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Hydra-headed federal bureaucracy
threatens American liberty

Washington Examiner, by Melanie Sturm

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Posted By:Aspenhuskerette, 4/25/2014 2:02:19 AM

“You can’t handle the truth!” Jack Nicholson shouted at Tom Cruise during the climactic court-martial scene in the movie “A Few Good Men.” Caught in a lie that exposed his “above-the-law” mentality, Nicholson’s character, Col. Nathan Jessup, justifies his lawlessness by declaring, “I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it!” It’s a riveting scene, pitting security against the rule of law. But before agreeing with Jessup that lawfulness conflicts with freedom, think

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If ever there was a reason to be engaged and involved civically, this is it.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Aspenhuskerette, 4/25/2014 2:22:04 AM     (No. 9823957)

After I posted this, the link changed and the column is missing the ending for some reason. It´s the best part. Here it is:

In her congressional testimony, Englebrecht evoked Patrick Henry’s “liberty or death” creed, declaring, “I will not ask for permission to exercise my Constitutional rights.” Refusing to rest until justice is served, she’s filed an ethics complaint against Cummings and a lawsuit against the IRS.

As Jessup learned upon his arrest, justice requires accountability, which depends on an active media, an informed citizenry and a shared belief that the truth and the rule of law matter.

All were present during Watergate, though not today. Instead we depend on embattled citizens like Englebrecht to fight for the truth in a system that decrees the law must apply equally to everyone, even government officials.

That’s why President Lincoln believed, “If given the truth, (Americans) can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.”

Though we can’t vote out bureaucrats, shouldn’t we insist politicians stop granting evermore power to those, like Jessup, who believe they’re above the law?



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