Monday, March 06, 2006

The infinite war

You will note a number of blogs linked in the left hand panel. These are blogs that I regularly read, that you might be interested in. One of the more impactful blogs is the Unclaimed Territory - by Glenn Greenwald. To give you a example of his writing, here is a paragraph from an excellent article on the government trying to prosecute some non-government employees under the Espionage Act, titled "Bush's attacks on press freedoms escalate"

"We somehow managed to get through the 20th Century, win two world wars, and vanquish the Soviet empire without imprisoning journalists who inform Americans of the actions of their government which the government wants to keep secret. But along with the rule of law, due process, and so many other defining American principles, a free press is being thrown overboard in the name of the Administration's claimed inability to fight "The Terrorists" within the system of government we have had for more than 200 years."

This has been the question I have been asking myself for the past few years. This government has used the 'time of war' excuse to break the law, change the law, exploit the country for personal gain, and violate much of what I think America is about. They say the measure of a leader is how he/she acts under pressure, whether they stay true to their values, whether they stay on the high road of morality. Our president has failed this test on nearly every front! The country has failed as well. We should be setting the example for the rest of the world, instead we like bullies. It is our responsibility to speak up, to demand change, to return to our core values, return to being a positive example for the rest of the world. Instead we sit back and watch our values erode, most of us not even paying attention.

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