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Sunday, January 29, 2006

 

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Handwringing over government intrusion rings false
- By Michael M. Bates


The debate over wiretapping U.S. citizens has joined critics from both the Left and the Right. There are not yet many details known about the surveillance and until there are I think reserving judgment is prudent. What I wonder is where some of these commentators who now seem so troubled about encroachments on citizens' liberties have been the last several decades.

In ways large and small, government at every level has been curbing our freedoms for a long time.

We aren't free to decide our own retirement plans. Government mandates participation in the actuarially unsound Social Security system.


We aren't free to protect the most vulnerable among us, unborn children. Government has decided the Constitution protects the taking of innocent human life.

We aren't free to do with our own property as we see fit. Government sets up zoning laws dictating what we can do and, if government deems it necessary for any reason, our property can be seized.
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