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I am not a Democrat. I am a democrat. I oppose drone strikes. [View all]

As the title says I oppose drone strikes because I am a democrat. I believe in democracy, as pure as can be achieved while safeguarding certain individual "rights." I believe in rule of law and due process. I oppose drone strikes and all other forms extra-judicial punishment. In my mind they are nothing more than Bills of Attainder. If the Democratic Party continues to support and expand the Unitary Executive doctrine I cannot in good conscience continue to support them in the future. It is a line in the sand that we should not cross. We cannot allow the any President this kind of power. I will be watching the next presidential election cycle very closely. I hope the Democratic nominee will be someone with enough strength of conviction to vow to lay down these unconstitutional and undemocratic powers that have been granted to the current President under the Patriot Act and through the Unitary Executive doctrine.

A lot of people are fine with this power right now, but if this was President Romney doing this I am willing to bet a lot more people on this site would be opposed to it. There comes a time when you have to ask yourself do you believe in principles or do you believe in a party? If you can honestly say you would be fine with President Romney using drone strikes to kill U.S. citizens without trial then fine. I have a lot more respect for that person than the one one who changes his views based on who is in office.

Just to be clear this post is only dealing with the use of drones on U.S. citizens. The use of drone strikes against citizens of foreign countries raises a lot more issues we need to discuss, but I didn't want to cloud the issue in this thread. Though, simply for openness sake I will say that I oppose the use of drone strikes even on citizens of foreign countries.

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