Wednesday, November 16, 2005

SEN. COBURN: GIVE UP YOUR CIVIL RIGHTS

The senator from Oklahoma shows off his tyrannical tendencies in a Tuesday speech, insisting that civil rights aren't that damned important:
This is war! For the duration, we are going to have to give up some of the civil rights we have become accustomed to. We had better be prepared to lose some of our civil rights temporarily, or we will most certainly lose all of them, permanently.

And, don't worry that it is a slippery slope. We gave up plenty of civil rights during WWII, and immediately restored them after the victory, and in fact, added many more since then.
What is wrong with men like Coburn? He rants about "Muslim terrorists" being to blame for Sept. 11, 2001, and says all of us have to hand over freedoms to remain safe and secure.

We won't quote Ben Franklin. Our choice is H. L. Mencken:
I believe that any man who takes the liberty of another into his keeping is bound to become a tyrant, and that any man who yields up his liberty, in however slight the measure, is bound to become a slave.
Tom Coburn may wish to be a tyrant, but we have no desire for slavery.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

What else to expect from the same "compassionately conservative" moron who has called for the death penalty against doctors who perform abortions? The voters in Oklahoma need to send Coburn packing back to his mobile home so he can brush his tooth, but somehow I have a feeling he'll probably be re-elected when the time comes...

Kn@ppster said...

Ron,

You write:

"What is wrong with men like Coburn? He rants about 'Muslim terrorists' being to blame for Sept. 11, 2001 ..."

... in a manner that implies you believe someone other than "Muslim terrorists" were to blame for Sept. 11, 2001.

Okay, I'll bite: Whodunit?

Regards,
Tom Knapp

Ron Davis said...

Hi Tom:

The second half of the sentence says it:

He rants about "Muslim terrorists" being to blame for Sept. 11, 2001, and says all of us have to hand over freedoms to remain safe and secure.

Perhaps shockingly, I don't quarrel with Coburn when he identifies Muslim extremists as the culprits. When a Hispanic woman robbed banks in Virginia, the cops weren't eyeballing black women (or white men) for the crimes.

My complaint with Coburn on this issue is his call for all of us ("we") to give up some civil rights. Last I checked, the Sept. 11 hijackers weren't American citizens. So why punish American citizens for the actions of non-Americans?

Anonymous said...

I was in Oklahoma during the last election. Coburn was re-elected even though he told the Cherokee Nation they weren't "really" Native Americans and called the state legislature "a bunch of crap-heads."

Jeff Boggs