Anniversaries are opportunities to look back at historic turning points, compare the rhetoric of the time with the reality that we now know unfolded — and to learn hard lessons about the difference between rhetoric and reality for our own time.
As 2014 draws to a close, we can look back at many instances when an out-of-control federal government wasted tons of the money it took from us, deceived us about its activities, and trampled on the rights of its citizens. In short, it’s been a very bad year for the U.S. Constitution.
Some of us, who are old enough to remember the old television police series Dragnet, may remember Sgt. Joe Friday saying, "Just the facts, ma'am." But that would be completely out of place today. Facts are becoming obsolete, as recent events have demonstrated.