Saturday, August 17, 2002
The year is 1933
I respect Ashcroft's commitment to his faith. I fear him, however, because he has not mastered the separation of church and state required by the Constitition which ironically he is supposed to be protecting as head of teh Justice Department. A scary irony.
Yes, I truly fear him. That's the word. FEAR. By writing this blogger post, am I not also giving aid to terrorists by eroding our national unity with phantoms of lost liberty ?
For this, I could indeed be considered an enemy combatant. And thus, sent to "camps" for indefinite incarceration without access to the courts. All under Ashcroft's vision for America. Benjamin Franklin said that those who choose security over liberty deserve neither - recognizing that security is a threat to liberty. Ashcroft has reversed the sentiment to read, liberty is a threat to security. But nowhere in the founding documents of this country (so often invoked lovingly to justify gun ownership, or the pledge of allegiance) does it read,
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Safety, Security, and the pursuit of Ignorance"
The Department of Justice is methodically being renamed the Ministry of Truth. And maybe it isn't 1984, or 2004, but 1933.