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Looking at America

2007 December 31
by American

Today the NY Times released an editorial about the ongoing abuses of the Bush administration and the lasting impact of them on America. It begins, “There are too many moments these days when we cannot recognize our country.” It is a lament of proud, patriotic Americans about what has been done to our country since 9/11 in the name of national security.

Looking at America – New York Times

It is a well written piece and summarizes a lot of what I and many of the people in my life feel about our country these days. However, at a couple points, I think it may be too forgiving of the Bush administration and the Republican Congress.

“Out of panic and ideology, President Bush squandered America’s position of moral and political leadership…” I really have a difficult time believing that the administration was in a state of panic when it went about orchestrating a power grab for the President and the executive branch. It seems more that a sense of panic was created for the American populace in order to obfuscate what was really going on, the limiting of civil liberties of Americans. There is no doubt that 9/11 was a tragic moment in American history.  However, the Bush administration very deftly used that tragedy to further its own goals.

“The White House used the fear of terrorism and the sense of national unity to ram laws through Congress…” while damning, neglects the complicity of the Republican controlled Congress in abdicating legislative power of oversight.  For the first 6 years of this administration Bush largely got what he asked for from the Congress. The Republicans fully supported what was going on. Sadly, many Democrats were forced along for the ride with fear of being beaten with claims that they were “soft on terror” in the next election. Not that there was a lot the minority could do against a unified Republican majority determined to consolidate power.

It concludes with a call to action for Americans to elect someone more fit to be President in the upcoming election cycle. While it would be ideal for something to happen before the next President is elected  it is highly unlikely that there will be serious investigations right now. Hopefully, we can get someone who will investigate the abuses of this administration and not just gloss over what has been done to America in a spirit of moving forward. Yes, we need to move forward but we also need to determine the real scope of the damage, expose the abuses that have been kept secret, fix the problems created and hold the responsible parties accountable.

Going into the new year and the presidential election cycle we truly need to focus on what needs to be done to get America back on the right track after the tragic Bush Presidency. We cannot allow the country to continue down its current path.

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