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Americans don't believe in shredding Constitution to fight terror

From the Washington Post:

Which worries you more: that the government will not go far enough to investigate terrorism because of concerns about constitutional rights, or that it will go too far in compromising constitutional rights in order to investigate terrorism?

Will not go far enough: 41%
Will go too far: 48%

Full article at the Post

What do you guys think?


Related: America, we need to talk about the Boston “lockdown” and manhunt for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

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Propaganda in decline!

MSM - 41%

Americans - 48%

'nuf said.

Only 48%???

I would expect more overwhelming results.

i think the founding fathers

i think the founding fathers would roll over in their graves to see that 41% of americans feel that way!

I'm sure a large portion of

I'm sure a large portion of that 41% are tax feeders who get a direct benefit to their paychecks with the expanding of the police state.

if we were to give up or

if we were to give up or change the constitution to protect us from terror then the terrorist win. not only would we be giving up liberties and rights for them but they are stronger and more widespread today than ever before. the war on terror until we bring thousands of troops HERE to protect our borders and strengthen security here(while keeping the constitution intact) is what would help to make less of an environment worldwide which helps terrorist ideology spread. we win all these battles but i don't see how you win a war against terrorism.. how did the vietnam war work for us? once we left the country is peaceful and much better off than before.. and now half the stuff we buy is probably made by relatives of the vietcong lol

the tide is turning

what this says to me is the old people 65+, which is mostly pre-baby boom, are the ones saying that the government will not go far enough. So, in the near future the tide will turn enough to change things dramatically.

McCain is looking more and more like he is out to lunch which is a good thing.

Somewhat encouraging, and the

Somewhat encouraging, and the way to put the government in their place is to have a class action law suit by courageous Boston residents for violations of their civil rights of illegal search without warrants. If I lived in Watertown I'd be looking to make some money from this. It's the only way the government employees will learn their lesson.

I think it is disturbing

that 41% think the federal government will not go far enough. Really folks? Seriously?

Magna est veritas, et prevalebit. Truth is most powerful, and will ultimately prevail.

The Numbers

I'm wondering where they got those numbers and why only 48% are worried the government will go too far after the past 100 or so years of atrocities. They've already gone way too far and they have already built momentum.

At this point I think we're past worrying about a far-off future what-if situation and we need to start patching things up and fixing the mess before it is beyond repair.

What worries me most

is that they will do whatever it takes to keep the truth from being discovered.

I got say

The whole boston police state on friday has got me sick to my stomach, they've already went too far. Seems like most Americans are ok with it. I hate to sound paranoid but i feel like the writings on the wall.

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Didn't the Boston police

Didn't the Boston police chief himself say that he was going to lift the lockdown (before they caught the guy) because it was simply wrong?

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His free press is delivered at high cost. Tis an organ to make richer those that think they are rich. Despite all Mayer Bloomberg's news to the contrary, his constitution is failing. I don't buy his constitution nor his newspaper tirade against ours.

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The Patriot Act and the forming of the TSA went too far.

(So did The Alien and Sedition Acts, The Blockade and elimination of the First Amendment by Lincoln....Wilson's creation of the UN, the Fed, and the tax on work for pay) and they just keep pushing further. Just look at what happened to families in Boston!

"Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern." ~~C.S. Lewis
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

Nothing new under the sun- Judge Nap. on the Stamp Act

Tyrants are always only about displaying their power over others they deem less than themselves, no matter how many names and measures they give to their domineering overreach.

Here's a clip of our favorite judge summing up the Stamp Act in less than three minutes. See if it doesn't have a familiar ring to it:


Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them. - Frederick Douglass

The brainwashing...

This goes to show how effective the brainwashing of the people has been through the "public" educational system; the "private" think tanks, foundations, and endowments that give heavily to educational concerns; and the ever droning media that, lies about, spins, twists, and omits the truth.

Lead by example. Cancel your cable or satellite TV service. Educate your children at home with other families. Form voluntary support communities, and denounce every instance of violence you see whether that be war, taxes, motor vehicle surchargable events, or any other victimless "crime."

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Nearly half of the poll takers want to trample basic human rights in favor of perceived freedom, while not quite half of the poll takers distrust the government enough to stand for basic human rights.

I wish they had thought a while ago to ask this question before, so we can see a trend: which is going up, and which is going down? The pessimist in me is thinking that if we don't buckle down in defending and advocating our freedoms and rights and in supporting the Rule of Law (via Constitution), more people will be okay with the disintegration of what makes America exist.

"Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice." -- Thomas Paine

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New Reality Show Idea - "The Real World of Terror w/o Liberty"

I think we would all be better off in the long run by creating a manditory "reeducation" program for some of our public opinion leaders on what real terror is like in a world without individual Liberty protected under the constituition.

The pilot show would start by having the military kindly escort Lindsey Graham, John McCain, Kelly Ayotte, Pete King, Chris Matthews, Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, Diane Fenstein, and Ted Nugent on an all-expenses paid flight to a middle eastern "Bed and Breakfast" in a village located in a remote US war torn region.

They would be wired with HD camerias and the whole event would be streaming in real time on the internet 24/7. That would be educational for everyone and I am sure the public (& Military) would happily pitch in for the start-up costs.

Kickstart anyone?

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It's subtle but the bias is evident even in this simple poll. Using the future tense as if to imply that the government hasn't already gone too far.

Good news, but still disconcerting...

It is still disconcerting that 41% of the people polled have such little disregard for the Constitution. Liberty still has a long road to travel.

Maybe the wind is blowing our

Maybe the wind is blowing our way a bit stronger today? Let's hope it becomes the prevailing wind of the country again.

“Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the government take care of him better take a closer look at the American Indian.” ― Henry Ford.

If not, secession may be the

If not, secession may be the last option available to the states.