Bud Kennedy’s Wednesday’s column (“Did police cross a line to get blood for the feds?”) pretty much shows that the Fort Worth police, in conjunction with the federal government, trampled all over the Fourth Amendment rights of the people they stopped.
But because President Obama and his crowd seem to consider the Constitution and the Bill of Rights outdated pieces of paper and local law enforcement is becoming nothing but a federal surrogate due to federal freebies, this action doesn’t surprise me.
Whats next? A federal DNA data base, federal photo IDs, fingerprints, travel papers?
Those of you who voted for change, well you got it. Remember that when the federal government takes away my rights, they also take away your rights.
— Eugene Ross, Granbury
That “line” referred to in the headline on Kennedy’s column offered all the resistance of the University of Texas line against Baylor.
How is an innocent, “randomly chosen” citizen supposed to ascertain that this was not a mandatory police stop?
Did the police department consider that, in taking part in this scam, the authority of on-duty police officers was being compromised?
Yes, the police are our friends. But friends do not stop friends under the color of authority for unofficial business. The insatiable lust for data and the deep pockets of the federal government are no excuse to compromise the integrity of our police.
— Ken Bowers, Fort Worth
It was disturbing to read that law officers in Fort Worth have shown themselves to be nothing but lackeys for a private government contractor, even to the point of forcing people off the road, illegally and unconstitutionally, to help advance the profits of a private company doing a “study” of impaired drivers.
It’s a sign of how far we’ve fallen. The oligarchy has won; the people have lost.
— Dennis Hawley,
“Part of what we are trying to do here is to maintain a multireligious society in a peaceful and harmonious way,” said Elena Kagan, an Obama appointee to the Supreme Court.
Kagan was referring to the court wrestling with claims (by an atheist and a Jew) that prayers at public meetings violate the Constitution.
According to Justice Antonin Scalia, what the court is doing is “inventing minorities,” and under the guise of civil rights trumping the better judgment of the American people, their state legislatures, even Congress.
Creating or maintaining anything of a social or religious nature is not the business of judges, rather the business of Congress, the people’s representatives and a superior branch according to James Madison.
What the court has done for the last half-century is to hold in favor of a handful of atheists, hell-bent to erase God, the Bible and Jesus Christ from the American conscience.
— Al McCann, Colleyville
Jail bank execs
Our government is good at putting away for life the Bernie Madoffs and the Allen Stanfords for criminal actions, but when it comes to putting away corrupt big bank executives for selling tainted mortgage-backed securities that contributed to the crash of the global economy, the federal government is nowhere to be found.
— Gary L. Horton, Keller
Change for better?
All the media coverage about President Kennedy’s visit to Fort Worth and untimely death in Dallas 50 years ago brings to mind how much Texas politics has changed since then.
Lyndon Johnson had run for office as a conservative (Ralph Yarborough was the leader of the liberal wing of the Democratic Party), and things like abortion, homosexuality and Republicans were not mentioned in polite company.
— Claude H. Hall, Fort Worth
Racism in America
So Oprah Winfrey says in an interview that racism is alive because some people don’t like the president.
She’s spot on about racism existing in the U.S.
Consider this: If a man or group of men have millions invested in a National Football League franchise and they wish to hire a new head coach they cannot hire one without first interviewing an African-American for the job.
— Wayne Pricer, Fort Worth
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