Okay, just informally, let’s have a show of hands: who thinks it’s a great idea that the Executive has
the power to target — in total secrecy and with no checks or due process — their fellow citizens for execution: specifically, assassination-by-CIA
and likes to use it?
Mainstream progressive think-tank the Center for American Progress? Nice of you to stand up and be counted. Yes, I know; targeted killing without due process would be evil awful bad no-good totally wrong if Dubya was still in office, but like Communism it works if only the right people can be put in charge.
Republican Presidential nomination slate at the foreign policy debate? Well of course, all y’all probably creamed your pant-oh, Ron Paul, you’re such a kidder!
It took Ron Paul — whom every Good Progressive will tell you is Completely Crazy and Insane — to point out to the GOP the rather glaring inconsistency between, on the one hand, distrusting government authorities to run health care, but on the other, wanting to empower the President to kill whomever he wants with no transparency or due process.
Seriously now, Dr. Paul, let’s get with the program of killing brown guys with scary ay-rab sounding names. No? Where’s your bipartisanship, Dr. Paul? Don’t you want to reach across the aisle to those CAP folks and show America that the Party of Lincoln is ready to compromise on important foreign-policy issues? I swear they don’t smell like patchouli.
Making Up the Record the New York Times? Glad to see you on board, Thomas Friedman. That’ll stick it to those nasty Fox News partisans who decry the Grey Lady as a left-wing rag, won’t it? Oh, right, I forgot about the Center for American Progress up there. Obviously you can still be a left-wing rag and nevertheless get along with the superhawks when there’s brown people to be killed.
Lest you think that the only issue that can unite the Left and the Right is murdering brown people on the exclusive say-so of the President, take heart: everyone’s favourite mainstream progressive new-media site the Huffington Post is willing to put aside its politics and laud Michele Bachmann for her batshit-insane anti-vaccination stance, hoisting her up onto a pedestal alongside those of such notable batshit-insane anti-vaxxers as RFK Jr., Bill Maher, and the alien queen herself Jenny McCarthy. Yay bipartisanship!
Time to haul out the ol’ third-party ticket: