Saturday, April 14, 2007

A part of America has died

In my previous post I quoted someone who felt that a part of America had died when Don Imus was fired. I also feel that cherished aspects of America that I had always believed in have died. Here are a few things that I always believed about America that recent events in the news have shown are no longer true:

In America no one is above the law. When state governors are in a vehicle they must obey the same rules of the road as anyone else. Nevermore. Even the President of the United States must comply with a lawful subpoena. Nevermore.

Naturalized citizens have all the rights and privileges of natural born citizens except that they cannot be President. Citizens can only lose their citizenship as the result of being convicted in a court of law of a very serious crime such as treason. Nevermore.

The federal government of the United States consists of three co-equal branches of government. Each branch acts as a check on and balance to the other two branches. Nevermore.

The United States is committed to democracy both at home and abroad. At home the government is committed to holding free and fair elections in which everyone with a legal right to vote has an opportunity to do so. Nevermore. In our dealings with other countries we always encourage democracy and in struggles between democracy and totalitarianism we always side with freedom and democracy. Nevermore.

The United States government does not "disappear" people into secret prisons, does not engage in torture and respects human rights. Nevermore.

People who serve in the armed forces are honored and valued by our government. Nevermore. Our wounded veterans receive the best medical care a grateful country can provide. Nevermore.

The Geneva Conventions represents the consensus of the civilized world about how detained people should be treated. The United States is part of the civilized world. Nevermore.

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