The government no longer serves the people
By Bev Conover
Journal Editor & Publisher
Oct 20, 2006, 01:34
Actually, the government hasn't served the people for a long
time. But now, with a stroke of a pen, George W. Bush wiped out the last
vestiges of the US Constitution, nullifying our democratic republic, and has
all but declared himself dictator. So what are we going to do about it?
Are we going to sit back and hope that the US Supreme Court
will declare the Military Commissions Act of 2006 unconstitutional? A hard
thing to do in the absence of a constitution, i.e., if someone can even bring
the case to the court, given that Bush declared "enemy combatants"
have no rights.
Are we going to cross our fingers and hope that the military
will effect a bloodless coup by marching into the Oval Office, the Executive
Office Building, the Pentagon, the State Department and the Department of
Justice and removing Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice and Gonzales? Doubtful, since
today's so-called patriots, unlike those who risked all in 1776 to declare our
independence from Britain, are not apt to risk their careers, much less their
The Declaration of Independence states that
"Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the
consent of the governed [that's us, folks], --
"That whenever any Form of Government becomes
destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish
it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles
and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to
effect their Safety and Happiness."
From top to bottom, this government has become destructive
not only to us, but the world.
The Declaration goes on, "Prudence, indeed, will
dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and
transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are
more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves
by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of
abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to
reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to
throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
Have we not arrived at "absolute Despotism" with
the Bush administration? Have we not a worthless Congress that has abdicated
its constitutional duty to be a check on the executive and reduced itself to
nothing more than two worthless houses, which are nothing more than expensive
show, by handing over its power to Despot Bush?
How much more abuse will we take; how many have to disappear
into Despot Bush's gulags, how many more of our soldiers will we allow to be
turned into war criminal torturers and murderers before we find our spines and
Kid yourselves not that you can rid us and the world of
these monsters at the ballot box. First, with the easily rigged voting
machines, even if the Democrats take back both houses of Congress, you will
never know if it was with your vote or the actions of the people behind the
curtain who, for whatever reason, want change. Second, even if the Democrats
weren't Republicans Lite, they would need a veto-proof two-thirds majority in both
houses to undue all the hideous legislation the despotic Bush administration
demanded and got. Third, as long as Despot Bush has the military in his pocket,
how likely are the Democrats to undertake impeachment proceedings against Bush
and his whole administration?
And don't count on the Republicans being defeated on Nov. 7,
with your vote or the fixing of the vote. Despot Bush's Rasputin, Karl Rove,
may pull an October Surprise. Another 9-11, anyone?
Finally, if Despot Bush & Co. are allowed to remain in
office, what makes you think they will leave on Jan. 20, 2009?
the people have the power to do what the Declaration tells us we must do, if
only we would exercise it. We don't have to resort to armed rebellion, either.
We can bring the country to a halt with national strikes. A few of those and
the leaders of Congress, be they Democrats or Republicans, will get the
message, march into the White House and tell Bush, Cheney et al that it's over
and hand them over to the US marshals to be, as former Ambassador Joe Wilson
put it, "frog-marched" to the nearest jail cell to await trial for
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