Eliminating The Bill Of Rights One At A Time

As usual, Captain Ed is doing yeoman's work over at Hot Air. Today he has the scoop on how the Attorney General nominee Eric Holder thinks that somewhere in the line Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech that there's room for the government to do just that. If that weren't bad enough, the Obama team is screening out gun-owners from working in the administration.

Now I know what a lot of you are thinking...this is pure paranoia on my part. Well, let me explain. Yesterday, there was an article in Salon by Alex Koppelman saying that worries on the Right about the reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine were bogus and that there's little evidence it will happen. His first mistake is taking Obama at his word, but that's another discussion. What people need to realize is that I and many others are thinking long-term. Unlike the unhinged Bush-haters who have been expecting President Bush to declare martial law at any minute and establish a dictatorship, we don't have those same fears with Obama. The new president is not going to establish gulags or eliminate voting, but he and his cohorts have policies that lay the groundwork for a rollback of freedom in the future. You start with talk about what the government should be able to do with the First and Second Amendments, you let it permeate in the pop culture. You make a small move, establish a few edicts, hope for a few Supreme Court cases that go your way (can you say Kelo) and let it simmer and slowly build to a boil. No, Barack Obama will not be the first American dictator. He will leave office in 4 to 8 years like all the others, but he will have laid the groundwork that makes it easier for a future successor that can stick around much, much longer. Maybe not in my lifetime, but down the road. It's easy to say, "Hey, I'll be dead, who cares?" but some of us just aren't that nearsighted.