Monday, March 11, 2013

Voters are Highly Biased in their Evaluation of Political Information; The Drone "Debate" Gives This Away.

In today’s new cycle there is one thing that is clear. It's not what people say that matters in politics today, It's what people hear. 

Both Red & Blue supporters go out of their way not to hear what upsets their existing political ideologies or views on certain political personalities. We listen selectively so that we hear what we want to hear, and we justify what we hear based around our ideals, and not the existing facts. The current US drone policy has made this quite clear. Watching so many of my fellow progressive liberal friends support an obviously unconstitutional proposal from the Obama administration has been shocking. Attorney General Eric Holder said in a letter Tuesday (3-5-13) that Obama administration believes it could "hypothetically" carry out drone strikes against Americans on U.S. soil. On Thursday he clarified his statement, explaining the administration would never use drones against anyone not engaged in “combat” which he cleverly didn’t define. Ever scarier, is the fact he thought he needed to add information about not being in combat? Without this additional information should we have been worried the US government would just start randomly firing hell-fire missiles at unliked citizens? In other words his second statement which the mainstream media took as “fixing” the previous statement, Did Not change the first statement one bit.

I’m still seeing countless liberals and progressives alike arguing for Obama to have this highly unconstitutional power. Quite simply he should not, and even if you believe he should have this power because you think Barack Obama is perfect, please keep in mind that in 2016 we will have a new POTUS. We don’t know who this man or woman will be, but we know 100% it will not be Barack Obama, its entirely possible it could be someone like Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachman, or Mitt Romeny. Even if you aren’t scared of Barack Obama having the ability to use drones on US citizens, you better make sure you aren’t scared of any of these 3 having that same power before you grant that power to the POTUS. 

For a more in depth look at the drone problem please check out the FRPC #9 here. 

1 comment:

  1. I think that whether a person like Pres. Obama or not, they should be able to look at this objectively. It isn't about Pre. Obama having this power, but rather does the presidency have this power--to carry out strikes with Congressional check, without needing to report it to the people, and done outside the control of military.

    Personally, I support the president, but this is one policy that I cannot get behind. I understand that this is easier said for someone who is not making the tough calls a president has to make, but this policy requires serious re-thinking.

    Ali Olomi, UCLA