by Walter Brasch
Sarah Palin stood before an audience of 600 at the first Tea Party convention and in her twinkly home-spun rhetoric, declared we don't need a professor of law but a commander-in-chief. As expected, she received roaring applause. And, as expected, she was wrong.
After Dick Cheney and George W. Bush, aided by a compliant Congress and a nation largely afraid to stand up for their rights, abused the Constitution for almost eight years, what the United States needs is a leader who understands constitutional law and who is unafraid of making sure all Americans understand that the fabric that became America should not be torn apart for political convenience.
Dick Cheney and George W. Bush established policies which violated:
- The First Amendment (freedom of religion, speech, press, and assembly, and the right to petition the government for a redress of grievances)
- The Fourth Amendment (freedom from unreasonable searches)
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