March 6, 2012
Does anyone else have a problem with the deliberate, targeted assassination by our government of an American citizen? He wasn't arrested, charged, or tried, he was just killed. I know few Americans had any sympathy for the terrorist Anwar-Al-Alwaki, but he WAS an American citizen due all rights under our Constitution, i.e., that little thing called “due process”. I have read Attorney General Holder's March 5th speech, searching in vain for legal justification for such an act. I read a lot of excuses and doubletalk about precedent, and implications of expediency, but no LEGAL justification. Keep in mind that this is the same Administration that believes the foreign terrorists who planned the 9-11 attacks should be tried in our civilian court system and granted all rights due to American citizens.
I guess I shouldn't be surprised. This same Administration decided on its own that the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional, so it wouldn't enforce it (and anyone who objects is labeled “homophobic”).
This is the same Administration that couldn't pass “Cap and Trade” legislation or The DREAM Act, even though it had majorities of Democrats in both the House and Senate, so it decided to implement the laws it couldn't pass through EPA rules administered by un-elected bureaucrats (and if you disagree, you want “dirty air and water”), and in the case of the DREAM Act, by refusing to enforce our immigration laws (and if you object, you're, of course, a “bigot”).
This is the same Administration that ordered Catholic institutions (colleges, hospitals, etc.) to pay for female employees' birth control, including the abortifacient “morning after pill”, and sterilization. Again, it doesn't matter to the Administration whether or not this violates the doctrine and teachings of the Catholic Church and therefore is a violation of the First Amendment to our Constitution. In the uproar that ensued, the Administration had to back down and announced that it would order insurance companies to give birth control to these women free of charge. So now the government has the power to tell private companies they have to provide a product for free? (And, of course, anyone who objects is engaging in the “GOP War on Women”).
Our beloved America is at a dangerous crossroads. Either we are a nation of laws, or we are a nation ruled by men, subject to the whims and ideology of whoever happens to be in power at any given time.