Friday, June 09, 2006

They look human but...

I made the mistake of asking a Republican where I work what he thought of the Ann Coulter thing. Unless you just woke up from a coma you know what I'm talking about. He did say that she went too far and I though maybe there is an opening here to challenge some of his beliefs. I said, you know the Jersey Girls, that Coulter called "witches" and "harpies" and were enjoying their husbands' deaths pushed for an independent 9/11 investigation to find out how did 9/11 happen and how do we prevent another one. Of course, I told him Bush and the Republicans were against it. As they are against the 9/11 commission's recommendations which have yet to be implemented.

Somehow this was taken as some argument against fighting mass murdering Islamic terrorists and it was off to the races. Before it was over he had taken the position that he didn't care if his constitutional rights such as privacy, or searches pursuant to a warrant were taken away as long as the government thought it was a tool to fight terrorists. He said he wasn't in al Qaeda so he didn't care if they searched him, his car, his home, his library check-outs, his book purchases, his bank transactions, his business records or anything else. He pointed to bombings in London and Madrid and Bali as proof that these rights should take a back seat to fighting Islamic fascists.

I told him that no bomb on a bus is worth deleting rights from the Constitution one by one. He wasn't moved. It was as if was saying, "please take my rights away." I asked him why do you trust the government? Don't you want your rights, the rules of the game, written down so you can like, you know, look them up from time to time to see if everyone is playing by the rules? He said, "No, you have to trust the government." I asked, "Then why in 1776 they didn't just write down 'Trust the government' and not waste all that time on the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights? Why didn't they just have the Declaration of Trust the Government?" No answer.

The bloodthirsty Islamic fascist killers in al Qaeda and Hamas and Hezbollah all look human but they're not. So too for those who desperately yearn to have their rights taken away just so they can feel, but not actually be, safer from those same terrorists.


Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Now you know why democracy only lasts so long. People are never comfortable with it because they are cowards and want to be protected far more than they want to be free.

4:50 PM  
Blogger Crankyboy said...

True. They don't get it. I'd rather die in a free society than live in a police state.

8:01 PM  
Blogger rMatey said...

Ann Coulter is a good example why people should practice birth control and even euthenasia.

8:10 PM  
Blogger phinky said...

I have a feeling your friend would be singing a different song if President Gore was in office.

4:53 PM  
Blogger Crankyboy said...

No question. If a Democrat were in office doing this they would be calling it Stalinism. They would say the big government liberals have created an Orwellian Big Brother government where they can do what they want to anyone as they please. If a Democrat wins in 08 watch the Republicans say we should reign in the imperial presidency. As long as they have the financial motive, jobs, contracts, promotions, lobbying fees etc, they will argue for a monarchy because they benefit from the whims of the monarch. When Bush is out watch them change their tune.

5:31 PM  

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