Tuesday, January 29, 2008

State of the Union

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

I am watching CNN this morning and have been reading the Reuters coverage of the State of the Union Address. I am disturbed that not one news agency is covering the chunk at the middle of the address where he urged Congress to vote to extend the domestic spying program as well as legal protections for communications companies that aided in this direct violation of the Constitution. He then spent a couple of minutes wallowing in fear mongering, essentially telling Congress that not voting for these domestic spying programs makes the country unsafe.

Using the logic that, "you shouldn't mind if you have nothing to hide" is just ludicrous. Freedom for all is destroyed when liberty for some is infringed upon. Did we learn nothing from the Japanese internment camps of WWII? Giving the government freedom to violate our Constitutional rights, we spit on the graves of the men and women who died founding this great nation.

We must stand up as a nation and bring this violation of our rights to an end. If our founding fathers had believed dissent was wrong, we would have no nation to begin with. There is nothing less patriotic than blindly supporting a government that tramples on liberty.

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