July 26, 2013
Emma Lazarus' sonnet "The New Colossus" offers the following comments about the iconic statue designed by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi and given to the United States by the citizens of France:
"Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame. . .Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand/A mighty woman with a torch."
That woman is, of course, Lady Liberty, represented as Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom holding her torch of enlightenment 305 feet above Liberty Island.
Today, however, our liberty, described and encoded in the Declaration and Constitution, has come under a governmental assault which ought to sadden us all the more because it comports with Shakespeare's observation that "When sorrows come, they come not single spies/But in battalions."
Of those battalions, the troublesome vastness of the NSA's spy network has been much in the news.
However, an article by washingtonsblog.com reveals further disturbing details that give testimony to the insatiable quality of the power loving impulses that arise in the hearts of politicians.
First off, the blog reports that the shamelessly politicized Justice Department recently stunned a federal judge with the claim that the spying, even against American citizens, "cannot be challenged in a court of law."
Now, given the government's ferocious bluster about the FISA court's supervision of the NSA, that assertion reeks of the foul irony that is repulsive to ordinary humans but so deliciously appealing to politicians they can't wallow in it enough.
However, that offense against liberty and the constitutional demand for separation of powers doesn't stand alone; for the blog goes on to report that Justice responded to one of the judge's questions by admitting that while "Americans targeted overseas do have rights," those rights cannot "be enforced in court either before or after the Americans [are] killed."
There are two key things to say about that insulting claim.
First, it reveals how politicians use eternal warfare as a pretext for undermining the Constitution.
Second, it establishes the honest, good sense exhibited by the blog when, having listed other liberty-destroying constitutional assaults perpetrated by the current administration, it concludes that while Bush eroded the doctrine of separation of powers, "under Obama, it's gotten worse."
Actually, the assault on liberty has gotten infinitely worse under Barack Obama.
For evidence, nothing is more powerful than the fact that two of the most important officials in his administration have thumbed their noses at the Constitution and the American public by lying to Congress. . .the Attorney General when he lied about what he knew and when he knew it regarding the "Fast and Furious" debacle and the Director of National Intelligence when he lied that the NSA does not "wittingly" spy and collect data on virtually every American.
As rotten and criminal as those behaviors by AG Holder and Director Clapper are, they are all the more pernicious because of the example they set. And as expected, others in the administration have taken their cue from them.
Most notable among those amoral political lemmings are top IRS officials who are fully aware that the agency has trampled upon the fundamental rights of ordinary citizens and their political organizations, criminally released private IRS data about those organizations to political opponents, and snooped into the files of at least one conservative candidate for high office.
Yet when summoned to testify, they brazenly and disgustingly displayed contempt for the legislative branch, thereby mocking not just members of the House and Senate but, more importantly, the Constitution and the entire American public.
To apprise the public of just how maniacal the Obama administration has become with respect to endangering the liberty that has defined this nation since the Spirit of '76 breathed it into life, this piece closes with a focus on John Fund's "Obamacare's Branch of the NSA" posted at nationalreview.com.
With respect to the latest battalion aiming its force against liberty, the piece succinctly informs us about the fundamental structure of the "Data Hub" that will be part of Obamacare with the following quote from healthcare expert John Goodman:
"The Obama administration wants something the federal government has never done: a computer system that connects HHS, the Internal Revenue Service, the Social Security Administration, Homeland Security and perhaps other departments."
Now, just that much terrifying information about a modern, poisonous, cyber-tentacled Hydra created, fed, and housed in its unapproachable lair by the monstrosity that is the federal government will send every lover of liberty pleading for a club-armed Hercules and torch-wielding Iolaus to slay it.
Sadly, however, the politician's mind is capable of far more treachery as revealed when the article explains that to enroll citizens in Obamacare, the federal government plans to hire thousands of "navigators" who will offer counseling about health insurance plans under Obamacare and the government subsidies available to help needy folks pay the premiums.
Actually, infinitely greater treachery when we consider that the navigators (1) will undergo no criminal background checks (2) are not required to have earned a high school diploma (3) may, as they go about their duties, be allowed (a la ACORN) to register clients to vote and (4) will have access to the Data Hub.
As we ponder the reality that under Obamacare, a felon or other healthcare/community organizer/political activist can gain access to our SSN, our health records, our IRS records, and even more information about us, we might think about what the Founders, Lady Liberty, or Libertas would advise us to do about the battalions the government has sent against our Liberty.
Most likely, the three would tell us we already know the answer, reminding us that "In a democracy, people get the kind of government they deserve."
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