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Matthew O’Donnell American Political Thought Friday, December 21, 2007 Mike Lenz America’s Military Dictatorship The Federal Government of the United States has been increasing their power of our nation ever since the war on terror began. It began with the Patriot Act, which was hastily put into place after 9/11, and recently the Protect America Act of 2007; or referred to as, by the ACLU, “Police America Act.” Increasingly we have seen more and more power given to the executive branch of the government. This expanding federal power has been warned against by many political thinkers. President Eisenhower warned us that democracy posed by a military-industrial complex would lead to misplaced power and corruption. His warning came after a buildup of American military force. He stated, “We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.” His warning is starting to become dreadfully more of a reality today under Bush’s term. Ron Paul states now that our liberties are at risk, and the government has morphed the idea of patriotism to disguise justify their newly acquired power. Mike Gravel desperately tries to inform the American people that, with these new acts, wars become more likely and the quality of life in America is disappearing. Despite all these warnings
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and predicted consequences the most alarming, in my opinion, is The Military Commissions Act. This act has granted the government rights to essentially neglect citizen’s rights in the name of national security. Ron Paul, Mike Gravel, and the Military Commissions Act all provide explanations, examples, and violations in accordance to the U.S. Constitution; threats of suppression, war, and harm are the three main issues brought up with the danger of the expansion of federal power.
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