Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Warning - Political Rant Below - Warning

Okay – I have been biding my tongue and have resisted the urge. But what is a blog good for if not the occasional rant.

Since the beginning of the year the President’s Job Approval Ratings have been in the 30’s. Twice as many people disapprove of the way that he is doing his job than approve.

The Administration lied about the evidence for going to war with Iraq and then tried to cover it up.

The Administration lied about Saddam being involved with bin Laden and al Qaeda in the plotting of 9/11.

The Administration lied about their intentions to go to war with Iraq from the beginning of the first term.

Just today we learned in hearings that the Administration has lied about the rescue of Jessica Lynch and the death of Pat Tillman.

The Administration lies and says that if we don’t fight them in Iraq we will fight them at home. Almost forty years ago on CBS’ Sunday news program “Meet the Press” this is what Senator Robert Kennedy had to say to this point:

RFK: "Do we have the right here in the United States to say that we're going to kill tens of thousands, make millions of people, as we have... millions of people, refugees, kill women and children?

I very seriously question whether we have that right... Now we're saying we're going to fight there so that we don't have to fight... on the West Coast of the United States, so that they won't move across the Rockies. - But do we? - Our whole moral position, it seems to me, changes tremendously."

The Administration ignores the will of the American people. Our President behaves as if there is no other view but his own and his own is right and so there is no need to consider any other view. You can hear it in the tone of his voice.

We have watched our young men and women die, our freedoms erode, and our Executive Branch lies to us for “our own good.”

We have watched this Administration ignore the Geneva Convention, this Administration has adopted policies regarding the treatment of prisoners of war that have disgraced the nation and alienated virtually the entire world. It has conducted domestic spying of organizations with no suspected terrorist affiliations, and does telephone surveillance without a warrant.

We have watched this Administration suspend habeas corpus - this Administration has sought to strip people accused of crimes of rights that date as far back as the Magna Carta in Anglo-American jurisprudence: trial by impartial jury, access to lawyers and knowledge of evidence against them.

How long much longer will we allow this Administration to be unaccountable for their lies and denials?

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