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Hello, "conservatives" and red state voters. I have some things for you to think about, even while you are still aglow with Congress' success at abrogating the Geneva Convention and the 6th, 7th and 8th Amendments.

The executive branch of our government, with the connivance (or cowardice) of Congress, has accreted to itself more and more surveillance, domestic intelligence gathering, warrentless arrest and detention, secret trial and even "mild" torture powers. The Patriot Act was only the start, and I'm sure that the Military Commissions Act will not be the last of the power granting.

I have to ask anyone who supports these type of measures to do this simple exercise:
  1. Imagine that your worst nightmare has come to pass, and the government is entirely made up of the party and politicians you hate and/or fear the most - example: think of Congress and the White House filled with Hillary and Bill Clinton clones, with some Kerry and Gore for moderation.

  2. Imagine that this government of people you loathe has *all* the tools now granted to the current administration -- plus future ones in the works -- for monitoring, identification, surveillance, spying on, wiretapping, arresting, detaining, "interrogating" and trying in secret undesirables and "enemy combatants".

  3. Imagine that this government that you loathe now considers you to be an undesirable, a terror suspect, an "enemy combatant" or otherwise anti-American.

Are you still so sure that you want to give the "government" (current and future) the authority to use these tools?

You see, you haven't just handed the good ol' boys of the Bush administration these powers, you are handing the government, in perpetuity, these powers - regardless of who is running it. If, and when, you lose your predominance, the people who you hate, and that hate you, will have the tools to make your (and your decendents) lives miserable - and you gave them to them with a cheer and a "damn straight".

Doesn't that make you feel brilliant?

Let's undo it, while there is still time for all of us to be free. Until then, you had best be sure that all of your papers are in order.

EDIT: You could end up reading stuff like this in a few years: President Clinton Jails 938,000 Illegal Enemy Combatants Isn't that what Congress has granted?

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fizzyland
Sep. 29th, 2006 08:40 pm (UTC)
Bang on, sadly. I guess I'll be joining you in the gulag after W declares himself Dictator for Life. I'm sure that has to be on his list of things to do now that he's used black magic marker to blot out the Geneva Convention, the Bill of Rights, the Constitution and Habeus Corpus.
ravan
Sep. 29th, 2006 08:58 pm (UTC)
Let history show that at least we *said something* about it, that not all Americans were sedated by the TV.
ladyqkat
Sep. 29th, 2006 09:41 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, the people who will be "shocked" by the application of these measures are the ones who are promoting "Safety Above All Else" at this point in time. And they will protest mightly that "Well, it wasn't supposed to apply to me!"
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