June 21, 2008

Trust No Man

Today Barack Obama said he'd approve the revised FISA bill that the House just passed with the help of half the Democrats.

It was not a compromise. It was not even a wise political move. It was a sell-out.

Obama is a constitutional lawyer. He knows better.

He's asking us to trust him. We shouldn't.

There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.
- John Adams [1772].

That said, those who support Obama should continue to do so. But they should also watch him, and call him on his presumption that he can be trusted in all things, and on his assumption that we will accept whatever he does.

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