Switching Deck Chairs on the Titanic?

When asked on October 22 during the final presidential debate what he thought about the use of drones, Mitt Romney responded:

Well I believe we should use any and all means necessary to take out people who pose a threat to us and our friends around the world. And it’s widely reported that drones are being used in drone strikes, and I support that and entirely, and feel the president was right to up the usage of that technology, and believe that we should continue to use it, to continue to go after the people that represent a threat to this nation and to our friends.

It could not be put much plainer: If Republican candidate Mitt Romney becomes president, the United States will continue spreading democracy to the Middle East one Hellfire missile at a time.

Perhaps worse than Romney’s express commitment to carry on disregarding due process by blowing up those he deems “threats,” is the fact that, as with the current occupant of the White House, critical terms such as “threat” will go undefined. By keeping the legislative lines blurry a greater number of targets can be absorbed by the steady creep of a growing grey area.

There are so many problems with this policy and this attitude. First and foremost as pertains to the president’s constitutional authority is Romney’s presumption of the president’s right to act as judge, jury, and executioner of anyone at anytime. This is a fatal misconception — one of many — that he shares with President Obama.

Regardless of who sits in the Oval Office, when the judicial and executive powers of government are consolidated and restraints on the exercise of power are cast aside, it can be expected — based on both our knowledge of history and the nature of man — that power will be abused and no one’s rights or life will be safe from elimination by despots.


Federal and state politicians: Not so hot

On July 16, 2012, Sherrilyn A. Ifill published an article titled “Can State Leaders do a Good Job” at CNN.com. I contend this article is full of innuendo and devoid of proof backing up many of her statements. Her argument is in defense of a huge, overpowering central government just because states don’t do what she thinks is right.

Her first mistake is quoting the gaff master, then Senator and current VPOTUS Joe Biden, who will say anything just to hear himself talk. He claims “…the reason the federal government got into 90% of the business it got into is that the state[s]…did not do the job.” As the article progresses she refers to “doing a good job” as accepting all federal dollars offered, as if they came from some source other than the plunder of its citizens.

She specifically excoriates Gov. Perry of Texas for saying the state will not participate in the Affordable Care Act or Medicaid expansion. According to her, it is the government’s fault that 25% of the Texas population does not have health insurance.