This article is so full of generalities that it amounts to platitudes. Mr. Hunter's Dr. Evil characterizations of George Bush and Barack Obama do not hold up to a moment's scrutiny, nor does the false equivalency he tries to draw. He doesn't offer a scrap of evidence to support his assertions, but I will.
The Patriot Act has been found to be constitutional over and over again. The controversial part, Section 213, does not expand delayed-notice warrants or 'sneak and peak" searches, which have been used by law enforcement for decades. It merely establishes a uniform national standard for their use. The Supreme Court ruled back in 1979, in U.S. v. Dahlia, that covert entry pursuant to a judicial warrant does not violate the 4th Amendment. In 2000, before 9/11, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals held, in U.S. v Simon, that delayed notification was constitutional. Libertarians may not like this, but it's not unlawful and it sure as hell doesn't amount to Bush using 9/11 as "an excuse to shred the Fourth Amendment and start an irrational war in Iraq that neoconservatives had been itching for since the Clinton administration."
Go look up the President's 23 Executive Orders and tell me, as Mr. Hunter does, that "Obama is using Sandy Hook as an excuse to trample the Second Amendment." I think the measures are useless and amount to nothing more than making him and his base feel like they "did something," but they're also harmless.
#7 Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign.
#11 Nominate an ATF director.
#14 Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.
#20 Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover.
Dangerous? Threat to our Liberties? How about MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING! How about we quit wasting our time with the idiotic national gun debate and focus on what actually matters, something conservatives and libertarians agree on, and that really does threaten our future -- Debt & Spending.
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