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Steve Lunetta: Dirty deeds done for dirt cheap

Posted: March 14, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: March 14, 2013 2:00 a.m.

One of the strangest songs ever written by the Young brothers and Bonn Scott was a little ditty that talked about a gentleman who was willing to do anything for a small fee.

Nothing was beyond his realm of action — murder, revenge, infidelity, you name it. Of course, the mode of retribution was also variable including dynamite, high voltage, hangings and concrete shoes.

A rather frightening image emerges of someone who is willing to do anything without regard to morals or values. A similar image is beginning to appear of our president.

The White House recently revealed a policy that they will use armed unmanned drones to kill individuals on American soil who are deemed to be terrorists.

You read that correctly. Barack Obama can order the murder of any individual on U.S. soil that has been classified as a threat to national security. My hands are shaking as I write this.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) was so concerned about this outrage that he recently completed a courageous 13 hour filibuster. The act held up the confirmation of an Administration appointment to the Central Intelligence Agency and was intended to send a message to the White House.

It sure did. And, in ways that I don’t think even Paul anticipated.

Both Republicans and Democrats supported him. Republican colleagues spelled Paul to allow him rest without yielding the floor. Democrats stood next to him while he spoke. Members of the House from both parties came over to stand with him as the filibuster continued.

Senators and representatives began to demand more transparency from the administration on this policy of domestic murder. Our own Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said “I believe the administration is really going to have to come to terms with this.”

Further, the Examiner reported that Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) would “join the filibuster, making it a bipartisan effort.” Wyden later did assist Paul in the protest and capped a remarkable day in Washington politics.

It takes a really bad politician or policy to cause Republicans and Democrats to band together. Of course, some fools in the Republican Party derided Paul for his efforts.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said, “If Mr. Paul wants to be taken seriously, he needs to do more than pull political stunts that fire up impressionable libertarian kids in their college dorms. He needs to know what he’s talking about.”

John, this is why you are not president today. You make bad decisions and cannot clearly see right and wrong.

The administration claims that the War on Terror is on-going and entitles them to carry out the war anytime and anywhere. Does this include American soil? Apparently so, even though Attorney General Eric Holder is back-peddling desperately.

Holder now claims that while it would be technically legal to kill someone on American soil, the president would never do that.

Say what? You mean to tell me that the president could order my death without arrest, legal defense, due process, and trial? He could legally commit murder without the Constitution being breached?

This is stunning. Please, one of our liberal readers, please cite the section of the Constitution that says the president can commit murder with impunity? I’m no legal scholar but I don’t think it’s there. And don’t even try to convince me that its an implied power.

I don’t know much about Rand Paul but I applaud him for his honesty and bravery. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus tweeted last Weds: “Attention all Republican US Senators -> Please go to the floor and help out Rand Paul.”

Paul is gaining bipartisan support in his quest against this despicable Obama policy. If you get a moment, please share a message of support on his website, At least someone is looking out for us in Washington.

Steve Lunetta is a resident of Santa Clarita and hopes this column will put him Back in Black. He can be reached at


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