Unlike other vampires, Dick Cheney casts a shadow—even today.
I used to think firearms owners were paranoid if they thought our elected officials were going to use gun control as a first step toward abolishing the Second Amendment.
After seeing what's happened to the Fourth Amendment over the past two administrations, though, I'm not so sure. As Glenn Greenwald notes today:
Just four or five years ago, objections to warrantless eavesdropping were a prime grievance of Democrats against Bush. The controversies that arose from it were protracted, intense, and often ugly. Progressives loved to depict themselves as stalwartly opposing right-wing radicalism in defense of Our Values and the Constitution.
Fast forward to 2012 and all of that, literally, has changed. Now it's a Democratic President demanding reform-free renewal of his warrantless eavesdropping powers. He joins with the Republican Party to codify them. A beloved Democratic Senator from a solidly blue state leads the fear-mongering campaign and Terrorist-enabling slurs against anyone who opposes it. And it now all happens with virtually no media attention or controversy because the two parties collaborate so harmoniously to make it happen. And thus does a core guarantee of the founding — the search warrant requirement of the Fourth Amendment — blissfully disappear into nothingness.
(Greenwald makes his case here)