"Woeful lack of appreciation" for the Bill of Rights

I’d like to take today’s editorial by the Patriot News of Harrisburg and read it out loud on every street corner and into every radio microphone that I possibly could. Read the whole thing, but here are two pieces:

There’s a woeful lack of appreciation among both contemporary officialdom and ordinary citizens for the rights and protections accorded individuals in this country. Whether it is a flag-burning amendment, which plays to our emotional attachment to the flag and all it stands for, or the Bush administration’s repeated circumvention of the courts to engage in snooping and wiretapping in the name of protecting the country from terrorists, there has never been a time in American history when the Constitution itself has been under greater assault.

But make no mistake. America’s freedom, which is under obvious assault from forces in the world that want to do this country harm, is no less under assault by those self-appointed patriots who seem to think the Founding Fathers didn’t get it right the first time.

In other words, the Constitution is under siege.

Andy in H-burg