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Bush Continues Unlawful Policy

Todd Kelly
Commentary Editor

  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 truth.

   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 anarchy.

    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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