Fear Itself: American’s childish sniveling – fed by the 24/7 hysteria of Fox and the rest – continues to make it a simpleton’s task to scare the US into giving up ever more of what it pathetically still thinks of as its liberties and freedoms. To preserve same, the scared multitudes beg the storm troopers at Halfbaked Security to take ever more of our dwindling privacy, eavesdrop on ever more of our conversations, tighten travel restrictions, imprison us without charges or the right to trial. Anything to keep us safe in our paranoia. (Source)
As John Adams noted, political leaders possess an inherent interest in maximizing fear levels, as that is what maximizes their power. For a variety of reasons, nobody aids this process more than our establishment media, motivated by their own interests in ratcheting up fear and Terrorism melodrama as high as possible. . . .
The Constitution is grounded in the premise that there are other values and priorities more important than mere Safety. Even though they knew that doing so would help murderers and other dangerous and vile criminals evade capture, the Framers banned the Government from searching homes without probable cause, prohibited compelled self-incrimination, double jeopardy and convictions based on hearsay, and outlawed cruel and unusual punishment. That’s because certain values — privacy, due process, limiting the potential for abuse of government power — were more important than mere survival and safety. A central calculation of the Constitution was that we insist upon privacy, liberty and restraints on government power even when doing so means we live with less safety.
Michael Chertoff is demanding that we stop listening to “privacy ideologues” — i.e., that there should be no limits on Government’s power to invade and monitor and scrutinize. Republican leaders have spent the decade preaching that only Government-provided Safety, not the Constitution, matters. All in response to this week’s single failed terrorist attack, there are — as always — hysterical calls that we start more wars, initiate racial profiling, imprison innocent people indefinitely, and torture even more indiscriminately.
Fear is always the enabling force of authoritarianism: the desire to vest unlimited power in political authority in exchange for promises of protection. (Source)
Meanwhile, the Obama administration continues to implode:
Does the left want to Impeach Obama too? ImpeachObamaCampaign and What to Expect While We’re Expecting: Politics in the Time of Obama (hat tip Ed Harrison). These are must reads. The first article has been making the rounds and is painfully funny and accurate. The second is to show to those few who continue to defend Obama how badly he has blown his presidency. And they were both written by the same writer, David Michael Green. Obama is over and will probably be the last to figure it out. (Source)