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[Image] War and Emergency Powers ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- INTRODUCTION To be able to call oneself "American" has long been a source of pride for those fortunate enough to live in this great land. The word "America" has always been synonymous with strength in the defense of our highest ideals of liberty, justice and opportunity, not only for ourselves, but for those throughout the world less fortunate than we. America's greatest strength has always been her people, individuals laying their differences aside to work in partnership to achieve common goals. In our greatest moments, it has been our willingness to join together and work as long and as hard as it takes to get the job done, regardless of the cost, that has been the lifeblood of our great land. From America's inception, we have been a nation of innovators unfettered by hidebound convention, a safe harbor for captains unafraid to boldly chart a new course through untried waters. This courage to dare greatly to achieve great things has made our nation strong and proud, a leader of men and of nations from the very first days of her birth. And since the days of her birth, millions of men and women whose hearts yearn for freedom and the opportunity to make a better life for themselves and their families have journeyed, often enduring terrible hardship, to our shores to add their skills and their dreams to the great storehouse of hope known as America. The Pilgrims, the Founding Fathers, the Pioneers - the brave men and women who have fought and endured to the end all wars both civil and international - this history of heroism and dedication in defense of ideals both personal and national has long been a treasured legacy of bravery and determination -against all odds which we have handed down like family heirlooms from generation to generation. For we are like family, we Americans, often quarrelling among ourselves but banding together in times of adversity to support one another and fight side by side against a common foe threatening our way of life. This bold and brash, brave young land has long given its best and brightest to lead our country to its lofty position in the world as a bastion of freedom and a beacon of hope for all the peoples of the Earth. For many, the dreams they had for America were dreams they never lived to see fulfilled, but it mattered not to them, for their vision for this nation was meant to last longer and to loom larger than a mere mortal lifespan. Our national vision of integrity and responsibility, of concern for one's fellow man, the flame inside that demands of us that we shall not rest until there is peace and justice for all - these are the fundamental stones which form the strong foundation of our national purpose and identity. And on this foundation rests, not only the hopes of those blessed to live in this great land, but the hopes of millions throughout the word who believe in, and strive for, a better life for themselves and their children. For hundreds of years, the knowledge that America was there - proud, generous, steadfast, courageous - willing and able to enter the fray wherever human rights were threatened or denied, has given many who may never see her shores the will to endure despite the pain, to continue trying against sometimes insurmountable odds. Yet without vigilance and constant tender care, even the strongest foundation shows the effects of stress and erosion. Even the most imposing edifice can eventually crumble and fall. So it is with nations, and with a nation's spirit. We have seen in this second half of the twentieth century great advances in technology which have impacted every aspect of modern life. Ironically, though we are living in the "age of communication", it often seems as if we have less time now to talk or listen. For most, modern conveniences haven't gotten them off the treadmill; they have only made the treadmill go faster. Quietly, yet rapidly, the small town values of community and common purpose are vanishing. Instead of strength in numbers, we as a nation are increasingly being split into smaller and smaller competing factions, with the cry of "every man for himself' ringing through the land. It seems that the phrase, "divide and conquer" has taken the place of, "One nation under God indivisible, with truth and justice for all". Americans are retreating behind the locked doors of their individual homes, afraid to enjoy the sunset for fear of the darkness it brings. When and where did it all begin to crumble? How and why has America, which once was a nation whose strength united was so much more than the sum of its total parts, begin to break apart into bitterly opposing special interest groups? What will this frightening pattern of disintegration mean to the future of America and of those who live within her shores? Let it be remembered, and remembered well, the words of the Holy Bible: "a house divided against itself cannot stand". And let us not flinch from facing the truth that we have become a nation desperately divided. With the long legacy of pride, determination, and strength in unity, how has it now come to this, that we are fighting ourselves? Finally, and most vitally important of all, what can we do to turn the tide before the values and opportunities which others before us fought and died to preserve are washed away in the flood to come? What you are about to see is the result of years of painstaking and meticulous research on the part of dedicated Americans gravely concerned for this nation's future. Please examine this information closely and give your undivided attention to this presentation, for our future as individuals and free citizens of this mighty land depends upon it. We are not here to showcase personalities -- the presenters could be any one of you here today. We are, first and last, concerned Americans much like yourselves, taking our stand in defense of the nation we love. Much effort has been expended, and great hardships endured, by the American Agricultural Movement and many other organizations and individuals to bring this information to the public forum. There is a wealth of information about many of the problems we face as a nation today, written from a variety of viewpoints. But as with a deadly illness, there is usually a point of origin, from which the threat first was given life. So it is with the threat we as Americans face today -- an illness which could prove fatal if we do not act quickly and in concert to cure the body politic before it dies from the disease within. Almost all the problems we are facing today can be traced back to a single point of origin, in a time of national trouble and despair. It was at this point, when our nation struggled for its survival, that the Constitution of the United States of America was effectively cancelled. We are in a State of Emergency! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- War And Emergency Powers Pages: + War and Emergency Power Home Page + A Word From the Editor + A Special Report on the Unconstitutional War and Emergency Powers (100k) + Notes on the Web Version + United States Constitutional Research Center Home Page (The materials contained in these pages is not copywritten, see "Notes on the Web Version") Web Page Design -- Copyright © 1995, 1996 United States Constitutional Research Center. All rights reserved. Updated 5/21/96
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Nov. 20, 1997. (Robert Kennedy 1925)