Losing our freedoms, eh?

June 4, 2009 at 7:41 pm (Politics) (, , , , )

You know something that is kind of funny (in a horribly sad way) is that the Republican party is really concerned about our freedoms these days.  It’s a word they’ve always been big on using, but now they’re really just all concerned that our freedoms are being taken away from us.

The beautiful irony in that statement, of course, is that what they are referring to is the government doing things like taking over failing business that we can’t afford to let fail (which was started by a Republican administration, by the way).  Or the government raising taxes.  Or the government mandating that health insurance companies sell everyone insurance, full stop.

Now, granted, some of these things are not mentioned in the Constitution.  Certainly taking over GM never made it in there.  But honestly, this is not something the Constitution bars the federal government from doing, and it’s not something that either the states or “we the people” could possibly have managed, so it’s not like the federal government is taking rights away from other entities that are entitled to them.  And, of course, with things like taxation…well, that is specifically mentioned in the constitution.  Specifically, the federal government is allowed to do it.  Kind of however Congress decides to.  So they completely lose on that one.

It’s ironic, of course, because the previous administration took away quite a lot of our rights, and some of our most important ones, too.  We definitely had our freedom curtailed under the Bush administration, and it’s not some gray-area, not-actually-forbidden stuff like taking over failing companies when the economy is about to implode.  It’s stuff like…the right to reasonable search and seizure.  Habeus corpus.  In some sense, freedom of speech and religion.  You know, stuff that was kinda sorta mentioned very specifically in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  Not to mention the Declaration of Independence and, I’m sure, a variety of other documents.

Seriously, never underestimate the desire or power of some people to rewrite history.  I just hope that we as a country don’t let them get away with it.

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