So ever since the execution-by-drone sentence was carried out, conservatives and libertarians, and not a few liberals, have decried President Obama's decision to convict and execute without a fair trial. But I have yet to see a single complainant present a better solution that addressed the choice that the president faced!
This is what I call mental cowardice. If an intelligent and educated adult is willing to complain about a problem but is unwilling to even try to present a workable solution to that problem, then that intelligent and educated adult is evincing mental cowardice on the issue. Yes, it's one's First Amendment right to say what he wants or to not say what he doesn't want to say, but the complainant still has the moral responsibility to at least try to suggest a workable solution. That's why the military has modified Thomas Paine's quote thus: Either lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way.
So if you see a problem, point out the problem, yes! But point out the solution, too. And if you don't know a solution, then educate yourself on the matter! Anyone who has read this far is literate enough and internet-savvy enough to do his or her own research, and certainly capable of not only giving opinions of but also at least attempting to give solutions to major political conundrums. And if you disagree with President Obama's decision to execute Anwar al-Awlaki without a fair trial, then have the mental courage at least to try to present a workable solution to the choice he faced.
"Say and do something positive that will help the situation; it doesn't take any brains to complain."
Robert A. Cook