Power Struggles

Topics: President of the United States, Barack Obama, Democratic Party Pages: 3 (814 words) Published: April 11, 2013
There is a constant struggle for power in today’s society.  There are citizens who are defending their rights, such as the freedom to protest, while authority figures try to reprimand them.  The people are becoming more united and they are realizing that there is power in numbers, and that scares the government.  The three branches have to keep innovating ways to have the people under control, and an effective method that is used is the “scare tactics” method.  The government essentially uses guinea pigs, or in this case alleged terrorists, to set example for the other people of what power the government possesses.  In the “Power to Kill” an editorial in The New York Times a controversy which involves the American government killing American citizens is brought up.  In the editorial it is stated “President Obama, who came to office promising transparency and adherence to the rule of law, has become the first president to claim the legal authority to order an American citizen killed without judicial involvement.”  This is a clear example of what the government is capable of.  These forms of action should not go by unnoticed and they should not be tolerated, the killing of American citizens executed by the government is a step in the wrong direction.  We the people need to keep gathering our strength in numbers and fight for what we believe in. Currently, the president has the right to order a “hit” on an American citizen is there is compelling evidence that they are an imminent threat and capturing them is out of the question.  The ticking bomb scenario would be the appropriate name for said circumstance.  The only time that the government is incapable of capturing a citizen is right before the citizen commences their attack.  But since there needs to be compelling evidence, wouldn’t the government need to be tracking said citizen for a long time?  Before they go in and kill someone the government needs to build a strong case to protect themselves against...
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