Ex VP Cheney via Politico: “When we get people who are more concerned about reading the rights to an Al Qaeda terrorist than they are with protecting the United States against people who are absolutely committed to do anything they can to kill Americans, then I worry,” Cheney said.
“Protecting the country’s security is “a tough, mean, dirty, nasty business,” he said. “These are evil people. And we’re not going to win this fight by turning the other cheek.”
NOW he tells us, when nobody is listening to him any more. Where were you during the election, Dickie Boy? Or for the last eight years? You ceded this argument to the liberals by lack of participation.
The liberals–at least when there is a Republican in the White House–repeat as a Mantra the Ben Franklin quote: “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” First, this quote was penned during the Revolutionary War. He was exhorting against Torries who wanted no part in the rebellion. But they had not invented nukes back then (to my knowledge) 🙂 The Founding Fathers were men with common sense. They would not allow prospective mass murderers from foreign nations to be let go because they were not afforded our Constitutional rights of Due Process and Habeus Corpus. Nobody has rights if they are dead.
In days past, our leaders had common sense and realized that the Constitution is not the only consideration in determining the course of conduct. Thomas Jefferson, discussing the Louisana Purchase, which he did not think was authorized by the Constitution: “[a] strict observance of the written law is doubtless one of the high duties of a good citizen, but it is not the highest. The laws of necessity, of self-preservation, of saving our country when in danger, are of higher obligation. To lose our country by a scrupulous adherence to the written law, would be to lose the law itself, with life, liberty, property and all those who are enjoying them with us; thus absurdly sacrificing the ends to the means.” (1)
Lincoln as President usurped power granted by the Constitution to the Congressional branch when he suspended the writ of habeus corpus.
Justice Robert H. Jackson in Terminello v Chicago wrote in dissent and it concluded: “The choice is not between order and liberty. It is between liberty with order and anarchy without either. There is danger that, if the court does not temper its doctrinaire logic with a little practical wisdom, it will convert the constitutional Bill of Rights into a suicide pact.”
Obama is so busy currying favor with 15-20% of the population that is so ignorant that they think it is more important to let terrorists go free to murder again because they weren’t read their “Miranda Rights” or they were given harsh interrogation, and not provided with all the Constitutional rights of American citizens. Ok, you got elected. You said some crap that you didn’t really mean, I hope. Quit drinking the kool aid in a Jim Jones-type suicide pact. STOP! Quit acting like you are a Presidential candidate trying to win the ultra-leftist approval within your party, and start acting like a President of the United States. Act responsible.
(1) Brest, Paul; Sanford Levinson, Jack M. Balkin, Akhil Reed Amar, and Reva B. Seigel (2006). Processes of Constitutional Decisionmaking: Cases and Materials (6th Edition ed.). Aspen. pp. 65–67.