Tuesday, May 16, 2006

We’ve Already Allowed Too Much

Bush has taken our right to privacy away and there doesn’t seem to be a damn thing we can do about it. His power is so great that he is accountable to no one. Just think about that for a second. Bush can do anything, legal or illegal, and there isn’t anything or anyone to stop him. He has absolute power and we are now in a position where we must simply trust that he is using that power for good. This is no longer America.

We have been hoping that the press will stop licking Bush’s boots and start looking into his dirty dealings, but if the President can track their phone calls, make sure that no one on the inside gives them information, perhaps even gather incriminating or embarrassing information on the reporters themselves, the chances of that happening become slimmer and slimmer.

We have been hoping that the Republican Congress would be frightened to action by Bush’s low poll numbers and start investigating the NSA secret domestic surveillance program, but chances are, their phone records have been collected too and what do you want to bet that most of them have something they’d rather keep hidden.

We have been hoping that Patrick Fitzgerald will be able to take down Rove and perhaps even Cheney and Bush too in the CIA leak case, but the special prosecutor isn’t special enough to avoid having his calls tracked. Lawyers defending the White House might know everything that Fitzgerald knows through these nefarious means.

We are hoping that the Democrats will take over at least one chamber of Congress in November, but we may see some of the worst dirty tricks ever this campaign season. If the NSA can gather information on Democrats running for office with impunity and turn that information over to the White House who can then pass it along to the political hacks, there may not even be a small chance of anything changing in DC.

The press, like the general public, seems to lack outrage when it comes to this administration and what we have allowed to pass does not bode well for our future. We have allowed elections that defy logic conducted on machines that are as secret as the NSA. We simply don’t know what the will of the people is anymore, there’s no way to measure it. We have allowed for American citizens to be held without trial. We have allowed for political operatives in the White House, with the knowledge of the President and Vice President, to expose a clandestine CIA agent under non-official cover. We have allowed an unprovoked invasion of a sovereign nation. We have allowed for secret prisons and torture. We have allowed the President to break the law and amass our personal information, calling habits and Internet use in direct violation of our forth amendment rights. A mere five years ago, any one of these things would have been unthinkable and would have sparked public outrage, but today, ALL of these things have been done and there have been NO repercussions.

What else are we going to allow before we say, “enough is enough”? Are we going to allow a pre-emptive attack on Iran? Are we going to sit idly by while we drop tactical nuclear weapons on a country that poses no threat to us? Will we allow more “upset” elections to go unnoticed? Will we continue to allow the erosion of our freedoms? Will we continue to allow a President to spit on our Constitution and claim it doesn’t apply to him?

If the press won’t do anything, the Congress refuses to do anything and our honest public officials can’t do anything about it, that leaves only the people. This President and Vice President must be impeached. We have already allowed too much, if we allow anymore, America will only be a memory and we will have to share in the blame.


Blogger Keith said...

Bush and Chaney, with the help of Fox News, have done an amazing job scaring people into submission with the threat of terrorism. Remember when the terror alert level would go up every time he wanted to push a new agenda? Part of me wonders if he wasn't involved in 9/11 in order to gain more power. I remember hearing about another leader in Germany a while back who got people behind his illegal and atrocious acts by making them fearful of another race of people...

9:20 AM  
Blogger Joe Don Martin said...

When I think back to the Clinton years and the enormous waste of time known conglomeratively as "Mellon Scaife/PaulaJones/Whitewater/File-gate/VinceFoster/KenStarr/Monica/Censure/Impeachment/Republican Congress" or "Much Ado About Nothing" and I start to compare it to the litany of this administration's abuses of the public trust, of the Constitution, of the Law, of the soldiers, of the poor, of the Gulf Coasters, of women, of Secular Government, I have to, at least for a moment, wonder if I've completely lost my mind or the world has turned upside down- so that's how things changed after 9/11? I almost wish the Generals who've opposed Rumsfeld would bring all the troops back from Iraq, arrest the President, Vice-President, and the rest of the administration, line them all up against the Vietnam Memorial Wall facing a firing squad, blindfold them all, call out "Ready, Aim, Fire!"- hundreds and hundreds of blanks, show on national TV how many of them actually soiled themselves, and then hand them over to Hugo Chavez to do with as he wishes. Alas, then I wake up.

12:02 PM  
Anonymous Dale Hippert said...


A beautiful reverie. If
I were again an adolescent, I would seriously consider exchanging a 'wet dream' for the one you've described!

1:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You seem like a Great American. Keep spreading the work(d).

7:49 PM  
Anonymous Betty Cracker said...

I remember when we got the news that the Supremes had stopped the vote counting and handed Bush the presidency after the 2000 recount. I was at my office, and I went outside to smoke a cigarette and fume in peace away from the jubilent Repubs.

A co-worker on the elevator remarked that it was a wonderful thing, American democracy. There would be no riots and bloodshed, just a peaceful transfer of power.

Maybe there should be riots, I told her. Maybe we're sheep to let them steal an election out from under us. And we've been saying bah-bah ever since -- even louder since 9/11 put even more fear in the flock, which Rove & Co. exploited masterfully.

I don't want blood in the streets, of course; no sane person does. But damn it, at some point, we have to stand up and say enough is enough. The people in Ukraine had the courage to take their democracy back from the power-grabbers. Will we? I honestly don't know.

8:27 PM  
Anonymous Paul Revere said...

Show your stuff on July 4, 2006!
If you are angry with the government: wear red , white , and blue; hand out copies of the Declaration of Independence at parades, and at noon on July 4th go to your nearest FEDERAL building and protest the usurpation of civil liberties.

"I want my country back!" is the battle cry...

3:39 AM  
Blogger MichaelBains said...

...perhaps even gather incriminating or embarrassing information on the reporters themselves..

You must have seen this, then.

{shudder} Maybe it's "nothing". We'll see.

6:23 AM  

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