In the words of the Nostalgia Critic, “The apocalypse has finally begun, pigs are learning how to fly, Satan is skating his way to work, and I’m pretty sure I just became a monkey’s uncle!”
Last night, left-wing pundit Keith Olbermann (a man I usually hate) criticized Senator John McCain (a man I usually like) for claiming it would be a “serious mistake” to read alleged terrorist Faisal Shahzad his Miranda rights.
This man, what other reprehensible thing he appears to be, is an American citizen. And if you can decide that he shouldn’t have the same rights we would give to the man who shot Reagan or to serial killers or to Bernie Madoff, then the precedent you set in doing so can someday end thusly. Someday, for some crap reason, somebody will be able to arrest you, Mr. McCain, and declare that you are not entitled to your Miranda rights, and perhaps you should be tried by military court.
While you pander to a group that tries to dress up its bitching about paying its fair share of taxes as “the government is taking away freedom,” you propose that the government should take away freedom!
I can’t believe I’m saying this, but Olbermann is right! As much as I like McCain, I love the Constitution and the rights it guarantees me and other Americans, including this terrorist. Yes, he’s possibly guilty. Yes, he possibly has important information. But he’s also an American citizen with constitutional rights.
If we can deny Shahzad his Miranda rights, who’s to prevent us from denying any other American citizen—including McCain—his?