|Subject: The State Of The Union|
Posted Feb 1, 2006 by ouiskiandzoda
1.) The United States of America is NOT a democracy, it is a republic. Always has been. We have democratic principles. Or we used to have democratic principles. Because,
2.) The Constitution was designed to protect people (not just citizens) from their government, but this government is currently eroding these rights. Cases in point:
A.) The President (W) was in a meeting in the past year, and someone asked if the topic under discussion was constitutional. He replied that "the Constitution is just a *&%#$@)!# piece of paper." This from an official whose sworn duty is to uphold the Constitution.
B.) Citizens are being spied upon without probable cause. Like a Quaker meeting in Florida. Like monitoring phone calls made by virtually any (possibly all) residents.
C.) Prisoners of war being moved from the region of the world where they were captured, to non-American regions specifically to avoid the need to treat them with the respect and rights accorded "all men" by our Consitution. Or the Geneva Convention, for that matter.
D.) Naturalized citizens being arrested without being charged, without representation or the opportunity to notify their own families of their whereabouts. Held for MONTHS without proper medical care, and without being found guilty by a jury of their peers. Or any trial, for that matter. Sounds like the actions of a small, unstable, non-mandated government with a poor civil rights record, doesn't it?
E.) An official of the government organization conducting the survailance of citizens states that the "probable cause" article in the Bill Of Rights does not contain the phrase "probable cause;" it does, incidentally (and I suspect that's why we refer to it as the "probable cause" article). I don't suppose ignorance of the Constitution would help such a person or organization avoid violating the Constitution, do you? (Sarcasm)
F.) Staged "questions" during press conferences--sounds a lot like propaganda from a small, unstable, non-mandated government with a poor civil rights record AND lots to hide, doesn't it?
3.) The State Of The Union Address is NOT a dialogue with the Nation; it is an ADDRESS. Go figure. That's for the analysts and press who seem a little confused, by the way.
4.) America has become what the framers of its Constitution hoped to avoid. Yet, our Commander-In-Chief purports to bring the ideals of this Constitution to the people of the world, even if it means killing tens of thousands of them. Or is it just a &$)@%!!*&# piece of paper? America was founded on ideals, not paper, in any case. We have trouble living up to those ideals, granted. But the biggest problem should NOT be two of three branches of the government (of the people, by the people, and for the people) turning on those very people.
My appologies, citizens of the world. Much of what this Republic has become DOES NOT represent what I believe. Benjamin Franklin once said that there ought to be a revolution every 75 years or so, just to prevent corruption and perversion of any government. Maybe he was right.
The statements you make here should be fairly obvious to all those who possess at least limited brain function. Unfortunately, an excessive portion of the US population is comprised of brain dead sheep that contentedly bleat word bytes like "stay the course". So what I would like to know is what you propose we enlightened few should do other than work in our local and regional voting disticts to promote support for our least incompetent politicians.
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