Herman Cain is running for the Republican nomination to unseat Barack Hussein Obama for President of the United States of America, and what he heard recently, and his reaction to it, is a true red, white and blue, all American reaction. You see, Mr. Cain found out what those of us who eat, drink and sleep politics already knew, that Barack Hussein Obama has taken this Country down a path of a terror Presidency. What he, and his Faculty Lounge partners have decided, is that it is appropriate to kill a United States Citizen overseas as part of his battle in the War on Terror.Â Being a Conservative, I have an immense respect for the battle that rages against Islamic radicals. I also believe that we have the right to eliminate all the terrorists – we were attacked first, they continue to threaten us.Â All that being said, it is UN-Constitutional for this President, or any President, to seek to murder an American citizen in the name of protecting this Country. What truly ticks me off is the silence of the non anti-war left, though it is clear they were actually more about being anti-Republican President vs anti-war.Â Still, you would have thought perhaps they had one thimble full of honor, but alas that is not to be. It has been left to We The People to call into question Obama using his Presidential powers to have an American citizen executed without trial and jury. The Imperial Presidency.
Tuesday – Going to war whether Congress likes it or not
Wednesday – Commander in chief of the economy
Thursday – It’s OK, he’s our imperial president!
Rising Republican star Herman Cain got quite the shock last week when he learned about the powers President Obama claims in the name of national security.
“This is the first that I have heard,” Cain exclaimed to his interviewer, the Atlantic’s Conor Friedersdorf. “You’re saying it’s OK to take out American citizens if he suspects they are terrorist-related. Is that what you said?!”
When Friedersdorf explained, yes, that’s Obama’s position, a horrified Cain replied: “If you’re a citizen, no, it is not right for the president to think he has the power to have you assassinated. No.”
Sure, a presidential candidate like Cain should do a better job following the news, but his unscripted reaction was the only appropriate one for a limited-government conservative — a “gaffe” only in Michael Kinsley’s sardonic definition: that rare occasion when a pol accidentally blurts the truth The truth is that American presidents have more power than we can safely entrust to any fallible human being. That was so even before the massive expansion of presidential power that followed Sept. 11.
Civil libertarians once looked to this president to right the constitutional balance. But what Obama has wrought is the same old “Terror Presidency” with new rhetoric.
Gen. Michael Hayden, President George W. Bush’s CIA director, notes a “powerful continuity” between the two administrations on national security powers. Even former Vice President Dick Cheney now grudgingly praises Obama for leaving most of the Bush framework intact.
In some areas, “44” has gone even further than “43.” Bush claimed “inherent power” to attack other countries at will, but never fought a war without congressional authorization.
Our new “decider” launched a war in Libya without so much as a by-your-leave to Congress. “It’s nice to have a neocon back in the White House,” the Washington Times enthused as the Tomahawks began to fly.
Your mileage may vary, though — especially if you worry about domestic spying. Last week’s Patriot Act fight, in which the administration leaned on congressional allies to quash debate, highlighted how much Obama has “grown in office.”
“No more national security letters to spy on citizens who are not suspected of a crime.” Obama promised on the campaign trail.
Yet the Justice Department’s latest report to Congress shows record-high use of NSLs: More than 14,000 Americans had their records searched last year using this extraordinary legal device, which allows the government to demand sensitive personal data like phone and bank records without the inconvenience of judicial review.
Why my man Herman is talking to the Atlantic I will never know, but I have to say I enjoyed his response, because truth be told, a majority of Americans would have had the same response. There is not much I wouldn’t want my elected officials to do to protect this Country, but as Benjamin Franklin once said, “Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.”