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Is it Still America?
By Paul Hovik


September 30, 2006

Is it still America when we stand the Constitution on it's head, or ignore it? Or have we, in the immortal words of Pogo, "met the enemy, and he is us."

Is it still the Land of the Free, and Home of the Brave, that so many have died to protect, when we launch preemptive, undeclared wars against sovereign nations, based on flawed intelligence? Or have we become just another form of international terrorist? We support no one, much less our troops, when we turn our backs on the very ideals and principles upon which this country was founded. Yet this is exactly what the latest terror suspects' legal rights legislation does.

Fear and ineptitude have been the hallmarks of the current administration, and our Founding Fathers would be aghast at what we have become. The Imperial Presidency mocks the checks and balances so wisely written into our Constitution, and the American public cowers amid rising gas prices while it blindly acquiesces its own fundamental, inalienable rights.

Oh sure, there are plenty of bad guys out there, and Jack Bauer is still my hero; but we must find a way to balance the policing of the world with the teaching of Peace, lest more and more of the world find ours an example not worth following.

"Gag me with an Olive Branch," you say? "Any idiot can pull a trigger," I say.

Paul Hovik
Ketchikan, AK - USA

Received September 28, 2006 - Published September 30, 2006

About: "Fifty-one year old American citizen."




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