Patriots Don’t Ask? Patriots Don’t Answer.

"One's identity is, by definition, unique; yet it is, in another sense, a universal characteristic," wrote Justice Kennedy in the majority opinion. "Answering a request to disclose a name is likely to be so insignificant in the scheme of things as to be incriminating only in unusual circumstances."

With the decision being 5-4, it is close enough to give those who believe in civil liberties hope, but it is also frightening on many levels. When the majority opinions that since it “is likely to be so insignificant in the scheme of things” one should not have a problem with providing their name to authorities, then anything they determine to be insignificant will not only be expected but required.

“What are your plans for the day?”


“Where are you going?”


“Alright, smartass, you’re coming with me.”

The future looks bleak with reasoning provided by this majority, as they believe in the power, ultimate power, of the government. And you? You become just a bit smaller, weaker cog in the machine.

Think about when the police ask to search your vehicle. Some say that only those who have something to hide say “No.” Untrue, only those that do not believe they have any rights answer “Yes.” It is not about having something to hide, it is about being free, in a free land, with freedom of will.

Before you think it is not big deal, remember that you woke up this week with a little less freedom than you had last week, with no end in sight. When was the last week you received a little more freedom?

Some things are worth fighting for at home, also.

posted at 09:29:56 on 06/23/04 by clearpolitics - Category: Freedom - [Permalink]

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