The Constitution and not the moment

The Opinionated Bastard is a smart guy who can think things through in a comprehensive, extensive and exhaustive manner. He also has no faith in America.

Recently he wrote the following:

Citizen Smash says:

AS A STORM BREWS on Capitol Hill over revelations that the President authorized the NSA to conduct surveillance within our borders, now is a good time to take a step back, and examine our priorities.

Here are mine:

We must defeat our enemies, and prevent further attacks against our nation.
We must emerge from this war with our Constitution intact.

Yeah, what he said. (OB words in italics)

The first priority in this construction is that we must defeat our enemies (however they are defined) and then once that goal is accomplished, see what shape the Constitution is in hope that it is not that tattered.

I am amazed at the lack of faith that the defenders of the illegal wiretaps have in America. This is the country that almost split apart during the War of 1812, engaged in the bloodiest war in our history over the question of slavery; faced a series of massive and crippling financial panics and a decade long depression and then went to war against eliminationist totaltarian regimes that actually had the capability to carry out their desires. And finally for thirty five to forty years lived under the dreaded logic of Mutually Assured Destruction.

America is a damn strong country, and we have survived the past quite well partially because we have believed in our laws despite the mistakes that we have made. The Constitution has been a strong source of strength, even as it has been evolved, changed, and been reintrepreted and amended as times move forward.

Bin Laden and his ideology are vile, reprehensable and dangerous. However Al-Quaeda is not an existential threat to the United States. If the United States could have survived the Civil War, the Second World War, and the Cold War without trashing the Constitution while seeking victory, against this far less capable and dangerous threat, we should not seek to transform this country into a Nixonian dystopia of an above the law rule of man.

We can do better than this. We must do better than this.

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