This is how freedom is lost, not with a bang but with a whimper.
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This is how precious rights are lost: an inch at a time.
Lest we forget: the war on drugs is a war on people who have been decreed criminals if they possess a plant not approved by the government.
This decision was based in part on what the Founders thought about the sanctity of medical privacy.
As more and more Americans realize the increasing threat of no-knock raids upon them, more SWAT team members are likely to die. And all because a government has decreed that growing a plant is illegal.
Pushback against illegal checkpoints is best provided by an informed citizenry unwilling to be bushwhacked or bullied any longer.
Headline readers will be encouraged with this ruling. Those who actually read the ruling, however, will realize that nothing will change for innocent New Yorkers. They will continue to have their rights violated.
There’s an old saying: Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you. There is another saying: Don’t indulge it unnecessarily.
Kelly is just the man the Founders feared. He will because he can. He doesn’t care about niceties contained in the Fourth Amendment. He’s a Marine. He just wants to get the job done and worry about the consequences later (if ever).
Where were these defenders of freedom when the surveillance state was being built?