In a few days, we commemorate the 71st anniversary of Normandy landings known as "D-day". On that day, thousands of Americans risked all so our rights here at home would not be lost to an evil adversary who would have done away with them. Today marks another "D-Day" of sorts, a day not nearly as dramatic or dangerous, but one that will require some of our fellow Americans to show courage and a willingness to sacrifice themselves for our rights.
From a city that recently has seen riots that resulted in parts of it being burned to the ground after the death of Freddie Gray, and where murder and violent crime rates continue to soar in their wake, O'Malley launched his campaign for president.
With a piece of coal in one hand and an American flag in the other, he stated of his grandfather, "...He didn't come (to America) for this," showing the coal, "he came for this--freedom," holding high the American flag.
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” - Ben Franklin
When I was younger, Memorial Day was just another holiday, another day off from school or from work. It was the Indy 500 and barbeques. It's not that I wasn't patriotic-- I was, but even though I knew that people had died for my country the idea of a fallen hero was still an abstract.
Fans of the Constitution, and the Fourth Amendment in particular are going to be disappointed. The plain text of the Fourth Amendment would suggest that Rand Paul's argument should prevail, but as a realist, I believe it won't.
There is one scene that crystallizes the nature of the societal dysfunction that Ayn Rand tries to highlight. Dagny and a band of her compatriots from Atlantis raid a Government Lab where the movement's leader is being held. When she encounters the guard at the door, she gives him a stark choice, let her and her associates in, or die. The guard is befuddled.