If foreigners do not deserve the same rights as Americans, then any war we are fighting to "liberate" anyone in the world is based on a lie. This nation is supposed to be set apart from the jungle by its values of rights of people and constitutional rule of law, and here we are supposedly fighting for the rights of other people whose rights we decided not to honor any more in our own court system. That turns American altruism into hypocrisy.
Now, it isn't that I'm advocating aliens get the right to vote, they should have that in their own countries, but all persons under the Stars and Stripes are subject to constitutional due process of law and equal treatment under the law... and habeas corpus should NOT be denied in the absence of an invasion or insurrection, not because it is convenient for us but because it is REQUIRED BY THE CONSTITUTION. We do NOT have an invasion just because somebody is threatening to blow up a building or two, which they haven't done in years. And, we certainly don't have an insurrection... my blog is probably among the closest things to having that. So, where are Gitmo's writs of habeas corpus???
The adjudication of a captured terrorist's rights, if any, should occur under due process of law as demanded by the Bill of Rights -- OR -- he should be detained as a prisoner of war under treaties the United States has signed and committed itself to honoring. By not honoring those treaties and its own Constitution that the Founders worked so hard to craft together, and by not honoring all the blood, sweat, tears, and souls poured into the amendments that enshrine our rights, this government is nothing more than a nascent fascist system on the horizon with nothing to distinguish it except moral depravity at its worst -- the kind that cloaks itself in hypocritical guise as the guardian of the so-called Free World while using every excuse to sabotage freedom and rule of law at home. If this situation continues -- mark my words -- we will lose our freedom to a fascist dictatorship. My honest opinion is, because of the laxity of the people and their loss of vigilance, they don't deserve to have the Constitution any more. That we still have it at all is thanks to the grace of God. I would suggest we stop taxing His patience -- the Constitution is the rightful King of the United States and the fact that it is here means God appointed it ruler of this land, according to Romans 13:
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:
For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to [execute] wrath upon him that doeth evil.
Wherefore [ye] must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
Heed also the warning to the people of Israel for demanding that God replace His appointed judges with a king such as every other nation had:
Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah,
And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.
In other words the Constitution just doesn't get the job done, the system is corrupt, those weak minded judges and juries will acquit terrorists so give up on it and get us a stronger executive branch, like France or Russia....
But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the LORD.
And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.
See that? Reject the rule of the proper legal authorities and you reject God, and HE TAKES OFFENSE. So how did God handle this bunch of fascism-loving rebels 3,000 years ago? We read on that first God warns them:
And Samuel told all the words of the LORD unto the people that asked of him a king.
And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint [them] for himself, for his chariots, and [to be] his horsemen; and [some] shall run before his chariots.
And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and [will set them] to ear his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots.
And he will take your daughters [to be] confectionaries, and [to be] cooks, and [to be] bakers.
And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your oliveyards, [even] the best [of them], and give [them] to his servants.
And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants.
And he will take your menservants, and your maidservants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put [them] to his work.
He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his servants.
And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the LORD will not hear you in that day.
God issues the same warning that I and others have been screaming about -- if you reject the Constitutional rule of law, you embrace fascism and you are headed for tyranny. God said it 3,000 years ago!!! But here's Israel's response, and God's answer to their insistence:
Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay; but we will have a king over us;
That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles.
Right, a stronger President will be able to fight the War On Terror and win it without having his hands tied behind his back. Sound familiar?
And Samuel heard all the words of the people, and he rehearsed them in the ears of the LORD.
And the LORD said to Samuel, Hearken unto their voice, and make them a king. And Samuel said unto the men of Israel, Go ye every man unto his city.
And the rest of the story in 1 Samuel 9, he makes Saul of Kish king, the people love him, and in future chapters God rejects him two years later as he doesn't listen to the prophets of God and then becomes a tyrant, seeking out David and the prophets to destroy them.
So God gave them what they wanted, and I'm making this warning on Biblical grounds -- if this abuse of the Constitution continues and makes plain that the people no longer want or care about it, God will take it away and put something evil in its place. Then when all of you are complaining that the government took away all your freedom and is exacting whatever it wants at every turn, you're not going to get any sympathy from God about it; you'll be stuck with fascism permanently, or until Jesus comes. MARK MY WORDS.