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Democrats, GOP taking our rights

Democrats, GOP taking our rights

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Because of 9/11, President Bush is pushing his “Patriot Act.” It should be called the “Unpatriot Act.” It destroys our right of privacy, our Fourth Amendment right of having to have search warrants before invading our homes.

Here are more examples of lost rights.

No more right to trial by an impartial jury of our peers and no more right of habeas corpus that prevents false arrest.

The government can seize our homes and property through “eminent domain.”

This didn't happen overnight.

People seem to want to blame the Republican Party. We must have short-term memories.

Do we forget President Clinton, one year after the Oklahoma City bombing, signed into law the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act?

terrorism legislation gave the attorney general the power to use the military against citizens which nullified the Posse Commitatus Act of 1878 and also, selectively suspends habeas corpus.

Just as President Bush states, “If you're not for us then you're against us,” President Clinton stated, “There is nothing patriotic about our pretending that you can love your country but despise your government.”

You see, it does not matter Democrat or Republican. These leaders are not true Americans but traitors to the very Constitution that they swore on oath to uphold.

Teddy Roosevelt stated it best on May 7, 1918, “to announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or anyone else.”

Now that the pendulum is swinging back to the Democrat side for the 2008 presidency, will we have Hillary Clinton to put the nails in our coffin of freedom and liberties?

Charles Nicholson

Bloomington

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