July 23, 2007

Civil Liberties Hypocrisy

Victor Davis Hanson nails it with this article.

A common liberal complaint against the Bush administration is its supposed trampling of civil liberties. The Patriot Act, wiretaps, and Guantanamo supposedly have undermined our freedoms--or so we are warned ad nauseam by liberal watchdogs.

But at least the Patriot Act passed both houses of Congress with wide public support. In contrast, there are a variety of other assaults on personal freedoms, due process, and the sanctity of the law that leftwing moralists not only ignore, but often seem to endorse -- as if the liberal ends should justify illiberal means.

First, take illegal immigration. Not only have we neglected to enforce federal immigration statutes, but also local communities, due to pressures from Hispanic lobbyists and tacit approval from employers, have passed local codes barring arrests of suspected illegal aliens.

Tens of thousands of regional and local government officials, along with law enforcements, have taken the law into their own hands by simply deciding not to enforce it.

Second, every bit as dangerous as wiretaps are prosecutors who manipulate the law, either for personal, ideological or political reasons. In the so-called Duke rape case, now disbarred District Attorney Michael Nifong withheld evidence in his holy crusade to convict three innocent Duke Lacrosse players--in hopes of appeasing the lynch mob of local black activists and self-righteous university professors. But even before evidence was adduced--all exculpatory to the defendants--liberal forces had tried and convicted the falsely accused in the media in furtherance of their own leftwing race, class, and gender agendas.

Bravo. Hanson continues citing Valerie Plame, eminent domain abuses (which, by the way, were given a judicial green light by the pre-Roberts era liberal bloc of the Supreme Court), and the Fairness Doctrine. Speaking of that last item, only one Democrat senator (Evan Bayh) voted for Norm Coleman's amendment which would have prevented the Fairness Doctrine from being revived. The measure failed, as a result.

Why is it that only Democrats want to revive this insane "doctrine" again?

UPDATE: Still yet another example!

Posted by Felix at July 23, 2007 12:58 PM | TrackBack

Comments  (We reserve the right to edit and/or delete any comments. If your comment is blocked or won't post, e-mail us and we'll post it for you.)

Growing up i was forced to go to church. Although I disliked it, it help make me what I am today...When my time came to make important decisions, I remembered some of what I was taught, and chose wisely.

Today with a wealth of informational and entertaining choices, what tends to be chosen, is often the choice that will be the most exhilarating. Whenever I try to get my kids to watch C-span, even after I explain dynamics taking place which will have profound consequences for their future, after a polite few minutes, I get: "This is boring....Let's watch "Drake and Josh"...No!... Let's watch Sponge-Bob?"

Sometimes, just as I had to sit down in a pew for an hour, I feel that our youth need to sit down and watch a boring documentary on Government.

Instead of clicking through a wide selection to find one option that is the most entertaining, they need to find most of their entertainment, in the one option they have available.

It seems ironical that when there was only one television station and one newspaper, youth were far more informed about the world around them, then today with Internet, cable, instant access through cell phone technology.

Perhaps they had less depth, but they had a wider base.

This has little to do with the Fairness doctrine. But as we split further and further apart,Tower of Babel style, we communicate less and less.

With such changes so fast, I wonder where we will all be twenty years from now, as the next generation comes of age.......

Posted by: kavips at July 26, 2007 05:54 AM

You can erase this after you read it, but your secular server would not let be publish the words "listening to a preacher". Questionable content? Most intriguing..

Posted by: kavips at July 26, 2007 06:00 AM

It's Movable Type's Blacklist that gets all gimpy when it's bombarded with spam.

Posted by: Hube at July 26, 2007 10:00 AM

Kavips, we always severely limited the amount of TV "entertainment" our kids could watch, including through their teen ages. Instead, they were both readers, and we got them involved in a variety of activities. Now as adults, they remain involved in their communities, and have similar guidelines for their young children. We are very proud of our daughters, great mothers, thinkers and community/school advocates.

A suggestion: Instead of C-SPAN, in general I recommend the Jim Lehrer News Hour, or on radio the Diane Rehm show, which can be podcast or heard by streaming audio on demand. Both, as you probably know, provide in depth coverage of the important issues of the day, with commentary from all sides of the issues.

Posted by: Perry Hood at July 27, 2007 10:27 AM