Tuesday, December 20, 2005

The War President

The War President: "Nothing is more fundamental to the American system of government than the freedom of individuals against the heavy hand of government. Liberty, after all, was one of the unalienable rights the Continental Congress held to be 'self-evident.'

That liberty is severely compromised by a president who finds it acceptable to spy on citizens without so much as a secret court review, and who condemns questions about that spying as 'shameful.'

President George W. Bush's heartfelt pledge Monday to defend America would be more reassuring if he proved himself just as committed to the freedoms U.S. citizens cherish.

At the same time Bush said he understood Americans' concerns about government eavesdropping, he scolded whoever revealed the four-year-old secret program to the public and said he would not submit to questions before Congress, because 'any public hearings on programs will say to the enemy, 'Here's what they do. Adjust.' '"

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.


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