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  •  Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace (1+ / 0-)
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    1) WIRED points out that there are other aspects to this issue -- where is this country headed if we have a perpetual , Unending "war on terrorism"  with the Executive Branch demanding new powers each year and engaged in a continual erosion of Constitutional constraints, regardless of which party holds the office?

    http://www.wired.com/...

    2) WIRED also points out that Rand Paul is citing LEFTIST bloggers' concerns about civil rights.

    3) Homeland Security is already sounding the alarms about "domestic terrorists".   Using the Executive's definition, the Founding Fathers were "terrorists".

    4) The Founding Fathers fought a war in which 1/3 of the population supported the foreign invader and 1/3 were indifferent.   A war in which a smallpox pandemic raged and the economy was in tatters and people were going hungry.   A war in which a weak USA faced the threat of the Great Powers of Europe.

    YET even in those conditions, they wrote a Constitution that stated:

    a) "The Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it."

    Where is the "Rebellion" in the USA?  WHere is the foreign "invasion" that justifies suspension of habeas corpus?   Why does the most powerful nation on earth feel there is a threat which justifies scrapping the Bill of Rights?

    b) "The Trial of all Crimes, except in Cases of Impeachment, shall be by Jury; "

    c) "Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.  No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court."

    d) "Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted"

    5) The problem is that America has become a nation of Cowards -- who would unquestioning elect a dictator if that dictator were to promise to be their surrogate father and protect them from even the slightest possibility of harm.

     Our democracy can not survive if we accept that 5 corrupt old men on the Supreme Court can destroy the Constitution with two-faced sophistry.

    THEY don't decide what the Constitution means --WE do.  And it is about time US citizens started to realize who our REAL enemies are.

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