To Democrats the idea of monitoring terrorists' calls (to protect our nation) is abhorrent. Yet, according to the American Spectator, Democratic (U.S. Rep.) Waxman wants to use the power of the federal government to monitor Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity radio shows.
When I moved to the U.S. I thought I'd left the kind of abuse perpetrated by Waxman behind. Many of the Founding Fathers gave up their lives, families and fortunes to free us from tyranny of the state. 231 years later Democratic senators are attacking private citizens using the power of the Federal Government!
And this does not occur at just a national level. A mild-mannered friend of mine dared to disagree with a local public official. This politician told my friend's boss he felt "threatened" by his questions. Suddenly this country doesn't feel so different from the one I left.
Yet the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Federalist Papers, all attest to their faith in individual liberties. In fact, the Founders mistrusted government so much they bestowed upon us a Constitution that allows the people to petition the government without redress, and severely restricts the power of government.
Since it has become fashionable to think of the Constitution as a "living document," the legal nature of this document can be dismissed at whim. Should this legal document become irrelevant, what will be next? Will citizens who have the temerity to question public officials be prosecuted by the ones who invoke the justification that it is "for the good of the community"?
Remember: public officials work for us and should serve in the least invasive manner. If they are allowed to dictate how we speak, and persevere to ever expand the role of government trampling all governmental restraints imposed by the Constitution, our liberties are truly lost.
Editor's note: U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman's Web site, henrywaxman.house.gov, claims the American Spectator report "is completely false and was written without any documentation or attribution."