Words of Advice:

"We have it totally under control. It's one person coming from China. It's going to be just fine." -- Donald Trump, 1/22/2020

“We will not see diseases like the coronavirus come here..and isn't it refreshing when contrasting it with the awful presidency of President Obama."
-- Trump Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, 2/25/20

"I don't take responsibility for anything." --Donald Trump, 3/13/20

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Our Vanishing Liberties

“The Rights of the People”, by David K. Shipler. From the book review in the NYT's book section:
You don’t have to drink your fair-trade coffee out of a “Morning Edition” mug to buy into Shipler’s central claim: Since 9/11, our government has treated the Bill of Rights with about as much reverence as a “Keep Off the Grass” sign.
The book is the first of two volumes on the subject.

I don't know whether to read it or not. I agree with the central premise, that all levels of government have treated the Bill of Rights with the degree of respect better accorded to sayings in fortune cookies. Only I'd date that back at least 40 years, to the Nixonian declaration of a "War on Drugs", and even further, to most of the tenure of J.Edgar Hoover in the FBI. There was a brief expansion of civil rights in the 1960s, but those have been steadily rolled back by the last few Supreme Courts.

The sad thing is that most Americans are fine with that. But that's only to be expected, really. It's been the same pretty much since the third generation of colonists were born here. It's probably worth noting that the driving factor behind this year's "Arab Spring" wasn't initially a yearning for freedom as much as it was disgust at official corruption, of a kleptocratic state.

2 comments:

Stewart Dean said...

Kevin Drum has another viewpoint:
http://motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2011/06/quote-day-how-sabotage-government

Ruckus said...

I wonder if most americans are ok with it or if they just don't know how much their rights are being stripped away. They probably never used them anyway so they didn't know they are going. Or they thought it has always been like this.