Thursday, September 17, 2009

Murdering People and the Constitution

The 222th birthday of our constitution would have been today if those sworn to uphold and defend it had not purposefully let it die a premature death.

Illegal wars, executive orders, traitorous Congress members, the greed for money, lying media whores, a fraudulent 'war on terror' and the apathy of the American people are contributors to the demise of the constitution. It's death did not come suddenly but in slow motion steps over a great number of years.

Chris Floyd has some thoughts in Blood on the Tracks.....
At some point earlier this month, Barack Obama took a moment out of his busy day to sign an "execute order." That is, he ordered American agents to kill a man without any legal procedure whatsoever: no arrest, no trial, no formal presentation – and disputation – of evidence, no defense…and no warning. They killed him on the open road, in a sneak attack; he was not engaged in combat, he was not posing an imminent threat to anyone at the time, he had not been charged with any crime. This kind of thing is ordinarily regarded as murder. Certainly, if you or I killed someone in this way – or paid someone to do it – then we would find ourselves in the dock, facing life imprisonment or our own execution. But then, you and I are subject to the law; our leaders are not.

And not a single voice of protest was raised anywhere in the American political and media establishments. Churchmen did not thunder from the pulpits about this lawless action. The self-proclaimed patriots and liberty-lovers on the ever-more militant Right did not denounce this most extreme expression of state tyranny: the leader's arbitrary power to kill anyone he pleases. It is simply an accepted, undisputed fact of American life today that American leaders can and do – and should – murder people, anywhere in the world, if they see fit. When this supreme tyranny is noted at all, it is simply to celebrate the Leader for his toughness -- or perhaps chide him for not killing even more people in this fashion.

So let us put the reality in its plainest terms: if the president of the United States decides to call you a terrorist and kill you, he can. He doesn't have to arrest you, he doesn't have to charge you, he doesn't have to put you on trial, he doesn't have to convict you, he doesn't have to sentence you, he doesn't have to allow you any appeals: he can just kill you. And no one in the American power structure will speak up for you or denounce your murder; they won't even see that it's wrong, they won't even consider it remarkable. It's just business as usual. It's just the way things are done. It's just the way we are now.{more}

Paul Craig Roberts explained a little a few months ago in From One Assault on the Constitution to Another.....

The US Constitution has few friends on the right or the left.

During the first eight years of the 21st century, the Republicans mercilessly assaulted civil liberties. The brownshirt Bush regime ignored the protections provided by habeas corpus. They spied on American citizens without warrants. They violated the First Amendment. They elevated decisions of the president above US statutory law and international law. They claimed the power to withhold information from the people’s representatives in Congress, and they asserted, and behaved as if, they were unaccountable to the people, Congress, and the federal courts. The executive branch claimed the power to ignore congressional subpoenas. Republicans regarded Bush as a Stuart king unaccountable to law.

The Bush brownshirt regime revealed itself as lawless, the worst criminal organization in American history.

Now we have the Democrats, and the assault on civil liberty continues. President Obama doesn’t want to hold Bush accountable for his crimes and violations of the Constitution, because Obama wants to retain the powers that Bush asserted. Even the practice of kidnapping people and transporting them to foreign countries to be tortured has been retained by President Obama.

The civil liberties that Bush stole from us are now in Obama’s pocket. {more}

Jake Towne reflects.....

Government is certainly NOT any single person or group of people. Government is a principle - the Rule of Law. The American Government exists - simply and solely - to protect the freedom of the individual.

The Declaration of Independence was the promise to setup a new government to protect individuals from tyranny following the revolt. The Constitution of the United States was the fulfillment of that promise, the creation of a supreme law that would bind the hands of government.

We are not exactly in a blissful meadow where we have the luxury to daydream up a theoretical anarchic scheme and then live happily ever after. For while there is no imperial monarch from some far-off island imposing his tyranny upon us all, our greatest enemies are not hiding in desolate mountains or the sands of some far-flung desert!

No, our true enemy is the enemy domestic. Many who walk the halls of Washington, D.C. are far greater threats to our liberties and prosperity.

They have left our borders as sieves, protected by non-military personnel from the so-called Department of Homeland Security.

We no longer have a Department of Defense – we have a Department of Offense, a Ministry of War, that has launched preemptive, unconstitutional, and illegal wars of aggression, most egregiously in Iraq.

Our enemies try to operate the national economy as if it were a machine, and not a complex biological system of individuals working together to mutually improve our lives.

They have spit upon the standards of human dignity by torturing others in our name.

It is a fact that if they had been forced to abide by the Constitution, their schemes would have failed or been much harder to implement. Those elected to Govern us have broken their oaths and must be removed and replaced with those who will not.

They will do whatever they can to remain in power, to control us by debasing our money and frittering away our civil liberties as if they were garbage. They will use the typical stratagems – divide-and-conquer through terms meant to confuse like "conservative" and "liberal", diversions by using hot-button topics like abortion and same-sex marriage, and prey upon our differences in race and creeds in attempts to turn us upon ourselves.

Well, the enemies domestic are on notice that they have a stalker. I plead with you to join with me and become a Champion of the Constitution yourself. {more}

Maybe the constitution is not dead? Maybe it's just lying in wait for a new breed of patriots to re-animate it?

I prefer a man who will burn the flag and then wrap himself in the Constitution to a man who will burn the Constitution and then wrap himself in the flag

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