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Of drones and assault rifles?

Twelve people are gunned down and 70 are wounded in a movie theater in Colorado, gun nuts scream about their rights to own whatever kind of weapon they want and rush out to buy assault rifles and high capacity magazines; Twenty-six people, including 20 first graders, are massacred in an elementary school in Connecticut, the same gun nuts become hysterical about their Second Amendment rights and start throwing around words like “revolution”.

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The United States Attorney General says under “an extraordinary circumstance” the government might use drone strikes against its own citizens on U.S. soil, and now suddenly the exact same whack jobs are anxious about enacting legislation concerning what weapons can and cannot be used in the United States.

It seems the right for people to own weapons capable of murdering 20 six and seven-year-olds in a matter of minutes is OK, but targeting domestic terrorists is an outrage? Both are offensive and wrong, it’s time for Republicans, Libertarians and Tea Party types to pull their heads out of their collective fourth point of contact, to grow up and start acting like adults. The Constitution no more guarantees your right to own assault rifles and high capacity magazines than it provides for the Federal Government to target citizens to a blazing death from above.

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2013 in Drones

 

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Amazing how conservatives are screaming about regulating drone

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2013 in Guns

 

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Paul condemns ‘assassinating’ al-Awlaki?

Wow, what a surprise, NBC News is reporting Republican Tea Party (GOTP) Looney Toon Ron Paul has “aggressively criticized President Obama today for al-Awlaki’s death”.

“No I don’t think that’s a good way to deal with our problems,” Paul reportedly said. “He was born here, 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 certainly 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.”

OK, first, Earth to Ron, don’t be such a moron; you – as a so-called “doctor” – blithely went on and on at a recent GOTP debate that it would be OK for an American to die because of a lack of health insurance, but you’re upset when a known terrorist leader is killed without a single American casualty, and no boots on the ground. You can’t have it both ways Dr. Paul, either we send U.S. troops around the world invading countries like Yemen or we remove the murderers with drone strikes. Take your pick; or we can just hunker down with our heads in the sand like you would like.

Second, Timothy McVeigh wasn’t hiding out in a foreign country directing terror and murder; he committed the act here, and he was captured here; if Awlaki had been foolish enough to ever return to either the United States or an allied nation, we would have gladly arrested him; but he didn’t.

Third, he – Awlaki – decided to side with the enemies of the United States, and at that moment he gave up his citizenship and his rights protected thereby.

It’s time you –Dr. Paul – cared a little more about your fellow American’s healthcare, infrastructure, economy and environment and a little less about the “rights” of a two-bit thug terrorist; and while you’re at it quit wasting everyone’s time with this farce of a presidential campaign.

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2011 in 2012 Election

 

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Musings on the Death of a Terrorist

According to the New York Times, American officials have announced that “a missile fired from an American drone aircraft in Yemen on Friday killed Anwar al-Awlaki, the radical American-born cleric who was a leading figure in Al Qaeda’s affiliate there.”

Of course there have been outcries of how President Obama ignored the Constitutional liberties of an American citizen in ordering Awlaki’s death, and how any American can now be killed by the President if he claims they’re a terrorist, and how hypocritical Democrats are for pointing out the GOTP audience cheering the announcement of 234 people executed, or the cheering of a hypothetical patient allowed to die with no health insurance, but that no one is batting an eye about Awlaki’s death.

Oh please, this is not someone killed based on hearsay, or on bogus intel – like what was used by the Bush/Cheney administration to start the war in Iraq – he is a well documented terrorist thug who has killed Americans and would have continued to do so; and while I agree we should not celebrate anyone’s death, especially when Awlaki’s “reward” will not be what he had hoped for, he is one more threat removed and there will be few tears shed at his passing by me. I feel sorry for him, but not because he was taken out, because of how he chose to waste his life on murder and terror.

He chose to fight against his country and was killed as a combatant in the war he had chosen to conduct – while he may have been born here, by his actions he had shown he was not an American citizen, and had denounced his claim to be such, and his protection under the Constitution – if I was the C-in-C I would not place American soldier’s lives at risk to arrest him, I would have given the same order the President gave in 2009.

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2011 in War on Terror

 

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