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From Education Forensics:

“dems ? Do U have any thoughts on Obama’s transition from a progressive academic humanist 2 a regressive corporate warlord?” – – John Cusack.

The above tweet came from a rare breed of person, a consistent Hollywood liberal. I posted on my Facebook page the link to the comment:http://www.inquisitr.com/560680/john-cusack-on-drone-filibuster-where-are-the-democrats/

It is almost beyond one’s imagination that there is a debate about this topic – should government officials be allowed to kill American citizens via drones without due process? I was discussing this with a young student who I tutor, and it was eye opening listening to this 11th grader have a better grasp of the Constitution and Human Rights than many adults. I stated that if the founders of the United States were alive today, they would be disgusted beyond belief. That an American ‘citizen’ would allow such a debate to take place would be unfathomable to a person like Benjamin Franklin or even a Statist like Alexander Hamilton. The founders were so wary of having a standing Army that they wished to rely on citizen militias in order to maintain freedom and a peaceful state of affairs.  See the Second Amendment for clarification.

Now here we are in the ‘advanced’ 2013 and the American people are so illiterate to the ways of freedom and the Bill of Rights (also basic human rights), that when a politician in the “party of peace”, the Democrats, has a hold of the Executive Branch, such a horrid topic is a ‘debate’.  I can only imagine if one of the Evil Republicans (a party to which I have no allegiance) were to profess such beliefs:  “It is possible, I suppose, to imagine an extraordinary circumstance in which it would be necessary and appropriate under the Constitution and applicable laws of the United States for the President to authorize the military to use lethal force within the territory of the United States.”  This was the Attorney General’s equivocating response to Sen. Rand Paul’s query as to the rights of the President to wantonly kill an American on American soil.  Apparently is is appropriate, at times, to skip due process.

Think about what is happening.  “…nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law;…”  This is the text from the 5th amendment.  Our students, and it turns out, adults, know nothing of their basic rights via the Constitution.  However, I keep coming back to the same concept.  The Founders, flawed as they were, thought the Bill of Rights as superfluous.  It was assumed that people would understand what their basic human rights were as people on Earth with souls – endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights.  That means no piece of paper can either grant nor deny your basic rights.  Now we seem to look to the people with a “D” after their names, or an “R” for our handouts.  And if they decide to skip the whole trial thingy, so be it.  How a political party can vociferously state that “Health Care” is a right, while allowing there to be a debate that one’s life is NOT a right?  How far are we going to fall?
After all, I guess, they are our Overlords, they have the Divine Right of Kings, and are infallible.  When they know it is time to kill – it is time to kill.  Due process be damned.  Shame on you for slavishly following and supporting this type of behavior simply because the person is wearing as suit and has a “D” for party affiliation.
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