“Some rights must be repealed”

The so-called Global War on Terror is having serious ramifications at home. Over the past five years we’ve watched the erosion of civil liberties in the name of “homeland security.” Now the erosion is picking up speed, with recent direct attacks on both the First Amendment and the Second Amendment.

Last month, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R) called for “a different set of rules,” restrictions on speech and press freedom to be applied to “those who would fight outside the rules of law, those who would use weapons of mass destruction, and those who would target civilians.”

The remarks were particularly ironic, considering he was speaking at a First Amendment awards banquet meant to celebrate press freedom in the state of New Hampshire. I can’t figure out why he wasn’t booed off stage.

In related news, an Islamic think tank in Detroit, Mich., has published a paper calling for the Second Amendment to be repealed.

“The war on terror has already taken an enormous toll on the First, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendments, and thus far, very few Americans have objected,” writes Junaid Afeef, a research associate at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. “In light of this precedence, it seems reasonable that scaling back or even repealing the right to bear arms would be an easy task.”

Indeed, it would be easy, if Americans didn’t just decide to shoot your terrorist-supporting ass first. Remember, if guns are outlawed, only terrorists will have guns. As far as I’m concerned, anybody who comes after my guns is a terrorist and will be treated appropriately.

One thought on ““Some rights must be repealed”

  • January 16, 2007 at 8:09 am

    Someone who I know very well has done just such as thing as Gilmore, though not intentinally. He lost his license a day or so before his flight home for Christmas a few years back (post- 9/11). He called the airline and the airline told him that it was okay, but he should show up to the airport extra early because he would most definitely be searched, etc. He showed up early. He was searched. His baggage was searched. He boarded the plane without an ID and made it home for Christmas.

    Given my friend’s experience and that of Mr Gilmore it would seem that Mr. Gilmore might have been denied boarding either for a reason other than not having an ID (ie: he challenged the authority figure, who decided to not let him board – which brings up an issue of power usurping the law, among others) or the person/people that did not allow him to board are ignorant of the actual laws and regulations they are tasked to uphold. Both of these seem to me to be very serious issues.

    The issue to me is not the security itself, but the way in which it is upheld, which is often arbitrary and gives those in a position of power (ie: with the gun) all the rights, whether they follow the letter of the law or not, under the guise of national security, safety, do it for the children, etc.

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