by: the Common Constitutionalist
I’m sure the left is just loving this, for they hate the conservative wing of the republican party as much as the RINO’s do.
HuffPo writes: “One of the Senate’s leading hawks, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), took to the Senate floor Thursday to fire back at Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), saying the Kentuckian’s rant against extrajudicial drone killings was ‘simply false.’” It should have read, one of the Senate’s leading hacks.
The HuffPo report continued: “Quoting extensively from a Wall Street Journal editorial that mocked Paul, McCain also argued that Paul had belittled the growing use of drones to kill terrorism suspects by invoking the name of Jane Fonda and suggesting a drone could have killed her when she was a Vietnam War protester.”
“I must say that the use of Jane Fonda’s name does evoke certain memories with me, and I must say that she is not my favorite American. But I also believe that, as odious as it was, Ms. Fonda acted within her constitutional rights, and to somehow say that someone who disagrees with American policy — and even may demonstrate against it — is somehow a member of an organization which makes that individual an enemy combatant is simply false,” McCain said, hitting his lectern for emphasis. “It is simply false.”
The Wall Street editorial read, “Calm down, Senator. Mr. Holder is right, even if he doesn’t explain the law very well. The U.S. government cannot randomly target American citizens on U.S. soil or anywhere else. What it can do under the laws of war is target an “enemy combatant” anywhere at anytime, including on U.S. soil. This includes a U.S. citizen who is also an enemy combatant.”
The only problem with the Journal editorial and McCain’s remarks is that Mr. Holder kept trying to dodge Senator Ted Cruz’s clear and concise question of whether it is constitutional for this government to drone strike an American citizen, within our borders, for example, sitting in a café, that poses no immediate threat. Rather than just affirming the unconstitutionality of such an act, Mr. Holder chose to keep insisting that they would never do that., saying, ” It’s hard to imagine when that would ever occur.” Hardly the correct answer. I, for one, take Attorney General Holder at his word. He has, after all, proven himself to be an honest and forthright individual ( eg: fast and furious). Right!
And who, Mr. editorial writer, shall be the judge (jury and executioner) of exactly who is a domestic enemy combatant? This President? Some unnamed, faceless bureaucrat?
If a U.S. citizen, on American soil, was deemed to be an enemy combatant, why would the police or FBI not take him into custody and try him in court, as is constitutional? You know, like they are going to do with the non-U.S. citizen, Osama Bin Laden’s terrorist son-in-law.
And as for that fossil, John McCain’s mocking assertion regarding a drone strike on Jane Fonda; she was not on American soil. She was in Vietnam giving aid and comfort to the enemy, which is not within her constitutional rights. I agree, she should not have been droned, technology at the time aside. She should have been brought back to the United States and tried for treason.
All these ridiculous side shows are just that; side shows. At the heart of this issue, for Senator Paul and the others who stood by him, is the reckless behavior of this administration. Obama and his minions believe they can do anything they wish, just daring someone to stop them. Finally, someone dared to do just that.
As for Senators McCain, Graham and the other old farts of the so-called republican party; they see, with this one brave act (the filibuster) a possible changing of the guard, and it scares the crap out of them.
But, as we all know, that is not what occurred. Senator Paul became a conservative rock star overnight, literally. He has become the talk of the town, or nation. His status in conservative circles, has skyrocketed. And why? Because someone finally stood up to the democrats and more importantly, the establishment republicans. He, as a United States Senator, just decided to do it. He didn’t feel the need to clear it with daddy McCain first.
To make sure his word got out to more people than he could imagine, he appeared on all three of the conservative heavy-hitters radio shows; Limbaugh, Beck and Hannity and their multi- millions of listeners.. That surely rubbed salt in McCain’s wounds, for he would never dare to appear on either Rush’s or Glenn’s programs. I believe he hates Limbaugh and Beck as much as Obama does.
The McCain, Karl Rove, Bill Kristol, mushy middle-of-the-road wing of the republican party can ill afford a group of upstart young conservatives gaining popularity. These young bucks must be slapped down, and fast. If they gain too much popularity and real conservative voters begin to believe in them, the old guard will be sent out to pasture, along with all their advisors.
Thank you Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, et al.