Napolitano: Let’s Turn the Cameras Back on the Government

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I just finished Judge Andrew Napolitano’s great new book, A Nation of Sheep, which I recommend without reservation. A full review is forthcoming, but in the meantime, I especially liked this passage about government cameras:

Why should government agents spy on us? They work for us. How about we spy on them? On cops when they arrest and interrogate people or contemplate suspending freedom; on prosecutors when they decide who to prosecute and what evidence to use; on judges when they rationalize away our guaranteed rights; and on members of Congress whenever they meet with a lobbyist, mark up a piece of legislation, or conspire to assault our liberties or our pocketbooks.

LRC readers will also appreciate this paragraph from the same chapter, answering the question, “Where Do We Go From Here?”

At this writing, sixteen politicians are competing nationally to replace President Bush; there are eight Democrats and eight Republicans. With the exception of Ron Paul (R-TX), in terms of fidelity to the Constitution, it does not matter which one of them wins. Except for Congressman Paul, they all love power for its own sake, believe that Big Government should redistribute wealth, regard the Constitution as a quaint obstacle, and would enforce or disregard laws as they saw fit; all this, without regard to our history, our values, or our natural rights.

9:37 pm on November 13, 2007