I have to admit that I am bothered by the killing of Anwar al-Aulaqi and Samir Khan in Yemen. They were both US citizens, albeit dangerous terrorists hellbent on destroying America, that were killed without a trail. I have an issue with any President of the United States playing judge, jury, and executioner. We are a nation of laws, and I believe that this is a very dangerous precedent.
Over my lifetime the Office of the President has taken more and more power. The day George Bush said, “I’ve abandoned free market principles to save the free market system” was the first day of my awakening. Many tolerated the Patriot Act because they had trust in our leaders to use it justly. We all saw its potential for abuse, but decided that it was acceptable at the time. The words of my favorite Founding Father, Benjamin Franklin, keep running through my head.
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
Ron Paul called this an “assassination” according the AP. Paul warned the American people not to casually accept such violence against U.S. citizens, even those with strong ties to terrorism. I believe Mr Paul was both right, and wrong. He was wrong that this was an “assassination”, it was an execution. He was correct that we should be worried about the actions of our government in this case.
We in the Tea Party have been called terrorists, kidnappers, racists, enemies, right-wing extremists, evil mongers, teabaggers, and many more. How much vilification is necessary for the US public to accept the killing of us in the Tea Party? We have allowed the President to become too powerful. It started years ago, and little by little we have gotten to the point where the current President just issued a “Kill Order” on a US citizen. We need to look hard and long at the progression of unchecked power we are seeing.
Our leaders are out of control. They want to give civilian trials to non-US terrorists in GITMO, then execute two US Citizens without a trail. I am very worried how many in our country have not really thought of the consequences of the news of this strike in Yemen. Just a few years ago the left sued Bush over his use of drones, now Barack Obama is using them with almost no resistance from the very people who filed the suit against the previous President. I believe you should never allow your “side” to have powers you would not want your opponent to wield in the inevitable event that they come to power.