I hate writing this. For one thing, we are only weeks away from a critically important election — one which, notwithstanding everything I say here, the Democrats must win for the sake of this country. Besides, attacking congressional Democrats for gutlessness is such an overplayed game: Everyone — or at least every liberal who writes on the web — does it. And much of the time these attacks are unfair.
But not this time. This time it’s the very soul of the nation that’s being trashed; and, frankly, fellow Democrats, calculated inaction, which appears to be the strategy of our party’s elected representatives, is morally unacceptable — no, it’s worse than that — it’s unforgivable.
Sometime in the next few days, assuming the tea leaf readers are right, Congress will adopt a statute that will literally rewrite the DNA of our constitutional system of government, granting the president — this president — this miserable excuse for a president — extraordinary and wholly un-American powers: Powers fit for a king.
Henceforth, the president will have the prerogative to seize any foreign national, whether overseas or here at home, based upon nothing more than the bare suspicion that such person has provided some sort of support to a terrorist organization. No proof is required. No trial or hearing need ever be provided. No charges need be filed. And the prisoner can be held in this fashion year after year until death.
It will be the ultimate legal limbo, with no right whatsoever to petition the courts to challenge the confinement. The sacred right of habeas corpus, like the Geneva Convention before it, having apparently now become quaint and disposable.
And, oh yeah, while they’re being held in this fashion they can be tortured — so long as we don’t call it torture, mind you.