Back in 2005 when it was revealed that the Bush administration was conducting wholesale warrantless wiretapping, a lot of progressives and liberals were not happy about it. But the Republicans thought it was just dandy; violating the 4th Amendment in pursuit of terrorists was absolutely necessary, and they let us know that with a full-throated defense of the practice at their RNC winter meeting in 2006.
“Do Nancy Pelosi and Howard Dean really think that when the NSA is listening in on terrorists planning attacks on America, they need to hang up when those terrorists dial their sleeper cells inside the United States?” Ken Mehlman, then RNC chair, told the RNC gathering in his keynote speech at the time.
So now that we know that the N.S.A. was doing the same thing under the Obama administration, you would think that the Republicans would have his back.
Well, you would be wrong.
In a jarring break from the George W. Bush era, the Republican National Committee voted Friday to adopt a resolution demanding an investigation into the National Security Agency’s spy programs.
According to the resolution, the NSA metadata program revealed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden is deemed “an invasion into the personal lives of American citizens that violates the right of free speech and association afforded by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.” In addition, “the mass collection and retention of personal data is in itself contrary to the right of privacy protected by the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution.”
So suddenly because there’s a Democrat in the White House — and specifically Barack Obama — the Republicans care about the Constitutional rights of Americans.
Okay, if that’s how they roll, I suggest that in order to make marriage equality the law of the land, President Obama should condemn same-sex marriage as abhorrent and an abomination. We’d see Republicans tripping all over themselves to rush to the defense of couples who want to live their lives in peace regardless of their gender without interference from the state. In addition, Mr. Obama should take up the mantle of the immortal Charlton Heston and stand up for unfettered gun rights. We’d have gun control by sundown.