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What Our Founding Fathers Would’ve Said About Obama’s Drone Memo | Policymic.com

"Yet, even though our Founding Fathers made it clear the purpose of government is to preserve our inalienable rights, it appears our current president has a different idea. In a memo released on February 4 to NBC News, the Executive Branch outlined its legal argument for depriving U.S. citizens of all three through outright assassination.
In the whitepaper, the Department of Justice makes several bold statements that this action would be within the limits set forth by our Constitution. Our Founding Fathers however, and the documents they wrote, would highly disagree.
The whitepaper begins by asserting "The President has authority to respond to the imminent threat posed by al-Qa’ida and its associated forces, arising from his constitutional responsibility to protect the country." However, the president has no constitutional prerogative to protect the nation. Nowhere in the Constitution will one find any mention of protecting the nation, instead the president’s true obligation is clearly outlined in his Oath of Office:
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
Article II, Section 1, Clause 8, U.S. Constitution"



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