Here is part of an email I sent to my brother. He was concerned about Eric Holder’s speech the other day where he justifies killing U.S. citizens, differentiating for the first time, due process and judicial process. He’s not a libertarian, but has libertarian instincts I think. I’m trying to get through to him. :)
This country, as exemplified by Eric Holder’s speech, is going in the completely wrong direction. No candidate except Ron Paul, truly cares about the Constitution, nor has any serious plans about cutting the national deficit and reducing our debt. In fact, the others plans - while reducing taxes perhaps - actually increase our debt and the size of government.
A comment on the Eric Holder speech. I just finally saw a little bit of it in this Steven Colbert report. Sad this is where I have to go to get news like this. His justification is absolutely stunning. The Constitution specifies “due” process, which is different than “judicial” process? Wow.
If you were wondering what the other candidates think about killing American citizens without due process (or with due process, but no judicial process which is now ok apparently), here are their thoughts. Of course Ron Paul is the only candidate that questions the President’s actions, and Rick Santorum actually criticizes him for it.
“The killing of Anwar al-Awlaki is a major victory in our fight against Islamist terrorism and proper justice for the numerous attacks and plots he inspired or planned against America. I commend the President, the members of the intelligence community, our service members, and our allies for their continued efforts to keep Americans safe. Nevertheless, we must remain vigilant and continue the fight against those who seek to destroy us and our freedoms.”
"Any American, who actively advocates killing Americans, places themselves in our Constitution as a traitor," Gingrich added. "The American who the president authorized killing in Yemen was an enemy combatant. Enemy combatants don’t get Miranda rights. I think it’s very important that this is a war…the president, in this one area, is right."
Oh Newt… if the U.S. suspects you of being a traitor, our Constitution actually DOES protect them. One would think, as such a well paid “historian”, you would realize this.
Article III, Section 3
Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court. The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.
“I don’t think that’s a good way to deal with our problems,” Paul told reporters. “Al-Awlaki was born here; he is an American citizen. He was never tried or charged for any crimes. No one knows if he killed anybody. We know he might have been associated with the underwear bomber. But if the American people accept this blindly and casually that we now have an accepted practice of the president assassinating people who he thinks are bad guys, I think it’s sad.
"I think what would people have said about Timothy McVeigh? We didn’t assassinate him, who we were pretty certain that he had done it. Went and put through the courts then executed him. To start assassinating American citizens without charges, we should think very seriously about this."Rick Santorum"Is anyone really surprised at this point? Ron Paul put up a commentary claiming the terrorist attacks of 9/11 were our own fault – and now, he’s condemning America for helping rid the world of a murderer," he said. "Awlaki’s actions against the US effectively renounced his citizenship, and he could and should be treated like any other terrorist.
"This is the time to call on Congress and the President to amend the Immigration and Naturalization Act to provide for a renunciation of citizenship by action," he said. "I believe our country and the world are better off with the likes of Awlaki dead and I for one, congratulate the men and women in uniform who helped make this world safer."
I went on to explain how Ron Paul has actually doing pretty well in the primaries. On Super Tuesday, he actually got second place in three states, and virtually tied for second in a forth. I also shared Ron Paul’s delegate strategy with him.
If anyone is truly concerned about the direction of this country, there is only one voice for change and that is Ron Paul. Voting for any other candidate (with the exception of Gary Johnson perhaps), is a vote for more of the same.