Changing America for The Good of All

Posted on 05/06/2007. Filed under: bush regime, edwards for president. 2008 elections, john edwards, religious right, Republicans, separation of church and state |

America has never been perfect and most likely never will be. We have seen things happen in the last six that I never thought I would see happen in America. I have seen a President believe that lying to Americans was a noble thing. I have seen the Constitution abused and many Civil Liberties stripped away at the whim of a Political Party which seems to only care for the Rich, Religious or Bigoted. I have watched Legalized Discrimination written into many State Constitution and watched a President break his oath of Office by asking for the same discrimination to be written into the U. S. Constitution. I have watched the Religious Right and Ultra Conservatives try to change our America into a Theocracy and rule by their narrow interpretation of the Bible instead of by the Constitution and Laws of the land. They have taken everything our Founding Fathers worked hard to build and in six have almost completely destroyed it. This is not the America I want to live in or have my great-nice grow up to inherit.

I know people will try and say the Founding Fathers did not mean complete separation of church and state. Well, let’s just look at a few quotes from our Founding Fathers. In 1785, President James Madison said “What influences in fact have ecclesiastical establishments had on Civil Society? In some instances they have been seen to erect a spiritual tyranny on the ruins of the Civil authority; in many instances they have been seen upholding the thrones of political tyranny: in no instance have they been seen the guardians of the liberties of the people. Rulers who have wished to subvert the public liberty, many have found an established Clergy convenient auxiliaries. A just government instituted to secure and perpetuate it needs them not.“ In 1822, Madison added, “I have no doubt that every new example will succeed, as every past one has done, in shewing that religion and Government will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together.”

Add to this the comment made in 1788 by President John Adams: “ Although the detail of the formation of the American governments is at present little known… It will never be pretended that any persons employed in that service had interviews with the gods, or were in any degree under the influence of Heaven… it will forever be acknowledged that these governments were contrived merely by the use of reason and the sense.” Adams signed the Treaty of Tripoli, which stated, “The Government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion.”

I found these quotes in Jon B. Eisenberg’s book “Using Terri.” I recommend the book highly to everyone. I suggest that the religious right do some research on religion and government and remember that many of the first settlers moved here to avoid religious persecution by governments in Europe who abused people because they did not follow the State Religion. I believe in Freedom of Religion but not when Religion tries to take over the government or force their narrow views on America. The last time religion and government were mixed so much in America they burned witches in Salem. Is that where we are headed again?

President Bush swore the following oath not once but twice.

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

When he asked for a National Amendment to write discrimination against Gays and Lesbians into the Constitution, he broke his oath of office and should have been removed immediately. I know the religious conservatives do not accept or agree with Gay Marriage and that is their right. They do not have the right to write laws or their religious beliefs into the constitution or any law of the land.

President Bush’s conservative views on Gay Marriage are based on his religious and personal beliefs and have nothing to do with building a better America or redressing wrongs to people who have been discriminated against for centuries. It has everything to do with appeasing the ultraconservative base of the Republican Party. Do we really want a World Leader who will legalize discrimination of any kind to appease religious leaders? I do not think so. What will he sell to the highest bidder next? Worse yet, what will the Republican Party sell to the highest bidder just to win an election?

The Patriot Act that was passed by Congress after 9/11 is the worst law that has been ever passed in America and has been abused by all levels of the government since it was passed. The FBI and CIA have admitted spying on any group who opposed the war, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” or even groups formed to stop anti gay amendments in different states. Does this sound like the Land of the Free? No it sounds very much like Nazi Germany.

As depressing as this all sounds, there are things we as Americans can do to change things. We can work to elect Quality Candidates into office. No longer can we accept the status quo or allow someone who is elected to run rough shod over Americans and American Civil Liberties. We have to hold our elected officials accountable for their actions. Just because they have been elected does not make them perfect. They can be replaced. We also have to speak out against injustice of any kind and save America from the people who are so willing to destroy it for personal or religious gain.

It is time for all Americans to work together to move America in a new Direction. That direction needs to be one which embraces Equal Rights for All People, guarantees personal autonomy when it comes to health issues, preserves American Civil Liberties for All Americans, and abolished the abuse of power and rights that has been some rampant under the Bush Regime.

I am doing what I can to assist in this by working as a volunteer for the John Edwards campaign and will be selecting local candidates to support not only in State but National elections. I will continue to contact the elected officials in Congress not only in Washington but also in Texas when I see them moving in a direction which is intended to hurt the American People. I will not go quietly. I will fight to preserve America and leave the Land of the Free for my great-niece and future generations. Will you join me in this fight?

In the words of JFK:
“And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.

My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man. “


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