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DOMA repeal doesn’t equal freedom

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Published on: Thursday, June 27, 2013

By Brian J. Karem

How quickly we forget.

The tumultuous cheers from across the country as the Supreme Court ruled this week against the Defense of Marriage act are muted by other recent actions by the nation’s highest court.

The ruling against DOMA paves the way for same sex marriage in California and presumably the rest of the country, but the Court also ruled this week to gut the Voting Rights act and recently ruled your DNA is not your own, but belongs to the police any time they want it.

Coupling these decisions with the move by the National Security Agency to violate your privacy and collect your phone records without provocation only goes to show that we are living through the most schizophrenic times in the history of the Republic.

On the one hand it is most humorous watching Rush Limbaugh turn purple with apoplexy as he defends traditional marriage . . . quite a feat from a man who has married more often than anyone except perhaps Johnny Carson.

But it is what President Barack Obama said in a news release Wednesday which strikes home the hardest: “The laws of our land are catching up to the fundamental truth that millions of Americans hold in our hearts:  when all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free.”

This statement smacks of self-serving hypocrisy due to the other decisions handed down by the Supreme Court.

How free are we? Well, I guess anyone can now get married, but you may no longer be able to vote as states are going to be quick to pounce on voting limitations due to the recent Supreme Court decision. Meanwhile, I suppose if you lose your phone bill you can always call the NSA and get a copy.

Joking aside, it’s interesting to see the tweets and Facebook postings from members of Congress about these issues. Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) tweeted the “NSA surveillance of Verizon cell phone records illustrates why I voted against the Patriot Act.”

Meanwhile Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) defended the NSA program. “It’s called protecting America,” she said at a Capitol Hill news conference. Former Vice President Al Gore didn’t agree with her, and other Democrats and Republicans found themselves oddly together in their vehement revulsion of the NSA program. “Where will it end?” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) asked.

Meanwhile our government looks like a bunch of hypocrites to the rest of the world as we continue to pursue Edward Snowden, the man who leaked the information on the NSA program.

In fact, the energy being expended on pursuing the man who exposed the information rivals that of the pursuit of Osama Bin Laden or the Boston bombing suspects.

Denounced as a traitor, chased all over the globe, the Russian government said in effect, “you protect our dissidents, so we’ll protect yours.”

Russia. We are on the moral footing of Russia.

Forgive me while I try to choke that thought down.

Our hypocrisy knows no bounds.

We seem less worried with the recent erosion of our First, Second, Fourth and Fifth amendments than we are about the people who told us about the erosion of our rights.

There is little at this point that can be said to defend our government’s actions.

Our government seems to be the friend of no one but itself and its own ends are unknown to the citizens and to those in government.

The very nature of the schizophrenia in our government is seen by its inability to logically defend any of its actions.

The actions of the Supreme Court in bowing out of the marriage question will undoubtedly make even the most concerned Christian slightly happy, while the rest of the world is rejoicing for other reasons.

But the bottom line remains murky at best. Our government is systematically dismantling the Constitution and each day it becomes increasingly apparent, scary and insurmountable. Bowing out of the marriage debate does not mitigate the damage done.

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