16 January 2011

Out of the Mouths of Babes

Last night, 17-year-old Teresa Scanlan from Nebraska was awarded the Miss America crown for 2011.

During the competition, while answering a question about Wikileaks, she said "when it comes to the security of our nation, we have to focus on security first and then people's right to know."

In an interview with the Associated Press after her win, she stated that she wanted to study law and go into politics because "I want to be there making sure that I stand up for what's right, stand up for integrity and honesty" (no, really).

So, first of all, if she wants to study law and then go into politics, she is going to have to realize that we in America have a troublesome little thing like laws and a constitution that protect people from unreasonable and warrantless searches; and secondly, standing up for what is right means you cannot just willy nilly investigate people and their activities -- no matter what issues of security may arise.

Aside from this clear conflict in her own interests, it bodes very badly for this future of this country if our young people lack understanding of the basic rights on which it was founded.

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