If you watch nothing else today or this week, please check out this video (~7 min.) below from Bill Whittle and Firewall and with respect to inherent rights and being free to do what the hell you want.
President Obama is totally bummed out over the provisions within the National Defense Authorization Act which he signed into law in November of 2011 which gives the federal government the power to indefinetely detain U.S.-born suspected terrorists on U.S. soil without due cause and presumptive G.O.P. nominee Mitt Romney is cool with it because he totally believes that neither Obama nor he, were he to be President, would abuse this power.
It doesn't matter.
It doesn't matter because this power is now enshrined into law and we are assured by completely fallible human beings that they would never, ever abuse that power.
Where we once had a right, we now have an assurance.
Where we once had 1st amendment rights, we are now forced by the government to pay for other people's contraception, quite possibly against our religious beliefs, because of the provisions contained within ObamaCare.
And it's happening without any of us causing much of a fuss because it's all happening... slowly. You can't feel it, we can't feel it but there's those laws setting on the shelves right now for all eternity waiting for it's moment to be abused.
It doesn't matter. It doesn't matter what assurances are given; the legal framework to bury both the 1st and 5th amendment are in place and it really didn't take that long.
Your right to freedom of speech and freedom of religion and your right not to be unlawfully detained are not granted by the Constitution. Those are inherent rights; rights existing merely because you are breathing. They are rights that are protected by the Constitution from interference by the government. And now they are rights that are in serious jeopardy because of the seduction of power and of ignorance and hypocrisy.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012