Shapiro: American citizenship a ‘malleable commodity’

By KTTH | June 5, 2014
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Host Ben Shapiro, writing for, has a powerful commentary out about the new power of President Barack Obama to determine whether American citizens should live or die.

Shapiro contrasts the stories of two Americans: Anwar al-Awlaki, a terrorist leader killed in 2011 in a CIA drone strike ordered by Obama, and Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, saved from a Taliban prison on Saturday after Obama agreed to free five Taliban terrorists.

Shapiro writes [emphasis ours]:

The point here is not that Bergdahl should have been droned, or that al-Awlaki shouldn’t have been. The point is that the president of the United States now has the apparent authority to determine whether or not someone deserves to live — indeed, whether he deserves to be hit with a Hellfire missile or whether we should exchange high-level terrorists for him. And no one can stop the president in such decision-making. He is the judge, jury, and either executioner or savior. He is all-powerful.

This should be frightening to anyone with a modicum of common sense. American citizenship is now, apparently, a malleable commodity. Vice President Joe Biden believes that illegal immigrants are citizens. Obama believes that some Americans who join Islamist groups are citizens, while others are not. Who is an American? Whomever the executive branch deems an American. Who isn’t? It depends on whether Obama ate his Wheaties or not.

Read Shapiro’s whole commentary here. 

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