Former insurance commissioner and state lawmaker Jim Brown used the upcoming Fourth of July holiday to tear a switch off the Liberty Tree and to apply it to the back side of the much-ballyhooed Patriot Act on his blog this week, criticizing both major parties’ embrace of the “false prophecy” that Americans must trade Constitutional freedoms for safety:

Congress, both Republicans and Democrats alike, at the behest of President Obama, tightly embraced the less-freedom-equals-more-security false prophecy.  So here’s the tragic irony.  On this special 4th of July weekend, when we celebrate our independence and our right to be free, we are being told by our leaders in Washington that, yes, America fought a war with the British, and over the past 230 years continued to fight wars to protect our freedom from foreign governments.  But nevertheless, now, we have no choice but to let our own government compromise these same freedoms that we have sacrificed so much to maintain and protect.

Read the full salvo here.

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