Apart from the right-wing extremists- Republican propaganda
pugilists in the media who have gone on the attack against anyone
who disparages their champion, G. W. Bush, I would ask the rest
of you Republican ‘patriots’ out there a question. Please tell me:
Can you see the danger to our country that is rising not from
external terrorists, but from within?
Case in point: the recent disclosures of Bush Administration
memos allegedly establishing a ‘legal’ basis for the torture that
had been taking place in Iraqi prisons by American guards and
interrogators, “because the President said so”? These memos
claim that just because the President has the constitutional power
to take military action (but not to authorize ‘war’)
then if the President says that torture is okay during a military
action so undertaken, then international law and treaties of
which we agreed to honor, and federal laws prohibiting such
torture, are, “inapplicable”. They actually claim that the
President has the power to say its okay to torture people.
Are all you “patriots” okay with THAT? Before you answer
lets step back from the political rhetoric and positioning for
just one second, and think about what true ‘patriotism’ is.
I hope that even the most hardened right-winger can agree
that true patriotism is one’s commitment to uphold and defend
the ideals on which this great country was founded. If that is
a true and acceptable statement, then without a doubt,
inarguably, those memos and the resultant illegal acts that
have thusly been committed in the Presidents name (or on his
alleged authority) are unspeakably horrendous and egregious
attacks upon those ideals and are an unprecedented level of
abuse of power and the sacred trust of the American people.
It is undeniable that when the ‘founding fathers’ approved
and set as the principles of our country the Declaration of
Independence and the Constitution that “of the people, by
the people, and for the people”, and that “the inalienable right
to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”, refers to all
human beings – not just citizens of the United States.
They set these ideals as the standard by which we are to judge
ourselves, as the ethical guidelines for our actions, and the
moral beacon to which we must set our bearings and aspirations,
despite even their own self-acknowledged problems with
living up to this standard (many were slaveholders, including
Jefferson and Washington) and the foreseeable difficulties it
would eventually engender (the civil war, women’s rights, civil
rights, etc.). They did so, in other words, knowingly.
These ideals and the soon to come “Bill of Rights” represent
the aspirations of humanity and apply to all humanity. That was
their intention and must be ours. Putting aside for the moment
the outrageousness of the memos’ blatant abuse-of-power
strategy, it is undeniably intolerably unethical at the least,
immoral and wrong and never justifiable to torture another
human being, and now revealed to the light of day these heinous
acts undertaken in the name of our President are fully
treasonable or impeachable. No President has the power,
much less the right to go against the measures
so carefully crafted by those founding fathers to protect human
dignity. Or freedom for that matter – the indefinitely ‘detained’
prisoners in Guatanamo Bay are being denied the basic rights
our constitution and laws were meant to protect.
Does anyone see the irony of all this?
While claiming to be the protectors
of American values -the Bush administration
is destroying them!
Everything this country is supposed to stand for has been
cast to the wayside by the people in this administration and
the President. These is no possible justification for the war
in Iraq – we were lied to about ‘weapons of mass destruction’
(there were none of any significance) – deliberately and
intentionally misled to justify an unjust war- which
should be impeachable.
All of which leads me to ask: Are you a true patriot, or
just a republican crony? Do you not feel the indignation
at the inexcusable cruelty perpetrated in the name of America
by this President and his cronies? These are abhorrent criminal
acts instigated by our leaders. Are you not outraged by these
facts? Do you not see the ‘slippery slope’ that allowing, even
supporting, these criminal leaders’ illegal and immoral actions
is taking us down?
A true patriot recognizes this and is willing to fight against it.
The great former Senator, William Fulbright, warned us back
in 1966 about America’s growing tendency to abuse its power,
in his book, The Arrogance of Power. 'Fear-Pushing'
(like drug pushing-a mind altering activity) is nothing new to
those seeking to gain and hold power. Fulbright was a Senator
and wrote his book at a time when America’s own ‘Gestapo’,
The House Committee on Un-American Activities, chaired by
our own ‘Hess’, Eugene McCarthy, had only recently been shut
down. He witnessed fear-mongering at its lowest most
despicable form used to galvanize public opinion and political
support among the masses against an ‘enemy’, whether a real,
actual threat to us or not. Then it was ‘Communism’, which in
retrospective would have died out from lack of interest without
our fear and loathing and the billions of dollars and thousands
of lives lost trying to stop it from ‘spreading’. Now communism
is passé but we have a new ‘enemy’ to conquer....terrorism, and
once again anyone who doesn’t toe the line and “support our
President” and his war is accused of treason by the right-wingers.
Dissent is again, “Un-American”, as the fear of all bad
boogiemen with towels on their heads is constantly shoved
down our throats.
Sept. 11th happened, and people are afraid it could happen
again or worse, but the salacious reactionary fear-mongering
and the “unilateralist” war-mongering of this administration
and this President is wrong, and worse. 9-11 has been used
for political gain at the expense of your freedoms (the
‘Patriot Act’), your children’s future (the additional war-related
deficit spending tacked on to our enormous National Debt),
and your country’s place in the world and history (thanks to
Bush, America is almost universally hated and reviled worldwide).
Not to mention the innocent dead or maimed we like to call
“collateral damage”. Innocent children are not “collateral” to
God, and we will be held accountable for these atrocities.
The fact that Islamic Extremists have committed like atrocities
against us does not make it right. That was Old Testament Law.
If you haven’t noticed there is a New Testament with a new Law.
You should read it sometime. It says to LOVE YOUR ENEMIES,
not kill them and take their OIL!
Michael Moore’s controversial movie, Fahrenheit 911
ends with Moore quoting/ referring to George Orwell’s
book published in 1948 called, ‘1984’, and well he should.
Everyone who truly cares about our country should read
it if they haven’t yet. Like most science fiction it was a little
premature. I fear it is actually “coming true” some twenty years
later than its title. Terrorist acts are an evil that should be stopped.
But there is a more insidious evil enemy at our doorstep that
threatens our country far more than terrorists... it is the enemies
within ourselves, among our own, even our very leaders.
Are you a true patriot? Then remember what America is
supposed to be and stand up against the tyranny of the strong
over the weak. These memos are “the smoking gun” that proves
these criminal actions were perpetrated on the ‘authority’ and at
the behest of President Bush. It is our patriotic duty to stop him
and remove him from power.
Now, as if it couldn’t get any worse, an article appeared in
yesterday’s local paper documenting another secret Bush
Administration policy known as “rendition”, in which “suspected”
terrorists are whisked off in “private” planes to countries where
the anti-torture rules are lax. In the case recounted in the article
a 34 year old naturalized Canadian telecommunications engineer of
Syrian birth was detained at JFK airport and then flown to Syria
where he was tortured and interrogated for two weeks and then
held without trial in a Syrian prison for ten months before being
freed. Then-CIA Director George Tenet admitted at a hearing
before the Sept.11th Commission that at least 70 such suspected
terrorists had been subjected to ‘rendition’ during an undisclosed
period before the 9-11 attacks. No one knows how many have
suffered torture via rendition since 9-11...
This is not the America of the Constitution of the United States.
IS this NAZI-AMERICA?
Heil Bush! Heil Bush! Heil Bush?
ANY REAL PATRIOT MUST ABHOR SUCH INFAMY
AND THOSE WHO PROPAGATE IT.
STAND UP FOR FREEDOM AND END THE TYRANNY.
It's not too late! (11-17-2010)
Indict Bush, Chaney, et al., for Conspiracy,
Fraud, Treason, and War Crimes! (01-23-11)
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