Saturday Book Review: Ron Paul Liberty Defined: Executive Power

by wisdomhunt

If I can stomach it, I intend to review Liberty Defined chapter-by-chapter so that you never have to read it.

Most of the time, [executive power] is given up easily, out of fear in time of war and civil disturbances, and with support from the people, although the dictator will also accumulate more power with the use of force. Rarely does an elected leader truly resist the temptation to exert power over the people.

America needs a strong leader. That is why we have never elected Ron Paul.

There are an untold number of evils in the world that hate us for our freedoms. We need the executive branch to step up and get things done (read: pass laws) when our do-nothing Congress simply cannot or will not.

Just take a look at the executive orders passed by our Dear Leader Barack Obama in 2013 alone:

Executive Order 13636
Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity

Executive Order 13637
Administration of Reformed Export Controls

Executive Order 13638
Amendments to Executive Order 12777

Executive Order 13639
Establishment of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration

Executive Order 13640
Continuance of Advisory Council

Executive Order 13641
Adjustments of Certain Rates of Pay

Tell me which of the above dictatorial mandates you would prefer to have debated and reviewed by Congress which might lead us to know what is in them. I don’t see even one. We are only one quarter of the way through the year and Obama has already passed six major pieces of legislation without Congressional approval. This is actually below his normal average since 2009 of 37 per year.

When the next economic failure happens, I want the president to be able to give bankers my tax money via executive order. When the next pre-emptive war becomes necessary (I’m looking at you Syria), I want the president to be able to send troops there and take out the bad guys, as well as their wives and children.

When the next terrorist attacker strikes, I want the president to be able to declare martial law and keep us safe by unlimited search and seizure executed by the military:

Previous chapters reviewed:
The Introduction
Austrian Economics

Business Cycle
Campaign Finance Reform
Capital Punishment
Central Intelligence Agency
Civil Disobedience

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