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-Are We on the Slippery Slope to Tyranny?

by Dr. D ~ June 22nd, 2010

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Is the USA on the slippery slope to tyranny? Thomas Sowell believes that we well could be.

He starts with a lesson from history of how Hitler used the German economic crisis after WWI to get measures passed that would ‘help the German people’ but really ended up giving him dictatorial powers.

Now we are in an economic crisis of our own and the Gulf oil spill has provided unique opportunities for government action. President Obama recently summoned BP corporate leaders to the White House and at the end of the meeting BP ‘voluntarily’ handed over $20 billion dollars supposedly to be handed out to those hurt by the crisis.

However some ‘red flags’ have gone up since the funds are going to be administered by Obama’s ‘pay czar’ and there doesn’t seem to be any restrictions or stipulations on how the funds are to be spent. In fact one congressional leader suggested that the money could be helpful in funding the new Obama Health care bill.

Many today are lauding the President for forcing BP to provide these funds that can be immediately available rather than having to go through some lengthy and costly court process. Others are concerned about the constitutionality of these strong-armed tactics against a legal company without due process of law.

Thomas Sowell is one who is addressing some concerns over the action:

“Just where in the Constitution of the United States does it say that a president has the authority to extract vast sums of money from a private enterprise and distribute it as he sees fit to whomever he deems worthy of compensation? Nowhere.

And yet that is precisely what is happening with a $20 billion fund to be provided by BP to compensate people harmed by their oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Many among the public and in the media may think that the issue is simply whether BP’s oil spill has damaged many people, who ought to be compensated.

But our government is supposed to be “a government of laws and not of men.”

If our laws and our institutions determine that BP ought to pay $20 billion — or $50 billion or $100 billion — then so be it.

But the Constitution says that private property is not to be confiscated by the government without “due process of law.”

Technically, it has not been confiscated by Barack Obama, but that is a distinction without a difference.”

I share his concerns and wonder if a corner hasn’t been turned and a precedence taken that will forever change the character of the USA. Only time will tell but I for one am shocked that so few have any problems with these recent actions.

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