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Bryan Preston

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April 23, 2013 - 7:12 am

Mike Bloomberg has always wanted to “reinterpret” the Constitution, to read out the Second Amendment and to give executives far more sweeping power than the law grants them. The founders probably didn’t envision mayors nagging moms to breastfeed.

Boston has given Bloomberg the excuse to say what he really thinks.

In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday the country’s interpretation of the Constitution will “have to change” to allow for greater security to stave off future attacks.

“The people who are worried about privacy have a legitimate worry,” Mr. Bloomberg said during a press conference in Midtown. “But we live in a complex word where you’re going to have to have a level of security greater than you did back in the olden days, if you will. And our laws and our interpretation of the Constitution, I think, have to change.”

He isn’t just talking about adding more security cameras in public spaces.

“Clearly the  Supreme Court has recognized that you have to have different interpretations of the Second Amendment and what it applies to and reasonable gun laws … Here we’re going to to have to live with reasonable levels of security,” he said, pointing to the use of magnetometers to catch weapons in city schools.

“It really says something bad about us that we have to do it. But our obligation first and foremost is to keep our kids safe in the schools; first and foremost, to keep you safe if you go to a sporting event; first and foremost is to keep you safe if you walk down the streets or go into our parks,” he said. “We cannot let the terrorists put us in a situation where we can’t do those things. And the ways to do that is to provide what we think is an appropriate level of protection.”

Why does it say something bad about us? It says something terrible about the terrorists and madmen who want to kill us, and it says something bad about opportunistic politicians who want to use attacks and tragedies to crack down on the innocent. But the broader “us”? We aren’t collectively guilty of the crimes committed by ideologies and individuals, Mr. Mayor.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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I've been asking this question for years now and no liberal has EVER been able to give me a proper answer:

If the Constitution can be "reinterpreted" at will to say whatever you want then what is the point of having a Constitution?
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"The people who are worried about privacy have a legitimate worry...our laws and our interpretation of the Constitution, I think, have to change". Apparently, to Bloomberg it's bad that "we" (read Bloomberg et al) need to clamp down on your liberty to protect you. But tough times call for more assertive governance and civil management - a remarkably similar outlook to Obama (IMO) on what it takes to overcome Constitutional barriers to executive fiat.
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'Those who would trade liberty for security deserve neither." I chose to interpret our constitution as allowing me to politely ask the mayor to go to hell on his own.
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Too bad disent is not longer patriotic like it was under Bush. You're a racist/homophobe/islamaphobe/anti-semite now.
1 year ago
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I say Bloomberg start by firing his guards and publishing his SSN and bank account numbers.
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Like a good liberal, he's not ready to blame another culture until he's purified his own - a process that is still ongoing and could take centuries. So until Americans are declared absolutely guilt-free, we'll just have to suffer.
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