I'm beginning to get worried here. The state of basic rights guaranteed to all Americans is dire. The main right being trampled on here is freedom of speech, and, as current events will tell you, things have only gotten worse since the Patriot Act was passed. Just recently there's been a rash of free speech infringements...first, Howard Stern was kicked off the air, then Sinclair Broadcasting yanked that episode of Nightline, then George Bush wouldn't let journalists publish photos of American soldiers' coffins to preserve their dignity, then Secret Service agents questioned a 15 year old boy for his anti-war drawings, and now Michael Moore's new anti-Bush film won't be distributed by Disney. This has all happened in one month.
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And don't let me forget this one. Not too long ago, the FBI got rid of a piece of legislation passed in 1976 limiting the amount of privacy alotted to the average American.
What the hell is going on?
Seriously. Whether you oppose Bush's policies or not, or if you are conservative or liberal, is not an issue here. These are basic freedoms that all Americans should be guaranteed. The government is just stepping all over them, and Americans are too caught up in the series finale of a fucking TV show to notice or care.
These are the ideals that our much-hallowed Forefathers fought for.
These are the fucking cornerstones of America!
I remember thinking shortly after 9/11 that the resulting terrorism witch hunt would be the downfall of America's freedoms. This was when a poll issued by the government showed that most Americans said they would sacrifice some of their personal freedoms for safety against terrorists. What a grave mistake.
Am I not the only one who saw the government using the "terrorist" label as a facade to weed out dissenters coming from a mile away?
Ben Franklin once said that "Those who give up liberty for the sake of security deserve neither liberty nor security." And he was absolutely right. I just wish the American people would realize that.
I'm truly afraid of what the future holds. Bush's policies have made most of the world unsympathetic to anything that should happen to America. I shudder to think of another four years with Bush, but the prospect of Kerry in office doesn't give me much hope either. He's often been referred to as the same jerk in a different suit. And to top all of that off, if there's any truth to what the Muslim expert freegy invterviewed( I suggest you read the article while its still on the front page of lit.org) has said, tyrannical politicians aren't the only concern of the future.