It really irks me to come across individuals who think so highly of themselves to the point of letting that belief go from intro to extro and finding the need to display it like some cheap two-piece tea set.
When you suspend habeas corpus, which has been a principle dating before even our country — it’s the foundation of Anglo American law, which says very simply, if the government grabs you, then you have the right to at least ask, ‘Why was I grabbed?’ and say, ‘Maybe you’ve got the wrong person.’ The reason you have that safeguard is because we don’t always have the right person. We don’t always catch the right person.
We may think this is Mohammed the terrorist. It might be Mohammed the cab driver. You may think it’s Barack the bomb thrower. But it might be Barack the guy running for president. So the reason that you have this principle is not to be soft on terrorism. It’s because that’s who we are. That’s what we’re protecting. Don’t mock the Constitution. Don’t make fun of it. Don’t suggest that it’s unAmerican to abide by what the Founding fathers set up. It’s worked pretty well for over 200 years.
As Conor Friedersdorf at the Atlantic said, “What happened to that guy?”
As a voter who prioritizes civil liberties, I cannot in good conscience vote for Barack Obama in November.
Why? The man who ran in 2008 is not the President we received.
You are the most confusing person I have ever met. It’s frustrating, but I guess it really doesn’t matter because I’m going to be out of this town in 5 months. So what’s the point of even starting anything? In the end it probably wont work out. Nothing ever does. I’m starting to accept that.
Can I Graduate Can I Graduate Can I look at faces that I meet Can I get my punk-ass off the street I’ve been living on for so long (Can I Graduate) To the bastard talking down to me Your whipping boy calamity Cross your fingers, I’m going to knock it all down (Can I Graduate)
Echo fading, We can’t let go She goes walking by in slow-mo’ Sell your Heart out for a buck Go on, Fade out, Before I get stuck Talking to somebody like you Do you live the days you go through Will this song live on long after we do (Can I Graduate) Can I look at faces that I meet Can I get my punk-ass off the street Won’t die on the vine. I wanna knock it all down (Can I Graduate) Echo fading, candle blow Did you flash out long ago Cross my fingers, I don’t know Someone poked you down below
Can I Graduate Can I Graduate Can I Graduate Can I Graduate Can I Graduate Can I get my punk-ass off the street Can I look at faces that I meet I’m not waiting here for you to fly (I mind) Will this song live on long after we do (I mind)
Suppose you were a humanitarian relief worker. You spend your time at home and abroad bringing food aid to those whose lives have been devastated by disaster. You feel like you’re devoting your life to a good cause and truly helping your fellow man.
Then the U.S. government sends you to jail. Without a charge or trial. Forever.
When the War on Terror is over, you’re told, you might have a sporting chance of getting out. Because the War on Terror is totally going to end any day now, right? Dream big, detainees!
If that doesn’t strike you as a good scenario, your instincts are correct. It is, however, a conceivable situation if the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA, or S.1867) is signed into law. Under the bill’s Section 1031, the federal government will claim the authority to indefinitely detain anyone, anywhere, if it deems them a threat in the fight against terror. Indeed, the NDAA “designates the world as the battlefield, including the homeland,” as Senator Lindsey Graham, as strong supporter of the measure, has put it. And the qualifications for being a terrorist threat are vague—so vague, in fact, that a “relief worker could end up in indefinite military detention without charge or trial for giving food or medical assistance to someone who turns out to have been a Taliban member or supporter.”
To say this is a scary bill is to utter a massive understatement, and it’s no wonder that civil libertarians of all political persuasions have been up in arms as the NDAA passed the Senate with a whopping 93 percent approval rating from our “representatives.”
This is highly amusing to me for obvious reasons. The article itself:
Ron Paul is a hipster’s dream. He’s the vinyl section of the record store. He’s the rare gem at Goodwill.
Paul wants to legalize drugs (not just marijuana, all drugs) and keep the government out of Trust Funds. He’s a Libertarian in the purest sense, and he’s attracting a young urban demographic that’s tired of the same old “lamestream” politicians in the White House.
Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show is one of the few media outlets that is actually paying attention to Ron Paul. He’s praised Paul’s political consistencies and has even had him on the show a few times. When discussing the recent Republican political debates, Stewart explained, ” The guy is for gay marriage, legalizing drugs, and against military spending. He’s criticized Ronald Reagan. He’s certainly capable of winning his nomination, but the Republicans ain’t his party.” I personally can’t think of anything more hipster than ironically subscribing to the wrong political party.
He’s been nicknamed Ronstoppable by his young fans, and he’s finally living up to this name. After a “Media Blackout” of the candidate on both Liberal and Conservative outlets, CBS came out with an article last week about the Paul moving to the “Top Tier” of Republican candidates.
It’s true that Paul has a large body of well-educated and enthusiastic supporters. While other candidates are tripping over themselves in debates or being taken down by scandal, Ron Paul holds his ground. He appears strong against competitors at debates. When Republican hopeful Rick Perry pitifully turned to Paul to help during his infamous “I don’t know the 3rd…” catastrophe at the Republican debates, Paul didn’t miss a beat. He hilariously replied, “there’s five…” solidifying new supporters on the spot.
The primaries are months away, but Paul is gaining steam. Recent media attention has turned the impossible candidate into “Ronstoppable”. Let’s just hope he doesn’t get too mainstream.
After the events in the past few weeks I have realized a lot about myself. I am not a robot, but I am a lesbian. A hardcore lesbian. I also have learned that I should log out of my tumlbr on a school computer.