The Other Arlen Specter

By Randy LoBasso
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Have you met this new liberal, Democratic senator named Arlen Specter? 

If you haven’t heard of him, it’s OK. We hadn’t either. But he’s apparently from Pennsylvania. And though he looks like an old Washington insider (who’d live in an East Falls mansion, or something), we’re sure he’s an ACLU-loving dove who’s all about his constituents’ civil liberties.

Take his actions today. Specter invited all members of the Senate’s crime and justice subcommittee of the Senate's judiciary committee to Philly’s James A. Byrne Federal Courthouse. The reason for his invitation: a hearing on the Lower Merion School District’s recent Webcamgate controversy, in which student Blake Robbins was spied on using a school-issued laptop’s webcam. Specter was the only lawmaker to actually show up for the hearing.

Then this guy single-handedly “quizzed a panel of law and technology experts on the implications of Lower Merion School District's remote surveillance of student laptops via Web cam,” the Inquirer reports.

After the vicious questioning, Specter came to the obvious conclusion (rare for a politician): “A picture can be just as invasive on privacy as a statement,” he said, implying his respect for both the verbal and visual civil liberty. The unabashed liberal then said he was inspired to “write proposed legislation that would extend similar privacy restrictions for sound recordings under federal wiretap law to pictures and video captured by cameras.”

The irony of all this – maybe you could call it a coincidence – is that there used to be another senator from Pennsylvania, and his name was Arlen Specter, too! He was a mean old gremlin who followed lockstep with the Bush administration’s mutilation of the Constitution’s civil liberties. Over the Bush years, he supported the Military Commissions Act, the Patriot Act, confirmation of virtually every controversial Bush appointee, retroactive telecom immunity, warrantless eavesdropping expansions, and the Bush tax cuts on several occasions. He even voted in favor of the war in Iraq.

Constitutional lawyer Glenn Greenwald once called that other senator, “one of the worst, most soul-less, most belief-free individuals in politics.” The other Specter said the Military Commissions Act of 2006 would “set back basic rights by some 900 years” – right before voting ‘yes’ on that bill!

This new Arlen Specter is the exact opposite of that old Republican, and we don’t even know what happened to the other Specter. I guess it’s best to not ask questions when it comes to such matters. We’ll just consider ourselves lucky to have a guy like this new Arlen Specter representing us in Washington.

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1. BJ Novak said... on Mar 29, 2010 at 06:12PM

“Those of us old enough, can remember way back when Arlen was a democrat. He has sided with dems many times in the past & supported the unions. He has been a staunch health care reform supporter. It took a long time but, Arlen finally returned to his roots. Welcome home Arlen.”

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2. Shawn-Earnest said... on Mar 29, 2010 at 10:38PM

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I do not believe in our constitutional rights of any private civilian within or outside the borders of the United States of America, cause they do not actually exist unless you have lots of money to prove you have rights in the first place with a lawyer. You never had privacy or even have ownership of property, but you think you do. I am abused by citizens who spit on my constitutional rights ever day and they have the authority to do just that and they do it, gangs, police, and customs.

Sooner this country is 101% militarized is the sooner greater peace will be done for it's citizens. Children do not deserve privacy, cause they are already owned property till they are 18yrs old. Especially in schools, in public, because they are owned property from the start, we all are. When they are 18 years old then they can make their own choices, but still have no privacy. The sooner the better.

Shawn-Earnest
Madawaska Maine, 04756”

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3. Troy said... on Mar 30, 2010 at 12:48PM

“All I know about Arlen Specter is how he grilled Anita Hill during the confirmation hearing of Clarance (pubic hair on coke can) Thomas. I wouldn't vote for anyone who switches parties just to keep a job in congress, like Lieberman. He is soul-less and only cares about his career. Good Bye to him and Lieberman.”

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4. Moses said... on Apr 17, 2010 at 08:48AM

“Specter always was a RINO anyway, so don't act like he has suddenly seen the light. He only cares about the power his position grants him, so he'll do anything to keep his job.

I'll give him credit for grilling the phony Anita Hill. She lied and made up stuff to discredit a great man....and she's the poor victim, boo hoo. If Thomas was a liberal, her lies never would have seen the light of day. Typical hatred and racism from the left.

As for Lieberman, good for him. The Dems tried to betray him and he ran as an independent and won. That being said, I'd no sooner vote for him than Specter, Schumer or any other "American" Jew because you can't trust them to put America's interests ahead of Israel's.”

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