It's nice to be done with eight years of living under the repressive weight of George Bush and Dick Cheney's disdain for the Constitution, but don't breathe a sigh of relief just yet. Democrats are apparently no more reluctant than Republicans to jettison the Constitution when it suits them. Here's Rahm Emanuel speaking at a Brady Center event:
"If you are on the no-fly list because you are known as a possible terrorist then you cannot buy a handgun in America.... If you're on that no-fly list your access to the right to bear arms is cancelled because you're not part of the American family. You don't deserve that right. There is no right for you if you're on that terrorist list."
At least under the Republicans we could console ourselves by looking forward to the day when we could vote them out of office. But now we have voted them out of office, only to find that it might be a different band, but it's the same tired old song. Your rights end as soon as someone in the government decides you're not entitled to them any more. No due process, no right to confront your accusers (or even know who they are), no appeal.
Now what are we supposed to do?