In 1776, our Founding Fathers risked their “lives, fortunes, and sacred honor” to establish a free and prosperous nation.
And they warned us that it was our responsibility to keep it that way. In 2005, President George W. Bush met with congressional leaders in the Oval Office to talk about renewing the controversial Patriot Act. Several provisions of the act, passed in the shell shocked period immediately following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, caused major concern in the general population once its details became known. GOP leaders at the meeting told President Bush that his hardcore push to renew the more onerous provisions of the act could further alienate conservatives still mad at the president from his botched attempt to nominate White House Counsel Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court. “I don’t give a goddamn,” Bush retorted. “I’m the President and the Commander-in-Chief. Do it my way.” “Mr. President,” one aide in the meeting said. “There is a valid case that the provisions in this law undermine the Constitution.” “Stop throwing the Constitution in my face,” Bush screamed back. “It’s just a goddamned piece of paper!” “I’ve talked to three people present for the meeting that day and they all confirm that the President of the United States called the Constitution “a goddamned piece of paper.” Capitol Hill Blue by Doug Thompson In 2006, President Bush signed into law the Military Commissions Act. In doing so, he cast aside the Constitution and the principle of habeas corpus, which protects against unlawful and indefinite imprisonment. Habeas corpus isn’t a fancy legal term. It’s the freedom from being thrown in prison illegally, with no help and no end in sight. No president should ever be given the power to call someone an enemy, wave his hand, and lock them away indefinitely. The Founders made the president subject to the rule of law. They rejected dungeons and chose due process.
TODAY, HR1955 has been passed by the House of Representatives and will be brought before the Senate for a vote in the very near future. HR1955 gives the president the permission to use the United States Military and mercenary organizations such as Blackwater against the Citizens of the United States on our own soil. Put aside, for a moment, political affiliation or personal beliefs. It doesn’t matter if you are a Democrat, Republican or Independent. It doesn’t matter if you support the invasion of Iraq or not. Despite our differences, the Constitution has stood for two centuries as the defining document of our government, the final source to determine “in the end” if something is legal or right. If we do not restore our Constitutional rights and basic protections like habeas corpus these rights could be lost to us forever and our country will become unrecognizable. These new unlawful powers granted to the President of the United States will pass on to the next president and the one after unless we rise up and do our duty as the Founding Fathers warned we might be called on to do. My name is Carolyn Connor and I love my country. My civil rights and yours have been taken away in the name of “The War on Terror” which could go on for 100 years or more. I want my civil rights back NOW! That is why I am working hard during this 2008 presidential election because there is one candidate, and only one candidate, who has every intention of undoing these abominations to our citizenship if elected president. His name is Ron Paul. Please check him out at www.ronpaul2008.com. or by calling 877-766-7285.