Friday, March 19, 2010

Comments on our government.

A reader of one of my newsletters wrote in with this comment.

We have let the U.S. government get so enormously powerful to ostensibly protect us from every conceivable harm… while actually doing a surprising amount of harm.”

In the same newsletter, it had this comment.
A while back, Customs seized 23 ancient coins here in Baltimore, valued at $275. (You read that figure right.) Seems a handful of the coins were minted in Cyprus during the reign of Alexander the Great.

And Cyprus has a “Memorandum of Understanding” with the United States to limit the sale of antiquities. Even when the antiquities are worth an average $12 each.

Customs is demanding the collectors track down the coins’ sale history before handing them over. Which is pretty hard to do when you’re talking about coins of such little relative value. The collectors are fighting back by suing both Customs and the State Department. They say State signed the memorandum with Cyprus against the advice of its own in-house experts, at the behest of do-gooder U.S. archaeologists.

To me, this seems to be at the very least, a waste of resources.

Then I received an email about a bill to give the government more power and take away more of our Constitution and our rights.
On March 4th, Senators John McCain and Joe Lieberman introduced a bill called the "Enemy Belligerent Interrogation, Detention, and Prosecution Act of 2010" that, if passed, would set this country on a course to become a military dictatorship.

The bill is only 12 pages long, but that is plenty of room to grant the president the power to order the arrest, interrogation, and imprisonment of anyone -- including a U.S. citizen -- indefinitely, on the sole suspicion that he or she is affiliated with terrorism, and on the president's sole authority as commander in chief.

It seems that the more we ask government to save us, the more we need help from the government to save us from things the government causes.

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