All posts tagged: The Founders

What if al-Awlaki was a Confederate soldier?

I disagree but I’m glad born-again constructionists are troubled by the president’s authorization of the murder of a U.S. citizen. The killing of al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki was, in fact, a violation of the Fifth Amendment and such things shouldn’t be taken lightly. That doesn’t mean it was wrong. *”[I]f the American people accept this blindly and casually that we now have an accepted practice of the president assassinating people who he thinks are bad guys, I think it’s sad,” said Libertarian gadfly Ron Paul. Keep in mind al-Awlaki had declared war against his birth country, just like the 750,000 soldiers who fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War. Not one of the 258,000 Rebel soldiers killed by Union troops received their due process. Wars aren’t decided on principle, and had the framers foreseen the likes of al-Awlaki they might well have included an exception to the Fifth. Regardless, I think the Republic will survive. Al-Qadea may not. *As for Paul’s claim that al-Awlaki was “assassinated,” I defer to Chris Rock.

so what was your first job out of college?

Memo to Barack Obama: Apparently you’re not aware of this, but a majority of voters associate community organizing with Al Sharpton. They think the job consists of little more than staging protests and demonizing white people. Here’s how Barack Obama spent his days on Chicago’s South Side: “We knew what was wrong in the community but we didn’t know how to get something done about it,” recalls Yvonne Lloyd, 78, who worked with Obama. Obama insisted on “staying in the background while he empowered us.” By Obama’s own admission, there were few big victories. But whether it was getting the city to fill potholes, provide summer jobs, or remove asbestos from the apartments or persuading the apartment managers to repair toilets, pipes, and ceilings, Obama encouraged residents to come up with their own priorities with the gentle admonition: “It’s your community.” What a silly waste of time. Obama was 23 when he got the job (salary: $10,000). I was a ski bum at that age (salary: $10,000). George W. Bush was popping quarters off the …