Ted Rall for December 15, 2007
On Dec. 18, Sotheby's will auction off the Magna Carta, the most important declaration of individual rights in history. Please note: sale is "as is". Item not mint and has suffered damage: Fading. Right to due process eliminated by secret executive order. Right of Habeas Corpus: deleted by military commissions act of 2006. Clause 45. Requiring rulers to appoint qualified government officials: nibbled away by Rummy, Condi and Brownie. Clause 17. Forbidding disproportionately high fines: removed to permit seizures of cars and homes for drug offenses. Cat pee, maybe. Water damage. Thank you for your patronage!