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Neither liberty nor safety

“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety,” said Benjamin Franklin in 1759.

Liberals everywhere were in full-throat roar protesting George Bush’s Patriot Act and his War on Terror in the aftermath of the attacks of 9/11.  What price in liberty to be safe from terrorism?  Barack Obama himself decried the loss of liberty, the loss of personal freedoms, declaring in 2005 that the Patriot Act “puts our own Justice Department above the law.”

Today only crickets from the Left as Obama assaults liberty and freedom of choice on a nearly daily basis.

Consider the list of Obama’s assaults on liberty.  Any one of these done by a Republican President would bring down the wrath of the Left.  Done by Obama, the action is noted in the Obama reelect media for a single news cycle and then dropped

Obama’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is more arrogantly intrusive than ever.  The Fourth Amendment protection against “unreasonable” searches and seizures has been repealed at your local airport.  Rep. John Mica, who authored the TSA legislation, observes that the unionized TSA now strip-searching grannies and detaining Senators bears little resemblance to his original idea.

Doctor-patient confidentiality?  ObamaCare is requiring doctors and hospitals to make records of every aspect of your personal health, and health history, for use by Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services.  For use by the “death panels”?

ObamaCare tramples First Amendment religious freedom by ordering Catholic hospitals to cover free contraceptives, requiring Catholic adoption agencies to adopt kids to gay couples (resulting in the adoption agencies closing), and requiring Catholic taxpayers to fund federal abortion grants.

“No Child Left Behind” has been expanded to collect not only student test scores and grades, but the government now keeps permanent records on students’ disciplinary actions, economic status, and even pregnancies.  Worse, the feds discourage the states from allowing parents to access these “permanent records.”  What police state has ever done without such record keeping?  Old East Germany’s Stasi would be proud.

The federalization of K-12 education continues under Obama.  A group of Bay Shore, Long Island, high school students will soon be wearing electronic monitors to allow school officials to track their physical activity around the clock to fight obesity.  Is any excuse sufficient to ban all privacy?

The Obama EEOC has ruled that a private employer’s requirement for a high school diploma to qualify for a job might violate the Americans With Disabilities Act.  The act does not cover this issue, but Obama’s EEOC thinks it should.

Obama wants restrictions on guns sold to Americans in violation of the Second Amendment even as his Justice Department runs the Fast and Furious program to allow the same guns to walk across the border into the hands of the Mexican drug cartels.

EPIC (Electronic Privacy Information Center), a privacy advocacy group, sued Obama’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to discover through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) that DHS is monitoring political dissent.  EPIC has more than 300 pages of contracts and memos detailing work done by General Dynamics for DHS.  One “tracking report” titled “Residents Voice Opposition Over Possible Plan to Bring Guantanamo Detainees to Local Prison-Standish MI” summarizes dissent on blogs and social networking sites, quoting commenters by name.

Angry that FOIA requests and lawsuits were revealing the extent of Obama’s liberty-shredding actions, Obama’s “Justice Department” issued new rules allowing federal agencies to deny the existence of requested documents even when the agency knows they in fact do exist.  The Right to Lie to protect the public from knowing about the loss of their liberties is now the official policy of the Obama administration.

Obama’s FBI has obtained a court order against an American woman accused of mortgage fraud to force her to decrypt her PGP-scrambled hard drive so that the FBI can fish around without a warrant in her personal computer for incriminating evidence.  The judge said the Fifth Amendment did not apply.  For Obama, the Constitution (that “list of negative rights”) does not apply whenever it acts to restrain his objectives.

The State of the Union?  Slipping into dictatorship.  Where’s the ACLU?

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  • endpork

    Anything done by the Repubs will be hailed by the right… I will never vote for a democrat and will never vote for an incumbent but this is a half truth. Whether Bush Jr. or whomever… if a republican created something that does hinder on anything the left will cry AND thr right will hail. This country is filled with hypocrits. Let me restate that… This country is full of voters who love partisanship unless their candidate is in the White House.
       Don’t any of you yell “well if you don’t like it, get out”. I love this country and fought and bled for it but we should  call everyone out…
      Roger Hedgecock… if you are an American,  you need to write something showing what the Repubs have done that have f- ed up this country. They are not innocent. They have both done things and need to be replaced.
         
     But I say again… I trust in the American voter to complain on a website then re-elect a loser paid for/bribed politician then complain again then re-elect their paid for lifer politician again then complain again.
                PARTISANSHIP… that is what you all like. So admit it. You just hate the other side and “hold your nose and vote for your party guy.

          You complain and then do nothing active.                       Erik —–California

  • GomeznSA

    Election? We don’t need no stinkin’ election (sorry Bogey)

  • Guest

    The whole purpose of the ACLU was never to protect CITIZEN’S rights, but to protect the “rights” of criminals and various other species of scum. The ACLU is probably having frequent ecstasms (ecstasy + … ) these days.

    ” Rep. John Mica, who authored the TSA legislation, observes that the
    unionized TSA now strip-searching grannies and detaining Senators bears
    little resemblance to his original idea.” Rep Mica can not exonerate himself regarding the completely predictable direction the TSA has gone in. Mica fed the monster, and he is just trying to stay in office until the monster sheds the last few, feeble restraints and openly declares itself our master.

    Couldn’t the Catholic adoption agencies have adopted the kids out to those pedophile priests they protect? Two problems solved at once – the priests wouldn’t have had to prey on parishioners’ children and the agencies could have stayed open. (Sarcasm.)

    Land of the free, my rear end. Not any more. A fragment from Barry McGuire’s old song is echoing in my brain ….”Yeah, my blood’s so mad feels like coagulatin’…”

    Enemies of the State in the White House. Controlling almost all of the media. Running the schools. Two generations at least successfully brainwashed into marxism. Another generation aborted. Foreign enemies welcomed and protected and coddled and riddling our military and the FBI and “Homeland Security”. Our real heroes criticized and marginalized and prosecuted.

    One observer commented on a shortage of ammunition by saying, “Americans aren’t preparing for Y2K. They’re preparing for 1776.”

    Makes sense to me. What other choice is there? Submission to evil and tyranny?

    How much longer will the internet be open to citizens? How long before posts like this one ersult in the poster being arrested? Maybe the deliberate devastation of the economy has a dual purpose – not only to cause massive chaos and civil disorder when the dam finally breaks, but also to keep Americans from thinking about the massive erosion of freedom obama and his team have accomplished.

    See you in the catacombs, friends.

  • globalcrap

    The picture of O Bogus and the people that surrond him tells it all. Tax cheats, crooks,