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Unlike other vampires, Dick Cheney casts a shadow—even today.

I used to think firearms owners were paranoid if they thought our elected officials were going to use gun control as a first step toward abolishing the Second Amendment.

After seeing what's happened to the Fourth Amendment over the past two administrations, though, I'm not so sure. As Glenn Greenwald notes today:

Just four or five years ago, objections to warrantless eavesdropping were a prime grievance of Democrats against Bush. The controversies that arose from it were protracted, intense, and often ugly. Progressives loved to depict themselves as stalwartly opposing right-wing radicalism in defense of Our Values and the Constitution.

Fast forward to 2012 and all of that, literally, has changed. Now it's a Democratic President demanding reform-free renewal of his warrantless eavesdropping powers. He joins with the Republican Party to codify them. A beloved Democratic Senator from a solidly blue state leads the fear-mongering campaign and Terrorist-enabling slurs against anyone who opposes it. And it now all happens with virtually no media attention or controversy because the two parties collaborate so harmoniously to make it happen. And thus does a core guarantee of the founding — the search warrant requirement of the Fourth Amendment — blissfully disappear into nothingness.

(Greenwald makes his case here)


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Dec. 29th, 2012 08:32 pm (UTC)
I'm neither a staunch Republican or Democrat, nor a fan of either of the presidential candidates this past November - I voted independent because it was the only thing I felt comfortable doing. Choosing "the lesser of two evils" still felt like choosing an evil.

Facebook is full of posts from the enlightened Obama fans about the horridness of all things Not Obama. Where the f**k is their outrage over crap like this? It's like they wear blinders when it comes to anything that casts a negative light on their beloved leader. It makes me sick, how choosey they are with what they get outraged about.
Dec. 29th, 2012 11:24 pm (UTC)
I think a lot of people get their news from sources that echo their own thoughts. I'm as guilty as anyone on that count, but when I find a guy like Greenwald who says "now, wait a minute" in an intelligent way, I pay attention to him. Even Pierce, as liberal as he is, takes his fair share of shots at the administration.

Despite Obama's first campaign promises, change has not come to America. The gap between the wealthy and everybody else has grown; our constitutional rights are under attack; we remain in a state of perpetual war; our prosecution of that war grows increasingly immoral; and the military-industrial complex that Eisenhower warned us about has got its tentacles around Congress' throat—and the national treasury.

Wall Street's voices in Washington carry the day; our voices are ignored. We have taken no significant action on climate change in under Obama. Our infrastructure continues to crumble. Poverty and hunger are national disgraces. The way we treat the least among us is shameful.

"Change has come to America." And I'm in charge of buying incense at the Vatican.
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