There is a public outcry against our democrat-led Congress and President Obama, who rubber stamps anything that gets sent his way.
But would things be any different if President McCain was in the White House?
We remind our readers that, although John McCain is a Republican and self-promoted Maverick, he was a staunch supporter of the bailouts and stimulus that made their way through Congress immediately preceding the 2008 Presidential election. So in that regard, John McCain would likely have taken the same path as President Obama has in terms of supporting failing institutions like our major banks, GM, Chrysler, AIG, Fannie and Freddie.
Regardless of who was President, our national debt would have skyrocketed as a result of these policies, as government would have had to find a way to fund these mega-behemoth bailouts. Thus, the Treasury department would still be issuing hundreds of billions in debt regularly.
Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke was appointed under President Bush, and would likely have kept his post under a McCain presidency. Therefore, the likelihood that our Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing and near zero interest rate lending to major banks would have been any different, is nill.
Perhaps the only thing we may have avoided is ObamaCare in its current form, though it is likely that President McCain would have at least taken steps to “reform” our health care system by implementing similar policies of government mandates through the seizure of private wealth.
But what about personal liberty and upholding Constitutional principles?
As a republican, would President McCain have taken steps to secure individual freedom, due process, the right to free speech and other protections outlined in the U.S. Constitution.
If bill S.3081 is used as a guide, then the answer is a resounding no.
S. 3081, also known as the Enemy Belligerent Interrogation, Detention, and Prosecution Act of 2010, currently sits in committee in the first phase of the legislative process. It was introduced by Senator McCain and several cosponsors on March 4, 2010.
If enacted, the bill would essentially allow the government to bypass the U.S. Constitution’s 5th amendment and due process, which states that an individual cannot “be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.”
S.3081 allows for the indefinite detention and imprisonment of enemies of the state, including American citizens, if they are suspected of being terrorists, harboring terrorists or providing material support for terrorist organizations and/or activities. The bill also allows the President to establish “Interrogation Groups” which will be responsible for questioning and using whatever means available within interrogation law to extract information from detainees.
The policies set forth by the bill would be carried out by the U.S. military.
Most alarming are the sections outlining indefinite detentions without trial:
SEC. 5. DETENTION WITHOUT TRIAL OF UNPRIVILEGED ENEMY BELLIGERENTS.
An individual, including a citizen of the United States, determined to be an unprivileged enemy belligerent under section 3(c)(2) in a manner which satisfies Article 5 of the Geneva Convention Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War may be detained without criminal charges and without trial for the duration of hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners in which the individual has engaged, or which the individual has purposely and materially supported, consistent with the law of war and any authorization for the use of military force provided by Congress pertaining to such hostilities.
The proposed bill, would define “terrorism” under the Homeland Security Act of 2002, which states, in part:
(16) The term â€œterrorismâ€ means any activity thatâ€”
(A)involves an act thatâ€”
(i)is dangerous to human life or potentially destructive of critical infrastructure or key resources; and
(ii)is a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State or other subdivision of the United States; and
As reported by Infowars, the definitions of terrorism are now being expanded to include a variety of suspicious activities and behaviors.
The Department of Homeland Security has designated returning veterans, Second Amendment activists, and members of state militias as â€œrightwing extremistsâ€ who are to be considered potential terrorists. The Missouri Information Analysis Center, under the direction of the DHS, expanded the list of possible terrorists to include supporters of Ron Paul and Chuck Baldwin.
The introduction of a new project by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, an office of the U.S. Department of Justice, now further expands what are deemed suspicious activities and is actively requesting the assistance of local law enforcement and American citizens in reporting such activities to DHS and DOJ.
In You Might Be a Terrorist If You…, The Daily Sheeple provides additional information from the original Infowars report:
According to the DOJ, you might be a terrorist ifâ€¦
…you are taking pictures, videos or drawing diagrams of the mall, considered to be surveilling a mall.
…you are distributing â€œextremistâ€ literature at the mall or are posting extremist literature on public bulletin boards at local malls or shopping venues.
…If you purchase large quantities of paintball equipment and supplies.
…you are purchasing large quantities of ammunition at a large retail store.
…you purchase firearms or ammunition out of season at a large retail store.
…you arrive with too much luggage at a hotel or motel.
…you purchase an unusual combination of products like sponges, candles, matches, bolt cutters, etc.
…you use cash to pay for transactions.
…you purchase night vision equipment and camouflage apparel
As the definitions for terrorism, suspicious activity and activity-of-interest expand, so too will the amount of domestic terrorists.
From the list above, one could come to the conclusion that any individual preparing themselves for the possibility of economic and/or social collapse through the purchase of firearms, large amounts of food, home security, or preparedness gear like candles, and using cash to pay for those transactions, could be considered suspicious under the new legislation.
Likewise, as pointed out by Kurt Nimmo of Infowars, an individual protesting the actions of government who puts up a poster of the Obama Joker, Tea Party literature or even a poster supporting Infowars or other non-establishment movements, could be considered suspicious.
If Senator McCain’s bill were to be passed into law, any such activity could then lead to detainment and facing interrogation squads with questioning as to the nature of your behavior.
Without due process, no trial would need to be held and an individual would be considered guilty from the onset.
So, for those that believe President McCain, or any other establishment republican has their personal liberties in mind, think again.
The politicians are corrupt from both sides of the two-headed snake and your right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is summarily ignored.