From McCain’s speech

Here’s the link.

And here’s the quote:

Often elections in this country are fought within the margins of small differences. This one will not be. We are arguing about hugely consequential things. Whomever the Democrats nominate, they would govern this country in a way that will, in my opinion, take this country backward to the days when government felt empowered to take from us our freedom to decide for ourselves the course and quality of our lives; to substitute the muddled judgment of large and expanding federal bureaucracies for the common sense and values of the American people; to the timidity and wishful thinking of a time when we averted our eyes from terrible threats to our security that were so plainly gathering strength abroad. It is shameful and dangerous that Senate Democrats are blocking an extension of surveillance powers that enable our intelligence and law enforcement to defend our country against radical Islamic extremists. This election is going to be about big things, not small things. And I intend to fight as hard as I can to ensure that our principles prevail over theirs.

And here’s the question:

How does opposing the “govern[ing of] this country in a way that will, in my opinion, take this country backward to the days when government felt empowered to take from us our freedom to decide for ourselves the course and quality of our lives…” harmonize with supporting “an extension of surveillance powers that enable our intelligence and law enforcement to defend our country against radical Islamic extremists….” From my recollection of the Fourth Amendment, the Founders thought that freedom meant a lack of government surveillance without specific evidence, a narrow focus, and a sworn oath before God Almighty that this was a necessary act.

Call me crazy, but there it is. While I appreciate Senator McCain’s stand against waterboarding, I’m feeling pretty uncomfortable about many of his other stances.

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3 responses to “From McCain’s speech

  • TJ Draper

    No kidding on his “other” stances. There is no way in the world I could ever vote for McCain!

  • Ray D.

    Perhaps we need to treat Muslims the same way we treated anarchists in the late 19th century. Because their beliefs were not compatible with U.S. citizenship, they were simply not allowed into our country. (A quick look at the Quran will show that Islam is not compatible with law-abiding American citizenship.)

    If people who want to chop the heads off of “infidels” and enforce Islam on our country are simply kept out of our country, then we can preserve the freedoms of Americans.

    But as long as they are inside of our country, we have to spy on them, because if they are faithful to their holy book they will be at war with us continually until we sumit to Islamic rule and have no Constitution. The war may be overt, such as planning terrorist activities, or they may be covertly trying to subvert our institutions to force us to submit to their rule. (I.e. Sharia courts to handle intra-Muslim disputes.)

    We have always stretched the Constitution in wartime, understanding that espionage and treason were not the normal law enforcement issues that were contemplated in the 4th amendment, but then in peacetime the rules or practices changed back. Now, with Islam, we face the prospect of perpetual war, with permanent damage to the 4th amendment, or suppression of a religion, with damage to the 1st amendment.

  • michael

    When Tim McVeigh blew up the the federal building we went looking for him. How would Americans have felt if the feds had bombed entire city blocks trying to get the guy. I am sure that the military photos of smart bombs blowing up shopping malls full of Americans would not have gone over very well. Yet in the arab world we do this every day and then wonder why we are hated. If we could drop a bomb that would kill Osama and 10,000 innocent people, how many of us would support the bombing?

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