Conservatives have traditionally been supportive of law enforcement. That's been a little harder to do in recent years, as it appears as though law enforcement has become a threat to, rather than a protector of, our liberties. How has this happened?
We've written a great deal about goverment's intrusions upon, and violations of, the protections and guarantees in the Bill of Rights. As battered as some of these Amendments are today, they still stand as a bulwark against unbridled government power. But could the Bill of Rights be enacted today? Charles C.W. Cooke says "no":
Requiring government officials to obtain a court-approved warrant before conducting a search is a pillar of our constitutional legal protections. But as government has grown in size and power, that basic right -- guaranteed in the Fourth Amendment -- has been dangerously compromised by the rise of "administrative subpeonas":