John Boehner Fails Basic Civics

Durr... due process...?

Durr... due process...?

Apparently, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) needs to take a refresher course in high school civics. When addressing President-Elect Obama’s plans to close down Gitmo, he offered this following nugget of wisdom:

“There are important questions that must be answered before the terrorist detainee facility at Guantanamo Bay can be closed. The key question is where do you put these terrorists?”

Assuming you, my reader, didn’t fall asleep through said class (and, really, if you had my teacher, I’m tempted to forgive you), you’d realize the massive problem with his statement here: just because a Gitmo resident is a suspect doesn’t mean he’s a convicted terrorist.

If I need to remind you further yet that here, in the representative democracy of the United States of America, we believe in something called “due process” and “innocent until proven guilty,” then there’s no helping you. Fail. Remedial course. Now.

(The sad thing is, I know of one guy who I almost certainly have to go further yet and state outright that just because they have brown skin doesn’t mean they’re allied with Al-Qaeda. Please. We just got a new President. Don’t kill my hope in the species yet.)

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~ by Gonzo Mehum on January 22, 2009.

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