Please Think: Mitch McConnell

Looking To The Founding Fathers For Guidance

I’d like to take a moment to ask our Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell to please think. You see, yesterday Mr. McConnell suggested that the reason we shouldn’t put terrorists on trial is because it is difficult to get a conviction in our legal system. You can read more about this at Talking Points Memo in the sidebar, but his quote is as follows:

“We just found with the Caylee Anthony case how difficult is to get a conviction in a U.S. court”

I understand that many Americans are afraid of terrorism. As a New Yorker, it’s hard not to be aware of the impact of terror. However, if we lose ourselves in order to save ourselves, what have we saved? It is the idea, the intellectual argument that is our nation, that makes us great, not a cruel brutish display of power free from laws. We are a nation that believes that we are innocent until proven guilty.

As a modern conservative I’m certain that Mr. McConnell thinks of himself as a super-patriot. For only conservatives can truly love their country, only conservatives could truly understand our history, only conservatives could protect our nation from harm, only conservatives truly love the founding fathers. This is why, as a super-patriot I’m certain that Mr. McConnell will trust John Adams when he said:

“It is more important that innocence be protected than it is that guilt be punished, for guilt and crimes are so frequent in this world that they cannot all be punished. But if innocence itself is brought to the bar and condemned, perhaps to die, then the citizen will say, "whether I do good or whether I do evil is immaterial, for innocence itself is no protection," and if such an idea as that were to take hold in the mind of the citizen that would be the end of security whatsoever.”

So I ask Mr. McConnell to consider who we are as a nation before he suggests we become a lawless brutish country simply because gathering evidence and building a sound legal case is hard. Mr. McConnell you are a person of power, a person of privilege. What you say matters. What you say influences people. You are one of the leaders of our nation. These things being true it’s in our nation’s interests that when you act, when you speak, you please think.