Laws? Who needs those?

Apparently, the Bush administration doesn’t need any of those stinkin’ laws when it comes ignoring the rights of property owners, not to mention environmental concerns, to erect the border fence down South.

No, seriously:

Faced with a litany of lawsuits and objections to its plans to build a 670-mile fence along the border with Mexico, the US government moved yesterday to bypass more than 30 laws and regulations in its effort to complete the fence by the end of the year. […]

Property owners and developers have launched numerous lawsuits to deny the government access to their lands, arguing that their property rights would be violated or the values of their homes suffer.

Environmentalists have challenged the government, saying that the plans would harm the natural habitats of species ranging from big cats to owls.

Native American groups have also protested that their traditional lands and burial sites would be desecrated by the fence.

Is there any match to the arrogance of this administration? This could be a blessing in disguise, though… John McCain has to support this border fence because of his party affiliation, but part of the natural Republican base McCain needs to score is the libertarians (the more wishy-washy ones who weren’t hardcore enough to vote for Ron Paul, at least). Rights of property owners — keeping the government off your land — is a big issue with these people. If the presumptive Democratic nominee hammers away at the fact that McCain supports taking away property owners’ rights to build a border fence, McCain might lose some of those libertarian-light voters.

One Response to “Laws? Who needs those?”

  1. Cody says:

    I think the arrogance of the Bush Administration can be summed up in the words of Dick Cheney: “So?” That was his answer to comments that the Iraq war is unpopular, and I sure bet that’d be he answer to comments that this fence is unpopular.

    I, as a libertarian, certainly don’t like this fence. I’m not sure how it’d affect my vote, though. On the one hand, I wouldn’t like to vote for McCain if he’s in favor of violating property rights, but on the other hand, I just can’t get myself to agree with the economic policies of the Democrats. And Ron Paul…I don’t even consider him a true libertarian. But that’s just me.

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