Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Fourth amendment: 12/15/1791--07/09/2008

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures , shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue , but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

Say adios to the Fourth Amendment today. Recite kaddish, have a viewing, put it in the ground before sundown, sit shiva, send it to the place that God has prepared, whatever your religious or spiritual predilictions may be. It was killed today, at the ripe old age of 216, by a Congress so predatory, so shortsighted, so craven, that they passed a law that, as constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley says, has "not an ounce of principle, not an ounce of public interest." Briefly, this law expands the power of the president to wiretap American citizens. In doing so, it enables Bush to cover up his crimes by granting retroactive immunity to telecom companies that did his dirty work for him.

According to Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI), seventy senators, all of whom voted today, had never been briefed on the wiretapping program, and didn't even know what they were voting for. I'm guessing that one of those was another constitutional law professor, my candidate Barack Obama, who voted in favor of this bill. This just boggles the mind.

But what is worse is that Bush's criminal behavior, past, present, and future, has been enabled by a Democratic senate. This is the point at which I need to be reminded why I, along with so many others, gave my money and time to the cause of Democrats taking back the Senate in 2006. Seriously, this is important.

I think there are probably more than a few of us reconsidering the depth of our support for Senator Obama. We'll never vote for the other guy. He's much, much worse. But we're a lot more jaded, and maybe not as willing to spend our money (which we need for gas anyway--it just hit $4/gallon on the prairie today) or our time on someone who has, along with other Democratic colleagues, sold the American people out and contributed to the gutting of the Bill of Rights in one fell swoop.

1 comment:

Simran Sethi said...

After that recent "Come to Jesus" meeting for Barack, I have tried to pinpoint why I have lost all hope for the election. You nailed it.
Every four years I seem to find myself voting for a Democrat because the Republican candidate is not an option. Although I was initially an Edwards supporter, I came over to the Obama side. The thought of a person of color holding our highest office makes me all proud and ferclempt, but I am concerned that the one who was fighting "The Man" is becoming him.