The Hit List
by Eric Peters
There’s a saying among lawyers: “Hard cases make bad law.”
What it means, essentially, is that it’s easy to allow one’s emotions to supersede reason – and set a terrible precedent for the future. Such is the case as regards the Executive Sanction just carried out against the thoroughly unappealing – and probably deserving – Anwar al-Auluqi. It is easy – dangerously easy – to relish in the termination of this apparent baddie. Only Ron Paul took note of the key fact; the wheel turning – the thing that may (no, that will) come back to bite us one day: The president has asserted – and we have accepted – his authority to have people killed on his say-so. And not just “people” – specific individuals, even if they are American citizens.
The office of the president is now the office of Don Corleone.
And the rule of law officially – explicitly – null and void.
Hard cases make bad law. And in this case, the law being made is that the president, personally, has the power of life and death over us. He may, at his whim, order us killed. Oh, yes, I know. Only “terrorists” need worry. Al Towelhead was a bad guy and if you are not a Towelhead or a bad guy out to steal our treasured freedoms then you may sleep soundly at night knowing our current Great Decider is keeping you safe.
Until he decides otherwise, of course.
And that is the measure of the disaster that has just taken place.