Published: Tuesday, Jan. 8 2013 12:00 a.m. MST
The lack of comments on this article should tell us something about the state of
our nation. If there aren't any political points to be scored by talking
about something, few people will do it. When both parties mostly agree, even if
the idea is awful, we the people are mostly silent. Many in this forum often
remark that we need more "pragmatists", more "mainstream"
candidates. The only problem is that the only politicans willing to assert that
the government doesn't have the right to spy on its citizens have been the
extremes of both parties. Almost without exception, the "mainstream"
Republicans and Democrats re-upped the provisions of FISA allowing warrantless
wire-tapping, along with extending approval for indefinite detention under the
NDAA. You'll see hundreds of comments about gay marriage, the budget, gun
control, the "47%", and a host of other issues. But on an issue as
basic as this, the 4th amendment, the almost utter silence is quite troubling.
I totally agree. We are incrementally handing over our freedom without even a
serious debate or discussion about it. Warrantless wiretapping and indefinite
detention are major infringements upon our rights as US citizens, and I believe
we lose more than we gain by allowing them.
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