Friday, February 02, 2007
The Bill of Rights is under assault
Our forefathers were wise enough to hand us down a constitution with a Bill of Rights.
For the first time in our history we are in a period of retreat from civil rights and the respect for the dignity of humanity. The Bill of Rights is under assault from this administration.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.
In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
Fear of the legitimate threat of terrorism is allowing us to be weak on protecting our most cherished gift we possess as Americans; our freedoms as set forth in our constitution and its amendments. We’re allowing ourselves to be taken advantage of by those who would desire to see our freedoms lessened for their own lustful purposes.
Because of our fear we have ignored the fact that we were attacked by a group of predominately Saudi Arabian men on 9-11. They were from a violently radical Islamic fundamentalist organization named Al Qaeda. But Bush and his cohorts have decided to lead the nation away from those who attacked us. Instead we’ve been duped into raging war against a tactic. An unending war against a nameless and faceless foe called ‘terrorist’. It was used as an excuse for an ill-advised war of choice and subsequent bloody occupation in Iraq. It’s the excuse for the horror the neocon dominated administration is about to unleash on Iran.
Peace is a loaded gun--The Attic
The Bushies want us to see terrorists behind every tree and to believe they have many allies.
If your from a Muslim society;
If you’re a Democrat;
If you’re liberal;
If you’re an outspoken Mom of a dead soldier;
If your speaking out against presidential ineptitude;
If you speak out against the lies that drove us away from Afghanistan and into Iraq;
You may be considered by the Bush administration to be an enemy.
What is a terrorist?
They don’t leave much room for loyal opposition because if you don’t walk in lock step with them you are unacceptable and viewed as a threat. You’re seen as someone not deserving of the Bill of Rights.
Anyone voicing dissent of administration policy is viewed with suspicion.
Anyone voicing dissent of administration policy is viewed as un-American.
Anyone voicing dissent of administration policy is viewed as a traitor.
I love the flag but I hate what these right wing ideologs have done to it. Our fathers and grandfathers fought under this flag in WWII defeating fascism in Europe. This same flag is now being dirtied because it is being used as a banner for creeping fascism in our own country. I’m talking about the Neocons running our nation. They do not embrace Hitler’s, Mussolini’s, Franco’s, or anyone else’s version of fascism. They are fooling with their own Neoconservative version. It’s not fully realized but they already fit many descriptions of fascism.
Fascism has been a disaster in every country it has existed in. Ours would be no exception. These people who have welcomed this filthy ideology have disgraced our flag and our forefather’s sacrifices. They must be stopped.
14 Characteristics of Fascism - Mike Malloy
Fascist leaning Neoconservatives constantly attack Liberals because they have always been the traditional enemy of those with totalitarian ambitions, who they will go to great lengths to dehumanize because their values stand in their way. Our hope of stopping this growing nightmare lies with them, the Democrats and the good Republicans who are left.
The House of Representatives is the place to start. We need brave representatives who will stand by the noble principles this flag has for so long represented and honor their oath and muster up the courage and love of country by bringing the President and Vice President up on Articles of Impeachment.
George Bush---The Wave