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by Jim Hightower
FOR BIRD FLU?
William O. Douglas wrote: "Just as
nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances
there is a twilight. And it is in such twilight that we all must be aware of
change in the air however slight lest we become unwilling victims of the
He could have been describing the oppressive tendencies of the
Bushites. They never miss a chance to try slipping America's thin rug of
democracy out from under us by enhancing executive power at the expense of our
nation's historic democratic principles. Their latest tug at the rug comes in
the guise of responding to of all things the possibility of an outbreak of bird
George W himself is asserting that this possibility is reason enough
for congress to bestow upon him the power to use America's military to enforce
domestic order in essence, to impose martial law on our own people! "I think the
president ought to have all options on the table, all assets on the table to be
able to deal with something this significant," says George.
George, we know what a thinker you are, but the Big Thinkers who founded our
democratic republic knew that using soldiers for civilian law enforcement is an
inherent danger to liberty. That's why a fundamental tenet of American law is to
ban the military from a police role on U.S. soil.
But, say the Bushites
with a wink, we're talking about a "catastrophe" in which the Pentagon would be
the only agency with the money and personnel to respond. They wink because they
know that they've been enthusiastic anti-government ideologues defunding and
degrading our public health service, which is the proper channel for coping with
a national health emergency.
This is Jim Hightower saying... Hey, George
instead of asserting autocratic executive power and trying to militarize
America, do your job by revitalizing our country's public health system... while
also protecting our democratic principles.
"Bush military bird flu role slammed," www.cnn.com, October
"US Mulls Federal Troops for Bird Flu Quarantine," www.truthout.org,
"Bush wants right to use military if bird flu hits,"
Reuters, October 4, 2005.
(c) 2005, Copyright - Saddleburr Productions, Inc. Reprinted
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Posted December 05, 2005
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