Just some tasty red meat:
The interview touches on the key issue of Paul’s recent filibuster. In my own words: If the government can execute American citizens, on American soil, pre-emptively (without an active crime or combat situation and without due process), simply by designating them ‘terrorists’ first… well, who’s a terrorist? Please note that:
- Bernard von Nothaus, domestic ‘monetary protestor’ (for lack of a better term), was accused of ‘domestic terrorism’ by his prosecutors.
- Some reports say that the FBI investigated Occupy Wall Street as possible ‘domestic terrorists’.
- A 2011 poll showed that 53% of Democrats considered Tea Party members to be ‘economic terrorists’.
- In 2011, no less a personage (cough) than Vice President Biden allegedly compared Republicans / Tea Partiers to terrorists, over the debt ceiling negotiations.[^^]
With such examples, we see that the Obama – Big Government – Big Banking nexus is indeed prone to labeling its domestic ideological opponents as ‘terrorists’.
Fortunately and as we know, the Obama administration did answer Paul’s filibuster with a clarification of the limits on domestic drone strikes.
[^^I can’t recall Biden’s GOP counterparts – Vice President Cheney, or VP candidates Sarah Palin and Paul Ryan – ever saying that their domestic, non-violent political opponents were terrorists. If you think any of them did, I invite you to find a solid reference and post it in the comments. Quotes about Bill Ayers won’t count, since Ayers was actually violent for awhile.]
UPDATE: Rand is on a roll. “For liberty to expand, government must shrink.” Link is timed to that line, but watch the whole thing.