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by One Pissed-off Vietnam Vet

Pol Pot was dictator of Cambodia from 1975 to 1979, during which 21% of the population died as a result of executions and malnutrition

(Aug. 30, 2011) — There was a time not too long ago when kings ruled the land. Some kings were good to their subjects, which was rare, but as long as the subjects were satisfied or didn’t know any other way, the king had nothing to fear, although most, if not all, had a food taster.

Then, I think, a time came when crowns went out of fashion, and who ever heard of a crownless king? So the crownless kings started to call themselves rulers. But after a while, the word “ruler” lost its edge.  Go ahead:  say “ruler” out loud.  Nice word, as far as your mouth and tongue go; really smooth, which is why the rulers needed a new word, a harsher-sounding word.  So they came up with “dictator.” Now there’s a word to please even the most ardent ruler. “King” had a few harsh sounds, but “dictator” has even more.

But in order to qualify for the moniker “dictator,” they had to exhibit certain traits.  For example, they had to be egomaniacs to the nth degree. Anyone questioning their thought process was likely to be erased, and dictators were always imagining complicated plots against them.  Well, maybe they weren’t imagining and maybe the plots weren’t all that complicated, which is why there never has been a “benevolent dictator.” Today, when we refer to a person in power as being a dictator, we mean he’s not all there, he’s not put together quite right, he thinks he knows better, he suffers delusions, is paranoid, and, last but certainly not least, the dictator goes so far as to fantasize that the people actually like him.

Whether you call the person calling the shots a king, ruler, or dictator, there comes a time when the subjects, people, and lesser beings get sick and tired of being abused, so they are forced to start a revolution. Most revolts are short-lived because the dictator is so incompetent that even his closest advisers can readily support his removal. And then there are revolts that can last years, and those are caused by the police and the military fighting for the dictator and against the people, which is the most wasteful because there can be but one outcome: the people always win, and by the time they do win, they are so upset they are very likely to hang the dictator from a lamp post, as the Italians did to Mussolini.

Once the king is removed, some form of government must take its place: enter the United States Constitution, a document designed to ensure the rights of the individual, to ensure that America will no longer be ruled by a king, to ensure the peace and tranquility without a dictator. The Constitution ensures liberty over tyrants, freedom over abuse, and justice over lawlessness. The Constitution is the ticket that all patriotic Americans have to insure their freedom. Without that ticket, we subject ourselves to a dictator who circumvents the Congress, and thereby the people, as, for example, by the implementation of the “Dream Act.” It is impossible to support Obama remaining in office and support the United States Constitution at the same time. You either have a dictator OR you have freedom; it’s that simple.