From Hot Air:
posted at 4:00 pm on April 3, 2011 by Allahpundit
Skip ahead to 2:05, bearing in mind that this guy might have ended up as Attorney General under President McCain. A few minutes earlier, Harry Reid told Schieffer that Congress will “take a look” at Jones’s act and the ensuing “protests” in Afghanistan, so at a minimum there’ll probably be some sort of congressional resolution of disapproval. Maybe hearings too: Reid wouldn’t commit to that, but he didn’t rule it out. As for Graham, “I wish we could find some way to hold people accountable,” he laments, clearly deflated by the thought that the First Amendment applies even while we’re “at war.” And if you’re not sure what he means by “at war” — well, I’m not either. Are we “at war” only if troops are in the field? No Koran-burning, in other words, until the last U.S. serviceman has left Iraq and Afghanistan (and Libya)? Or are we “at war” as long as Al Qaeda and other anti-American jihadist movements exist, ready and willing to demagogue acts like Jones’s for their own uses? Even if all Islamist outfits in the world were eliminated, wouldn’t Graham want to continue the ban on Koran-burning lest it inspire new jihadist outfits to spring up? There’s no limiting principle to this idea, realistically. It’d end up being his own version of an “emergency law.”
Here’s the tape; the part in question is around the 2:20 mark.
No, Senator Graham, free speech isn’t a “great idea,” it’s an unalienable right of man, something our Framers realized was not granted by the government, but simply recognized by the government.
We need every Republican vote in Congress, but it’s a crying shame that we have to depend on statists like Senator Graham for one of them. He needs a serious, conservative primary challenge, though he won’t be up for re-election until 2014.