RON PAUL: Abuse of presidential powers, imperial presidency has grown since Nixon

U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (Reuters / Laura Segall)

In his weekly column, Dr. Ron Paul blasted the Obama and George W. Bush administrations for taking the ‘imperial presidency’ ‒ which was supposed to end after President Richard Nixon resigned ‒ far further than the disgraced politician ever did.

The former Republican congressman from Texas took the two most recent presidential administrations to task for abusing their power, and compared them to the actions Nixon took that forced him out of office before Congress impeached him. Paul, a three-time presidential candidate, focused his ‘Nixon Vindicated’ op-ed on the use of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), spying and the warfare state.

U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (Reuters / Laura Segall)
U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (Reuters / Laura Segall)

The renowned libertarian first analyzed Nixon’s IRS scandal versus the current one that the Obama administration faces. In May 2013, the US tax agency confessed it had targeted conservative political groups, putting them under extra scrutiny during the months leading up to the 2012 presidential election. Nixon had used the IRS to persecute his political opponents, which was a subject of the articles of impeachment against him.

“As bad as Nixon’s abuse of the IRS was, he was hardly the first president to use the IRS this way, and the present administration seems to be continuing this tradition,” Paul wrote, adding that, under President Barack Obama, the agency had targeted one of his organizations, Campaign for Liberty. The IRS“demanded” the non-profit “hand over information regarding its major donors.”

The 11-term former congressman has long railed against an interventionist foreign policy. Most recently, Paul told RT in August that the United States need only look to the history books for advice on how to handle the escalating crisis in Iraq, and pull the American military out of the country immediately.

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