Pubdate: Thu, 05 Jun 2003
Source: Clarion-Ledger, The (MS)
Copyright: 2003 The Clarion-Ledger
Author: A.H. Jones


"There has to be a logical reason to stop autos," said Rep. Jeff Smith, 
D-Columbus, a member of the House Judiciary A Committee ("MBN chief: State 
laws hinder job," May 26).

He said the U.S. Constitution guarantees protection against unreasonable 
search and seizure.

"I'd be willing to help in my capacity as a lawmaker, but some of that is 
going to be out of our hands," Smith said.

In other words, Smith would help, but, dang . . . that pesky Constitution 
thing keeps getting in the way of upping the drug arrests.

I am getting mighty sick of my Constitution and my life and rights being 
affected by both drug users and drug warriors alike. In fact, it's begun to 
look to me like the drug warriors are by far the most dangerous to the way 
of life our Constitution was written to protect.

Thomas Jefferson said that what he and others were giving to posterity 
would certainly be taken from us if we weren't vigilant.

Come to think of it, it's not the drug users who are truly messing with our 
rights, our country, our individual lives and freedoms as much as it is the 
people who want to make them stop.

A.H. Jones Sulphur Springs, Texas
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