http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/2 … 88318.html
This isn't a right or left issue. It's an abuse of power one.
I see the point you're making. Ya got to remember, the Republicans are on Obama's back about security leaks and want a special prosecutor.Defense Secretary Panetta is trying to make it look like he's at least doing something.
The press has always been monitored by the government if every country in the world.
We are not heading down the road to tyranny, we have arrived. There is no such thing as a government acting in a tyrannical manner. That is like saying an individual is taking bank robber like actions. Once the decision is made to rob the bank, the individual becomes a bank robber.
The United States federal government is a tyrannical regime engaging in terrorist activities all over the globe! Might as well scream it as loud as I can, while I still can!
I don't think there is anything new here. Roots go all the way back to the beginnings of the country with J Adams and the Alien and Sedition act. There are many highlights along the way. Lincoln suspended Habeas Corpus, Roosevelt interned Japanese, McCarthy ruined lives, now Allen West finds a commie under every blanket and Bachmann finds a Muslim extremist.
What concerns me is the number of citizens who accept such nonsense. How do people like West and Bachmann keep getting elected?
We have a large segment of the population subject to misinformation, miseducation, ignorance and superstition.
As long as "we the people" accept losing our rights we will lose more.
Government does good things and it does bad things, but it is the sine qua non of a civil society. I disagree strongly with anti-government rhetoric that suggests that no government is necessary or, worse yet, that the free market will take care of us all. Don't destroy government -- fix it!
Most stories about government abuse are more complex than they seem to be. For instance, John Adams's noxious Alien and Sedition Acts are often credited with keeping us out of a war with France, which would have been catastrophic for us at that early moment in our history. Lincoln's suspension of habeas corpus was, like most of the things Lincoln did, intended to preserve the union.
Agreed. The constitution was made to change to the needs of the people, ammendable through the Bill Of Rights, this is why it is considered a living document, because it was intelligently designed (notice how I slipped that in there) to evolve. A despotic presidency, although always possible, is rendered improbable by the checks and balances which operate as the mainstay of our nation of laws. When a conservative high court O.K.s a liberal president's proposition to ammendment, we should listen. The final check and balance is:The Vote.
I'm far left. I love the idea of universal health care, and eliminating carbon emissions; however, stories like this are just a sign of the future.
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