By Mary Theroux • Thursday March 18, 2010 9:41 PM PST •
FIRST Truman went to war against Korea without Congress,
and I didn’t speak up because the communists had to be stopped.
THEN Clinton passed the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996,
and I didn’t speak up because innocent people don’t need habeas corpus.
THEN Bush passed the USA PATRIOT Act,
and I didn’t speak up because terrorists don’t deserve trials.
THEN Obama ridiculed the Supreme Court,
and I didn’t speak up because I don’t like corporations.
THEN Obama classified the Constitution as messy rules standing in the way of important ends,
and by that time no one could remember what a root principle is.
With apologies to Pastor Niemöller
Tags: American History, Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act, Civil Liberties, Clinton, Constitution, George W. Bush, Habeas Corpus, Korean War, Liberty, Morality, Natural Law, Obama, Pastor Niemöller, Presidential Power, Robert Higgs, Supreme Court, Truman, USA PATRIOT Act, Utilitarianism, War