Just a Small Political Thought

I’m feeling a tad betrayed by both political parties tonight so I’m going to dispense with my usual preferene for tempered language.

You remember all those pundits who were afraid to answer questions about their ethnicity when the census was going on? Because they were afraid the government would use that information to kill them in their sleep? And do you know all those same pundits who tend to freak out whenever the government tries to take their submachine guns away? The ones who say they need those guns so that they can defend themselves when Obama’s army of Organizing for America goons come to slaughter them?

So why aren’t the same people opposed to the current government programs that allow drone-strike assassinations of US citizens? And the latest reports that the Obama administration is drafting an executive order to allow indefinite detention? Is it because they trust that the administration won’t use these tools for anything besides fighting terrorism? That can’t be right. These people didn’t even trust Obama when he said he was born in Hawaii and produced the necessary paperwork. 

Look, guys, I don’t usually share your anti-government paranoia, so why have you forsaken me on the one occasion we might be on the same side??

That is all. I have a plane to board.


About Colin West
Colin West is a graduate student in quantum information theory, working at the Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics at Stony Brook University. Originally from Colorado (where he attended college), his interests outside of physics include politics, paper-folding, puzzles, playing-cards, and apparently, plosives.

One Response to Just a Small Political Thought

  1. Brendan Long says:

    Because if they say something against those programs, next election’s ads will be “Politician X tried to limit the president’s power to PROTECT YOUR CHILDREN”. Bullshit is the basis of our democracy.

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