Pic of the day: John Adams
We ought to consider what is the end of government, before we determine which is the best form. Upon this point all speculative politicians will agree, that the happiness of society is the end of government, as all Divines and moral Philosophers will agree that the happiness of the individual is the end of man. From this principle it will follow, that the form of government which communicates ease, comfort, security, or, in one word, happiness, to the greatest number of persons, and in the greatest degree, is the best.
John Adams, Thoughts on Government (1776)
Viddy of the day: Cenk: I Hope to God Obama vetoes’ Defense Authorization Act.
I hope so too, Cenk. We can’t let the bastards do this to us. I howled when Bush put indefinite detention on the table, and the indefinite detention of American citizens is an even greater abuse of the Constitution than simple indefinite detention for enemy combatants.
It was easier to criticize when it was Bush, I never voted for him. I voted for Obama, I helped put this guy in that job, and it looks like he’ll try to up the ante on the abuse of power. I didn’t vote for that.
We are a nation of laws, if we change the laws to stand firmly against the rights of the citizens the law is meant to protect, then it is a simple truism that those laws lose all moral legitimacy, as does the nation.
Tis truly a sad day when an American can say that about home and hearth, that is, what was once the land of the free and home of the brave. Even sadder when I think of the fact that I helped put the guy in power who wants to do this.
The blind seeking after security at the expense of freedom is destructive of the freedoms we the people hold dear, and is an affront to all right thinking Americans, and should be fought with all the strength we can, as both individuals and as a people, muster.
The worst part about this entire thing? No matter who makes it to the White House next election, they will do nothing to roll this back, should the President decide to not veto this, and will do nothing to prevent even greater abuses of power.
Now, maybe this thing won’t be so bad. Maybe the language of the bill will be changed with the betterment of the people and freedom in mind. Maybe it will be made more compatible with the needs of a free people.
But using the guidelines of the last few decades as a roadmap, from the Fisa revision from 2008, to warrantless wiretaps, to the attempted destruction of Habeus Corpus, and other recent abuses, there seems to be little in the way of real opposition to the continued erosion of our freedoms by those who make the laws of the land.
Our founding fathers rose up against abuses of power that were most egregious. The Declaration of Independence should be our guide. If the government of the United States does to us, the people of the United States, equal damage to our rights and freedoms that was done to our founders, then do we not have a duty to rise up and defend that freedom against those of us who would do us and our freedom further damage?
The question would then be, have the abuses become that egregious?
That’s it from here, America. G’night.