Webmaster's note: This was written during the Nixon administration. It seems fundamentally little has changed since then! Please note that by posting this I do not "hate America" as some have accused me. I served 4 years in the USAF and swore to defend the Constitution of the USA. I am merely trying to wake the country up to see the root of its problems.
THE ONLY WAY THAT THE PRESIDENT CAN GET A DICTATORIAL CONTROL on the country is to get control of the Supreme Court. You see, it's supposed to be a balanced government: You know, the legislative branch, Congress; the judicial branch, the Court; and the executive branch, the President. If any two of those can get together, they can control the other. Well, it's not likely the Supreme Court and Congress are going to make a dictator because there are plenty of both of them. It's not likely that the President is going to be able to control the Congress too well and become a dictatorship. But, if he can get control of five men!--In order to become a dictator in the United States, you only have to control five men.
THE PRESIDENT HAS TO ONLY CONTROL FIVE MEN IF HE WANTS TO BE DICTATOR. Those five men are five Supreme Court justices. He can then tell them what he wants and what he doesn't want. He can have them declare any law that he doesn't like unconstitutional, because it's purely a matter of opinion, judicial opinion.
THEN THE CONGRESS IS TOTALLY HAMSTRUNG. They are absolutely ineffective because they cannot pass one single law against him. The Supreme Court will throw it out as unconstitutional. He can declare any law unconstitutional he doesn't like, so that they can't do anything unless they pass laws to suit him.
IN OTHER WORDS, THEY JUST HAVE TO GIVE UP in disgust and go home, for he's got the whip hand: "Now you pass the law the way I want it or I'm going to veto it; if you pass it by a two-thirds majority I'll have the Supreme Court veto it." They can override his veto with a two-thirds majority, but if they do, he can have it thrown out by the Supreme Court. So, once he gets control of five men in the Supreme Court he has got it made, if he wants to be a dictator!
THERE HAVE BEEN SEVERAL MEN WHO HAVE HAD THAT KIND OF MAJORITY to work with, but they were benign Presidents. They were good men who were trying to do the country good and they weren't trying to be a dictator. But there have been two men in American history, both of whom wanted to be dictators and they wanted to get control of the country, and they did it the same way.
THE FIRST WAS FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT, and he did it for the good of the poor man. He was a socialist, definitely a socialist. He did more to help the poor than almost any ruler of America in their history. The country was desperate, in the midst of a depression. Then they got into a war. But the way he did it was to get control of the Supreme Court. He had a five-man liberal majority on the Supreme Court. This is why there was such a hassle over these new appointees for the Supreme Court in this recent thing of the President.
YOU SEE, ROOSEVELT WAS ON HIS FOURTH TERM and there was no limit to the number of terms. He could have been re-elected. As long as he lived they would have re-elected him because he was an extremely popular, benign dictator, a beneficial dictator for the poor man. He just absolutely crippled the big corporations. He was totally socialising America.
I HAVE THE FEELING THAT IT WAS SORT OF GOING TO HIS HEAD. A ruler and leader gets a little puffed up in his head and begins to think he's really a god. God won't stand for it. The Lord just took him like that when he was posing for his portrait. He had a sudden heart attack and died during his fourth term.
HE HAD IT MADE. He was a dictator and he had the whole country in the palm of his hand, both the people and the Congress. He had the Congress willing to do almost anything he wanted them to do. He'd been in for four terms, so that with the people behind him they'd elect congressmen that worked with him, and he had the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court was the way he got started.
CONGRESS CAN'T DO A THING unless it's the way the President wants it.
ONCE A PRESIDENT FIRST OF ALL GETS DICTATORIAL CONTROL of the legal apparatus of the government, he can rule the country legally from the top. He can control the leaders. First he gets control of the leaders, then by monopolising the source of information, he gets control of the people and he's got it made. The President is on his way to making himself a permanent dictator if he possibly can.
AFTER FDR DIED, the people then were concerned that maybe another President not quite as benign and good as FDR would try to pull the same stunts and do the same tricks and get control like he did. So they passed a law in the United States forbidding a President to hold more than two terms of office after that. The President has got four years now to work with to fix it so he's in permanently, if he can.
IF ANY LEADER OF ANY COUNTRY HAS ENOUGH POWER, all he has to do is even have that law about the limit on the terms of the Presidency brought before the Supreme Court for consideration and have it cast out as unconstitutional. I mean there are all kinds of ways, gimmicks, you can work through.
THE ONLY WAY AMERICA CAN HAVE PLENTY IS WITH WAR. American economy, Western economy, Capitalist economy can thrive only on war.
NO UNGODLY LEADER CAN SOLVE THE PROBLEM OF HAVING BOTH PEACE AND PLENTY without war. God is the only One Who can give them peace and plenty at the same time.--I mean all that they need. As long as a nation demands more than they need, in other words more than plenty, they demand absolute excess, extravagant luxury.--They have to rob the poor to get it, and to rob the poor to get it they have to wage war.
THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE BEEN MAKING WAR AND MAKING MONEY in their war jobs and their high salaries at the expenses of the poor Vietnamese. In fact, almost all American industries, even non-war industries, are making money at the expense of the poor of other nations of the world.
IN ORDER TO DO SO YOU HAVE TO ROB them, in a sense, to have your plenty, not plenty, but more than enough, I mean far more than you ought to have, more than your share. Now you may not do it at the point of a gun as is often done. You may just do it in a matter of trade, like two guys living next door to each other. Let's say you're the poor guy and I'm the rich guy. You have things I need: certain things, foodstuffs and whatnot that I need, you might say necessities. I have certain things you need, manufactured items and so on. But I want the lion's share. I want to live in luxury and have the most of everything. So I charge you unreasonably high prices for my stuff and I refuse to pay more than rock-bottom prices for yours.
THIS IS WHAT THEY CALL A COMMERCIAL WAR, and it means in order to get my luxury I am starving you to death. I'm exchanging my luxuries for your necessities while at the same time I am charging you high prices for them. I can sell you things you need, necessities, and charge you extremely high prices for them that you can't really afford and it's impoverishing you to get them. It's making you poor and starving you to get them. In other words I am living in luxury at your expense.
AMERICA HAS BEEN LIVING IN LUXURY AT THE WORLD'S EXPENSE while other nations are starving. America has had high prices on everything and yet has refused to pay high prices for goods because other nations are so poor and they are glad to get anything. Other nations sell their labour and goods at rock-bottom prices, starvation prices and work at starvation wages and America reaps the benefits. America buys their goods at their cheap prices and sells them hers at sky high prices. So America lives in luxury while they live in poverty and starvation. You think God's going to bless them? No!
IN FACT, QUITE OFTEN THE DEAR STARVING NEIGHBOUR GETS FED UP with it and starts a war himself, and this is literally what happened in both the cases of Germany and Japan. Germany and Japan got fed up with it and they began to make commercial war on America by underselling in the rest of the world's markets and stealing America's trade, so to speak, with the rest of the world. Since they could work for less wages and have a lower standard of living they could charge lower prices and the rest of the world bought from them instead.
YOU CANNOT CONTINUE TO LIVE EXTRAVAGANTLY, wastefully and even waste your neighbours' things, such as in Vietnam, or waste in another way with commercial warfare. You cannot continue. God wouldn't let it go on forever, and getting out of the war is not going to make it any better. The U.S. simply chose the lesser of the two evils to get out of the war because at the same time that the war was helping the labour at home make more money, it was also terribly wasting the nation's total assets in materials that were just being thrown away in Vietnam. War is nothing but a waste.
WAR IS TOTAL WASTE, the most total waste there is--destructive waste: Not only the materials but the way it wastes the other country you're making war on. All the bombs dropped, for example, are very expensive bombs, a total waste for they not only waste materials but they waste the poor people they fall on! They are a dual waste, destructive waste, and God is not going to put up with it.
IT CAN'T LAST MUCH LONGER, the economy at home is in trouble, the government is going bankrupt and of course governments always try to hide this from the people as much as they can. Now he's getting control of the source of information and the news media so that he can really hide what's happening, so the people won't know it.
DID YOU KNOW THERE ARE GERMANS WHO STILL REFUSE TO BELIEVE THAT HITLER WAS SLAUGHTERING MILLIONS of Jews, and he went clear through the war and most of the German people didn't know it? His security was so tight and his control of the news media was so tight that the German people themselves, the vast majority of Germans, knew nothing about the way these Jews were being absolutely annihilated.
THEY KNEW THEY HAD CONCENTRATION CAMPS for Jews because Hitler put them there to protect the nation and protect the Jews from the nation. But what they didn't know was that they were systematically annihilating them in those concentration camps. Only a few people who were within knew it.
THERE IS A FAMOUS TRUE STORY of one incident where a Nazi officer's wife boarded by accident a German-Jewish train loaded with German Jews who were being taken to a concentration camp. She was horrified when she discovered where she was, who these people were and where they were going. They were going by the thousands to this concentration camp.
THE SECURITY WAS SO TIGHT that since this was a train going there for annihilation, she was forced to go right along with them. This is a known case. She was gassed with all the rest of them lest she get out and let it be known. Well, that's security!!
THE GERMAN PEOPLE DIDN'T EVEN KNOW what was happening. Up until the very end of the war they thought they were winning it because that's what Hitler told them. That's how well a dictator can control the news media and thereby control the people, and this is exactly what the President is accomplishing right now.
UP UNTIL NOW (1973) THE KOREAN WAR WAS THE LONGEST WAR America's ever fought. She lost more men in Korea than in any other war. Now, Vietnam is the longest war and has cost more lives than any war she has ever fought. Ten years, almost ten years they were fighting this war.
BUT YOU SEE, THAT'S THE WAY THE LEADERS WANT IT: Be a little more tempered in your warfare, and you can stretch out the economy a little longer and the war--caused economic boom lasts longer that way. It doesn't skyrocket so fast. It kind of keeps on a nice higher level. But sooner or later it has to come to an end. Now it's come to an end. Now with the economic controls and so on he may be able to slow the deflationary spiral of depression, but the people will not stand for sacrifice, they will not stand for living on only necessities, they will not stand for a mere essential economy of agrarianism and production of food clothing, shelter and so on.
THEY'RE SELFISH AND THEY WANT THEIR SELFISH RICHES. They will choose some other kind of a war again. It just could be that when he sees that they're not going to be able to make it at home, they'll look around to see where they could afford to have a war that would inspire the economy and the faith of the people again--by that time it just might be Vietnam again. (Iraq?)
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