Timothy P. Carney: "the anti-war movement is dead, and the Patriot Act is alive"

Valuable Washington Examiner columnist Timothy P. Carney draws some depressing if predictable conclusions from the Democratic National Convention. Excerpt:

Four years ago, Obama ran on a platform declaring, "We support constitutional protections and judicial oversight on any surveillance program involving Americans." That platform added, "We reject illegal wire-tapping of American citizens."

To borrow Biden's phrasing, those platform planks are dead, and illegal wire-tapping of Americans is alive.

Citing one of President George W. Bush's more egregious blows to the Constitution, the 2008 platform stated, "We reject sweeping claims of 'inherent' presidential power." The new platform scraps that plank and proposes no limits on presidential power. The only mentions of executive power are positive.

"We will revisit the Patriot Act," the 2008 platform promised, "and overturn unconstitutional executive decisions issued during the past eight years."

In May 2011, Obama signed a bill reauthorizing the Patriot Act complete with the provisions that most disturbed civil libertarians, including roving wiretaps and surveillance of people with no known ties to terrorist organizations. The 2012 platform omitted any mention of the law.

Democrats even stripped innocuous promises from the platform, such as "We will respect the time-honored tradition of habeas corpus."

Previously, Jesse Walker noted a similar set of conclusions from Mother Jones.

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  • Almanian's Evil Twin||

    Well, yeah, but I FEEL safer.

    *no I don't*

  • toddb||

    Meet the new boss
    Same as the old boss...

  • John||

    Don't worry. All it will take is a Republican President and it will come back. I would like to think that liberals and Democrats would be to embarrassed to get all anti-war so quickly. But who am I kidding?

    Don't worry Matt, as soon as a Republican is elected, liberals will start pretending to be your friend again.

  • Matt Welch||

    I'm too old for new friends.

  • T||

    Too old to include a link to Tim's piece, too? Making me use the google like some kind of heathen, you are.

  • John Thacker||

    What about Mike Trout? Are you too old for that new friend?

  • John Thacker||

    There is something to the argument that if you want restrained spending, elect a Democratic President and a Republican Congress, and if you're anti-war, maybe you want a Republican President and Democratic Congress.

  • Finchster||

    Glen Reynolds over at Instapundit opined that if you really care about civil liberties, vote Republican, because the media keeps a much, much closer eye on them.

  • Adam||

    Don't feel safer? Well, that's because you didn't realize that there are 600 Feds looking out for the most updated models of "narco-subs".

    http://news.yahoo.com/feds-can.....21526.html

  • ||

    How many Feds are on the hunt for THC-infused candies? Had one a a few days ago. Tasted like shit and didn't do anything for me. I would want my money back if I had payed for it.

  • Killazontherun||

    Four years ago, Obama ran on a platform declaring, "We support constitutional protections and judicial oversight on any surveillance program involving Americans." That platform added, "We reject illegal wire-tapping of American citizens."

    And they bought it! Fifteen years after Waco at the time and the Democratic party still had clout on civil liberties with many people. Amazing.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    "We reject illegal wire-tapping of American citizens."

    If the President does it, it's not illegal.

  • dinkster||

    "Civil liberties? But we are benevolent and righteous."

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