Saturday, October 1, 2011

Dangerous Precedent

Or is that 'dangerous president'? 

Today, the US Government executed a US Citizen without a trial, tribunal, or finding of fact about his actual guilt.  We are no longer a nation of laws.  A precedent has been set, and we are at the edge of the abyss.

To be clear, I detest everything that Anwar al Awlaki (or whatever his name is) stood for.  But, until he either renounces his citizenship and/or fights on the field of battle against us (or is arrested, tried, and found guilty of treason), he is a citizen with rights.  Merely declaring him a "terrorist" is not sufficient justification to execute him. 

Hell, by the terms of the current rules of engagement, I am a terrorist. (see DHS/Fusion report on 'domestic terrorists')  Because, you see, I believe we are still a constitutional republic.  I believe that Socialism is incompatible with Liberty.  I believe in the Almighty God and his dominion.  I believe in free will.  I believe that I have the right to arms to protect my life and my property from all enemies foreign and domestic.  And, I might even vote for Ron Paul.

How long until some dweeb sitting at the control console of his drone decides to drop a Hellfire missile on my ass?  Or yours?  Do you even care?  Or, is party more important than principle?



Bubblehead Les. said...

You're right, I think a Dangerous Precedent has been set. Somehow, it needs to get to SCOTUS, but I think it'll take a group like the ACLU to file Formal Charges, and it'll take years to work its way up. But Politically, it ain't happening. Kuchinich on the Left is Screaming about it, Paul on the Libertarian Front is Screaming about it, but the Mainline Republitards and DemaCommies? You can forget about anything on the Congressional Front.

"First they came for the Jews..."

Guffaw in AZ said...

I posted on this as well. I think we're on the same page.
'They' already got Vicki Weaver, Erik Scott and Jose Guerena. And who knows how many others?
But, if Malaqi shoed up at my house, I'd have shot him.
And slept well.

theotherjimmyolson said...

Your 100% correct on this.The fact that this hasn't raised a ripple on the Beaufort scale says a lot about how far we have slipped.The eternal blind spot is the mistaken belief that this can't happen to "me"