We pledge allegiance " ... and to the REPUBLIC for which it stands". Why?? Because by having a written and very hard to change Constitution, we were able to be governed by the Rule of Law rather than the rule of the mob.
This meant that some things, maybe the most important things, were BEYOND POLITICS, therefore BEYOND PARTISANSHIP -- being an AMERICAN meant that you believed in them, "party", "politics", "ideology", etc did not take part in the equation. 100% of Americans ought to be 100% against ANY President killing a "suspected terrorist" inside the US.
41% of Democrats now think that the President ALONE should have the power to KILL a "suspected terrorist" that is an AMERICAN CITIZEN with no due process, no trial by their peers, etc !!! Remember, these are the same Democrats that claimed under W that FOREIGN terrorists acting in foreign countries were fully entitled to the protection Bill of Rights!! These are the same people that didn't want the President + the FISA court to be able to decide to LISTEN to an American citizen calling a suspected terrorist on the phone!!! They found that "chilling"!!! Now they are fine with "The One" just killing anyone he wants to declare "suspect"!!!
The Republican numbers in these polls are nothing to be proud of either, but is anyone seriously going to argue with me that were there a Republican in the WH the Democrat numbers in support of killing ANYONE on American soil by drone would be TINY???
We USED to "hold these truths to be self-evident". The list if those truths certainly included LIFE and LIBERTY!!! We codified a number of them in the Bill of Rights:
- Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
- A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed
- No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
- The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
- No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; 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; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
- In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.
- In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
- Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
- The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
- The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
- For starters, the Civil War. We radically broke our own Constitution to force the South to bend to the will of the North. Perhaps that could have been survived had we been VERY clear that it was the moral equivalent of "surgery" to heal a grave illness called Slavery. We didn't do that however, and the seeds were cast.
- Then we started to inflict grave injury to the Rule of Law with "Progressivism" ... the idea that "experts", were certainly smarter than some dowdy old "Founding Fathers" should be able to run roughshod over a tired old document like the Constitution.
Apparently I and a few others are voices crying in the wilderness on this. How sad to be alive at the time when a great nation falls.
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