Back during the oh-so repressive era of George W. Bush, Ben Metcalf was driven to write in Harper’s to ask whether, for having the audacity to declare “I would like to hunt down George W. Bush, the president of the United States, and kill him with my bare hands” he could be imprisoned.
Now, during the oh-so enlightened era of Barack Obama, an American citizen has actually been targeted for death — without warrants, without hearings, without a trial. This is not because the American citizen has actually gone out and harmed anyone. No one is claiming that he has. Rather, it is because the American citizen has made a public declaration that he would like others to take up arms against the United States.
For this speech, the Obama administration has put this American citizen on a list of people to be killed. Not to be arrested. Not to be brought to trial on some charge or another. Simply to be killed.
What do you think of that?