But neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt. He therefore is the truest friend to the liberty of his country who tries most to promote its virtue, and who, so far as his power and influence extend, will not suffer a man to be chosen into any office of power and trust who is not a wise and virtuous man.- (Wells, Life of Samuel Adams, 1:22.)
Weiner is a hypocrite. After all the sermonizing about how tax cuts would benefit the rich and the complaints about the Republicans' maneuvering to block the (unconstitutional) bill to support the first responders of the September 11th attacks. And that garbage he spouted about how Obamacare would actually save money. Here is the hypocrisy that he still has on his official house webpage:
Along with several colleagues in Congress, we introduced & passed the KIDS (Keeping the Internet Devoid of Sexual Predators) Act of 2007, a bill to require sex offenders to register their e-mail and instant message addresses with the National Sex Offender Registry. The “Kids Act’ implemented one of my six recommendations to keep a closer eye on sex offenders both near school grounds and online. I also proposed stricter GPS tracking of sex offenders, tougher enforcement of registration laws and more public disclosure of sex offender data.http://www.weiner.house.gov/issue_display.aspx?id=844
Sadly, the Internet is the predator's venue of choice today. We need to update our strategies and our laws to stop these offenders who are a mere click away from our children.
The Kids' Act is unconstitutional for many different reasons. It is an ex-post facto law (it adds additional punishments for sex offenders after they have already been sentenced). And it is obviously a violation of the 10th Amendment because no powers related to the punishment of sex offenders have been delegated to the Congress by the Constitution. (This power is reserved to the states.) But I wonder, is anyone is going to try to prosecute this socialist using his own law?