Obama-style privacy rights: Abortion, yes. Secure in your persons and papers, no.
If President Obama is only continuing domestic spying programs initiated under Presidents Clinton (Echelon) and Bush (Patriot Act), then why were Major Hasan (Fort Hood) the Tsarnaev brothers (Boston Marathon) left to their known Islamist pro-death terror devices, while the substance of the prayers of conservative tea party pro-life patriot Republicans were searched before they could help prevent his re-election or avoid tax audits?
Two hundred and twelve years before September 11, 2001, the framers of the U.S. Constitution insisted that a unitary chief executive be empowered to yield broad commander-in-chief powers, short of the declaration or war, to defend America. After the 9/11 Islamist terror attacks, it became clear that this executive power must encompass domestic spying within a legal framework in order to prevent more, and even more deadly, such 9/11s, especially in a world rife with weapons of mass destruction and the easy availability of instructions on the procurement and use of same.
After the Alien and Sedition Acts of President John Adams and Espionage and Sedition Acts of Woodrow Wilson, it was made clear that character in the executive is essential to the preservation of a free state. After the targeting of political opponents by the Internal Revenue Service and Department of Justice as administered by President Barack Obama, it is clear that he lacks the character to be trusted to wield the power that a head of state must yield.
The Horns of a National Security Dilemma and the Right to Privacy
Clearly, the Constitution provides remedies to rein in a rogue Chief Magistrate. He may be impeached and removed from office by the Congress and/or he and his political allies may be removed from office at the next election. Sadly, over half of the nation’s voters and electors refused to do the latter in 2012 and the Chicago Mob known as the national Democratic Party cares too much the privacy rights of Gosnellian abortionists, government payroll withholding of public-sector labor-union dues for political money laundering purposes, and the denial of affordable energy for the poor and middle class to ever entertain the former. Of course, there is hope that voters might insist on salvaging what is left of the Bill of Rights by turning out Democrats from the Senate and preserving GOP control of the House in 2014, and electing a Republican president in 2016, but I digress.
It would be nice if President Obama would heed the admonition of God in scripture to facilitate men and to:
“Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. – Genesis 1:28 (KJV)
It can be done with only reasonable searches and seizures as required by the Fourth Amendment, while also defending the nation against all enemies, foreign and domestic; but it can’t be done with politically correct obeisance to the paramount goal that the “Prophet of Islam” not be blasphemed.
We agree with attorneys Andrew McCarthy, James Taranto and Alan Dershowitz; that the domestic spying laws, as written, concerning NSA and other government collection of telephone and other metadata, and the obtaining of FISA warrants are constitutional, unlike the actions of Eric Holder’s leak investigation of Fox News reporter James Rosen and the IRS targeting of conservatives. We would not repeal those laws.
But we also would not pretend that President Barack Hussein Obama and his ideological liberal Democrat allies in the government, whether they be political appointees or long-serving members of the permanent bureaucracy, can be trusted. We hope that the Grand Old Party wielders of oversight power in the House of Representatives will do their best to expose the venality of those with access to our private data, unequivocally label those Democrats with the appropriate moral approbation and ask that voters give them a mandate to rid them from government at the earliest possible date.
Mostly, we hope that those patriots deterred from political activity, and especially actually voting, thanks to IRS intimidation before the Election of 2012, will muster the courage to participate in record numbers in the immediate future. After all, one does not have to me a member of, or contribute to, a conservative Republican 501(c)(4) tax exempt organization to cast a ballot against the members of Obama’s party, that is, Democrats.
The right to privacy consists of much more than the “penumbras and emanations” that led to Roe v Wade’s invention of the right to stop beating hearts in wombs.