Republican presidential candidate John McCain on Friday sharply denounced a Supreme Court decision that gave suspected terrorist detainees a right to seek their release in federal courts.Hum....
"I think it's one of the worst decisions in history," McCain said. "It opens up a whole new chapter and interpretation of our constitution."
McCain is one of the authors of the 2006 Military Commissions Act which set up procedures for the handling of detainees. The act denied the detainees access to federal courts.
[ cf McCain slams Supreme Court on terrorist detainees ]
Now realistically, it is not like anyone can safely say, 'but if they were americans' - since we have the Padilla Case, and others, so that gag is not going to work as well, going forward.
So maybe ONE of the crucial national issues that probably should take precedence over the question of legalizing pot smoking for recreational libertarians, is whether or not these bold and courageous folks would feel safe leaving the absence of the writ of habeus corpus as a core part of their New America.
As so many of us keep wonder, what is so novel about upholding the rulings of the American Supreme Court about the American Constitution that HAS the stick in the ground that "NO, Lincoln was not right to remove the writ due to the mere political expediencies that there was a confederacy in armed rebellion", and if that was not good law under those more complex and ugly a series of events, what in the current era makes the majikal change?
What is it about the modern era that makes these LIBERALS want to abandon the rule of law, as McCain and friends want to do, simply because they do not like the idea that the nation has done really good with an actual rule of law based upon the actual American Constitution, and not the majikal one with the majikal proof that majikally the USofA IS a "christian nation", what ever that was suppose to be.
Yes boys and girls, the onus of proof remains upon those who wish to change the status quo ante, and that is as true of those wishing to overturn established american constitutional law, as well as actual american history.
So what do we say?
Maybe it is time for a National Debate on whether or not it is time to fold the Constitution up and leave it for some future folks to find, since clearly so many americans, such as radical left wingers like McCain are not willing to support it....
Or MAYBE, just MAYBE, it is time for americans to remember that one of the central facets of american culture IS the constitutional process, the rights and freedoms that are 'granted by our creator' - in what ever form of deist, or atheistical form, that one wishes, since we do NOT WANT that these 'rights' are majikaly 'given' by the state to only those folks whom the state views as the paying customers.
What IF americans had to BE american, and not merely wave flags at 'americanism'???
Some of us remember that we did not swear some state offered 'honor' to uphold and defend that constition, and that we still see it as an HONOR OBLIGATION to defend it, from enemies both foreign OR domestic!!! That we have an obligation to maintain a fidelity between the version we got, and wish to preserve and conserve, and the version that we pass along to our heirs!!!
Ah yes, what IF americans had to become actually engaged in an actual american way of life....