- Supporters and apologists for President G.W. Bush will
often assail my assertion that the Bush administration has done more to
dismantle constitutional protections of our liberties than any president
in modern memory. It seems that these people believe that until federal
Storm Troopers knock down the doors of their homes and drag them off to
the gulags, they have lost no freedoms. Nothing could be further from the
- If history is any teacher, it instructs us in the incremental
process that elitists use to implement their totalitarian agenda. The first
step is to use an incessant, highly orchestrated propaganda. For all practical
purposes, the major media in the United States is providing that propaganda.
At the national level, there is hardly any investigative journalism going
on. Instead, the national press corps has become little more than lazy
lackeys for the White House.
- The second step is to lay the foundation for totalitarianism
by passing legislation that may later be used against the citizenry. And
that is exactly what the Bush administration has very successfully accomplished.
It very adroitly succeeded where the Clinton administration failed.
- For example, most conservatives would be surprised to
learn that the Patriot Act and Department of Homeland Security was the
brainchild of one William Jefferson Clinton. However, a recalcitrant Republican
Congress denied Clinton the opportunity to implement these plans. Of course,
with the Republican, G.W. Bush, serving as President, that same Republican
Congress was all too eager to pass these bills into law.
- The third step is to demonize and marginalize anyone
and everyone who opposes the government's plans and ambitions. Such opponents
are characterized as "unpatriotic," "obstructionist,"
"uncompassionate," or even "ungodly." Once again, the
Bush minions have very skillfully done just that. Anyone who dares to oppose
or even question Bush must be regarded as enemies of America or even as
enemies of God.
- Of course, the last step is to begin using the power
and force of government to physically silence or remove those who are determined
to require such treatment. And, as Germany's National Socialists proved,
by the time this happens, there is no one around who is capable of coming
to the assistance of such people.
- For those who are willing to objectively analyze Bush's
actions and policies, the truth is clearly seen: this President has systematically
put in place laws, policies, and bureaucracies that can, are, and will
continue to strip the American citizenry of the constitutional protections
of their liberties.
- Following are examples of freedoms which President Bush
and his fellow Republicans in Congress have already expunged (as reported
by the Associated Press):
- FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION: Government may monitor religious
and political institutions without suspecting criminal activity to assist
- FREEDOM OF INFORMATION: Government has closed once-public
immigration hearings, has secretly detained hundreds of people without
charges, and has encouraged bureaucrats to resist public records questions.
- FREEDOM OF SPEECH: Government may prosecute librarians
or keepers of any other records if they tell anyone that the government
subpoenaed information related to a terror investigation.
- RIGHT TO LEGAL REPRESENTATION: Government may monitor
federal prison jailhouse conversations between attorneys and clients, and
deny lawyers to Americans accused of crimes.
- FREEDOM FROM UNREASONABLE SEARCHES: Government may search
and seize Americans' papers and effects without probable cause to assist
- RIGHT TO A SPEEDY AND PUBLIC TRIAL: Government may jail
Americans indefinitely without a trial.
- RIGHT TO LIBERTY: Americans may be jailed without being
charged or being able to confront witnesses against them.
- These rights have already been lost! Whether individual
Americans have been personally subjected to the resultant tyranny or not
doesn't change the fact that they have already lost these freedoms! This
fact, alone, should be enough for any studious lover-of-liberty to be outraged.
- That good citizens are compliant and unconcerned regarding
G.W. Bush's propensity to trample constitutional freedoms bespeaks a great
ignorance or a great apathy, or both.