observations from a slightly mad german-american

Friday, February 28, 2003

Unpatriotic!
Unamerican!
Seditionist!
Treasonous!
Traitor!


How often have you heard the right wing SPEW out these names against those opposing the Bush administration's war drive? I have been hearing call after call to arrest and convict protesters using the Sedition Act of 1918. (I will look for a link.)

What is American? Perhaps the principles espoused in the Declaration of Independence? Explain to me how attempting to suppress an individual's expression is not denial of a person's self-evident rights, endowed by his or her Creator, to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

What is a traitor? How about "enemies, foreign and domestic, of the Constitution of the United States of America"? In that case, right-wingers would do well to read the US Constitution. Pay special attention to the Bill of Rights, particularly its statements about free speech. Explain to me how those who would attempt to squash -- by advocating the arrest of protesters under the Sedition Act -- a citizen's consitutional rights are not enemies of the Constiution.

They could also stand to read the arguments made by the framers of the constitution in favor of its adoption, otherwise known as The Federalist Papers.

For more "American" ideals, how about Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address?

Study those, and then perhaps they can come back and tell us what true patriots are.

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