Wednesday, June 28, 2006

A war on true patriots

Americans face another war beyond the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan this July 4 holiday week.

It's a war waged on the nation's freedoms and those who would protect them.

This war entails attempts by President Bush and his administration to humiliate and belittle into silence the true patriotic citizens who speak their minds and to force them to submit to abuses of power.

Secrecy, deceit, vilification of critics and violation of laws have been weapons of this president and his agents, whose outrages against the U.S. Constitution, against free speech and against truth qualify as the most reprehensible in the nation's modern history.

Critics of the president and his executive decisions are slandered as "unpatriotic" or, worse, aiding enemies of the state. A free press that exposes illegal acts of unauthorized wiretaps is condemned as treasonous. When challenged to obey laws he's signed, President Bush airily declares that he decides which laws apply to him and which don't.

When pressed to justify government assaults on privacy and liberties, this president and his yes-man political attorney general refuse on grounds they're involved in a secret war on terror and can't discuss details.

As Americans look for serious ways to celebrate the courage and stamina of the forefathers who created this nation's independence from tyranny, they should hail today's voices that won't be silenced by threats. They should support those who still believe that constitutional law, not degrading political greed for more power, is the soul of a democratic society.

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