Why Ron Paul Is Wrong About Impeaching President Obama Over The Killing Of Anwar al-Awlaki
If offering Dennis Kucinich a seat in the cabinet was not enough to make you think Ron Paul was needing more naps the latest headline grabbing stunt should settle any lingering doubts about the Texan Congressman’s electability.
Not for the first time does this blog challenge Congressman Ron Paul. However, the latest gimmick from this perennial odd-ball candidate for the GOP presidential nomination is perhaps the most dangerous yet. The facts will show why Paul is far more ready for a warm glass of milk and a medical orderly to tuck him in than any place in the Oval Office.
In a nutshell, (and I do mean NUTshell) Ron Paul said that President Obama’s targeted killing of American born Anwar al-Awlaki might be an impeachable offense. He said impeachment would be “possible,” but that he wants to know more about how the administration “flouted the law.”
Well lets settle the matter here for the lover of the gold standard and white people.
Ron Paul will probably argue that the constitution’s Fifth Amendment, which says that no citizen shall be “deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law” means that the constitution bars killing non-combatants without a trial.
Well, while that sounds grand and one can almost hear the Phillip Sousa march as the words roll around the facts differ with what Paul seems to want to promote.
Federal Courts have allowed for the elimination of those like Anwar al-Awlaki . Courts have rejected barring the listing of U.S. citizens on the CIA’s terrorist hit list. It might be noted that to get on the terrorist hit list is not due to burning the crust of a pie entered in the county fair. There is blood and terror that makes getting listed so noteworthy. And as such richly deserving of justice by the United States.
It might be noted by Ron Paul that the Fifth Amendment has never successfully been used in court to limit a president’s war-fighting powers in this regard for which his partisan motives are now being used.
If al-Awlaki had wanted to turn himself in and allowed the court system of the United States to deal with him I would have been the first to line-up and argue his case should be heard in our judicial system. I have no problem with allowing our courts to try those who have been accused of a whole raft of charges, as is the case of those being held at Gitmo. I think such a display would only deepen the understanding around the world about the foundations of how our country was established.
But al-Awlaki had no intention of turning himself in, but only continuing to burnish his image as one who wanted to use his bastardized version of Islam to destroy as many Americans and create as much horror as possible. That was unacceptable.
There was only more bloodshed to come if al-Awlaki was not removed. Therefore President Obama had only one path to take, and that was to eliminate the danger that al-Awlaki presented.
No one forced al-Awlaki to act in a way that not even a wild animal would. That was his decision. In this time when our enemies don’t wear uniforms, no border is free of being crossed, and an order from any place abroad can lead to death here at home means that the president must be allowed to act with the information that is available to him and in line with what the constitution deems legal.
First and foremost protect Americans. That should be the test and standard for any person who wants to take the oath of office. And yes, it is just fine for liberals to take a tough stand on these matters when the Constitution allows for the action to occur. That is exactly what happened with this case.
Ron Paul likes to talk in bold ways about the way leadership should be used to shape the nation. But the fact is that in the Oval Office hard choices must be made. President Obama made one regarding the matter of al-Awlaki. Ron Paul should be more American than political at this juncture and support the nation rather than looking for a political point to score.
This is just one more bizarre action from a strange little man.