Waco and Bundy Ranch standoffs, eavesdropping on American citizens, forcing Americans to purchase insurance, regime change overseas -- has the US become an authoritarian state? Speaking with Charles Goyette, Ron Paul says that, sadly, we are already there. In a republic, the job of government is to protect liberty, he adds, but unfortunately the US government is instead focused on exercising its power over people.
One of worst areas where authoritarianism gets out of control, said Dr. Paul, is in all the militarism. All you have to do is listen to some of the neocons on TV on liberal and conservative stations -- and the ones in Congress -- and they tout all this patriotism and Americanism and our superiority, he said. But they are just supporting the military-industrial complex and getting us involved in places we have no business being.
Listen to Ron Paul on the authoritarian state here.