• LifeandLiberty.gov . . . our government’s latest attempt to try to legitimize the so-called “Patriot Act.”There is much I could say about this (and the Congressmen and Senators who are quoted on this) but to avoid statements of anger (even if I think the DOJ deserves it), let me just say say this…

    I don’t think it is right for Ashcrof’ts DOJ to be in the political lobbying business and it is simply wrong for the DOJ to make pointed attacks on the ACLU, ethical librarians and others (like those pesky attorneys who insist that even terrorist defendatnts deserve a fair trial… kinda like those courageous attorneys who once dared to say that lynching wasn’t right either) who care about liberty so much that they are willing to say that even the government isn’t allowed to violate the Bill of Rights.

    I especially find it ironic to see LifeandLiberty.gov quote at the top of the page in beautiful script those immortal words of the Declaration of Independence…

      We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men…

    What I find even more curious though is how LifeandLiberty.gov stops the quote before what I think is the most significant line of the document…

      … deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…

    Our rights do not come from the government, but rather the government comes from the consent of the people. Something tells me that the DOJ has forgotten this if they are trying to tell The People what to think. LifeandLiberty.gov is a condescending example of how dumb Ashcroft’s DOJ think we really are. They need to remember that The People run the show and not the government, and that the Declaration of Independence was a revolutionary manifesto, not a defense of the status quo. To cite it as a justification for neo-fascism makes you look ignorant IMHO.

  • On a brighter note, read about Dennis Kucinich’s new bill entitled, “The Benjamin Franklin True Patriot Act.” What I love about it is that the bill begins with a quote from Benjamin Franklin…
      Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.