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-- -- Good so why are you Republicans.
You -- students for.
-- -- it is doubtful from the nation's capital where -- students -- more than a thousand of them have gathered alert about liberty.
That we discuss the future freedom with presidential candidate Gary Johnson libertarian congressman just that a lot.
We'll also look at the criminal justice system in -- -- war and Coulter will defend Republicans.
That is considered -- about but Democrats.
That's our show -- And talking excited tonight I'm surrounded by college students more than a thousand of them who traveled here for its students for liberty count for.
They came to learn about good government and freedom.
Here in Washington.
But the conferences here but in DC were surrounded by Democrats who would take away my economic freedom.
And Republicans who want to take my personal freedoms so I'm glad there's a third party although it hasn't gotten.
But this year the libertarian presidential candidate got more than a million votes and that of course was Gary Johnson former governor of New Mexico.
-- continues fight for liberty as does David Bos of the Cato Institute what he's one of the people who taught me about liberty.
Gary white -- and you win.
I think the biggest factor in this race was voting for the lesser of two evils afraid that Romney was gonna wind so.
Vote for Obama afraid Obama's gonna win -- so vote for around there there's a big disconnect between those that describe themselves -- libertarian and vote libertarian.
A I I don't know given the fact given the fact that really it's it's cool to be libertarian it's cool.
To be socially.
-- thing and fiscally conservative.
David -- made me laugh the other day saying it's cooler to be a libertarian and a Republican.
But certainly first visit our.
Certainly can't get -- right is that -- to be a Republican on campus.
But is it -- to be a Democrat.
I don't believe -- I think that that -- On campus.
Well that might be a little wishful thinking.
Although cool might be going to fall I'm sure a lot of college students think it's better to be a Democrat and to be a Republican.
There's a lot of understanding.
In the United States first that the old rules you know anti gay rules anti drug rules and things are.
Going to be washed away.
And there's clearly an understanding I think every American knows that the American welfare state is bankrupt so everybody knows the problem they just haven't yet come around to.
Wanting to fix it.
And ticket fixing it involves less government but -- you point out that it's just easier to beat Santa Claus.
Well it is but significant I think is the fact that marriage equality did pass in several states marijuana legalization Washington State Colorado these these are significant.
But on spending they're talking about sequestration like it's a catastrophe a tiny cut.
-- just an absolute tiny cuts I mean just miniscule cuts relative to what does need to occur.
If we don't balance the federal budget so we're gonna find ourselves without a country we're not immune from default.
That that's where we're had.
Still this you have questions for.
Either of them.
Hi I'm Tom Bergeron from -- -- high school and my first my question is how can we convert.
Or get the liberty libertarian movement message out to the high school community because none of my friends and even know about it.
Well -- try and my videos go in there.
-- both twelve million kids watch to me here every year saw some what you saw that but.
-- local time -- I was taken aback track I was invited to speak at a high school in Ohio.
And it was packed and I walked in and it was a standing ovation the point being is that.
That high school kids are very aware also that this is.
All I can say is that this is a growing movement unquestionably.
At what point to libertarians actually take power does that ever happen.
Well I don't think we should stop being vigilant to potentially making.
And -- take power you -- take it and then give it up.
Take it you will -- -- and that's.
You have hit it on the head politics is all about electing me and keeping me elected that's all politics it is.
And if we could just get away from that the whole notion of citizen service get in get out.
-- I'm -- Peterson I'm from the University of Denver.
And found within the liberty movement there's a big debate over whether politics or ideas are more important.
For advancing that the -- movement you know I -- a great quote from Margaret Thatcher this week.
Margaret Thatcher said first you win the argument then you win the vote so I think winning the argument is more important but.
Political leaders are one of the ways that arguments get thrashed -- I just want to relate my own experience which is getting elected governor of New Mexico and a state that's two to one Democrats Tom actually got to be running as a Republican running as a Republican.
As a libertarian under the guise of being a Republican -- well.
Hi Al my name's Matt his -- endowment has graduated from Westchester university I.
I haven't -- -- identifies a gay Republican.
And to my question is I believe that is very important that we work within the party structure.
And how would you say it is the best way to go about doing that being that the party tends to not support my community.
You mean Republicans Republicans yes Republicans.
You do like anybody else does in politics there weren't any gay Democrats 25 years ago and they started organizing first they have to come out of the closet.
And then they have to organize and they have to demonstrate to other people in the party.
We -- here we're Republicans.
We -- working for the party we want the party to change on this particular issue.
The Republican Party reacted very negatively.
When black people started demanding their civil rights and now Republicans wonder why black people don't want to vote for.
The Republican Party reacted very negatively when women started demanding.
The right to have careers and be involved in politics and economic life.
And now Republicans wonder why women don't want to vote for them.
And now we're in an era where Republicans -- reacting really really negatively.
To gay people demanding simple legal equality equality under the law.
So my advice if there are any Republicans watching is.
Do the things today that will cause -- twenty years from now to say how come -- people won't vote for us.
Thank you David -- is governor Gary Johnson later in the show we'll debate drone attacks can the president just.
My guest says you bet.
But next we'll talk to a congressman who does something than usual he admits he's a libertarian.
We're back after.
That pretty -- All the Gary Johnson Watson elected this fall at least some libertarian congressman weren't.
One elected for a second time is just -- a -- from Michigan and he is unusual because he has a degree in economics and he cares about.
Are coming bankruptcy.
In just for the first term you were on the Budget Committee.
This term the Republicans.
Kick you off why.
I think you might be because I wanted to balance the budget.
Wanted to cut.
Well when you look at our budget over the last few years when you look at the spending it's grown even under Republicans but they say wanna cut.
They say it but in -- never seems to happen.
No wonder Republicans said to political wasn't because of your politics it was because what some people refer to is the factor here you wouldn't work well you if you three didn't work well with other members.
Yeah I think that's just I mean that's kind of excuse to come up with when you have people who -- -- cut spending.
Who -- -- fight for what's right -- follow the constitution.
You would cut Medicare.
I think it's -- -- your form you know there's got to be savings there.
Even pop -- things like head start food stamps you know.
You wanna cut military spending -- usual for Republicans yeah well if we don't if we don't.
Defense is the number one priority the federal government it's what our federal government should be involvement.
But there are areas to cut there and if we don't make the cuts now we're going to be in a situation where our debt so bad that we won't have a strong defense.
And you've tried to get cuts through wounded to terminate the export import bank died in committee.
Require the cessation of the use of force in Libya died in committee.
Proposed a balanced budget amendment.
Limits spending increases.
Inflation and a change in population.
They have to spend more than inflation every year.
Well it seems that way -- am in the level of government spending is so insane every year when they when government grows.
If -- if it doesn't grow as fast as as they were expecting it to grow they call that a cut.
And we get broker and broker so students your questions for congressman just a -- I wanted to ask you if you could comment on your feet and how you reconcile that with your libertarian beliefs.
There -- stereotypes about libertarian students that where Republicans who loved to do drugs they're all these terrible negative.
Stereotypes about us and we're not all godless we have different beliefs and what -- -- to that her blood and orthodox Christian.
And I believe very strongly in my -- and I believe that the government is a hindrance a lot of times are religious liberty.
It's a hindrance to what we want to do as individuals.
And so let's let's get government out of the way let's allow people to make choices.
We can't legislate morality and force everyone to agree with -- -- everything.
My job as a congressman is to make sure people have the opportunity to make choices for their own lives.
Whether it's what religion they want believe mineral or what they want to do with the with their bodies.
-- this past -- in my political science class and went a little bit about the complications of voting with or against your party.
-- for a libertarian what kind of dynamic does that play for you when coming about it.
Well I'm I'm a Republican is as you all know I've flattened and -- Well -- I'm I personally believe the Republican Party is still the best vehicle to bring liberty into the political system.
I know that there's going to be a lot of disagreement in this room about that but but that's that's my opinion.
And have always been a proud Republican I think that the Republican Party can be brought back to the principles of liberty.
When you look at my voting record -- -- vote more often with the Republicans and I do the Democrats but.
I do have one of the most independent voter records in congress.
It's it's really not hard to do these have to go out there and press the right button when you when you vote.
Greetings you do something I've never seen any other politician do is actually justify it on your FaceBook every -- you make which.
And -- would ask.
Wanted to ask you how do you think the use of social media has affected your life as a politician.
I think they use a social media has been.
Had had a huge impact and it's been fantastic.
For me because it helps hold me accountable.
It's sort of evolved on its own or -- use FaceBook to explain every vote right take your FaceBook dot com slash -- -- -- a much.
And it is what it does is buy it by forcing myself to explain every single vote to the public.
If and forces -- to be consistent.
Because it's all on public record so -- when -- libertarian would you be consistent anyway the hat.
Coat of course.
-- of course.
But I think in this in the political climate where and when you go to congress there's a lot of pressure put on members of congress regardless of how libertarian are.
I think it's important to have a mechanism that forces you to do the right thing every time.
My question is how has your upbringing sort of being second -- generation Arab Americans have shaped your libertarian values.
It's a question my parents are both born overseas born in the Middle East.
And -- my dad came over here as a refugee.
From Palestine and my mom is Syrian so it's it's have a big impact on my life growing up.
My dad used to tell me stories when we be taking those drives the school -- be dropped me off at school is Tommy how wonderful this country is because we have liberty here.
Because you can come to this country -- absolutely nothing and make a life for yourself.
In other countries a lot of times it depends on what your last name is what your ethnic background is what your religion -- in this country anyone can make it.
And so when I I got older decided to get into politics that was one of the things that really drove.
Who drove me to to make sure that this country stayed that way that it stayed bastion for liberty.
Thank you congressman or not.
-- -- But -- Could this happen to you.
We're back at the party conference in Washington DC these students understand that limited government means we need some government.
We need a police force that punishes criminals keep the faith.
But -- Bradley Balco who writes for the Huffington Post says today's cops go well beyond that.
Writing a book called the rise of the warrior -- though but he may.
Are cops are getting increasingly like soldiers are being dressed like soldiers -- -- armed like soldiers are sent out in the streets told the fighting war.
And when you do that you know you've we shouldn't be surprised we see some of the results we've seen.
And without the lead and where they start treating American citizens more like an enemy combatants then you know citizens with rights.
Meeting mostly you're talking about these swat team rates.
But yet over the last probably twenty years and about fifty.
Cent increase in crime.
Originally it was supposed to be a rare event for highly armed program that's right it was intended to be.
A way to use violence to defuse an already violent situation so hostage takings bank robberies riots that kind of thing.
What's like -- and he's used now is there instigating violence they're breaking into the homes of -- people suspected nonviolent crimes mostly marijuana cocaine.
We're seeing and -- used for things like -- rate rate poker games neighborhood poker games.
-- -- not defusing violence situations where you're not creating them and that's part of the problem in this -- that is ten or twenty guys in dressed in black it.
Heavily armed I mean they look like a military school I mean they look like you know a unit that would invade a -- -- in Iraq looking for an insurgents.
They say what we need to do this to make sure the guy doesn't resist.
And if we come in strong that reduces the chance that people will be killed and that's a fine argument if you have somebody who.
It presents an immediate threat to other people.
The problem is is when you swat teams and use these -- -- when you break kick down doors and break in -- homes in the middle of the night.
You know even even if you have the right out in this is an actual drug dealer person that it is reach for the gun.
It appears to be that the public is OK with that they believe this makes them safer you say it's only popping side that brings.
When -- worked at the Cato Institute I was researching this and I kept finding that in all these rates they always killed the dog.
An interesting thing is when I would go out and talk about these raids.
When people actual people would be killed the response to sort of like you know that's awful but you know they probably were doing something wrong -- the police wouldn't have been there.
And you mentioned that the dog gets cold people get really angry about that -- Tends to elicits.
Very visceral response I -- -- think the pats are you know -- all -- -- -- that's all you students have questions -- -- My name's actress save act and -- student in the University of Pennsylvania.
And I was wondering if you could tell us a little bit about no -- grades in the play the role that they play in this militarization.
Yes and the no -- -- is I think it's a for it particularly sort of insidious thing to -- a free society others to -- -- old Cold War saying it's -- -- attributed to Churchill although I'm not.
Certain -- -- but the saying is democracy means -- when there's a knock on the north 3 AM it's probably the -- I.
-- this idea that we don't Sen's government agents dressed in black to invade your home in the middle of the night.
And not only is that no longer true in America.
You know we don't even bother knocking now.
Can you -- must -- I attended Columbia university and as a resident heart month and an owner of two dogs.
I was hoping you could tell me something about whether there's any way to avoid becoming the victims of an overzealous -- -- -- on -- -- I'd.
Odds are against the odds are very -- the odds are very slim and also you.
You know happened to be of a social class and race that it's probably less likely to happen to you love you know it still -- But you know there's nothing people -- what do I do with the swat teams breaking -- my door and I mean I have no idea that you know you did did get down on the ground and I mean don't be carrying a blue compass animals killed for that they'll be carrying -- T shirts and skill for that.
I mean you want to just sort of give in immediately and to sort of laid out on the ground put your hands out.
John -- and Hofstra University how would we go about educating the public that this military is -- nation of police is not acceptable and will continue to lead to these.
Extreme -- or try.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Yeah I mean I would put you know you can point out the the really ridiculous ones -- fact that they are breaking up poker and I mean people get concerned about the stuff when they start thinking if this could happen to me right.
And if they're breaking up the neighborhood Texas -- hold on game at their.
Know if they're that they're coming in to bars to check Amazon and that there's underage drinking going on.
If they're using swat teams -- enforce regulatory law which is happening now.
Others to bunch of raids in Orlando a bunch of barber shops under an occupational licensing regulation that they brought in the swat -- fourth.
When people start thinking this could happen to me than the circuit and concern in and start demanding change so I think I think really -- -- -- Just how widespread these tax -- become what -- Think -- Bradley Balco.
We'll get their grill -- defense -- ambassador John Bolton.
But that and cold it -- here to -- throughout public yet again.
Welcome back to the -- 30000.
Most of you students consider yourselves libertarians why not Republicans.
Is it because the Republicans want to go to war.
-- they want to have police what you've been putting your body or ban gay marriage.
Our -- in -- says that we're out to lunch in the objecting to those things.
The one at a time okay war real war -- -- Iraq -- as good related.
Or I'm for -- rock against Afghanistan but to its that in a way than -- libertarian should appreciate there's one thing the federal government's should be doing and maybe two and regulate interstate commerce.
And protect us from enemies.
And the Republican Party positioning as we should intervene go to war do what -- it is foreign policy related.
When it makes America safer and I'll say quickly why I think Iraq was a magnificent war was Saddam was dangerous -- you can't have these crazed terrorists out they -- But it -- twelve people by themselves or flying planes organizing not terrorist attack they're being funded by your work from Iraq.
-- Saddam was certainly looking to help them -- -- -- he was seeking as -- now to.
Bipartisan commissions both here in England spent six months investigating he was looking for uranium from from Niger.
It is -- you have all these countries some with very literate and pro western.
Pro American populations but they're led by crazy leaders I'd say that includes a rock Syria.
Or -- these are fantastic countries for regime change you know can now go to -- all these places.
-- keep that in mind so you might want to fund the insurgents.
Try yells get your chance to had talked to her.
But just covered through more briefly the drug war is a failure get rid of it huge -- out of libertarians and pots.
On the first of all any heroin and -- code on all of it.
Look this is what people think libertarians are.
And living in a country that is 70%.
Socialist the government takes 60% of your money they are out.
There -- taken care of your health care on your pension as they are telling you who you can hot iron what the regulations they could do with the drying us out here.
Liberal friends and say no we want to legalize pot you know if you hit.
Am lead until liberals like your position on employment discrimination -- how about that they do that we know we don't know you don't it's always -- Ottawa on slot.
Lastly before the students get they have questions gay marriage why can't gays get married like straights do.
Well -- then you have to marry a member of the opposite sex.
Why can't -- -- a member of their.
And I this isn't on my you're just sucking up to liberals when there are big fights we -- always believe you know very individual to be left them alone but my reason it has nine you -- libertarians are gays or anything else marriages the most important.
Institutions to civilize young people bring an end -- -- that if you and I wanted to divorce a lot more difficult so.
Women who want to destroy it.
This went libertarians -- -- -- best we ever would want to destroy the family so you'll have one loyalty.
And that is to the government's.
All right you students I'm -- one away -- -- I really.
-- just kind of annoyed with the fact that -- -- Perpetuating the CAA type that all -- at libertarians.
Are chrome -- donors I have never smoked pot before.
I I never -- Ever wanted to try and all honesty the drugs that are -- I I don't want to try -- -- -- stone is here and he asked me about legalization my question and it's how does it.
How Fuzzy any of your business when I choose to my body if I'm not affecting you.
-- the -- answer.
Offer alleged individualists who are very mob like -- all big time yeah.
-- I'm the president why is it wouldn't we are living in -- stake.
First they talk about drug legalization or how to -- floor.
Oh what turns out coming down upon your health care debate you're on and that would Campbell would like to pay for your food or housing -- it's not using any of those programs in a hypothetical -- -- very.
Then -- -- you can it and look at if we don't have a socialist country didn't have to pay for their.
-- well fans and I am.
She won't answer the question I answer -- All the drugs could be.
-- if we didn't have a socialist.
Health -- I wouldn't yeah.
I'm Robert Thomas for a month College of Charleston and experts like to say you just monthly -- I thank you you've been.
I -- have a problem with the way that your talking about gay marriage in the way libertarians here kind of talking about gamers because.
I've kind of always seen the libertarian position on gay marriage is kind of a third way we don't say what the liberals say which is that.
You know the government should define it one way or the other we say that the government should not be involved in marriage at all.
What is wrong with that third way position that Ron Paul is -- Well again were way past that point diving would be very hard to achieve -- -- event but the government.
Issues don't -- decrees -- issues alimony orders it issues child support child custody.
Would be no point in saying I just think government shouldn't be -- but they -- involved.
Okay the next -- you.
Time Iranian -- from Drexel university and a -- and -- -- what gives you the idea that.
People who -- in a third party specifically because they won't compromise their beliefs would hold an opinion just to suck up to a bigger party.
Because I think there -- much -- Libertarian there's an awful lot to be privatizing right now.
I mean why do we have an Education Department out of Washington DC when Ronald Reagan.
Commerce Department want -- -- agricultural subsidies we're.
Many aren't living in -- cut in an issue at 7%.
So she was there are serious issues -- we could really use free marketeers.
And and you.
That's why I say you're sucking up to liberals.
-- let's just say the things liberals alike that saw -- -- legalize.
I'll -- it to a couple more here.
My question has to do with Mary's in the fact -- said the I'm as an independent woman who's put myself -- college him in my senior year went back to college.
I'm and also as someone who is Bob my own home with my own money I am going through divorce and this is the most difficult thing I've ever had your in my life.
Why do you feel that it should be more difficult for someone to get divorce when something is not work.
-- Well I don't know your personal.
And I also don't like anecdotal examples but I mean I think when you body -- refrigerator to break a contracts to get.
To return here -- refrigerator is is more difficult and most states and to break in marriage contracts.
It's very different time.
-- -- -- you -- to get rid of a mechanical.
Keys it's been a year and it's still very difficult when you I don't know what the laws -- you -- it varies state to state.
Yet we don't have to be all -- here obviously you breast a lot of buttons I thank you for that please.
Thank her for calling it.
-- Are -- Democrats get any better.
We'll have that.
And -- of the contract.
Alford just defended Republicans now Dennis Kucinich will -- Democrat and unfamiliar off.
But Kucinich was a liberal congressman for the year -- It's true you've criticized Democrats but you look like most Democrats want government to spend.
So much money -- let's just -- I don't want government to spend money on war.
I don't want government to spend money sending our jobs overseas to China and other trade part -- -- the big -- on entitlement or unmarked security.
Medicare security is not known -- -- -- -- -- securities rock salad you you're twenty.
-- look we have an intergenerational compact here.
-- you know the and part of the responsibilities that one generation has to do next is to make sure that.
Your grandparents aren't gonna live in poverty right.
Now on what it's unsustainable.
I but I rudely refused to die -- a baby boomer.
We're live in the match -- than ever I'm an app pool one and yet these young people have to fund my health care that.
Hear what women and telling use Social Security will be there we make the right to jump on Medicare not a big one.
Medicare let me tell you -- right now the United States spends about.
Seven about two point eight trillion dollars -- for health care.
One out of every three dollars goes for corporate profits stock options executive salaries advertising marketing across the paperwork.
Has nothing to do with care for people what would you do.
What you do would you have a knack for profit health care system.
Where where people would have.
That's what I stand -- called Medicare for all.
And and you'd actually have lower cost.
Because right now you could reduce the costs of health care in America by 800 billion dollars a year from the two point 7000000000002 point eight trillion.
If you had a not for profit system who knew what would be so easy.
Well you know what look at other every other industrialized nation you agree with the president you -- -- raise the minimal wage actually more nine dollars has been -- ten dollars or more.
Well if the minimum wage kept pace with inflation would be ten dollars and twenty cents -- are mostly wanna spend money just try to stop climate change.
-- -- -- -- Mark climate change defection on this let's spend money -- try to reduce -- we need to protect the global climate this is the place where we live have.
So why aren't we focusing right now.
I'm finding new ways to use a technology that's available -- -- of the clean up the global climate I don't know why this is so difficult to understand.
And it's about our world let's share for -- news service about this quiz question.
As for Dennis Kucinich.
I'm my name is -- -- from Virginia Tech he said he would not.
Raise taxes but most programs are paid through inflation and other debt -- debt increases how's that different than a direct tax.
-- -- -- First about let's look at how we spend money.
-- government waste money you -- it does.
And as as a Democrat I targeted.
Programs -- government wasted trillions of dollars.
The tenth anniversary of this Iraq War we will -- we.
Will eventually have a bill that war between five and six trillion dollar total as opposed to wait a minute afford experts -- -- wait a minute no supplement it's not that -- was not necessary.
That we always raced on a lot I -- you -- So let's target.
Tug at the -- I like you're dodging his question what I'm an honest and then they wrecked our as the spending get paid for when you want to cover you stop -- and change -- all these other colleagues voted I don't think it's theology OK let's look at the insurance companies what did what did that hurt -- -- Andy -- Fifty billion dollars or something something like that is why -- for that why don't you against that.
In the costs wait a minute that is a cost of climate change you can't say put that all grownups would do with why are you kidding.
Let's go to the next question.
Good evening my name is Kyle you sham I attend SUNY new -- in New York I have -- -- medical condition and I -- my -- medical bills.
I think it's unfair task complete strangers and especially college age students to contribute to things I'd pay for my medical bills.
Why do you think it's acceptable to impose undue burdens on.
Young people to.
He would pay for you without government help.
I would I currently work three jobs while -- We have to understand that the rising cost of health care is a societal problem Lincoln said -- That government should be involved in doing for people collectively what they cannot do for themselves individually and I think when you talk about the financing of.
Of the cost of health care that's.
That isn't totally in line with their philosophy so.
Thank you Dennis Kucinich and that answers your question and he got take some money by force from other people -- -- -- -- You have a society we have doggy dog just chew each other rock and you know if you got the money fine if you don't it's grown now I don't -- -- -- -- that and it.
That isn't right that President Obama.
If he's convinced the jury terrorists can kill you my neck gets it yet.
Is eager to take your questions about that.
-- libertarian -- respect the constitution.
And this does say that it's government's job to provide for the common defense.
Good people do want to kill us I -- if they're got to kill me I want them to kill them first.
But does that mean that our president can send machines to fly over say Pakistan we haven't declared war on Pakistan.
So drones that kill a thousand people.
Because pentagon officials say these people are terrorists.
Yet says the American government and former UN ambassador John Bolton says it is morally right.
To kill these people with drones and we are safer because of it.
It doesn't seem morally right to just take the word of some.
Officials that this -- as a terrorist and send a machine.
To kill him and to kill civilians along with the well the whole.
Point of the war on terror.
At from the perspective of the terrorist is to abused the rules we have tried to create over hundreds of years.
Combatants from innocent civilians so the war on terror is different from traditional state to state war.
But the commander in chief authority vested by the constitution in the president gives him the direction.
Over the war capabilities of the United States.
And his efforts both in the bush and the Obama administration to go after the terrorist I think it's entirely justified both by the constitution.
And by our inherent right of self defense.
So America can kill anybody anywhere of course not listen to what I just said the constitution.
Gives the president.
The commander in chief authorities subject to congressional -- through the appropriations process.
To defend the United States against attack.
But I don't get how that finance or does that mean if you said -- the president kill anybody anywhere any obvious answer is no but if these people are identified as a threat to America if if they are part of the terrorist attack that has been.
That the effort that's been waged against the United States these last -- years yes.
But don't -- think that makes this new enemies that when the drone.
Send something down that kills a group of people they kill children and cousin doesn't that make new terrorists who will try to kill look.
I believe that our military does everything that it can to avoid civilian casualties that is not.
Avoidable sometimes because of the way the terrorists conduct themselves living among civilians.
And the polling shows most Americans support your position -- Washington Post poll 83% support using drones.
Against American citizens -- we use students I'm sure you want to weigh in here.
Your comments for John Bolton.
Hi I'm Don -- from George Mason University you -- drones are justified because the president subject to congressional authority has a duty to an American citizens.
-- -- a -- the question rally on drones do you really think he's been subject to a much congressional authority.
But they -- Framers of the constitution had just won our country's independence by war.
They knew what the threat was that we -- -- a small country they knew we needed an energetic capability to defend ourselves.
They wanted a strong commander in chief.
They created a congress that had power over the purse the principal track on the president's war making power.
And that check is there if congress doesn't want to wage war against the Taliban against the al-Qaeda against whomever they can cut off funding for.
Yes my name is Daniel here on a student at -- university John mentioned the a large majority of Americans support giving the president the authority to kill.
American citizens without charges or trial or due process.
My question is.
If you were identified as a threat by some nameless official in the administration would you want to promised -- the issue is -- Didn't.
The issue is whether.
In a war situation whether we are operating under the war powers of the constitution.
Or whether -- in a law enforcement situation.
The two have radically different approaches.
Tens of thousands of American citizens may be hundreds of thousands.
With no due process whatever in the civil war and it was the right thing to do.
We're -- on that note we are out of.
Kinda you want to discredit the movement defend the confederacy go ahead.
Ambassador -- No more time left thank you for joining us -- taking these difficult questions students thank you for.
-- coming here from around the world to learn about liberty.
In a few weeks we'll do another show with college students but that's all for this show -- -- next week.
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