McCain’s Constitution-Free World

This week in a 5-4 decision the U.S.Supreme Court ruled that the detainees, some of whom have been held for six years, had rights under habeas corpus, a long-standing legal principle by which people can challenge their imprisonment.

While criticizing the decision John McCain made the following remarks

The United States Supreme Court yesterday rendered a decision which I think is one of the worst decisions in the history of this country.  Our first obligation is the safety and security of this nation and the men and women who defend it.  This decision will harm our ability to do that.

Umm, no…  the first obligation of the President (and members of Congress), and particularly the Supreme Court is to uphold the Constitution.

Indeed, the decision may “harm” the ability of the government to keep us safe and secure, but so would many things (although I’m generally of the mind that you don’t need to sacrifice liberty for security).

For example, let’s suppose that the permanent institution of martial law might make us less likely to be killed in a terrorist attack.  Then a Supreme Court ruling saying that permanent martial law is unconstitutional would “harm our ability to” keep Americans safe and secure.  That surely doesn’t make such a decision wrong… except perhaps to John McCain.

 

4 Responses to “McCain’s Constitution-Free World”

  1. Armed & Christian Says:

    Hear! Hear! While I am not in favor of allowing terrorists to run amok, we can’t just lock up everyone that we *think* might be dangerous (well, at least not yet. Give it another 5-10 years). If they’re up to something, then for crying out loud CHARGE THEM with a crime. If you’ve nothing on them, they they should go free.

    The Constitution and Bill of Rights is all that separates us from any other tinpot dictatorship.

  2. rudi Says:

    I want to make it clear that I have Native American Blood in me. I also have a lot of other blood that may or may not be the blood that many Ron Paul supporters would call pure American blood. I have children with even less pure blood. Tell the truth movement, I said I do not like their brand of truth if it means that I am on their list of those who are not Americans. It is easy to see how propaganda works. You build a consensus on issues where most everyone agrees with but where there is dissonance, you brush that gut feeling aside when you are caught up in the fervor of the moment. When and if the Ron Paul movement gains traction, to the point of electing those of his same stripe, will you go along with the less attractive and racist agenda they will endorse?

    A White Supremist who Ron Paul had a $2,000 a plate donation dinner from has this to say about me and my children-

    “No person shall be a citizen of the United States unless he is a non-Hispanic white of the European race, in whom there is no ascertainable trace of Negro blood, nor more than one-eighth Mongolian, Asian, Asia Minor, Middle Eastern, Semitic, Near Eastern, American Indian, Malay or other non-European or non-white blood, provided that Hispanic whites, defined as anyone with an Hispanic ancestor, may be citizens if, in addition to meeting the aforesaid ascertainable trace and percentage tests, they are in appearance indistinguishable from Americans whose ancestral home is in the British Isles or Northwestern Europe. Only citizens shall have the right and privilege to reside permanently in the United States.” - Bill Johnson

    Rob Paul broke bread with racists and only after loud call for him to disassociate from Bill Johnso did he withdraw for Bill Johnson. Ron Paul never gave that money back to those White Supremists and if you think there is not more money where that came from, think again. Ron Paul built his poitical career on the backs of White Supremists. His newsletters are filled with bigotry and racism. Do the least little research and you will find where Ron Paul’s views about imimmigration come from. You may agree with him today but when his supporters are in power, watch the concentration camps he righly recognizes are out there…filled up with people with various shades of brown skin,

    As for me, never, and I mean never, will I ever vote for a Republican again. I did it with Reagan for his first term. That ended it for me. The Middle Class took the hit. The mentally ill, now homeless, were put out into the street. Americans no longer had retirements or benefits. The safety net has been eroding ever since Reagan and little by little, the Bill of Rights has eroded until there will only be scraps of America left for the poor Whites, Hispanics, and Blacks to wrestle over. Ron Paul wants there to be Rights but for whom? Who will meet the status of U.S. Citizen when Ron Paul and his supporters take over the reigns of government? I will not pass the Bill Johnson test. It may be be you that passes the test for the protections given by the Constitution and Bill of Rights but if you beleive as I do, that Ron Paul takes money from racists like Bill Johnson, that doesn’t mean me or my children will have your Rights.

    It may not be popular to speak out against a populist amongst an army of populists but I can do no other. I will support Ron Paul when he opposes war but when he starts talking about immigration brother… my ancestors blood was spilt in Oklahoma… My brown skinned children are not yours to send anywhere. When you start talking your rubbish about sending my children back to Mexico brother, you better believe I am going to speak out.

    If you believe that Libertarianism is the answer, you already have it. Corporate Libertarians are running roughshod over the middle class and taking all of their meager assets. Libertarians and Ron Paul want there to be no environmental laws. They are getting their wish. Ron Paul wishes for there to be no minimum wage. The minimum wage now is at a ridiculously paltry amount. Why does he not support an increase to a living wage? If you don’t want illegal immigrants, support wages that can support an American Family. When inflation is at 15% and your wage stays the same, that is called a pay cut. Ron Paul is opposed to unions. Thee only good paying labor jobs in America today and in the past are there because of unions. What do these things mean for you if you want to live in a place that respects the dignity of human life? Do you want toxic polluters dumping their filth in your backyard? Do you wish for your children to work for less than a minimum wage? Do you want to abolish unions so that the market of China and Nicaraugua can determine your wages and benefits? Libertarians are opposed to these things.

    I want to make it clear. I believe in the right to bear arms, but I am not a gun lover who ia storing up amunition and weapons to stop the brown people from invading America. I own no guns. If you kill me, White, Black, Brown, or Green, I will go on to the light of love but while I live, I will say my sayings. America was already invaded by Europeans and Europeans took America with a kind of hatred that is being evoked today by the Ron Paul anti-immigration supporters. I will not let you take my brown skinned children without me saying my piece. Think again before you support another anti-immigration populist with broad support from White Supremists. The people of Germany looked the other way as the Brown Shirts dragged away those that were not pure blood and those who spoke out against them. What will you do?

    “In Germany, they came first for the Communists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist; And then they came for the trade unionists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist; And then they came for the Jews, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew; And then . . . they came for me . . . And by that time there was no one left to speak up.” -Pastor Martin Niemöller

    rudi

  3. Jackson15 Says:

    rudi-

    what the hell are you talking about?

    there are so man things wrong with your rant, I’m not going to respond except to say: get professional help man!

  4. saza Says:

    Rudi - Your comments are way of base! You obviously know nothing about Congressman Ron Paul and his positions. Do some research and enlighten yourself, please! I am part Cherokee, and a fan of RP. His philosophy of Individual liberty negates the theory of racism. His strong stance of upholding the Constitution negates your theory of more pollution - for it would encroach on every individual’s right to breathe clean air and drink clean water. He is for state rights and not a large centralized federal government.

    Ron Paul lives and breathes the Constitution and his voting record proves it! I might suggest that you should read or re-read the Constitution and the Federalist papers. You are severely mis-informed.

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