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Stephen Green


March 7, 2013 - 1:11 pm

It took weeks and a political “root canal,” but Eric Holder has at long last admitted that the President doesn’t have the legal authority to launch a Hellfire missile into Starbucks if one of the baristas has a funny beard and a map.

What a relief.

The question we should be asking however is: Why are we even talking about this in the first place? How did we sink so low as a purportedly free people, that it was ever an issue that the President might have some kind of secret Assassination Power emanating from the Constitution’s various penumbras?

It’d be like watching SportsCenter on ESPN to catch the latest hockey scores, when suddenly Lindsay Czarniak and John Anderson break out with a multimedia presentation on the history of interpretive dance, and how it paralleled the growth of modern jazz.

Why are they talking about this???

So kudos to Rand Paul (with assists from Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and Rob Wyden) for taking the issue off the table. Before the table gets blowed up good.

And a big, loud, wet raspberry to John McCain and Lindsey Graham, for being the two biggest jerks in the Department of Not Getting It.

Anyone back there in South Carolina have any idea who to primary against Graham in 2014? McCain I believe will retire at the end of his term, but Graham needs to get primaried, good and hard. C’mon, Tea Party — show us what you’ve got.

Stephen Green began blogging at in early 2002, and has served as PJMedia's Denver editor since 2008. He's one of the hosts on PJTV, and one-third of PJTV's Trifecta team with Scott Ott and Bill Whittle. Steve lives with his wife and sons in the hills and woods of Monument, Colorado, where he enjoys the occasional lovely adult beverage.

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This post is written so allusively and either sarcastically or half-sarcastically, that I can't work out its meaning with any confidence. Here's how it looks: "Of course the President doesn't have a constitutional power to do X, so I can't understand why anyone would claim the President has that power, nor why anyone would imagine that the President is trying to acquire that power in disregard of the Constitution. In fact, I'm amazed that a free people would be reduced to the condition of disputing whether it was in danger of losing its freedom. So thank you, to Paul, Cruz, Lee, and Wyden for making a big deal about this issue I can't believe anyone's even talking about, and for getting everyone to shut up about it. And a big raspberry to McCain and Graham for not getting it, whatever 'it' is." I know that's not what it means, but I'm tired of trying to figure out what it means.
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"They [are] talking about this" because presidents -- Obama today and most egregiously, but others in the past -- have exercised all manner of powers beyond what the Constitution allows them. Senator Paul and Senator Cruz, by compelling Eric Holder and Barack Obama to face at least one candid, unambiguous question, have opened a crack in the wall around the most important political question in American history:

Does the Constitution of the United States mean what it says, and is it binding upon those who hold offices under it?

That question must be asked, often and insistently -- and the officials of whom it is asked must be compelled to answer it without circumlocution, evasion, or ambiguity, on penalty of great public shame at the very least.
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I am one of the Hobbits who tried to primary Sen McCain during his last election cycle. I wear that as a badge of honor. The good news is this: Sarah Palin now has a house in Scottsdale, AZ. My speculation is that she'll run for McCain's senate seat when he retires.
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Why are they even talking about this? That is the best question ever. Stephen, you rock!
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