Well I guess even Morning Joe understands when a story is too big to ignore, so the crew, sans Joe and Mika, talked about Rand Paul vs John McCain and Lindsey Graham ( the Golden Churls, as I like to call them). Yesterday, the Golden Churls went to the Senate floor to stop the Rand Paul movement, dismissing Paul, stating he is wrong about drones, and then pettily saying he's riling up libertarian kids in their dorm rooms. In return, Paul said that McCain and Graham think the war extends everywhere, even to the US. I would say that the two cranky hawks also believe the war will never end, and that the enemy shifts as they need justifications for expanding and extending the "war".
McCain and Graham represent what's wrong in the GOP, a party that became more concerned with perpetual war than with economic freedom, peace and prosperity. Our country is economically broken, and there are many unemployed and underemployed Americans who want to get back to their lives -- they're suffering, and the anxiety of not knowing what's coming next from interventionist government is wearing on them. They see all the economic damage done at home, then they hear on the news that an Afghanistan police officer trained by our troops has killed three of our soldiers, or that billions of dollars are missing out of the aid we've given them or Iraq -- on top of this, most know someone who died or was injured in one of the wars, and they understand the sacrifices made. It no longer makes any sense to keep fighting a war that's futile in a country that doesn't change except for the worse. So this is what McCain and Graham are protecting every time anyone brings up any criticism of the war, or protests any violation of our liberties brought about by a State growing more powerful each year.
Morning Joe didn't discuss all this, but John Heilemann and few others said that it's good to have these debates regarding how far the President can go executing this ongoing War on Terror. We have to have limits on power if we value freedom and individual rights, and this has been the problem. Statists in our government could not admit to limits when Rand Paul questioned and pushed them to give a simple answer about how far the President can go. To hear Graham and McCain, they think the Commander in Chief has all power, but this can't be, not in America. We have a Constitution that expresses limits on power. We have a separation of powers, and Congress has oversight responsibilities over matters of war.
McCain and Graham are mitaristic dinosaurs who have no appreciation of America's history regarding the principles of limited goverment and economc freedom. We were once a nation of producers and traders, but since the expansion of State power, starting in earnest with Woodrow Wilson, the income tax which financed military adventurism and then all the statist interventions in economic matters, America transformed from producer and trader, peace and prosperity, to Global Police practicing Universal Interventionism. This has caused many problems, although America has helped in global situations which could have had dire global consequences. We need to look back, though, to when interventions first started and ask ourselves if the unintended consequences of interventions have become too costly. We're wasting human lives, resources and our liberties. The price is too high. There has to be a better way to create defenses, shared with peace-seeking nations, that better solve the problem of terrorism. We have to ask if the drone policy under Bush and Obama has created more terrorists than have been eliminated. We have to have this conversation -- we have to find a way back to production, innovation, development, peace and prosperity with a strong national defense, but without being Global Police and unwelcomed nation builders.