“They hate us because we are free”. George Bush famously uttered, and then mocked us by destroying the most important freedom we had.
The Magna Carta, was a terrific idea. It dates back to the year 1215. The idea is simple. No one can be “disappeared” into a dungeon forever on the say so of the King. There must be proof of a crime and a trial. The law must be observed. It is interesting to note that AMERICA ALREADY HAD the LEGAL ability to “suspend the writ of Habeas Corpus” and has done so. It took an act of Congress and not the say so of ONE MAN. Our government ALREADY HAD the ability to wire tap and spy on it’s citizens. But they needed a warrant. They needed to give a reason. Most people are unaware that the Patriot act brought no new safety or protection, it simply concentrated the power to the (king) president and eliminated oversight.
Here is a linkwritten by a historian, We have had this debate. No one will change their mind. I feel compelled to remind everyone how much contempt American right wing has for “freedom” in spite of their rhetoric. They threw an 800 year old baby out with the bathwater. What is it “conservatives” conserve? Wisdom? Certainly the small government and fiscal responsibility rhetoric has been as duplicitous as their deep love of freedom. Once usurped, power is hard to get back in the bottle. Sadly, Democrats have not reversed this, in fact they have worsened the situation and the assassination of American citizens
is now legal on the un-reviewed order of one man. Need more?
We are in big trouble folks This hardly reads as a sales pitch to vote for the Democrats does It? It is. These mid term elections are urgent because so many who feel frustrated and betrayed (as I do) choose not to vote and the right gains strength. We cannot afford to move an inch further right. The recent Supreme court decision that corporations are people and money is free speech is not working well. The money is going to the right wing 11 to 1, more than half of it from “undisclosed” donors. There are a surprising number of foreign contributions. This happened to us because the Republicans packed the Supreme court with their own. By voting for the Democrats we may buy time. Time to create viable alternative.
I leave you with a recent quote from William River Pitt: “It’s hard to know what’s more disturbing: the fact that Tea Party activists are beating up women in public, or the fact that acts like this are not terribly surprising anymore.”
Subsribe! It’s not all politics on this blog. 😉