Thursday, March 15, 2012

The 4th Amendment - Ron Paul

I went to see Ron Paul on March 14, 2012 at the University of Illinois. I am not a supporter of Dr. Paul. This blog does not support any political candidate. I'm also concerned about the claims that Dr. Paul had racist materials printed in his newsletter.

That being said this is a legal blog and Dr. Paul did bring up a legal issue. He talked about the Fourth Amendment to the United State's Constitution. He talked about the willingness of Congress to grant the government ther right to enter our homes, examine our bank records, tap our telephone calls and detain American citizans without a trial. Dr. Paul was concerned that the Patriot Act as well as the National Defense Authorization Act step on important freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution.

I don't want to go into more details about the acts specifically. I do want to bring up a question raised by Dr. Paul. Why is no one talking about this legislation. Why are politicians giving away our fundamental rights without public debate? Why are politicians from the Democratic as well as the Republican party so willing to sell out our fundamental rights against illegal searches and seizures?

In American history the government has stomped on the fundamental rights of her citizans during times of war. The internment of American citizens of Janpanese descent during World War II is an obvious example. Now we are doing the same thing in the guise of the war on terror and the war on drugs. If the object of our government is to stop the terrorists and drug dealers before they are able to end the American way of life than they have failed. How can someone take away what we have been so willing to give away?