What happened to my country?
I read in the paper this morning and online that the House passed the new detainee legislation and the fact that it will become law is nearly an inevitable conclusion. In it, people are segregated into a group who no longer possess the rights that the Constitution of this great nation has said belong to ALL people. Torture, the denial of the right to a speedy trial, the refusal for self-representation, refusal to allow access to all evidence for defendants, and the allowance of hear-say and coerced testimony are all within this bill, supported no less even by those like John McCain who have experienced first-hand just what the lack of human rights brings.
Where has my country gone? Why has it left the hollowed hills of freedom and inalienable human rights that were bought with the blood of true patriots? Why is the right to dissent, a right designated by Jefferson as integral to the health of a democracy, curtailed at every opportunity?
I'm tired. When more people today believe Iraq had WMD's than they did before this atrocity of a war, when any act is supported by the majority if it means securing the illusion of security, what place do those of us who ask for decent rational conversation have in this country? What is the point of ranting to a people who are more concerned with the next football game than if their government is torturing their fellow human beings?
I don't know the answer to those questions. Maybe one of you does. I simply can't help but hope that I die before the full horror of where we are going comes upon us; when the "shining city upon the hill" that this nation promised to be becomes nothing more than a monument to ignorance and fear.
I wept today for the loss of our honor. Would the cleansing of the blood on our hands be so easily washed away.
Every one of your relationships to man and to nature must be a definite expression of your real, individual life corresponding to the object of your will. -Erich Fromm