Speaking of Patriots, here’s someone who isn’t, at least not today. It’s Trent Lott talking about the Supreme Court Decision on the Detainees at Guantanamo. Notice that he hasn’t read it. But much more to the point, he says it’s a bad decision because these are not pussy cats being detained there. He doesn’t address the fact that the Supreme Court is charged with the Constitutionality of the Government’s actions. Have the prisoner’s rights been upheld? That’s what our Constitution is about. That’s why it was written. If they are bad men, let them stand trial!
He sounds like Bush. When Bush was confronted about the absence of Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq, he said, "You’ve got to understand, Saddam Hussein is a very bad man." They say these things as if they are oblivious to the fact that we have a Constitution that covers how we deal with bad men. If they are citizens of our country, we have trials. And citizens of other countries? By the way, that Constitution doesn’t say anything about the United States being in charge of the world’s very bad man problem.
A Patriot is someone who is dedicated to upholding our Constitution and its Bill of Rights, not someone who ignores them. Why are these people so afraid of the courts? Courts are the mainstay of American justice. Republicans avoid them, try to stack them with partisans, criticize their decisions without reading them? The decisions of our courts are supposed to be outside the reach of the political arms of our government.
The decisions of our courts are supposed to be outside the reach of the political arms of our government…