"No president has the right to say he is judge, jury, and executioner." Senator Rand Paul
I came home today incredibly depressed, and I started working on another piece. I wound up learning fast that Senator Rand Paul was filibustering an Obama appointment, and at first I kinda just skipped. Then I learned something amazing: He PERSONALLY was filibustering it!
This is, without a doubt, the single most important moment in U.S. Politics in years outside of an election. This is the type of moment you only hear about, and I dare say DREAM about. A man, a lone man, standing up for something he not only believes is right, but KNOWS is right.
That that one man stands up and fights for what's right, talking, even screaming, at his fellow Senators to do something that he knows is right!
Mr. Paul has come to Washington, and I'm glad he's here.
This is more than about if you agree with Obama or not, it is much, much bigger than that. It's about the fact that a sitting U.S. President is now allowed to kill an American Citizen without trial or charge. That the U.S. Government now can ignore the 5th Amendment and just kill anyone they please... its insane.
Even if you don't agree with Rand Paul stands for, that's fine, me, either. But, even if you don't agree with him on those other things, please agree that we need people who at least know wrong from right, that we are all Americans with rights, that if you want to do something it needs to be done right... if for nothing more than the fact that he's at least willing to spend 10 hours (as I write this) to put his money where his mouth is, please respect this moment for that.
That's an interesting spectrum between 'reactionaries' and 'progressives'. Liberals and left-wingers ostentatiously label themselves as progressives, when they often forward the most regressive viewpoints of all, whereas the conservative viewpoint can be the, in reality, the most progressive. This is not always the case, but it happens enough times that carelessly interchanging the label 'liberal' and 'progressive' is intellectually dishonest.
Why is Ron Paul trying to hamstring our ability to defend ourselves? What is it he thinks drones do? And which Al Quida terrorist would Ron Paul have let live, I wonder. We use drones to try and keep our enemies at bay. I'm not sure why anyone who cares about the security of the country would take his position.
There are unarmed drones and then there are armed drones.
The first ones are actually... well, they're not fine, but they're not that bad. They fly around, observe, and overseas have the ability to find terrorists and check out situations where a traditional manned plane would be in serious trouble. In terms of domestic use, a lot of people are worried about how they can be used, myself included, since they could be used to spy on law-abiding Americans.
The second ones, the armed ones, are the main issue. They are ARMED. They could fly around YOU. When it was originally announced, it was vague as to if the President could use them against citizens and for weeks no one got an answer from the administration on it. Senator Rand Paul, much like myself, was concerned about this and filibustered to get an answer. The next day he finally got an answer: "No."
In short: The issue isn't with drones, it's about it an armed drone could be use on an American Citizen WITHOUT trial or charge. Did the President give himself the power to kill us at will? Thankfully, no.
If that American Citizen, as has already happened, has sided with the enemy, and is planning to conduct operations inside the U.S., are you seriously suggesting we should not use all available resources to stop such a person? Perhaps we should let the attack happen first, and then let justice be done? Or should we use the tools we have to prevent traitors from doing us harm? There have been instances of American citizens joining Al Qaeda. Why doesn't Ron Paul address those concerns? Seems Ron Paul has built a straw man argument for purely partisan reasons, and people are buying it.
No, we can't stop an American Citizen from doing these dastardly plans until we bring them into court. Everything needs Order, you can't freely kill people and say you're justified for it because this guy was a terrorist.
Was the giant population of people in Iran, Egypt, Afghanistan, and Pakistan ALL terrorists? NO! But that didn't seem to stop some of our nutball politicians from drone-striking them.
And lastly, we're talking about RAND Paul, not RON Paul, they're both great though.
Actually, criminals need to be stopped BEFORE they are brought into court, not after. But whatever. And what exactly are you implying by everything needs Order, with a capital 'O'. Like WWII Germany had Order, or are you talking about some other kind of Order? New World Order, maybe? Or are you trying to say 'Rule of Law' in your own clumsy, Rand Paul way? And I am not advocating (or even talking about) the murder of innocent civilians in another country. That is a different topic entirely. The topic here is should our military be able to use a drone to stop an attacker inside the border of the United States. THAT is the question. You and Rand seem to think that drones should not be used, and that the attack should be allowed to happen. After the attack, then we should seek 'justice'. After citizens have lost their lives, then we are free to use drones? Sort of the way 9/11 unfolded. Let the Twin Towers fall, THEN get Bin Laden, 12 years later. Rand Paul was grandstanding, making an issue out of an outlandish possibility to score political points. He used the drones to create a government 'bogeyman', with Obama as the villain, and nobody stops to ask if Rands reasoning is even sound. Rand is playing the 'fear' card. "Your government is out to get you"! Well guess what, Rand is part of the government he so despises. What makes HIM so trustworthy?! And you call me 'brainwashed'.
Secondly, are you really comparing LAW, PEACE, AND ORDER TO GERMANY IN THE 1940S?
Third, okay, take the Tin-Foil hat off, I think we heard enough about "New World Order."
Fourth, HELL NO! Our Government has NO RIGHT to abuse Military Power on it's own Civilians. Have you ever heard of the fucking Constitution?
Drones SHOULD NOT be used on American Soil because that goes against our right to privacy, and that brings me to another topic, there would be less crime if more people were armed, have you ever heard of Switzerland?
Yes because King Obama was too focused on ruining economy and taking away the Second Amendment.
Obama IS A VILLIAN. A criminally insane one, he changed nothing, threatened the first, second, fifth and sixth amendment, he gave guns to Mexican Drug Cartels, he drone-striked innocent people in a foreign country, and NOW he's proposing that he should be able to drone strike Americans without Trial. IS THAT NOT CRIMINALLY INSANE?
Yeah, Ron Paul was apart of the Government too, but he's the most sensible person in it, same goes for Rand Paul.
Now go away and stop proposing to take away my rights as an American.
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