In 44bce, following the death of Julius Cæsar, Mark Anthony wasn’t really impressing people in Rome with his leadership and management. Despite his inspiring speech at Cæsars funeral pyre, he was basically making a pigs breakfast of things.
Opposing him was Cicero. Here was a Constitutionalist, a leader and a man of words. And it was to words which Cicero turned in his very public condemnation and criticism of Anthony. He delivered a series of fourteen speeches, known as the Phillipics, in which he rips Anthony for everything from his management to his dalliances with women (even one beneath his station) and even implies that Anthony might be, just possibly, at least once or maybe twice, homosexual. Read the rest of this entry
A sitting United States Senator, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, says that “due process is killing us.” He, and other Democrats believe that just being on the Watch List is sufficient cause to deny a person fundamental Constitutional Rights. But… how and why does a person end up on that list? Meanwhile the Supreme Court rules that the government can stop a person without probable cause and search them to see if they have any outstanding traffic violations.
The reaction of Americans across the spectrum is cause for concern. Rather than applying critical thought processes and consideration of reasons why the Constitution was written the way that it was, much of the country reacts with “Meh, if you have nothing to hide, why worry about it?”
And that remark should scare every American who values liberty over security.