Checks and Balances

A federal judge has ruled that the NSA eavesdropping program is unconstitutional as it violates free speech and privacy. Good. The problem with the President’s contention that this is an emergency program that is necessary to fight the war on terror is that the war on terror will never have a fixed end. An infringement on our right to privacy for the duration of this war would in effect be a permanent end to our rights to free speech and privacy as we know it and the judicial branch ain’t havin’ it.

And just so we make this clear, these freedoms aren’t just some hippie-friendly rights tossed into the American system as an afterthought kind of like the parsley you just laugh at while you’re eating your burger, these are part of the foundations that make America what it is. Without these there is nothing worth fighting for besides the lives of 300 million barnyard animals. The operating American philosophy has always been give me liberty or give me death. Our freedom is what makes us great. Without that we should just rename ourselves The Peoples Republic of Leroy’s and turn in our blogs at the door.

For those of you on the left who are fond of comparing George Dubya to Hitler, take note. The system of government in Nazi Germany did not allow for judicial oversight on the tactics of the Fuhrer. The American system has checks and balances precisely to curtail any running amok within the system. Also take note that by the time Hitler began invading neighboring states, he preceded that with carefully choreographed stories in the press meant to incite popular opinion. The American Presidents have never had, nor ever will, have control of the press so there is another impediment to your Hitler analogies right there. Our freedom of speech, both within the traditional press and on the internet, will prevent that type of mind control on such a mass scale from ever happening over here. That is unless we surrender those freedoms in the name of a war on terror.

The American President is not the Fuhrer, he couldn’t be even if he tried, and we have the separation of powers to thank for that. And even failing that he’s not nearly good enough an orator to incite the public to genocide on a mass scale so don’t even begin to worry about it. No, if American freedom is imperiled, it will not come in the form of an assault on freedom from the top down, it will be because the voters, the legislators, and the judiciary allow our nation to become a police state by voluntarily handing over “temporary” emergency powers. Right now we can thank a federal judge in Detroit for not allowing that to happen.

11 Responses to “Checks and Balances”

  1. guy in the UNLV Jacket says:

    You mean to say that the system works? Who would have thunk it. Not me in a million years

  2. mexi says:

    Just what I would expect to hear from a CIA operative. You should blog about that!

  3. guy in the UNLV Jacket says:

    I will sometime next week

  4. mexi says:

    Until then we interrupt your regularly scheduled program to bring you these messages.

  5. Citizen Quasar says:

    Hitler burned his Reichstag in order to terrorize the German people into submission.

    Dubya destroyed the World Trade Center in order to terrify the American people into submission.

    It works every time.

    Maybe “Whiplash” will save us because the Supreme Court sure ain’t gonna’.

    Just wait until Dubya nuculars an American city. Then watch people line up to go to the FEMA camps.

  6. mexi says:

    Do your jackets have any sleeves?

  7. Citizen Quasar says:


  8. Citizen Quasar says:

    Does your monkey ride a dog? Yes? Do you spank it if it falls off?

  9. mexi says:

    If I had a monkey and a paddle I would never even find the time to blog.

  10. Phelps says:

    The only problem with it is that this ruling won’t survive. It has a fatal flaw in the standing issue (since that court doesn’t have jurisdiction over the people making the calls or the people monitoring the calls.) This is like a judge in Michigan ruling about a tresspass by a California citizen in Texas. That dog won’t hunt.

  11. Citizen Quasar says:

    Thank you for “‘splanin'” that to “teh ‘gogue.”

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