Okay, so I’ve mostly avoided reading what my fellow conservatives are saying about the death of al whatz’its. Mostly because we all agree that it’s a good thing that the terrorist is dead, American or not. And partly because I don’t agree with most people and find, to my shock, that I actually agree with . . . ugh . . . Ron Paul and *double ugh* the ACLU. There I said it. Anyway, so I dropped a couple comments here and there, and no one seemed to really understand what I was saying or why, so I just shrugged it off until I read our dear Silverfiddle’s post that had a quick comment on it. We went back and forth, and then he declared a ceasefire, suggesting via email that we each post on the topic so we could have a good-natured inter-blog debate (link to his post).
First, let me repeat that our guys (or girls, let that be understood throughout) killing a terrorist, American citizen or not, is always a good thing. Let me also say, because I’ve not posted on this in a long time, that I don’t really want to know what our guys do when it comes to keeping us safe. I can “handle the truth,” but I’m not one of those “transparency” freaks who salivates every time the hack rags publish our national security secrets. I don’t care what our guys do on foreign battlefields for the flag; the military has its own code, disciplinary structure, etc. Waving our dirty laundry around for the world to sniff is just not my thing (thus my anger surrounding the Abu Ghraib idiocy was directed more at the moron who took photos and the one who leaked them than at our troops). People who worry about whether prisoners of war have internet access and can watch Dancing with the Stars obviously have no family members who’ve been to war, been held captive, been tortured (really tortured, not just made to look silly). I have no time for those people. In other words, I could care less about the “rights” of anyone, American or not, who joins the ranks of our nation’s declared enemy, who is a traitor to America. That person, those persons, are exactly the same as the rest of the radical Islamist terrorists. Exactly.
The rights I care about are ours, those granted us in our Constitution. Those deliberately withheld in that glorious document of “negative liberties” from the federal government, in this case, from the executive branch. If you read the Constitution (and I know anyone reading this has done so, more than once. And recently), you know that nowhere in that document is the executive branch granted the right to issue death warrants on American citizens. No where. It’s not there. There’s no if the citizen is really evil clause, no if the citizen has killed “x” number of people exemption, not in any circumstance. And the founders knew a thing or two about traitors. Yet they still didn’t vest in one person, not even the president, the power to try, convict, sentence, and hang (or otherwise execute).
We know why they didn’t. They didn’t trust one person, they trusted the people. They knew from personal experience what tyranny looked like, how it manifested . . . and how to keep it at bay. And we know something that even they didn’t, we know about progressivism, about the insidious baby steps toward tyranny. We pride ourselves in having awakened, and rightly so, we have.
But suddenly, when it comes to terrorism, we . . . what? forget? Fall back asleep? We’ve spent decades, personally, letting this go and that. Not seeing or not wanting to see where it will lead. Oh dear, you really find the word “God” offensive? Well, okay, I won’t say that. Oh my, I didn’t know my American flag offended you, I’ll not fly it. And don’t get indignant here, that’s exactly, exactly, what we did before we’d finally had enough. How do you think we’ve gotten here? It’s been bit by bit, progressively. Little things we’d concede so we didn’t make a fuss or upset someone or infringe on their rights. That we were willingly giving up ours didn’t occur to us until recently, when we finally woke up and looked around in horror at what was happening to our beloved country, to our flag, to our God, to our society and culture, to ourselves.
This didn’t happen overnight, it happened slowly, over time. Give this up, get used to it. Okay, good, that worked. Push more. We are seeing the same thing happen already with Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Now, actually more quickly than I imagined, we are seeing that military chaplains will be marrying same sex couples. How long does anyone really think it will be before this is used to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act? Whether you support gay marriage or not, the process is the same as always. Build a starter home (as with that health care monstrosity, which is nothing more than a “starter home” on the way to socialized medicine), then keep creeping until . . . . well, until. This is how the people who have taken over our nation work. We know this.
So why don’t we see it when it’s the same process, the same creep, in “national security”? We laugh, heartily, when MO babbles about how obesity is really a national security “threat” because that’s absurd. That’s groping pandering, hoping to hit a nerve they can’t possibly understand. But we do nothing about the TSA’s clearly unconstitutional insistence on humiliating Americans, literally sliding their thug hands under our breasts, into our vaginal area (and they are thorough according to Miss USA ). Molesting our children, while we try to teach them never to let anyone touch them “there.” You know the stories. But we comply. We know this will be rolled out to malls, trains, subways, sporting arenas, etc., and we don’t like it, but we comply.
I know I seem to be rambling off topic, but it’s all one. Here’s what we know for a fact: we give up our freedoms, no one can take them from us. Yet.
So our founding fathers could have made any form of government they wanted, could have given any, and yes all, power to the head of state. They didn’t. Indeed, they worked hard to make sure that there are three branches of government, three equal branches. They could have created a monarchy, a dictatorship, a democracy, a theocracy, anything at all. But they made a democratic republic, they rested as much power as they could in the people, and what they couldn’t rest with us, they made damn sure was checked, rechecked, balanced, and rebalanced amongst the three branches.
That wasn’t an accident. It was a guard against tyranny.
Our Constitution is under constant assault by progressives and has been for a hundred years, but that’s ramped up in the past ten or twenty and is in hyper-drive over the past three years. We know this.
Until it’s a matter of national security and terrorism.
What do you think our founding fathers would say if they knew we had given (and we did give it) an American president the power–completely unchecked and on his own authority, by his own guidelines–to issue death warrants on American citizens? Do you think they’d look at the evil that is Islamofascism and make “an exception”? I don’t. In fact, I suspect that they would say this is precisely the time that we hold our freedoms most dear, that this is the time when we are most susceptible to tyranny. I suspect that if they knew, too, what has happened with progressives, how they work, how they’ve damaged our society and culture and the sound republic they gave us, that they would tell us to stand firm, hold fast, and not relinquish our rights and freedoms–and with them ourselves–to the hand of an increasingly tyrannical government.
We in the TEA Party like the quote: “A government big enough to give you everything you want is strong enough to take everything you have.” What about a president, one man (or woman, one day), with the power to issue death warrants on his (or her) citizens? Does anyone really believe this won’t be used, if not in the near-term then one day, against anyone that president deems an “enemy”?
This isn’t about terrorism. It isn’t about Islamofascism. This is about America, our Constitution, our republic. Our freedom, and one day, our very lives.
Also read BBCW’s important post on this issue; he discusses the MIAC report’s definition of domestic “extremists” (hint: it’s you. And me.).
Another blogger buddy has chimed in, too. Check it out over at Race Relations.