By Andrew Napolitano
What if the state of the union is a mess? What if the government spies on all of us all of the time and recognizes no limits to its spying? What if its appetite for acquiring personal knowledge about all Americans is insatiable? What if the government uses the microchips in our cellphones to follow us and listen to us as we move about?
What if the Constitution expressly prohibits the government from doing this? What if the government has written laws that are interpreted in secret by judges who meet in secret and are applied by federal agents who operate in secret and their secret behavior doesn’t even resemble what the laws say they can do?
What if the feds have seized the content of every text message, email, mobile and landline telephone call, utility bill, credit card bill and bank statement of everyone in America for the past four years? What if no law has authorized them to capture this? What if when asked by members of Congress, in public and under oath, high-ranking officials, at least one with ribbons on his chest and stars on his shoulders, lied about what the government is doing?
What if the government’s spies have so insinuated themselves into our computers that they can capture every keystroke we press on all of our computers before we hit “send”? What if the feds have hacked into the servers of every major computer service provider in the country and they know what we have typed before we even make corrections? What if the feds have a copy of what we have deleted? What if our typed innermost thoughts and even second thoughts that were never sent in emails nevertheless reside in the government’s databank?
What if the president knows all this and supports what his spies are doing? What if he secretly authorized all this, but only admitted to some of it when he got caught? What if he uses his spies to tell him what he wants to know about those who oppose him?
What if the president sold Congress and the country a Trojan horse called Obamacare? What if he promised that under Obamacare you could keep the health insurance you had before Obamacare, and he lied and he knew it? What if he promised that under Obamacare you could keep the same physicians who treated you before Obamacare, and he lied and he knew it?
What if Obamacare made insurance coverage so expensive that some people lost their jobs because their employers could not afford to pay for it? What if under Obamacare more than six million Americans lost their insurance coverage overnight and most haven’t gotten it back yet? What if this was the president’s plan all along so that he could orchestrate a government takeover of the health insurance industry?
What if the secretary of defense and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the president one night that our consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was under attack by organized al-Qaida troops while the attack was taking place? What if the president did nothing about it?
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