I was responding to the person who said they trust spies who are trying to kill Americans more than “anything coming out of the White House”.
But “curtail civil liberties”? What? I keep hearing this over and over but I don’t think any citizens have had their liberties curtailed. Some Arabs who overstayed their visas were detained. Is that what you mean? I keep hearing that “the government is now spying on all the books we buy or read at the library” but it’s nonsense. Most of the Patriot Act allows law enforcement to communicate with each other.
For example the FBI found all kinds of notes in the apartments of the first WTC bombers. They were in Arabic though, and they didn’t translate them with any urgency. If they were allowed to talk to the CIA they would have been able to put 2 and 2 together. Everyone wants to know “why couldn’t our intelligence figure this out?”. Well, the Patriot Act allows them to work together. The CIA can now talk to the FBI. No one is surveiled or has their phone bugged without a court order.
So as far as the civil liberties thing, I just don’t see it. I see no curtailment WHATSOEVER.
As for Roe v. Wade, do you realize that even if it were overturned it would affect at most one or two states? It would not outlaw abortions, it would kick the issue back to state legislators. Abortion was LEGAL in most or at least many states prior to Roe v. Wade. That’s actually what the case was about, someone traveling to get a legal abortion. The whole “Roe v. Wade overturned = coathangers” is just another liberal bugaboo. It’s meaningless. But it does help their fund drives.
I think tolerance of other religions is great, but many Muslims seem to have more allegiance to their religion than the US. Not most, probably, but I remember the dancing in the Muslim areas of NYC on TV. These people were thrilled. With fundamentalist Islam, they totally reject the idea of a secular state. To them, it makes no sense. So many Muslims, even the peaceful ones, basically want the constition ripped up in exactly the way you accuse John Ashcroft of wanting it. But there’s no way you’d be concerned about them. We must show tolerance for people who want to destroy us and intolerance for people who are actually trying to save us from bloodthirsty murderers.
As far as GB creating a bullseye on our back: it was already there. There’s nothing he could do to make it worse. In fact I would give him at least some credit for detaining illegal foreigners. This may have prevented further attacks.
There is such as thing as the sentinal effect, whereas someone does such a good job guarding something that the initial threat is seen as insignificant. Of course, when the “sentinal” is dismissed (b/c of the lack of a threat) then the threat comes back.
I would just love to see Dean get in there and release all Gitmo detainees and stop all terror investigations and have the country torn asunder with car bombs, hijackings, chemical attacks, whatever. He’d probably blame it on Jerry Falwell (he’s the only religious person that it’s OK to denigrate).
Gay marriage null and void? I think you’re just a little paranoid. He said almost nothing about gay marriage. Gay marriage doesn’t exist in the US, so how could he make it null and void? Are you saying that the Canadiens who insisted on coming over as a married couple and were denied is all his fault? Whatever, it’s meaningless and wouldn’t be any different under a Democrat.
All I know about GB is he keeps saying this nonsense about Islam being a “religion of peace”. Well, the Jihadists have studied it quite a bit more than him, and they consider it anything but.