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If I were a true patriot

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2007
Posted in Commentary

If I were truly patriotic I would be demonstrating on our streets and carrying placards calling for the impeachment of President Bush.

How is it that I can stand by while President Bush has amongst many other things:

Violated the United Nations Charter by launching an illegal "War of Aggression" against Iraq using fraud to sell the war to congress.

Violated U.S. and international law by authorizing the torture of hundreds of captives resulting in dozens of deaths.

Violated the constitution by arbitrarily detaining Americans and legal residents without charge and without access to legal council.

Violated U.S. law through widespread wiretapping of Americans without a warrant.

Violated the constitution by using "signing statements" to defy hundreds of laws passed by Congress.

If I were patriotic, I would urge Representative Tim Walz to caucus with the Republicans so we might elect a true Democrat to his seat and not spend any money to get him re-elected.

How is it I can stand by when Rep. Walz:

Voted to grant unprecedented power to our rogue president and made all previously illegal wiretapping legal in direct violation of the 4th amendment of the constitution.

On May 24th he voted to give Bush another 100 billion dollars to spend as he saw fit without restrictions for his war in Iraq. Even worse on May 17th Congress considered a resolution requiring the president to seek Congressional approval before going to war with Iran. Rep. Walz voted against it.

I take the loss of my liberty, very personally and it should be obvious that the world is in a somewhat more dangerous place because of some of Rep. Waltz's votes. I believe Tim Walz to be a very fine man but his voting record scares the daylights out of me. I'm beginning to wonder if our representatives, who vote as described above, collectively have enough chalk in their backbones to whitewash a billiard ball.

I feel I would be doing something Patriotic if I were making an effort to expose those using the "We Support Our Troops" phrase as intimidation and propaganda to gain support for the war in Iraq. There is no certainty what would happen in our absence there, but there is absolute certainty about the result of our presence - escalating deaths on both sides. Our military presence in Iraq is making us less safe, not more so. And the chances that enraged infiltrators will strike us here at home has increased.

Certainly, nearly all of those participating in the "We Support Our Troops" effort are sincere and patriotic; however all of us should be concerned about being used as propaganda pawns.

For me the first step to support our troops, in the only way that word support can have real meaning, is by saving their lives, their limbs, and their sanity by bringing them home.

Neil Haugerud lives in Preston.

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