Originally Published – May 17, 2014
Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, a Constitutional bull dog is going after the Obama administration and it’s nomination of Judge David Barron to the U.S. 1st Circuit Court of Appeals. To which I hope he is successful in denying. The last thing we need is another liberal on the court.
In 2013, Paul filibustered the nomination of CIA Director John Brennan on basically the same point he is using here against Judge Barron. What Paul wants to know is if the administration and Judge Barron believes we (Americans) still have a Fifth Amendment right to due process — as written in our United States Constitution.
Now I must admit I nearly always agree with Paul and I love his passion to root out anyone who would not hold the Constitution up as our most precious legal document, but I simply can’t agree with his assessment of why he is doing what he is doing this time.
The issue at hand is whether or not U. S. citizens have a right to due process before being blown to smithereens on the field of war by a drone or other tool of military combat. I say of course not!
Rarely do we see conservatives or libertarians playing the where’s the Constitution Waldo game when it comes to war, defending the innocent, defending America’s interests or defending liberty itself.
In my humble opinion, the first people who should be killed during war are those American traitors who joined with the enemy (such as with Muslim jihadists) in an effort to kill Americans or incite others to kill there former countrymen. Due process? The drone strike or Tomahawk missile is the process by which they get their due. I have no time for distinctions between nationalities of those on the battle field. An enemy is an enemy! Our job is to kill the enemy not ask them for identification and proof of insurance.
I have no issue what-so-ever with a drone strike killing radical Yemeni cleric Anwar al-Awlaki or Islamic extremist Samir Khan, whether or not they were American citizens, whether or not they are eating Cheerios and playing cards in a mountain cave hide out or firing RPGs at U.S. troops.
But perhaps we can put at ease the minds of Paul and others (who worship the Constitution like a “golden calf”) by simply having a quick hearing and revoke their citizenship. If a court or panel agrees that the actions and motives of the “traitor” are sufficient, then we simply go ahead and make sure the appointment is kept for them to meet their maker. Fuel up that drone and send her on her way. Lady liberty has her eye on the cross-hair and her finder on the trigger.
Of course, surrender and we will give you due process. Get captured and we will give you due process. Commit to fighting on the battle field of war — where ever that might be — and you will likely die in vain.
Removing barbarians who aim us harm will always be the right thing to do, no matter where they were born and no matter where they received their passport.
May the bombs land lightly upon your head, and may posterity forget that you, detestable traitor, were ever our countrymen.
David is a deacon at his local church and a perpetual student of religion, politics and American history. Author, speaker, blogger, David lives in Southern California with his wife and their three children. This piece and many others found here can first be read at Eaglerising.com or at Americanthinker.com. You can follow him on Twitter @cogitarus. He’s available for speaking engagements upon request.