Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Threats One Sees Are More Dangerous Than The Conspiracies One Can't

Cory calls out conspiracy theorist extraordinaire Steve Sibson.  As Cory points out Sibby fervently asserts bogeymen lurk behind every rock, tree, curtain, and atom.  The Four Horsemen of Sibby's Apocalypse are  socialists, ”Masons,” [the] “New World Order,” and “New Age Theocracy.” Sibson's trust issues and search for black helicopters would be humorous if they did not dangerously distract from real and imminent assaults on freedom.
Conor Friedersdorf reminds readers that President Obama
has previously been subject to complaints about his war on whistleblowers, the humanitarian and strategic costs of his drone war, theillegality of the war he waged in Libya, his use of the state secrets privilege, his defense of Bush-erawarrantless wiretapping, and his assertion of the power to kill American citizens accused of terrorism.  . . . .[and] Obama plans to sign rather than veto a bill enshrining indefinite detention into U.S. law and failing to exempt American . . . .
All of these decisions frighten me far more than any Masonic Socialist.

One could, of course, hope that candidates hoping to win the nomination of the party of limited government would be more amenable to preserving civil liberties.  Newt Gingrich quickly destroys that hope. Tod Kelly writes,
The war on drugs, I admit, is worrisome. The surveillance of American citizens without a warrant is troubling. Holding people not charged with any crime for an undetermined period of time is deeply disturbing. And yet as chilling as I find those realities, none of them frightens me to the degree that this idea does:
“During an appearance on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Gingrich suggested the president could send federal law enforcement authorities to arrest judges who make controversial rulings in order to compel them to justify their decisions before congressional hearings… When host Bob Schieffer asked how he would force federal judges to comply with congressional subpoenas, Gingrich said he would send the U.S. Capitol Police or U.S. Marshals to arrest the judges and force them to testify.”
Granted, Newt doesn't seem ready to be establish a secular theocracy with New Age requirements that all school children learn to play the flute or "non Western instruments."  (Those New Age Pagans are a conniving bunch.)

Still, that separation of powers thing was important enough for the founders to put it into the Constitution.  A president who decides that he can abolish courts and arrest judges who issue rulings he disagrees with is acting like a dictator not a president.  The real danger to Americans' freedom comes from politicians who refuse to take seriously their oath to uphold the Constitution not some secret cabal.

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