Christy Hardin Smith at Firedoglake takes down Sessions:
Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama said in a derogatory tone:
“The civil libertarians among us would rather defend the constitution than protect our nation’s security.”
I am sure he realized how dumb he sounded because he stuttered as he made the statement. He made no apologies for the remark, however, and continued right along with his unique brand of ultra patriotism…. (emphasis mine)
… Sen. Sessions and every other lawmaker take an oath of office which reads, in its entirety, like this:
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God. (emphasis mine)
See any “the laws don’t count if terrorists make you wet your pants” exception there? Nope. See any “if the President tells me to break the law it’s A-OK because he’s a king and I do what he says and don’t ask questions” exception? No siree. How about a “threats to the US void any and all adherence to the very principles on which our nation was founded so long as it serves our political fear-mongering PR purposes in an election year” escape clause? Nada.