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I’d love to see my congressman, Republican Dan Lungren, booted from office because of his long advocacy of civil-forfeiture measures that allow police agencies to take the cars, homes, and other property of people, many of whom have never been convicted of crimes. It has led to countless abuses because it marries police powers with the profit motive. But Lungren’s opponent is a left-wing Democrat who seems to get everything wrong and has not raised this issue. No matter who wins, no message will be sent, no political punishment will be meted out. Oh well.
I hope that if Romney wins the presidency, Americans will be reminded that wealth and the private-enterprise system are good things and should not be the subject of envy and scorn.
Then again, I don’t expect much. No matter Tuesday’s results, I console myself, again, by Mencken: “Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.”