October 28, 2003
Patriotism vs. Politics
The Bush Republicans have been pushing the idea that anyone who opposes their radical Right Wing agenda is somehow not a patriot. The opposite is true. Patriotism in the United States of America should be defined as an adherence to traditional American values, institutions, ways of doing things and our Constitution (especially the Bill of Rights).
Unfortunately, the Corporate Media has been very active spreading the doctrine of Republican Political Correctness that says criticizing the terrible performance of the Bush Republicans in dealing with national security, homeland security and civil liberties is giving aid and comfort to the enemy. This doctrine undermines traditional American values. Criticizing political leaders when their performance sucks is an American duty and not just a Constitutionally protected right.
The Bush Administration is the gang that cannot shoot straight when it comes to performance in office. They are creating a much larger terrorist threat in the Middle East with a failed Iraq policy. They undermined our tradition where we only waged war on nations or groups that attacked America first by invading an Iraq that did not really threaten us. Our leaders traditionally did not lie to the American people in order to take us to war. The Bush Republicans have betrayed the trust of the American people.
Our Constitutionally protected rights defined in the Bill of Rights have been largely cancelled by the Bush Republicans because of the falsely named Patriot Act. The fact that the Bush Administration named this attack on freedom the Patriot Act shows that they are willing to lie about patriotism!
Republican Senate candidates and White House operatives lied about Democratic candidates on issues of patriotism during the 2002 elections. The Vietnam War hero and disabled veteran running in Georgia was falsely tied to Bin Laden in Republican ads in Georgia. He was sadly defeated by these smears. This unkind treatment was from a Georgia Republican Party led by the former Christian Coalition activist Ralph Reed. Was this treatment of a proven Patriot truly Christian, just or patriotic?
The ties between Saudi elements with links to terrorist funding and protectors in the Bush Republican camp are widely documented. The disclosure of the identity of a covert CIA agent for political reasons by Bush operatives is illegal and traitorous. These Republicans are more interested in politics than real patriotism.
This column written by Stephen Crockett and Al Lawrence (hosts of Democratic Talk Radio). Confirmation of copy: call 931-438-1500 or write Democratic Talk Radio, 7A Planville Drive, Fayetteville, TN 37334.
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