Over the past several years it has become apparent that we (Americans) no longer understand what we are, what our history is and who is running the country. It seems also, that we don't really care either. Lets look at some of the headlines recently and see if we are made as hell.
The FBI has spied on over 3500 people using an administrative subpoena called a "National Security Letter" that is issued by the White House. Now I am not against the government checking up on you or me if there is probable cause. But that means that someone has to show a judge that there is reason to check into someone's activities. Without any oversight, the government can check up on anyone without cause, without proof and just because we disagree with that government. It is our right to disagree and to be able to voice that disagreement. When government prevents us from doing so, we become a dictatorship, no better than Franco, Hitler, Stalin, Batista or Saddam. But yet I see no outrage. Maybe its because the press has no spine. What ever happened to the investigative reporting that we used to get? Where are the hard hitting questions that ALL government officers should have to answer. Last time I looked the Declaration of Independence read "We the People" not me the decider. All government employees work for you, at your pleasure, not the other way around.
Karl Rove is again before the Grand Jury to testify. No pressure from the press as to why he has not been relieved of all duty (at least suspended with his security clearance revoked). No hard hitting questions. No polls published on how we the people feel about this issue.
Oil prices hit record levels and the best that Bush can do is suspend environmental regulations to make gasoline. Well to me that is counter productive. Environmental regulations mean that all gasoline is cut with ethanol to make it burn cleaner. Here we have each gallon of gasoline getting 10% ethanol. That means that every 9 gallons we have another gallon of gasoline available to sell. Every 9 million gallons we have almost an extra 1 million to sell. Sounds like that would help keep the cost down. Ethanol is cheap. You make it from corn or other grain just like whiskey or vodka. Maybe if we did not dump that grain on Mexico we could make more gasoline. So where is the great press coverage on this? Oil companies are making more profits than the GDP of most countries. Oil executive make more money in an hour than the average middle class American makes all year.
We are spending $10 billion a week in Iraq. $10 Billion. We could rebuild every school in this country for that kind of money, pay teachers the wages they deserve (after all they are educating our future), and really "leave no child behind" We could rebuild New Orleans with that kind of money and build levees to withstand Cat. 5 hurricanes and fix all the damage that the oil companies have make to the delta that cause the majority of the damage there. We could secure all our ports and inspect every cargo container that come into this country. We could use that money to develop alternative sources of energy so that we don't have to worry about foreign countries threatening to shut off the oil. When will the press investigate this debacle?
Where are the protest marches? Where are the editorials? Where is the opposition party and why are they not voicing their concerns?
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