Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Spying on our Own

Is it not time to impeach this US President? Hasn’t he moved beyond the point of thinking himself above the law? Isn’t it enough that we have secret prisons where torture has been conducted? Now we find out that any US citizen on US soil may be the victim of a secret wiretap without due process of having a warrant issued by a judge. They say that the only people subject to the secret wiretaps are directly linked to Al-Qaeda, but really, now! How much do you trust what they have to say given their track record for truth and disclosure to this point? It is a stretch for me to believe anything that the members of the Bush administration have to say these days.

I remember the good old days when we had a worthy enemy, the Soviet Union, which did all the lying and torturing for us (as we were taught). Now that they have been saved by capitalism, we seem to have taken on their role for threatening our own citizens and the rest of the world with surveillance. Doesn’t that appall you? We have become, in a twist of meaning, our own worst enemy.

I know that it is partly the issue of Supreme Court nominations that has brought the focus of this administration onto the Judicial Branch of our government, but it seems to me that there is a distinct effort to undermine the role of the Judicial Branch of our government by this administration. If you ignore the law and find a way to circumvent going to a judge for a warrant, then you have placed yourself above the system of checks and balances. By then defaming judges for their role in protecting US citizens by calling them “activist judges”, the administration is setting the stage for creating a true dictatorship. Having a Congress which rubber stamps the actions of this man and his advisors is in the worst possible interest of the American people. Once the Judicial Branch is quieted or brought to their side, this administration will have no one to keep them in line.

I have a Senator who spent the majority of her life in Kansas married to a former Republican Presidential hopeful. She doesn’t answer my letters or phone calls at all. As for my Junior Senator, despite our disagreement over politics, at least he has the decency to respond to my concerns and to explain his views on the subject. Luckily, I have Representative David Price in Washington on my behalf, but the Democrats have been prevented by something in pursuing any of the trespasses that this administration has wrought in the name of freedom and the American spirit of Democracy.

I am hopeful that come November,2006, we will see a wholesale change in the makeup of the US Congress. In the meantime, there is nearly a year during which we could be investigating all of these insults to the American people and to their true freedom. I challenge anyone in Congress to make it their mission to initiate the restoration of true honor to the White House through immediate impeachment rather than waiting for the next election cycle.



Blogger Samantha said...

I completely agree Ron, every single word. I could go on a soapbox about all of this, but you basically said what I've been saying all along.

12/22/2005 01:13:00 AM  
Blogger Jody Kuchar said...

I also agree - and am happy to see that not only myself, but many others are of the same mind.
Let me ask - in the event that this president is impeached, who would 'serve' in his place? Cheney? Oh that's comforting. What about Rumsfield? That too is enough to make me feel warm and fuzzy.
I think impeachment is not enough. I think it is time that we have 'term limits' for presidential administration.
Since both Rumsfield and Cheney have served on the staff of a past president, neither should have been allowed near the inside of the white house again.
Let's stop allowing the puppet presidents to outsource the running of our country to behind the scenes idiots like we have now.

1/03/2006 12:30:00 PM  
Blogger Ron Hudson said...

Very interesting idea, Jody...I would agree that evil war criminals and unethical quail shooters should be banned from moving from one administration to another, but what about the brain drain that would result from banning good hearted people with spotless images from sharing their knowledge with future administrations. I think we just need to impeach Bush, and Cheney simultaneously and then try Rumsfeld for war crimes and arrogance.

6/30/2006 07:22:00 AM  

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