The Real Assault on America
By Paul Craig Roberts
The neoconservative Bush regime has adroitly used 9/11 to create
fear of terrorism among Americans that blinds Americans to the
Bush regime's assault on our constitutional system. Americans
have meekly acquiesced to the Bush regime's brutal assaults on
civil liberties, human rights, the separation of powers, and
statutory law, because Americans have been brainwashed to
believe that the "war on terror" takes precedence and cannot be
waged under the rules established by the Founding Fathers.
By elevating its "war on terror" above the US Constitution, the
neoconservative Bush regime has made itself a far greater threat
to Americans than are foreign terrorists. Two constitutional
scholars, Timothy Lynch and Gene Healy, document the Bush
regime's forceful assault on the US Constitution in "Power
Surge: The Constitutional Record of George W. Bush" released May
3 by the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C.
Lynch and Healy show that Bush has failed in his most important
responsibility "to preserve, protect and defend" the
Constitution and, thus, is in violation of his sworn oath of
office. The two scholars document the Bush regime's "ceaseless
push for power, unchecked by either the Courts or Congress" on
issues ranging from war powers, habeas corpus, and federalism to
free speech and unwarranted surveillance. Bush's assault on the
Constitution "should disturb people from across the political
Alas, it doesn't. Many Americans believe that Bush's dictatorial
powers will only be applied to terrorists. This belief is
extremely foolish, because it means that "the liberty of every
American rests on nothing more than the grace of the White
It has become commonplace to hear Americans dismiss the Bush
regime's illegal and unconstitutional exercise of power on the
grounds that only those implicated in terrorism have anything to
fear. These Americans need to ask themselves why, if only evil
doers have anything to fear from government, the Founding
Fathers bothered to write the Constitution?
If we can trust the government the way Americans seem prepared
to trust the Bush regime, we don't need the Constitution.
Indeed, why is a president inaugurated with his oath to defend
the Constitution if we don't need the Constitution to protect us
from our government? If we can trust government, why go to all
the trouble to have elections? Why not just get a dictator or a
king or contract with a company to provide government?
The question presents itself: Are Americans guilty of treason
when they turn their backs on the Constitution? Treason is
betrayal of country. And what defines country? In the United
States the Constitution defines country. The Bush regime's
assault on the Constitution is an assault on America.
Moreover, it is a far more dangerous and deadly assault than a
terrorist assault on buildings.
Ask yourself, gentle reader, what are we without the
Constitution? Without the Constitution, how do we differ from
the hapless subjects sent to Soviet and Nazi death camps? The
Constitution protects our rights, and without our rights we are
It has been widely reported, apparently without causing
Americans any unease, that the Bush regime has awarded
Halliburton $385 million to build concentration camps in the
United States. Who are to be the inmates? Certainly not
terrorists. The Bush regime has proven inept at catching
terrorists, and those few who are captured are kept offshore out
of the reach of the courts where they can be tortured and
abused. The camps are certainly not for illegal aliens who both
political parties want to give amnesty and citizenship.
Concentration camps epitomize the horrors and inhumanity of the
Stalin and Nazi era. Why is the Bush regime building
concentration camps in America?
The Bush regime's war on terror is the equivalent to the Nazi
regime's Reichstag fire. It serves to blind people to the real
According to Bush, America is under terrorist attack because
"they hate our freedoms." But, as Lynch and Healy show, it is
the Bush regime that is attacking our freedoms, removing their
institutional protections, and making our liberties subject to
the grace of the executive.
Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in
the Reagan administration. He was Associate Editor of the Wall
Street Journal editorial page and Contributing Editor of
National Review. He is coauthor of
The Tyranny of Good Intentions.
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