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GOP-controlled Congress dismantles the 4th Amendment

While John Boehner’s budget disaster made all of the headlines last week, he and his Washington-insider buddies were busy dismantling the Constitution–specifically that pesky part that deals with the right of Americans to be free from unreasonable search and seizure (the Fourth Amendment)–granting the National Security Agency broad new powers to collect phone and email communications from anyone they feel like without a warrant. They can share the data with the FBI and foreign governments. They can also keep these records indefinitely. According to Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), the bill “grants the executive branch virtually unlimited access to the communications of every American.” Let’s see… the man who has already used the IRS and the Justice Department to take out his political enemies has been given even more power to abuse. Gee! What could possibly go wrong with that one? The bill, which passed 325-100 and is headed to the White House for Obama to sign, contains a provision that appears to expand warrant-less data collection using a Reagan-era directive — despite the fact that electronic communications of the type the NSA targets today didn’t exist in 1981. Under the legislation, any “non-public telephone or electronic communication” that intelligence agencies happen to collect from Americans […]

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Alabama senator calls for government-licensed press

Adelbert C. “Del” Marsh, a Republican who refers to himself as a “conservative champion,” is a member of Alabama’s state Senate. He’s also an individual who apparently feels that the constitutional protections of our freedom of speech and freedom of the press should no longer apply if you are someone who covers Alabama politics. In a recent editorial to the Montgomery Advertiser, Mr. Marsh called for government bureaucrats to be given the authority to “license” journalists who cover local politics in order to protect citizens—read politicians—from “shady, fly-by-night websites offering purposely skewed and inaccurate interpretations of hard news.” “I recently asked the Secretary of the Senate to put together a definition of what qualifies as a legitimate journalist,” the Republican said. “Every organization and profession has standards that must be met. Because the Legislature does not have a definition of what constitutes a ‘journalist,’ anyone with a smart phone or a Facebook page could demand press credentials.” Yeah, except for that last part, you can definitely see that Marsh is totally in favor of freedom of the press. Unfortunately, this attitude about the freedom of speech and press isn’t unique to this idiot. There are politicians in Washington, D.C. that feel […]

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Judge chooses NSA over the Constitution

On the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, I took a lot of flak from many of my readers for an article I wrote stating the following: As we approach another anniversary of the terrorist attacks that took place in New York City and Washington, D.C. on September 11, 2001, we are reminded of many things. We remember the thousands of innocent lives that were lost and the billions of dollars lost in economic damage. As great and tragic as these losses were, there was another loss that is proving to be the greatest loss of all. Because it was on that dreadful day that liberty died in America. I went on to say how the death of liberty came, not at the hands of the terrorists, but at the hands of our own government. Recently, Judge Richard Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit proved my point when he told a conference on privacy and cyber crime in Washington, D.C. that the National Security Agency (NSA) should have unlimited ability to collect digital information in order to protect the nation against terrorism. While it can be debated about how far we let the government go in […]

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Homosexual agenda brings tyranny to Houston, TX

It was just a few days ago that I wrote about the tyranny Americans now live under from the judicial, executive, and legislative branches of the federal government. Now comes word of more tyrannical behavior by the government from Houston, TX. and the pro-homosexual city council and mayor. In a clear case of government bullying, the city of Houston has issued subpoenas to a group of pastors requesting any sermons they’ve written that cover the subject of homosexuality, gender identity, or mention of Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor. The subpoenas came after pastors protested against Houston’s new non-discrimination ordinance that the city council passed in June which, among other clauses related to sexuality and gender identity, would allow men to use the ladies room and vice versa in an effort to protect transgender rights, according to Fox News. As we saw in my previous piece, tyrannical behavior has come to us from many angles, but an interesting amount of it now comes to us courtesy of the homosexual agenda and the Constitutionally-protected right to religious freedom. As I documented in another article I wrote, when openly homosexual football player, Michael Sam, was in the news, this is an unavoidable situation: “The […]

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September 11, 2001 – The day liberty died

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness – Declaration of Independence __________________________________________ As we approach another anniversary of the terrorist attacks that took place in New York City and Washington, D.C. on September 11, 2001, we are reminded of many things. We remember the thousands of innocent lives that were lost and the billions of dollars lost in economic damage. As great and tragic as these losses were, there was another loss that is proving to be the greatest loss of all. Because it was on that dreadful day that liberty died in America. Sadly, the demise of this God-given right didn’t occur at the hands of the hijackers. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The Patriot Act. The Patriot Act II. Spying by the National Security Agency (NSA). Fake cell phone towers used to tap your cell phone. These are just a few examples of how government of, by, and for the people has become government over, above, and beyond the people. As the list of post-9/11 changes above shows, the president who “abandoned free market principles to save the free market system,” could […]

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Natural Rights in Europe and America: Shoring-Up Each Other’s Weak Spots

The Declaration of Independence made by the thirteen newly sovereign American states in 1776 recognizes “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” These rights are not dependent on any government, and thus exist equally so in the state of nature. The Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen, made in Europe thirteen years later, omits any mention of a creator-deity. “Men are born and remain free and equal in rights.” The equality here is more limited, being solely in terms of rights, “man’s natural and imprescriptible rights” in particular. These “are liberty, property, security, and resistance to oppression.” We can thus compare and contrast the two sets of rights, which important implications for public policy for both America and Europe.


The entire essay is at “Natural Rights in Europe and America

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