Getting a bad feeling
Dear Editor:Benjamin Franklin’s 300th birthday was Jan. 6. No man had more to do with the successful creation of the United States of America. He was deeply involved with the founding documents. When he spoke to encourage his fellows on accepting the draft of the Constitution he was not entirely optimistic for the future success of this endeavor. He said, ominously: “I think a general government necessary for us, and there is no form of government but what may be a blessing to the people if well administered; and I believe, further, that this is likely to be well administered for a course of years, and can only end in despotism, as other forms have done before it, when the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic government, being incapable of any other.” It should be clear to Republicans and Democrats alike that the right wing is bent on solidifying their current dominance. How far will they go? To date:1. Bush invaded two countries on the pretext that these countries were part of the 9/11 attacks. If the attackers, members of a small Arab group, were affiliated with any country, it was Saudi Arabia. Bush makes himself the “war president” and thereby outflanks the Democratic opposition and claims special powers as the commander-in-chief in wartime. 2. Newsweek magazine reported Bush was making plans to postpone the 2004 presidential election should the U.S. suffer another terrorist attack.3. Bush says he thinks Americans have too much freedom.4. Bush says governing would be easier if he were the dictator.5. Bush claims he is getting advice on the war in Iraq from God, not his father, who had opposed invading Iraq.6. Bush creates new, watered-down definitions for torture. Torture of captives is now commonplace around the world by U.S. allies, CIA, and regular military units. 7. Bush claims captives have no rights to attorneys or trials. Any prisoner, foreign or U.S., can be imprisoned indefinitely, on his say so alone.8. Security forcibly removes citizens from events where Bush speaks.9. Overwhelming evidence exists that our national elections of 2000, 2002 and 2004 were tampered with.10. Two candidates for the Supreme Court will say nothing about their views of the law. Both have a long history of recommending more power for the president.11. The majority leader of the House is indicted for activities that led to more Republican congressmen from Texas.12. Like Nixon, Bush is caught using the NSA to secretly wiretap U.S. citizens. 13. The IRS is starting audits on groups, including churches, where critical things have been said about the “rulers.”14. The CIA, FBI, local police and even elements of the National Guard have been discovered to be gathering information on “dissenters.”I am getting a bad feeling about this. Are you?Patrick HunterCarbondale
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