"Who is the fascist? Individualism and the political philosophy of limited government is not only inconsistent with but is the exact opposite of fascism and Nazism. Under fascism and Nazism, the state reigns supreme with absolute power over everyone and all forms of property. It can well be asked: who is the fascist, when the president of the United States and many Democrats and Republicans in congress call for expanded authority for the FBI and other federal security agencies to intrude into the lives of the American citizenry? Who is the fascist, when the call is made for increased power for the FBI to undertake “roving wiretapping” or have easier access to the telephone and credit-card records of the general population? Who is the fascist, when the proposal is made to make it easier for the FBI to investigate and infiltrate any political organization or association because the government views it as a potential terrorist danger?"
Richard M. Ebeling
(1950- ) Author, Professor of Economics, Hillsdale College
The Oklahoma Tragedy and the Mass Media, The Tyranny of Gun Control, 83 (Future of Freedom Foundation 1997).
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Well said, Mr. Eberling!
 -- Byron, Fort Collins     
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    "Who is the fascist, when the proposal is made to make it easier for the FBI to investigate and infiltrate any political organization or association because the government views it as a potential terrorist danger?"....Washington DC is not only the Fascist, but the manufacturer of the Terrorist Threat. And they view any threat to their control and ponzi schemes as a threat. They view the Constitution for the United States as a threat. Time to clean house folks...Restore the Republic.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    Fascism is alive and well in Washington -- ever since FDR we have been implementing every Nazi program short of rounding up and shooting citizens -- is that next? Congress is considering granting US military permission to arrest anyone in the world, including the US, without charge and holding them indefinitely. The bill has broad bi-partisan support. Why do we need this? It is only needed to secure the omnipotence of the US government upon all the world -- but mostly to protect the government from its oppressed citizens.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Those who NEVER VOTE in a manner that honors their Oath of Office--thus a constitutional manner, meaning their score is ZERO in the House /Senate: Miller (CA), Berman (CA), Filner (CA),Brown (FL), Deutch (FL), Hoyer (MD), Olver (MA), Tsongas (MA), Levin (MI), Dingell (MI), Pascrell (NJ), Rothman (NJ), Lowey (NY), Miller (NC), Schwartz (PA), Dicks (WA), Kind (WI) in the 112th Congress. Scores are from The Freedom Index 8-8-11
     -- Abby     
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    Sad as hell, to be alive for me now, in my own country, surrounded by those I cannot trust, so sad my own government has lost not only our respect, and trust, but lost us. Somewhere, a group of good men take counsel, and make plans, to save this union. May they succeed. Sometimes, there is no easy way, sometimes, talk just doesnt work, after men have talked enough, and no ground is gained, there is only one choice left. what we must fight, is so vast, so big, when one understands it fully, he may feel that all is lost. But then again, one man, can move mountains, under the right circumstances. Unfortunatally, two men who post here are so right, so wise, understanding much.men such as Archer and Mike, should be the next president. Yeah yeah, laugh all ya want, but its so true. Too bad, one must now "buy' the presidency.
     -- Kimo, USA     
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    Abby, thanks for the posts. It is heartening to see those all over the country that understand.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    No conservative wants another civil war but it may be the only way to save the greatest country on earth. If we have an honest election in 2012 we may save it if we give a conservative President a conservative house and senate. Then they need to arrest all of the government officials who have voted for unconstitutinal laws. There votes were and are treason.
     -- nmgene, anchorage     
    Here are those who vote in a manner that HONORS their word to support and defend the US Constitution at least 90% of the time in the 114th Congress; they are the A team. There are a few on the B team but the majority of Congress are on the F team (their loyalty goes to lobbyists or an agenda not constitutional.
    Here is the A team:
    Rand Paul, Ben Sasse, Raul Labradore, David Perdue, Thomas Massie, Justin Amash, Alex Mooney, Mike Lee, and Thom Tillis. It should be disheartening to learn that out of 535 members of Congress, less than 10 get an A. If the B team is ok with you you can look up their scores, but be aware that not all scoring agencies judge on adherence to the Constitution only--The document that separated the USA from all the other nations in the world by embracing individual liberty. This is the team that is trying to hold our country together in a lawful manner as of July 2015.
     -- Abby     
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     -- Jim k, Austin      
    king Solomon found 1 out of a thousand men honest and true to core. Not 1 out of ten thousand women did he find. go figure ! Considering the bleeding heart socialist, and whose heart bleeds. Suffer not a woman to teach or usurp authority over the man. This spoken concerning The Church which is the body of Christ ( Male ) and Sound Doctrine. Not my private point of view, take it up with our Creator ! intrusion has gone on for so long, it is a mute point. To get an A+ is a Much Higher Score, when considering sound leadership that does not compromise our Liberty and Freedom ordained by God, for the sake of so-called legal plunder ! Now who of this so-called a-team are actually luke warm ?!
     -- Ronw13, Yachats OR     
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     -- jim k, Austin      
    Limited government is a limited people, for the people are not fully aware that they count as a participate in the governing of the United States of America. The individual tends to let themselves to be influenced by negative groups and forget that nature instills all us with it's capacities. Individualism is the individualism of nature and not the mistaken idea that this fellow espouses, that being the negative influence of past false authorities.
     -- Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown     
    One more thing, wouldn't 87000 armed IRS agents qualify as a standing army?  They are going after everyone with FORCE if they are armed.

     -- Abby     
    I thought it important to mention that there were several more people in the US congress who were able to meet their Oath of Office obligations at the moment...I don't see it here so you must have found it too horrifying to print? It has hugely improved over 2015...a plus, don't you think that should be spoken of? We elect people and should expect them to perform at least at 90% efficiency.  There are people in Congress who work for America and Americans 0% of the time judging upon their adherence to the US Constitution and Bill of Rights. Yet, my letter is missing. Sigh...no wonder we fail. No one pays attention.

     -- Abby     
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