Obama = George Bush. On steroids. Snorting coke. While driving his moped at 120 mph
In other words: he’s insane and a danger to us all.
We here at Why Not Nashville? like to make tongue-in-cheek references about U.S. troops going into a sovereign nation in the middle of the night and shooting an unarmed man in the face (Osama), or sending drones into another sovereign country and shooting an unarmed, American citizen, in the face (this time with a missile) (Anwar al-Awlaki), as if to say that those things are wrong. Obviously, I’m as in favor of blowing up terrorists as the next guy, and since my government would NEVER lie to me about someone’s guilt, I’ll safely assume that both of the foregoing gentlemen were dangerous terrorists. After removing my tongue from my cheek though, I think everyone has to have a little bit of a problem with our government executing an actual citizen without due process. Especially when all he’s doing is sitting on a dirt floor somewhere talking about how much he hates America. I mean, if that was all it took, why haven’t we executed the entire Democratic party (ZING)?
But those guys were foreigners, so we don’t really care; and it’s not happening here. What, it’s happening here too? Yep. Maybe not the killing part, but the scooping-up of American citizens and indefinitely detaining them without so much as charging them with a crime is happening here (See alleged wikileaker Pfc. Bradley Manning). Well, it’s about to get a whole lot worse. Your government is just about done passing a law that will allow the military to detain an American citizen, any American citizen, for an indefinite period of time, if he or she is suspected of being a terrorist/or annoying the president while he’s filling out his March Madness brackets. The following was actually said on the Senate Floor, during the debate over the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act:
‘It is not unfair to make an American citizen account for the fact that they decided to help Al Qaeda to kill us all and hold them as long as it takes to find intelligence about what may be coming next,’ remarked [Lindsey] Graham. ‘And when they say, ‘I want my lawyer,’ you tell them, ‘Shut up. You don’t get a lawyer.’
What the crap? What country is this? When did we suddenly embrace Ivan Drago and deride that plucky southpaw from Philly? Yes, yes, a thousand times YES…they get a lawyer. Unfair? It’s friggin’ unconstitutional. Well, probably not the constitution we have now, but you know what I mean.
And for you idiots who are about to say, “but we’re only talking about Al Qaeda, or some other middle-eastern terrorist group,” shut it. First, unless you were born about five minutes ago, we’re talking about our government here. These are the same people who spend billions of dollars subsidizing cars that burst into flames when you use the defrost…while telling us its for the environment! In other words, even if we assume their motives are good, they’re still morons. Second, most of the time, their motives aren’t good. They’re simply doing what’s in their best interest. Third, it’s not just Al Qaeda we’re talking about. It’s any “terrorist group.” Is the Michigan Militia a terrorist group? How about Occupy Wall Street?
Am I paranoid? Probably. Or…
Senator McCain also told Rand Paul during a hearing on the bill that American citizens could be declared an enemy combatant, sent to Guantanamo Bay and detained indefinitely, ‘no matter who they are.’
This is incredible. For several reasons. It’s incredible because of how quickly it’s moving through a Congress that can’t agree on what day it is. It’s incredible that the president that is about to sign it into law was elected by a bunch of hippies from the ACLU. In fact, it’s incredible that this bill is causing me to agree with those hippies on something.
I’d tell you to call your Representative and complain, but they don’t actually care what you think (since you’ll forget about all of this by next week). Instead, I would recommend you learn how to hang pictures, because you’re about to be replacing that 46″ plasma with a giant portrait of The Leader.
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