Our government has become the laughing stock of democracy and yet the reason few people are laughing is because few people realize what democracy really is. The Bush Administration has proven through its hard-right politics and unjustified war in Iraq that the government has gone too far! When our very own Bill of Rights is stepped on we do nothing. How can this be? Our basic rights as free Americans are defended in the first ten amendments of the Constitution and now even they are being either limited or taken away by the government under the false pretense of "national security". I feel that no body of government--not the President, Congress, Senate nor the Supreme Court has the authority to take away our rights as Americans. The U.S. Bill of Rights is our rock as a nation that is unwavering despite the changing policies in American government. The ideals that this country was founded on are infallible; unfortunately, people are not. And so our rights as free Americans should be made intangible to change by politicians with hidden alternative loyalties. From the Patriot Act all the way to the direct and unpunished lies of the Bush Administration that led to this war, we are slowly enslaving ourselves. The current administration had and used the rights appointed to it to install the Attorney General, Supreme Court judges and others but to allow them to interpret, nay, neglect our basic rights they were sworn to protect all in the name of party loyalty, that is treason against the American ideal.
Our patriotism is being put to the test, America! Are we going to let a minority control a majority? Are we going to allow our rights to be taken away in the name of national security? It is that very national security that should be protecting our rights, not taking them away! Are we going to let this administration spread more war and violence in an already increasing rift between us and the rest of the world? If there is anything this war has taught us it is that our government has gotten too comfortable in their Washington beds with pillow cases stuffed with shreds of our Bill of Rights. As Americans we must fight for America at home as well as abroad. We must take back America from the corruption and hold high our Bill of Rights...our Constitution...and in the face of those who would tear them apart and defend them. For nearly 230 years ago, our forefathers gave their lives so that they could give these rights to the people and within two centuries later, our very own government is seeking to become that tyranny in which we fought so passionately against in the Revolution.
Will we stand up for our rights as Americans and fight to reclaim them, protect them and fight all those who oppose them? As an American I say by God we will! The first step, though, in heading in any direction is to open your eyes. The second step is to commit to that direction you have chosen. And the third step is to walk it.