A long time ago, on a blog far, far away, (and then again on this blog), I noted a tone of faint irrationality coming from the Tea Party movement, with their anger at taking back their government (which they voted for in an election) and their fury at out of control government spending (which, again, they voted for, and which they're not against when George Bush or Ronald Reagan did it or when the benefits accrue to them personally). I called them names, and probably cracked a joke or two. Yadda yadda. (Matt Taibbi has a nice article in Rolling Stone describing this particular cognitive dissonance.)
Then I listened to Dan Carlin this week, which is kind of like Control-Alt-Delete for your brain. Carlin points out one very key thing about the President currently in power. When George Bush did what President Obama is now doing (claiming the ability to kill Americans overseas without due process) (read this if you don't believe me), I ran around with my hair on (rhetorical) fire (I don't have much hair left, aflame or otherwise) calling him a tyrant. It doesn't get a whole lot more tyrannical than that- if someone, somewhere, says you're a terrorist, you run the risk of being killed. No judge, no trial, no warrant, just your car exploding in a ball of fire and you're done.
Carlin asks, pointedly, if you were against it then, and you're not against it now, because the guy you like is doing it, you are being at the very least inconsistent in your thinking. This is the flip side of my argument against the Tea Party madness- if you were OK with out of control spending on Medicare Part D and endless foreign wars and tax breaks without corresponding spending reductions then, and you're suddenly outraged now, then you're not being logically coherent.
Dan Carlin is absolutely right.
And furthermore, as Carlin notes on the discussion forums for his show, if this policy (again, read this in the Washington Post if you don't believe me) isn't an impeachable offense, what is? This policy takes the entire Bill of Rights and shreds it. (Well, all except the quartering of soldiers. So far.)
Mr. President, you have lost my vote.