Government Exploits Disasters to Chip Away at Liberties

“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste — and what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things that you didn’t think you could do before.”
-Former Obama White House chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel

Two headlines caught my eyes this morning, showing once again, the intention of this liberal administration and those liberal members of congress and the senate, to chip away at our liberties and to control every facet of our lives.

Senator calls for moratorium on US nuclear plants

The United States should “put the brakes” on the development of nuclear power plants as the disaster in Japan unfolds, key US senator Joe Lieberman said Sunday.

“I’ve been a big supporter of nuclear power because it’s domestic — it’s ours and it’s clean,” Lieberman told the CBS News television program “Face The Nation.”

“We’ve had a good safety (record) with nuclear power plants here in the United States,” he said.

Still, “I think we’ve got to kind of quietly and quickly put the brakes on until we can absorb what has happened in Japan as a result of the earthquake and the tsunami and then see what more, if anything, we can demand of the new power plants that are coming online,” said Lieberman, who is chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee.

Friday’s devastating 8.9 earthquake and subsequent tsunami sparked an emergency at two of Japan’s nuclear power plants, leading to the risk of catastrophic meltdowns.

In the first incident, part of a reactor at Japan’s aging Fukushima No. 1 atomic plant blew up Saturday, a day after the biggest quake ever recorded in Japan unleashed a 10-meter (33-foot) tsunami.

On Sunday, excessive levels of radiation were recorded at a second Japanese nuclear facility, Onagawa, although authorities insisted the facility’s three reactor units were “under control.”

Obama calls for stricter enforcement of gun laws

WASHINGTON (AP) – Two months after the shooting of a U.S. congresswoman, President Barack Obama called Sunday for more stringent enforcement of existing gun laws, citing the “awful consequences” of gun violence in American society.

In an op-ed essay in The Arizona Daily Star, Obama says legislation to bolster criminal background checks for gun buyers hasn’t been properly implemented, with too many states providing “incomplete and inadequate” information.

He suggested rewarding states that provide the most comprehensive information to the criminal background database.

“We should make the system faster and nimbler,” the president added. “We should provide an instant, accurate, comprehensive and consistent system for background checks to sellers who want to do the right thing, and make sure that criminals can’t escape it.”

The Arizona Daily Star is based in Tucson, where Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot during a January rampage in which six were killed and 12 others wounded. The accused assailant, Jared Loughner, was considered mentally unstable, yet because he was never deemed mentally ill by a judge or committed to an institution, he was able to legally buy the gun police said he used.

Obama acknowledged that it isn’t easy to find common ground between gun owners and gun-control advocates.

However, he said, “none of us should be willing to remain passive in the face of violence or resigned to watching helplessly as another rampage unfolds on television.”

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