Topping the News
Once again we are stuck in a scandal. How many times can someone flagrantly
break the law and get away? Despite efforts to figure out the domestic spying
issue, we only hear about the haughty lies and irrational politics.
When George W. Bush took his oath of office, he swore to uphold the
constitution. He came to us a man of principle, and more importantly, of God.
Americans welcomed him into two presidential terms, hoping for a better way.
I am tired of turning on my television every week to see what he
has done wrong. I am tired of writing about his mistakes. Some people have
called me flamboyant, perhaps a bit too risqué. As I watch events unfold around
me, I am forced to wonder how anyone can afford not to be.
Bush uses 9/11 as a cover for his domestic spying. Yet, according
to some sources, the NSA destroyed records from their intelligence gathering
mission shortly after 9/11. If Bush claims that the old system does not work,
then how can they have so many documents so quickly after 9/11?
I am amazed by this administration's statement that international
phone calls are billed differently so it's all right (that's the gist I caught).
Are they admitting that company behavior affects the conscious of our government
officials? I am pretty sure that's not it, but you have to find the loopholes
where you can get them.
I prefer to think more like the men that fought to make this
country: "The right of the people to be secure in their persons houses, papers,
and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated,
and no warrants issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or
affirmations, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and persons
or things to be seized." (Amendment Four of the U.S. Constitution)
Pretty straight forward, huh? It amazes me to hear that from
government. Today people are too busy jitterbugging around issues to tell the
This issue does not only reflect badly upon Bush. We should not
allow politicians to hide behind false privilege. Government officials should be
held to a higher standard … I have heard that somewhere before. I believe that
line circulated a lot during the talks of Clinton's impeachment hearings.
I get tired of one president's sin being unbearable, while the other
party lies to us about their sins. I am tired of excuses, deceptions and
personal attacks just because someone believes differently. Most of all, I
wonder what this country has to teach Iraq if we cannot get our government
right. I think this may just be a misery loves company thing, though.
In this murky situation, some good news lurks: Citizens have filed
lawsuits to hold Bush accountable. At a recent speech given at Georgetown
University, protestors got a chance to remind me how much this issue really
means to this country.
I would like to thank them for their nobility. They stood quietly,
holding their sign as cameras looked on. Spreading their message, but not by
To honor them, I would like each of you to
just take a moment to ponder what they wrote on that flag: "Those who would
sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither." The quote comes from
Benjamin Franklin in a time when America was in anarchy, when he actually said,
"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety
deserve neither liberty nor safety."
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