Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Worth Reconsidering

President Obama is reassessing his decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammad (KSM) in New York City.  A couple of related ideas also need to be reconsidered.

by Thomas E. Brewton

The colossal cost of holding a KSM trial in New York City is evidently the primary motivation for moving the trial elsewhere.

More worthy of reassessment is the liberal-progressive idea that terrorists should be dealt with as if they were ordinary criminals entitled to Miranda rights and the host of additional constitutional protections that go with ordinary criminal trials.

Worthy of reassessment, as well, is the administration’s repeated assurances that KSM will be found guilty and will be executed.  This gives the appearance of a show trial in which the conviction is rigged beforehand.  One wonders why Obama is willing to create this appearance, given his craven urges to kow-tow to overseas public opinion.

The answer perhaps may lie in liberal-progressives’ readiness to support any measure by a collectivist, socialistic government - in the proposed KSM trial and in the 1930s Moscow show trials - in the belief that liberal-progressives are pure of heart and can commit no wrong. 

After all, Obama, Bill Ayers, Bernadine Dohrn, David Axelrod, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid are endangering our homeland security and the nation’s economic survival in service to the grand designs of social justice and socialistic perfection of future generations.  At any rate, that was the liberal-progressive justification here in the United States for Stalin’s murdering tens of millions of people during the 1930s, 40s, and 50s.

Add to the rationale John Dewey’s pragmatic dogma that Darwinian evolution has made “value judgments” about right and wrong passé.  Under Dewey’s pragmatism, the only thing that counts is getting what you wish to have, which, by the way, also explains Nancy Pelosi’s determination to cram socialized health care down the throats of a revolted public.