Eating the Apple

Eve did it. Adam did it. Now it's my turn to take a bite. Why not? Hey! It's delicious.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Our Country Needs Better Patriotism

This is a reply to the letter titled 'This Nation Needs More Patriotism,' that appeared in the April 17, 2006 edition of the Standard-Times of New Bedford.

I agree with Henry J. Nichols that our country needs patriotism -- love of one's country. But we need a better kind of patriotism. How can one who loves his country fail to criticize a president who has failed to 'take care that the laws be faithfully executed'? How can one who loves his country support a president who has usurped the powers of Congress and the people? How can one sit by while the president dismantles our great gift to the world -- the Constitution and the Bill of Rights?

The president has usupred to power of Congress 'to declare War ... and make Rules concerning
Captures on Land and Water.' He has also usurped the power of Congress 'to make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces.'

Our forefathers fought for and demanded the Bill of Rights. But no longer do we have these rights: the right to a jury trial, the right to 'Habeus Corpus'. No longer are we free from 'unreasonable searches and seizures. No longer doe we have the right to 'due process of law.' The president claims the power designate anyone to be a 'illegal enemy combatant' and have him incarcerated indefinitely. This means that our rights have become mere priviledges that can be erased by presidential fiat.

George W. Bush did not storm the bastions of power like Caesar crossing the Rubicon. But Little King George is undermining our Constitution just as surely as Caesar overthrew the Roman Republic. If we truly loves our country, we should all strive to 'preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution against the dictatorship predicted by Sandra Day O'Connor. We should hold George W. Bush accountable for his 'High Crimes and Misdemeanors.'


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