for your car tag....your government mandated car insurance in order to have a driver's license and even paying for the driver's license itself ?

Do you refuse to pay the asked price for EVERYTHING until the check out counter person subtracts Sales Tax ?

Shut the fuck up.  You OBEY every....single.....waking....minute of the day.  How do I know?  Because government goons have not come knocking on your door demanding you obey and pay up at the tip of a gun.  And you haven't died yet defending your right to disobey.  So shut the fuck up.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 15:14 | 4925112 Anusocracy
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There are millions and millions of people that don't pay taxes.

They are .gov employees that return taxes and those in businesses that only have .gov as a client.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 15:27 | 4925152 Jumbotron
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That fact has nothing to do with not obeying our masters as proposed by CH!  The people who don't pay taxes....(and I assume you mean Fed and/or State) are not payinng taxes through disobendience.  It's just because of their income status, the state they live in etc.  If they buy ANYTHING they pay a tax either direct sales tax or a tax that has already been appropriated on the raw goods that made up the finished good they may have bought tax free.

My income is so low per my family size that I have not paid Federal Income tax in nearly 10 years.  I don't even have Fed taxes withheld from my paycheck anymore.  I pay no state income tax....(Florida).  But I pay every other tax.....(S.S., Medicaid, sales, property, driver's license, car tag, hunting and fishing "fees".

And even if all these things were tax free in Florida the prices of everythng reflect taxs appropriated on the raw goods that went into the manufacture of the finished good.

EVERYBODY obeys.  There is not....nor will there ever be....a time in which ANY of us can ever truly disobey the system.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 16:14 | 4925289 CH1
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Ah, so it has to be either 0% or 100%?

20% or 40% or 60% don't exist?

They do in my world.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 16:08 | 4925274 CH1
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Shut the fuck up. 

Hit a nerve, did I?

You OBEY every.... single..... waking.... minute of the day. 

No, I don't.

How do I know?  Because government goons have not come knocking on your door demanding you obey and pay up at the tip of a gun.  And you haven't died yet defending your right to disobey. 

Sorry to disappoint you, but dot-guv is not God. Nor are they geniuses, nor are they even average.

So shut the fuck up.

No, I think I'll disobey you. Have a nice day.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 16:32 | 4925348 Jumbotron
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You OBEY every.... single..... waking.... minute of the day. 

No, I don't.

Lying, self deluded cunt.....you do.  

 

How do I know?  Because government goons have not come knocking on your door demanding you obey and pay up at the tip of a gun.  And you haven't died yet defending your right to disobey. 

Sorry to disappoint you, but dot-guv is not God. Nor are they geniuses, nor are they even average.

Thanks for answering my charge that .Gov goons have not harassed you for not obeying their rules.  You do obey....therefore no harrassement....even to the point of imprisonment and death]


 

So shut the fuck up.

No, I think I'll disobey you. Have a nice day.

I said that not as an order to obey or disobey.  Just to see if you are a mouthy little cunt that talks big about disobedience but really does nothing about it.  Thanks for clarifying you are.  Have a nice, deluded day.


 

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 18:11 | 4925592 Exponere Mendaces
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Jumbotron is one of those "special" forum posters that thinks things in bold and saying fuck fuck fuck is the way to "win".

He's a parody of himself, the typical middle-aged white american idiot that can't understand why most of the world looks down on him and his government. Keep on shouting you rube, if only to provide ample warning for those who would rather cross the street.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 14:15 | 4924976 Harbanger
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Today we wouldn't have the courage or conviction to sign the death warrant known as the Declaration of Independence.
Instead we whine like little bitchez, knock anyone who doesn't meet our full expectations of perfection, and hope for a Prince to come save us.  Bitchez submit, they don't control their destiny.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 16:15 | 4925298 CH1
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Today we wouldn't have the courage or conviction to sign the death warrant known as the Declaration of Independence.

There are such people at all times.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 16:26 | 4925330 Harbanger
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Of course, but they are not united, they are disorganized and think bitchin will make a difference.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 22:39 | 4925964 Redhotfill
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Obviously you don't know that 22 ammo is impossible to find these days

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 14:10 | 4924962 Anusocracy
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"ruler of a free people"

Free people don't have rulers.

Take off your blinders.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 14:21 | 4924995 Harbanger
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That's right, Free people have representatives not rulers.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 14:43 | 4925039 Anusocracy
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As an Asperger's, I assume that's sarcasm.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 14:57 | 4925072 Harbanger
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I'm the ruler of my home, which by extension is a tribe.  There's no democracy in my tribe.  I'm a member of a social group.  We elect a representative, I've ruled over the tribes of others, now someone else does.  What do you mean?

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 15:17 | 4925123 Anusocracy
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Families are nascent governments.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 15:31 | 4925169 Harbanger
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Good point.  The larger society is an outgrowth of the basic tribal family unit.   Liberty is our human evolution beyong the dependance on chief daddy tribal figure, but it requires direct involvement and appreciation

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 13:22 | 4924856 junction
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Why Linux OS?                                                                                        ----                                                                                                Two jokes for the day.  For today only, July 4th, an escort service is providing the services of one of its prostitutes for $17.76.  But only if the guy is a Minuteman.

Joke #2 is Obama describing himself as a constitutional scholar.  The kill list  Obama claims is no different than a bill of attainder, which the U.S. Constitution specifically prohibits.

"The Constitution prohibits both the federal government (in Article I, Section 9) and the states (in Article I, Section 10, Clause 1) from passing either bills of attainder or ex post facto laws. The Framers considered freedom from bills of attainder and ex post facto laws so important that these are the only two individual liberties that the original Constitution protects from both federal and state intrusion. 

In common law, bills of attainder were legislative acts that, without trial, condemned specifically designated persons or groups to death."

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 13:52 | 4924916 CH1
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Linux Mint for the win.

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