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July 18, 2013 by Paul Craig Roberts

The American people have suffered a coup d’état, but they are hesitant to acknowledge it. The regime ruling in Washington today lacks Constitutional and legal legitimacy. Americans are ruled by usurpers who claim that the executive branch is above the law and that the U.S. Constitution is a mere “scrap of paper.”

An unConstitutional government is an illegitimate government. The oath of allegiance requires defense of the Constitution “against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” As the Founding Fathers made clear, the main enemy of the Constitution is the government itself. Power does not like to be bound and tied down, and it constantly works to free itself from constraints.

The basis of the regime in Washington is nothing but usurped power. The Obama Regime, like the Bush/Cheney Regime, has no legitimacy. Americans are oppressed by an illegitimate government ruling, not by law and the Constitution, but by lies and naked force. Those in government see the U.S. Constitution as a “chain that binds our hands.”

The South African apartheid regime was more legitimate than the regime in Washington. The apartheid Israeli regime in Palestine is more legitimate. The Taliban are more legitimate. Moammar Gadhafi and Saddam Hussein were more legitimate.

The only Constitutional protection that the Bush/Obama regime has left standing is the 2nd Amendment, a meaningless Amendment considering the disparity in arms between Washington and what is permitted to the citizenry. No citizen standing with a rifle can protect himself and his family from one of the Department of Homeland Security’s 2,700 tanks, or from a drone, or from a heavily armed SWAT force in body armor.

Like serfs in the dark ages, American citizens can be picked up on the authority of some unknown person in the executive branch and thrown in a dungeon, subject to torture, without any evidence ever being presented to a court or any information to the person’s relatives of his whereabouts. Or they can be placed on a list without explanation that curtails their right to travel by air. Every communication of every American, except face-to-face conversation in non-bugged environments, is intercepted and recorded by the National Stasi Agency; and from those communications, phrases can be strung together to produce a “domestic extremist.”
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