November 12, 2003

Assault on Civil Liberties Speech

Thank you Al Gore for your speech given Sunday, 11/09/03 in which you state “In my opinion, it makes no more sense to launch an assault on our civil liberties as the best way to get at terrorists than it did to launch an invasion of Iraq as the best way to get a t Osama bin Laden.”

I excerpted Mr. Gore’s statement from an article by Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press, and I have one problem with it. Ms. Kerr states that Al Gore “lost the 2000 election. He did not. The Supreme Court made the decision to end the debate over which candidate won. It has since been established that the Florida election was won by Mr. Gore despite a great deal of manipulation of the election process in that state at the time.

The former vice president spoke this past Sunday at the American Constitution Society and he “brought many in the d crowd of 3,000 to their feet when he called for a repeal of the Patriot Act, which the expanded government’s surveillance and detention power, allowing authorities to monitor books people read and conduct secret searches.”

We need more voices like Mr. Gores! We need to take our government back from the ultra conservative forces that would strip us of our freedoms in the name of protection from terrorism.

Mr. Bush Struts His Stuff



Who can forget the image of the flight suit attired Mr. Bush strutting on the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln after having declared an end to the war in Iraq on May 1 of this year. To me it was an image both ludicrous and frightening. Mr. Bush reminded me of the classroom bully I had to deal with on a daily basis in our little Amish one room school house as a child. And, he reminded me that we are once again a colonial power occupying a nation half way around the world. This, after the dismantling of colonial empires during the last century.

In a poll conducted by AOL on line this morning, 57% of those responding felt that the carrier images were positive and still make Mr. Bush look good. I just don’t get it!

The image above, http://www.whitehouse.gov/president/gallery/photoessay/weekinreview/20030426/images/20030501-15_lincoln4-515h-398h.jpg, is a White House photo taken by Paul Morse.


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