Friday, May 12, 2006

Missing the point

Another hackneyed article about the NSA database. Is this news? Aren't they just beating the same dead horse?

Don't get me wrong. I'm not on the "it's harmless" bandwagon. Granted, I think there are more significant things to be worried about. It only takes a modicum of intelligence to realize that our government doesn't have the manpower to listen to every phone call. Right, right, but that's not the issue...

Everyone has missed the point. This has been going on forever, and that's not even the point.

The point what?

The First Amendment is a trampled, misunderstood mess.

The Second Amendment is heavily, heavily infringed.

The Fourth Amendment is an utter joke.

Parts of the Fifth Amendment get trampled right along with the Second. (Kudos to Reason for bringing my attention to this one.)

The Eigth Amendment is partially ignored. (And I'm not talking about cruel and unusual punishment.)

I see no evidence of any regard for the Ninth and Tenth Amendments.

Here is a link to the Bill of Rights.

Read that and tell me what you think about life in America today. And then tell me how upsetting the NSA's phone call database is. My response is (shrug) so what? As a friend of mine puts it, " more log on the fire."

The media is picking this fight as part of a partisan attempt to attack the Bush Administration. It fits conveniently into their current agenda. I'm not defending the database. I'm just pointing out that no one does a thing about countless other daily Constitutional tramplings. Why get upset about this one?


Blogger Reason said...

Anyone who thinks the Constitution is still the supreme law of the land is living in a fairy-tale. We increasingly live in a police state and there are only so many ways this can shake out. None of the likely results are very appealing.


15/5/06 9:09 AM  

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