Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war. -- Billy Beck

Monday, July 07, 2008

Sometimes You Can't Be Paranoid ENOUGH

Sometimes You Can't Be Paranoid ENOUGH

Hmm.... I received the following email this afternoon:
Hello Kevin,

Flaming liberal here, and I enjoy reading your blog very much; you're an great writer with an interesting viewpoint. I particularly liked your Quote of the Day post involving Jeff Foxworthy--between you and me, what liberals don't know about the Flyover States would fill Alaska. I am sickened at the way my own party conducts their politics...but that is a discussion for another time. Coming to more current events, I would very much like your take on this post (ignore all the self-promotion):

What is FISA? Can you discuss it a little on your blog? (Before tomorrow?) :)
I went to the site and watched the 18-minute video. It's an interview with Daniel Ellsberg on the topic of the FISA reauthorization bill going before the Senate apparently tomorrow.

He's agin' it.

Mostly he's agin' it because it gives immunity from lawsuits to the telecommunications companies who have violated the law by acquiescing to the government's requests demands for wiretaps and other surveillance of American citizens without recourse to a judicially-issued warrant.

Essentially, Mr. Ellsburg's position is that through this bill the .gov can legally spy on anyone, at any time, and then use the information gathered to blackmail the subject of the surveillance - say, a Senator or Congressman.

Um, right.

Here's my problem with that little scenario. If you're going to blackmail someone (which is a crime) then committing a crime in order to get the dirt on them in the first place isn't going to slow you down much.

Mr. Ellsburg places great faith in the power of the voters to stop this bill. He can't understand why Barack Candle in the Wind Obama has reversed himself on his opposition to it. (Along with pretty much every other position he took in the primary race.)

Gee, I wonder if someone might be blackmailing him?

Look, I concur with Mr. Ellsburg that government has done a lot of unConstitutitional things, dating all the way back to Lincoln and beyond, but FISA doesn't strike terror in my heart the way it apparently does Mr. Ellsburg. Perhaps that's due to a lack of understanding on my part, but having read Mr. Ellsburg's 09/26/07 opus "A Coup Has Occurred," I tend to suspect that the tether connecting him to reality is just a bit frayed. I could be wrong. But if the current administration is so intent on violating our civil rights, on unzipping and letting fly on the Constitution, then why bother with PASSING the FISA bill? It doesn't make a lot of sense to me.

Look, either we're over the edge or we're not. Stopping the FISA bill isn't going to make a gnat-fart of a difference either way.

You may, instead, want to take the advice in the third comment to this post at Western Rifle Shooters Association.

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