If our founding fathers somehow arose from their graves and saw our current state of affairs what would they think?
-The Patriot act. This piece of legislation allows for mass Surveillance without a warrant. Law Enforcement can detain you indefinitely without due process. Edward Snowden openly addmitted that mass government surveillance never helped prevent a terrorist attack. Ben Franklin would probably have a heart attack.
-The Federal Reserve. A privately owned central bank that has the power to print money out of thin air, thus controlling inflation and interest rates. Did the coinage act disappear? If I remember correctly fiat currency is illegal and we are required by the constitution to have a gold standard. The banks continue to give out more credit than they have in savings due to 'fractional reserve banking'. They can afford to participate in bad business practices because they're too big to fail and will always get bailed out. Thomas Jefferson would probably have the honor of executing Alexander Hamilton this time around.
The president cannot go to war without deceleration from congress. There is a loophole which would allow war but no funding from congress. However even then it would be unconstitutional. We went to war with Afghanistan and Iraq undeclared. We had no business being over there. Do checks and balances even exist? James Madison wouldn't be too pleased.
The IRS is illegal plain and simple. Taxes are expected to be redistributed back in to the countries. Most of the taxes paid especially the income tax is used to pay off the principal and interest to the IOU bonds to private Banks. Some of which are international investor 'China, Russia etc' Why did we fight the british again? Was it something about being over taxed?
Ron Paul wanted to address all these issues plus more. He was a true constitutionalist, so much so that he was referred to as 'radical' when compared to other candidates. We had out chance and we blew it.