The al-Awlaki hit will resound for a long time as the day the Constitution and your rights as a U.S. citizen died. Sure, Constitutional standards have been eroding away slowly (the Patriot Act was just the beginning), but killing a U.S. citizen without due process and for what appears to be exercising free speech is something that we have not yet seen a president do (Save Lincoln, of course). Until now.
The light it shines on partisanship and cognitive dissonance one of the more damning aspects of the whole thing. Really, lefty warmongers? This is your big HOPE and CHANGE from the tactics of Bush?:
What amazes me most whenever I write about this topic is recalling how terribly upset so many Democrats pretended to be when Bush claimed the power merely to detain or even just eavesdrop on American citizens without due process. Remember all that? Yet now, here’s Obama claiming the power not to detain or eavesdrop on citizens without due process, but to kill them; marvel at how the hardest-core White House loyalists now celebrate this and uncritically accept the same justifying rationale used by Bush/Cheney (this is war! the President says he was a Terrorist!) without even a moment of acknowledgment of the profound inconsistency or the deeply troubling implications of having a President — even Barack Obama — vested with the power to target U.S. citizens for murder with no due process.
Also, during the Bush years, civil libertarians who tried to convince conservatives to oppose that administration’s radical excesses would often ask things like this: would you be comfortable having Hillary Clinton wield the power to spy on your calls or imprison you with no judicial reivew or oversight? So for you good progressives out there justifying this, I would ask this: how would the power to assassinate U.S. citizens without due process look to you in the hands of, say, Rick Perry or Michele Bachmann?
The Minister of Propaganda doesn’t even try to spin it:
Even the media is catching on. When you have the media slamming the radical leftist vision that Dear Leader has laid before us, you know something is wrong. But they are right. Obama has been the worst president for civil liberties – perhaps ever.
Ugh. Disgusting. Obama is an evil and power-corrupted fool. What we have here is an unscrupulous murderer in the makings of Stalin – differing not in quality of man but only in quantity of power he holds (though it seems that power is gaining momentum very quickly with events like this and the lack of public response…). Here I thought Bush might go down as the worst president ever. Not to be outdone, in comes The One…