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I’m leaving it. 

I decided that a couple of years ago.

I haven’t changed my mind. 

What happened to the Constitution?  Aren’t we supposed to represent everything good and noble in this world?  I think poor George Washington would be figuratively turning over in his grave right now.  After the immense amount of effort our founding fathers put into this country, it’s already falling apart after only 200 years. 

Historians always compare us to the Roman Empire.

Well, there is one major difference here.

They lasted for over a thousand years. 

We’re dying after only two hundred.

Don’t get me wrong.  We’ll last a lot longer, gas prices notwithstanding.  They just went up last week in my area to an average of $3.35 a gallon, btw.  It’s just that everything we stand for— freedom, equality, justice for all, the right to pursue life, liberty, and the pursuit of happines–you know, the things we take for granted–are being twisted and corrupted and killed by our lovely “representatives” in Washington D.C.  They say we have freedom of speech, but why do we keep hearing stories of people being arrested–like the story of the schoolteacher being arrested for wearing a Kerry pin? 

Equality?  Don’t even go there.  How many people can you actually name that went from rags-to-riches?  Bill Gates doesn’t count.  His family was already rich.  He dropped out of school because he had something better going on, not because he was a slacker. 

Enough of my ranting.  The point is, I can’t live in this country with a clear conscience while our President vetoes a ban on waterboarding, takes money away from schools to give it to the “War on Terrorism,” and sinks this country further and further into debt and the big “R” word–recession.  It’s going to happen, people.  Home foreclosures?   Interest rates?  Gas prices?  Plummeting stock market?  National debt? Corrupt government officials?

And look at who wants to play the President game for the next four-eight years.  They’re all the same.  It doesn’t matter who you vote for.  One might be more annoying to listen to than another.  Maybe we should vote on how nice their voices are; after all, we have to listen to it for the next four years.  We might as well make things a little easier on ourselves. 

So don’t vote for Hilary.  She’s got the most annoying voice I’ve ever heard.  On the other hand, we could get makeup advice from her during the State of the Union address.  “State of the Union Address 2009: How to Apply Mascara.”

Huh.  Sorry if I’ve offended anyone.  Just had to get my point out there.  Everyone should be entitled to their opinion, no matter how stupid it is.  So thanks for listening.  Tell me what you think.  Are we turning corrupt?  Are we undermining the Constitution?  I’m not talking about just George Bush, but the entire government, the entire nation.  What is happening to us?



Apparently just because he only has a few months left in office, our very own President Bush has decided that he can do whatever the hell he wants.  Not that anything has ever really slowed him down, but this in particular pisses me off.

He has openly declared, by vetoing this bill, that he condones torture.  this is America!  Aren’t we supposed to stand against that kind of thing?  What kind of image is he projecting to the world by doing this?  It’s been on the news all day.

My father and I got into a bit of a tiff earlier about this, in fact.  He said, “Good.  At least they’re doing something.  If they get information from those people it’s worth it.”
I was a little upset.  First, torture doesn’t mean that the people that they’re interrogating are telling the truth.  Think about it.  If you’re under torture, are you going to tell the truth, or are you going to tell your torturers what they want to hear?

Secondly, a lot of people that they interrogate don’t have anything to do with terrorist activities.  They can just pick someone up out of the countryside in Iraq and label hi ma terrorist if they so feel like it.  Not that that is particularly happening, although I’m sure it has, but it’s possible.

Third, torture is just wrong.  How can you do something like that to another living being?  No matter what someone’s done, they shouldn’t be tortured.  Other human beings don’t have any kind of a right to do that to anyone.  Who’s judgement call is it?  On who’s shoulders does the blame lie?

If you think waterboarding isn’t torture, think again.  Go look it up online.  Heck, go try it if you’re so sure that it isn’t torture.  Maybe you’ll change your opinion .

Well, there are my thoughts on the matter.  This was a despicable action on Bush’s part, and although over these eight years I’ve done my best to be fair-minded and give him a fighting chance, this is the straw that broke the proverbial camel’s back.  It’s a bad political move, a bad move for the morale of our country, and a bad personal move.  He couldn’t have made a worse decision if he’d tried.


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