Liberals howled about it during almost the whole of George W. Bush's presidency. Bush, they screamed, had destroyed the Constitution by suspending the right to a writ of habeas corpus. He was Hitler reborn; Americans had lost their "sacred freedoms", to quote Hollywood dunce Robert Redford. What was the cause of this hysteria? The fact that most of the Guantanamo detainees didn't get their day in court, which is essentially what the writ of habeas corpus means. Bush was a demon to the libtards for not giving Ramzi El Kaboom a lawyer, a lazy boy and a cup of tea, all at the tax payers' expense. He had to go! Enter the Chosen One, Barack Obama.
During his presidential campaign Obama signalled that he would overturn many of Bush's War on Terror policies. In his inaugural speech Dear Leader made a reference to we Americans not having to choose between our safety and our ideals, a direct jab at Bush. Ok, that sounds fine. Let Obama give Ramzi El Kaboom and all his cohorts all the rights of Americans even though they're not Americans, but while he's at it Obama must drop his worship of Abraham Lincoln. Why? Here's why.
If Obama really opposes denying anyone, even enemy combatants trying to kill Americans, the right to habeas corpus then he can't be an admirer of Lincoln because HE suspended the right to habeas corpus! That's right. Honest Abe flipped the bird to this cherished right during the Civil War. And unlike Bush, Lincoln revoked this right from actual Americans, not enemy fighters. History's a bitch, ain't it?
So what's Obama to do? He's made much of his admiration for our 16th president. The Big O, like almost all Americans, gushes rather unthinkingly over Lincoln, and there IS much to admire about both Lincoln the president and Lincoln the man. But the fact remains that the Great Emancipator squashed a key constitutional right during wartime. He also closed down opposition newspapers and had 13,000 Americans, about .065% of the North's population, arrested for criticizing him. To equal that feat Bush would've had to close down virtually every big city newspaper plus NPR radio and cable outlets like CNN and MSNBC. He would then have had to arrest nearly 200,000 Americans for protesting against his policies. Of course, none of that happened. But Lincoln did it. And Obama goes full steam ahead with his Honest Abe worship.
I'm sure Obama, this scion of the hate America/hate Bush left, totally misses the irony of him admiring a president who did the exact same thing that liberals now excoriate Bush for doing. Habeas corpus is a precious right and suspending it, which the Constitution DOES allow for in times of dire national emergencies, should never be done lightly. But for liberals to act like Bush was demonic for taking habeas corpus away from enemy combatants--which, I reiterate, is different from Lincoln who voided the right for Americans--reeks of historical ignorance and moral dishonesty. If Lincoln is a hero for freeing the slaves and winning the Civil War, despite trampling the Constitution along the way, then Bush is also a hero for keeping us safe from terrorism despite sometimes using less-than-kosher means to do so. Fairness demands no other conclusion, but we're talking about liberals here so we won't get it.