"On every question of construction, carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed." –Thomas Jefferson
That’s where you start.
I have Liberty, I think. I’m trying to decide what kind of smartphone I want. This would be my first smartphone. I want the internet in my pocket.
Yesterday I eliminated the Pantech Link because it doesn’t Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi is important because there are different ways to wirelessly connect to the internet. If you connect by a cellular provider’s wireless network, the cellular provider can keep track of your data usage that you are paying for. If you connect by a free Wi-Fi location without using the cellular provider’s network, see, you want that ability.
Today I am considering the HP iPAQ Glisten and the new Blackberry Torch. The Blackberry costs more up front. I require the full qwerty keyboard. The iPAQ has that, but the Torch has that hidden and you slide it out from under the screen.
The iPAQ is running the Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system. The Torch is running a newer system called Blackberry 6. They are both quite powerful and limited only by the level of service I will sign up for, for two years.
I don’t have to decide this right now. Liberty, you see. Right now that hiker chick is delivering a public statement about her imprisonment in Iran. See, them people don’t get Liberty. Their elections get thrown, their candidates get arrested, their people march in the street and protest and get arrested and thrown in jail and tortured. Their citizens get on the internet to decry the miserable state of affairs and get their IP tagged, and they get arrested and tortured too. If the teenage girl doesn’t want to marry the old man, they stone her to death in the dirt road. Them people use their smartphones to video the event so we can see it in the west, how she’s laying there bruised, rolling in pain and covering her head while they yank her pants down and drop a concrete block in her head. Them people are not us people. But some of them want to be.
That’s the Islamic Republic of Iran. Sharia Law. So you see, it’s very important that we resist the advance of Islam, because it’s not just a religion. It’s a political movement. It’s a brutal social ordering. It is not compatible with Liberty as we know it.
Many middle-easterners realized years ago that to remain in that environment was a guaranteed dead-end street, so they got the hell out and came here. Many of them are not interested in pursuing the establishment of Sharia Law in the United States. But if Islam teaches world domination, what choice do we have, when we see this culture taking root in our midst?
It’s not like the choice between smartphones. If they hijack your Liberty, there’s gonna be trouble.