Senator Lindsay Graham kills me.
The hawkish Republican from South Carolina isn’t exactly standing up for limited government. His latest oration, on the presidential stump in Iowa, warned Americans far and wide that, were he sitting in the White House with his finger poised above The Button and “you’re thinking about joining al-Qaeda or ISIL [Islamic State] — anybody thinking about that? — I’m not gonna call a judge.”
Adding mucho macho-flash: “I’m gonna call a drone and we will kill you.”
Like you, it never crossed my mind to join either the Islamic State or al-Qaeda. So, a big “meh,” eh?
The attacks on civil liberties, committed under the cover of fighting terrorism, must end. I hope that Section 215 of the ridiculously-named USA Patriot Act will expire. I also want to halt the secret, process-less, law-less, global drone-strike program.
And I don’t think I am asking too much for the next president to not regularly threaten audiences with wider, more gleeful and less accountable use of drones.
Remember, Sen. Graham said “thinking about.”
Even with the NSA tracking our every key-stroke, government could still make a mistake about what we’re thinking.
Moreover, even if you disagree with me — perhaps wanting the War on Terror to be fought with more fury — it still seems counter-productive for the wannabe POTUS: (a) to imply that Americans must be bullied out of joining the latest jihadist gang in the Middle East and (b) to suggest the Prez has the dictatorial power to summarily execute an American on the mere suspicion of a thought crime.
Graham, president? Don’t die laughing.
This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.