New at Reason: Nick Gillespie Asks, What Did You Do During the War on Terror, Daddy?

Nick Gillespie writes:

The bipartisan effort on civil liberties being led by Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) is likely to win the longer struggle because it proceeds from deep-seated principle rather than lip-service politics. Years from now, when the fever over the threat of Islamo-fascism has broken and all the government’s abuses in the name of protecting Oklahomans from the imposition of Sharia and Floridians safe from exploding water parks have fully come to light, both President Barack Obama and Amash will have to look their kids in the eye and answer the question, “Daddy, what did you do during the War on Terror?”

One of them will be able to say without hesitation that he consistently stood up for transparency, the rule of law, and the idea that the government doesn’t have the right to watch you simply because it can. Who knows what Obama will say?

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