Sunday, January 22, 2006

Last Thursday, Cheney called the CIFA (the Pentagon's Domestic Spying program) program "vital" to the country's defense against Al Qaeda. "Either we are serious about fighting this war on terror or not," he said in a speech to the Manhattan Institute, a conservative think tank.

Right, because we all know that Quakers, Catholic Workers, Greenpeace, peace activists, and those protesting Halliburton are all tied to Al Qaeda. We all know that these groups viciously bombed churches and trains in America and Britain. We all know that they've secretly set up an AIM connection with Osama Bin Laden plotting on taking over the United States.

Face it, everyone. This is Big Brother, 1984 style. George Orwell could not have dreamed that the United States of all places, you know that beacon of hope and liberty with its democratic experiment that has gone on for 200+ years would be his Oceania. We in America are taught that we must love Bush and stand by him no matter what. If we don't, we are asked such questions as "What's more important? Your path to Jesus Christ or your hatred of the president?" We are then persecuted if we are Christian by those who would like to equate Christian duty and faithfulness to an overwhelming, unquestioning support of the Man of God or God's Chosen One. We are told that God specifically chose Bush to lead our nation and to establish a Christian state by freeing America from the "godless" liberals who stand in the way of allowing America to finally achieve its so-called "Christian heritage" because the founding fathers would have wanted it this way.

Anyone who is deemed to oppose Bush is declared an enemy of the state. Sure, Karl Rove may in his speeches to right-wing think tanks say that Democrats may not be necessarily unpatriotic but they are wrong. Nonetheless, the Litterboxites aren't interested in bipartisanship in general and would like nothing more to destroy all opposition. Why else would they spy on peaceful groups that have a left-wing agenda? Anyone who supports domestic spying without a warrant for no better purpose than to spy on your political opponents in the name of fighting terrorism is un-American and does not deserve America. America was founded upon principles of liberty and freedom, we fought against the concept of Divine Right of Kings, we fought against the very concept of a monarchy to the point where we forbid any American citizen from taking on a title of nobility. We fought against oppressive regimes that sanctioned one form of religion while persecuting the others.

Anyone who goes hiding under their beds afraid that terrorists are hiding everywhere unless Bush can spy on us does not deserve America. While their fear is understandable after the horrible tragedy and trauma of the 9/11 attacks, it does not mean we should sacrifice our principles as a nation. Did not Bush say that the terrorists hate us for our freedoms? Well he's done a good job in allowing the terrorists to win by curbing our constitutional rights, mainly the right to free speech. Bush has already surrendered to the terrorists if his logic is correct and he is the defeatist, not the Democrats.

The Treaty of Tripoli of 1797 states

As the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion, - as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Musselmen, - and as the said States never have entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mehomitan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries

Yet the Religious Right would like you to believe that godless liberals later altered the treaty and inserted the words, thus lying to the American people. Treaties are defined as being the Supreme Law of the land. The First Amendment thus states, "Congress shall make NO law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances." Yet, this is held by the Religious Right to be the first attempts of being "politically correct." In fact, I bet there are some that think that that phrase in the Constitution is part of a vast left-wing conspiracy to oppress Christians and persecute them. I bet there are some that believe that liberals altered the Constitution and added those words.

Bush is nothing more than a false idol to whom the Religious Right has pinned its high hopes on. They believe that he will usher in the era where America returns to its Christian roots, where their standards of morality become law to which everyone no matter what their beliefs are, are subject to. Understanding that the American people are either intellectually lazy or busy with work and their lives to pay attention and to think for themselves, the Religious Right appeals to our basest emotions: hatred and fear to further their agenda, which is ironic considering Jesus preached a gospel of peace and love. Bush understands this and that's why he keeps his rhetoric simple whether it's protecting marriage or "Bring 'em on" while Democrats like Al Gore insist on writing dissertations in their speeches, hereby turning the American public off as they distrust intellectuals for being "elitist."

There is a reason that Bush hasn't delivered any significant victory to the Religious Right. Their issues and goals are just not his top priority. It has been over a year since the 2004 elections and there has been no progress on the amendment banning gay marriage, which religious conservatives believe is the most important thing at hand. Sure, Bush may have nominated judges that are sympathetic to the Religious Right's platform but they are corporate whores above all. The reason he chose Alito was not primarily that he'll work to overturn Roe v. Wade but that Alito believes in the Unitary Executive in which the president can function like a dictator who is accountable to no one.

Those in the Religious Right are useful idiots to the corporations as they can be counted upon to support the Republican Party no questions asked. Corporations don't care about whether gays can get married or not, they don't care about abortion or stem-cell research. They only care about ending government regulation and avoiding taxes by finding tax loopholes and shelters. However, they realize that not everyone supports their deregulation agenda so they have to work with a Trojan Horse and that is the Religious Right.

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