Dave Budge has proposed a test/challenge/competition for Montana bloggers. He calls it an ideological Turing test. I'm going to state up front, just so that there is no illusion here, my participation in this effort will likely discourage some others from engaging. And I don't really care.
Dave rather compassionately assumes that readers will know what a Turing test is. I'm not so convinced. A Turing test is one which challenges the individual based on how long it takes that one to realize that they are acting/reacting with an alien intelligence, one which does not share their sensibilities or sense of reason and logic. Originally, it was meant to test how long one could converse with a machine before recognizing that that one was talking to a machine. What Dave has proposed is this test: how long before human argumentation across ideological divides breaks down. My opinion, and it's only that, is not very long. Still, I'm willing to give a go and what not ...
I recently wrote a post about unmanned drones. My point was that despite the caterwaul from either side of ideological divide, drones are a technology removed from ideology that were logically foretold and here to stay. They can be a good in that they eliminate enemies without the resultant loss of American lives. They can be used to poison coca crops that would ultimately harm American citizens. They can be used to patrol American borders against those who would infiltrate our country illegally. They can be used to track illicit illegal activity in both cities and rural areas, as well as document for criminal evidence in legal issues.
They can also be used to spy on Americans going about their daily lives. They can be used to track dissidents who feel the oppression of the government jackboot. They can be used to track the sale of second amendment approved arms. They can be used to destroy a legal gathering of American citizens just as they have been used to kill wedding parties in Whogivesafuckistan. If the President has a kill list, those individuals will likely be trailed by a flying robot killer. Drones can be used to perpetrate evil as well as good. That the President controls their use, there can be no doubt. We, the people, need to control the use of these devices, not the President.
Many arguments have been made from the 'rightward side' and the 'leftward side' that Obama should have no such power over drones. I completely agree. No President should have that kind of power. We can take that power away, and it's really very simple. We need a repeal of the Patriot Act (1 and 2) as well as the MCA. These are ideals that favor the public having control over the objects that can spy on or kill them. One man from Montana has repeatedly voted to support the Patriot acts as well as voting to support the MCA. His opponent, in this upcoming election, has repeatedly voted against continuing the Patriot act in any form. So really, if you fear the Obama drones, shouldn't you be voting for Jon Tester, the one who would deny the President the right to bomb or spy on people from unmanned robots?