With all of the talk about Tiger Woods, climate change and the health care bill in the last few weeks the media, aside from some alternative news websites forgot to report on Obama’s newest Supreme Court victory. Who would have thought after all those speeches about change, the first black president would fight and succeed in striping away peoples humanity and effectively turn people into objects. Obama has once again showed his contempt for liberty and embraced terrorism, much like his predecessor Bush did, as a means to subjugate American citizens. On December 15th, the Supreme Court supported torture and rejected due process of enemy combatants
When people think about what an enemy combatant is, they usually picture a shady Arab man whose only purpose in life is to strap a bomb to himself and blow up buildings; in other words, a terrorist. These terrorists exist because, as Bush said, “they can’t stand our freedom” and will use whatever means necessary to destroy them. The government’s solution to stop these evil people is to declare terrorists enemy combatants, who don’t belong to a nation, and to strip them of any civil rights that they may have.
What’s this have to do with Americans living in the good ol’ U.S of A? It’s funny you should ask that. As I’ve written before, any American who doesn’t approve of the government is most likely a terrorist. As if knowing what the future held, congress passed a bill in 2006 stating that American Citizens can be enemy combatants. Just like the patriot act and homeland security, this is not intended for those Arab terrorists but for you and your neighbor who don’t approve of having the government control every aspect of their life. This ruling along combined with other policies will be used against you if you don’t stay in line. You don’t need that pesky due process do you?
It is a strange usage of double think to say that in order to spread our freedoms throughout the world that we need to strip freedom away from people. In order to maintain an orderly society there is no room for critical thinking or opposing thought. Those Americans who don’t embrace the freedom of conformity and reject the freedom to be a slave are destined to have those freedoms stripped from them and will be designated as an enemy combatant. It looks like, even with those freedoms that government has given us, since they’re no longer rights, hasn’t left us with much freedom and liberty at all.
We only need to look into the recent past to see what happens when people are considered less than human. A few years ago, Abu Ghraib created a firestorm in the world media with allegations that officials authorized the torture of the prisoners held there. The media pointed to pictures that were released of prisoners being abused but the real scope of the torture never made its way into the news. Prisoners were not only subjected to torture and stress positions they were subjected to beatings until their muscles were liquefied, forced sex with dogs and people, torturing of prisoners children and you can’t forget people being killed as a result of those things.
I like to use my imagination so I can picture all of the glorious possibilities of these kinds of policies hold for the nation. For instance, we could round up all of our inner city gang members and declare them enemy combatants. Once they have that status, we could ship them out to our farms and manufacturing plants where they could work and be productive members of society. We wouldn’t have to stop with gang members of course; we could get those pesky anti war protesters, political dissidents, communists, artists, writers and of course that next door neighbor who burns wood on spare the air days. Just think how productive we would be without our rights.
I’d like to end this on a positive note with a quote from President Obama, the man who is going to change the world. Be sure to read the wording he used in his speech about terrorism where he admits we’re fighting to support those who torture. Our moral compass demands that we spread the freedom to subjugate others.
“Today we are engaged in a deadly global struggle for those who would intimidate, torture, and murder people for exercising the most basic freedoms. If we are to win this struggle and spread those freedoms, we must keep our own moral compass pointed in a true direction.” President Obama