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Rand Paul’s Grand Sham: Never Mind What I Said Before About Drones

April 29
20:00 2013
photo by Gage Skidmore

The junior knave from Kentucky, Rand Paul, made headlines with his stiff resistance to President Obama’s gratuitous use of predator drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, but in an interview with Fox Business Network, the senator’s true colors showed:

“I’ve never argued against any technology being used when you have an imminent threat, an active crime going on,” Paul said. “If someone comes out of a liquor store with a weapon and fifty dollars in cash. I don’t care if a drone kills him or a policeman kills him.”

It’s worth a laugh, at least, before you realize the president’s main resistance from a man who totes liberty and freedom like most American’s show off their favorite sports teams’ logos has sold out all you other lovers of liberty.

Fifty bucks in cash? Are police even supposed to kill robbers? America isn’t India, where police can gun down anybody suspected of a crime. Isn’t the point of endowing citizens with due process so that this doesn’t happen? Aren’t alleged criminals supposed to be arrested and then be given a fair and firm trial? Are we ready to throw that out?

Imagine Los Angeles, or New York City being policed by zipping drones that swoop in on an “active crime” and rapidly fire a few rounds at the suspect. It should be fun. We’re gearing up for a lot of fun in this nation.

It seemed scary enough to have a state trooper fire a rifle out of the open door of a helicopter and kill a couple illegal immigrants as they drove down a dirt road in their truck. At least people can shoot back at that bastard, if they feel they’re being unfairly targeted. But how can people defend themselves against drones and robots? There’s no sense of fear or morality in a robot. You can’t plead with a software program that knows not human empathy and understanding.

Anyway, now with the self-proclaimed great defender of liberty out of the way, President Obama and the next president, too, can push forward their plans for drones to police the skies of America.

Before you say that’s unlikely, know that it’s already happened. In North Dakota. Soon they will be weaponized. Can you imagine 30,000 of them cluttering the vast American skies?

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