So said the totalitarian kommissar from South Carolina when asked by Slate whether donating to Ron Paul’s campaigns should automatically disqualify someone from getting a security clearance.
Here is the exchange:
“He [Senator Graham} wondered whether young “libertarian” types could be trusted to serve in classified positions when they proved that they weren’t keen on the strategy. I asked him whether Snowden’s donations to Ron Paul were the sort of warning signs vetters should have looked out for.
“‘No, no,’ said Graham. ‘I think people that give donations to Ron Paul are exercising their right to participate in the political process. Ron Paul isn’t a threat to America. His policies are.'”
How far a leap is it from the mentality that the philosophy of liberty is a threat to America to calling for the gulag? Those who do not agree with Graham’s attraction to perpetual war overseas and a police state at home are a “threat to America.” Not opponents in the debate: a threat. When a Senator labels something a threat to America one should not be so naive to believe that he does not have the power to deal with that threat.
(Thanks to Chris Rossini)