While reading Leonard Larsen's editorial comments about Clinton's lying and lack of credibility (Forum, June 3), my thoughts went back to President Clinton's announcement of his nomination of Judge Breyer to the Supreme Court. We were treated to a touching scene when Bill told us how much he loved the Bill of Rights. I think I felt a bit like Hillary must feel when Bill tells her she is the only girl for him.
The First Amendment guarantees freedom of speech and the right to assemble peacefully. Bill supports the recent bill outlawing protesting at abortion clinics. Bill has also supported the media coming under government regulation as to program content.The Second Amendment guarantees the right to keep and bear arms. Bill supported the Brady Bill as the front-runner of a far more restrictive agenda. Then he pushed the assault weapon ban with much fervor and an equal amount of misrepresentation to the American public, under the guise of crime control.
The Fourth Amendment protects Americans against unreasonable search and seizure. Bill thinks it would be a good idea for public housing residents to give up this constitutional protection for the convenience of law enforcement, obviously forgetting that the purpose of the amendment was to make it inconvenient for law enforcement officials to go into a person's home.
Edmund Burke was a British statesman at the time of the American Revolution. He supported full rights as Englishmen for the Colonists. In a speech given in 1784, he said, "The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion." Certainly that thought is as relevant today as it was in 1784.