a saying among lawyers: Hard cases make bad law.
What it means,
essentially, is that its easy to allow ones emotions
to supersede reason and set a terrible precedent for the
future. Such is the case as regards the Executive Sanction just
carried out against the thoroughly unappealing and probably
deserving Anwar al-Auluqi. It is easy dangerously
easy to relish in the termination of this apparent baddie.
Only Ron Paul took note of the key fact; the wheel turning
the thing that may (no, that will) come back to bite us one day:
The president has asserted and we have accepted
his authority to have people killed on his say-so. And not just
people specific individuals, even if they are
of the president is now the office of Don Corleone.
And the rule
of law officially explicitly null and void.
make bad law. And in this case, the law being made is that the president,
personally, has the power of life and death over us. He may, at
his whim, order us killed. Oh, yes, I know. Only terrorists
need worry. Al Towelhead was a bad guy and if you are not a Towelhead
or a bad guy out to steal our treasured freedoms then you may sleep
soundly at night knowing our current Great Decider is keeping you
decides otherwise, of course.
is the measure of the disaster that has just taken place.
not been a country of laws, not men for many years but
now its official. The states fangs have been
bared. Within living memory, presidents and congresscretins were
at least nominally bound by law. They paid lip service to it and
if caught transgressing, there was usually embarrassment if not
punishment and for awhile, the abuse would stop or at least
be dialed back a little bit.
Now, not even
a letter d cachet is required. All that is required is for
the eye of Obama (or that of his successor to the purple) to fall
upon you. Improbable, you say? Idiot, sez me.
you if you believe youre safe believe that the
laws of human nature do not apply to our Great Leaders, merely to
Great Leaders of other countries, who are not spayshull like
us. Idiot, because if you believe you are secure
you believe that precedents dont set policy. That once established
they are always and inevitably expanded upon. That once any individual
is subject to arbitrary state terror any of us may be subjected
to arbitrary state terror and the only thing holding it back
(for the moment) is that the eye of Obama has not (yet) fallen upon
you and yours.
No more is
there the restraint of procedure, of the submission of evidence
to a jury in open proceedings, to weigh against the charges leveled.
Indeed, charges are no longer required let alone a finding
of guilt based upon evidence. Merely:
Ah ahm the
decider! And ah have deecided!
it is now enunciated in a more polished and highbrow manner by the
current Don. But it is the same thing, essentially. I decide. From
Lincoln to Hitler to Bush II to The Constitutional Scholar: Fuhrerprinzip.
Power flows from on high, incarnated in the person of the leader.
I am being
hysterical you say?
Yes, I am.
Because I see where this is headed and what it will come to mean
for all of us, eventually or for any of us, that is, who
might find ourselves described as domestic extremists
for disbelieving in the principles of IngSoc and expressing criticism
of the same.
For what, friends,
will stay the hand of Obama, et al? Charity and goodwill? A perfect
sense of fairplay? Why, we dont need no stinkin laws
so long as good Christian men like George W. Bush
maybe good Muslim men
see the point?
toward the arbitrary use of force has been latent in American government
for at least 100 years but now weve turned a corner and made
it openly our policy. Or rather the policy of the individuals who
control the machinery of organized force. That is, of the Dons
who control what has become the cosa nostra in Washington.
What was it
that Martin Niemoller said?
came for the communists,
and I didnt speak out because I wasnt a communist.
came for the trade unionists,
and I didnt speak out because I wasnt a trade unionist.
came for the Jews,
and I didnt speak out because I wasnt a Jew.
came for me
and there was no one left to speak out for me
But I find
the following quote taken from the great play, A Man for All
Seasons, spoken by the Thomas More character, more apt:
Roper: So, now you give the Devil the benefit of law!
More: Yes! What would you do? Cut a great road through the law
to get after the Devil?
Roper: Yes, Id cut down every law in England to do that!
More: Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned
round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being
flat? This country is planted thick with laws, from coast to coast,
Mans laws, not Gods! And if you cut them down, and youre
just the man to do it, do you really think you could stand upright
in the winds that would blow then? Yes, Id give the Devil
benefit of law, for my own safetys sake!
But I doubt
one out of 1,000 Americans is familiar with the play.
Though I suspect
perhaps Obama is.
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