reply to post by dgtempe
Thank you for the writing compliment. However, after reading your list I see only one potential "rights" issue on your entire list, that being the
eavesdropping concern. Nothing else you listed falls under any rights or freedoms and it would be a stretch to even consider most of them liberties
or privaleges. Cheap gas, cheap steaks, convenient air travel, these are all great things, but status quo doesn't equal a freedom. It's a fact of
living in a capitalist society that the price for goods and services will go up, which is what we're seeing in the pricing for everything. Of course
there are external factors that play a role, chief among them commodity speculation which has affected the market prices in an unnatural way.
Government action is needed there, BTW.
As for security checkpoints at the airport, again... this isn't a new thing. We've had security scrutinization in other places throughout the
history of this nation and they have withstood challenges in court to determine their constitutionality and whether they are a violation of your
freedoms. Again, convenient air travel isn't a freedom.
I completely disagree with anyone who claims we've lost freedom of speech. At no point in this country's history did Americans enjoy the right to
be a disruptive ass. I have yet to see anyone arrested for what they were saying, only the manner in which they were saying it. If that's a
violation of someone's rights, then it basically means every public nuissance law is in violation of the Constitution and needs to be thrown out.
Every man, woman, and child in America still has the right to make a statement, even if it should be distastefull or in opposition to the government,
and that right remains unchanged.
It seems to me that somewhere between the chaos of the Vietnam war protests and the sharp party line division of Red state/Blue State we've managed
to bring up a couple of generations of people who believe the first ammendment gives them the right to disrupt anyone and anything the so desire. I
see "Free Speech" zones being ripped into as a violation, Hmmm... do you believe Fred Phelps' group should be allowed to carry on their
demonstrations standing right next to bereaved loved ones on the astroturf surrounding the casket of fallen soldiers? I would certainly hope there
are far more "No, that wouldn't be right and would actually violate the rights of the bereaved." answers than not on that question. Now, aside
from the different magnitude of emotions surrounding the two, how is that scenario any different from one in which you have protesters getting into
the face of anyone attending an event at the door, or actually bringing the event itself to a grinding halt by disrupting it from inside the venue?
Remember, the people have a right to peacefull assembly... that includes the people protesting AND the people being protested against. If one group
is allowed to disrupt then rights have been violated. Thus, "Free Speech" zones actually are doing exactly what the name suggests, protecting BOTH
groups right to free speech.
Until we see a repeat of McCarthyism in this country, we are nowhere near the loss of that freedom. Until we see a repeat of Japanese interrment
camps (and remember, they were ALL gathered up... not just a small handfull of suspects like we've seen with the government's collection of
terrorists.) we haven't come close to seeing Americans losing their freedoms.
I'm more than a little disappointed that we only had two people actually mention one of the few freedoms we've seen eroded in a tangible, and
unconstitutional fashion. The Second Ammendment has been destroyed over the decades and it's fascinating to me to see how often the people who
complain about phantom attacks on the other 9 ammendments in the Bill of Rights so often seem to either agree with any assault on firearm ownership or
ignore the issue entirely as if the ammendment never existed. Like Kodos said: "Abortions for some, tiny American flags for others." and thus
everyone walks away only concerned with their pet issue and caring not a bit about anything else... myself included, it would seem, as I still
haven't seen anything that convinces me we're "less free" than we've ever been.