Monday, June 25, 2007

This July 4th - A Real Declaration of Independence

Bush's Racial Politics At Home and Abroad

Time for a New Declaration of Independence

There has not been an Administration in recent memory that has stood for so little of what we hold to be self-evident American truths.
Our Declaration of Independence, the founding document of our Republic, declares that there are certain unalienable rights and that it is the responsibility of government to protect, preserve, and promote these rights. However, in the words of its signers,

"when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a design to reduce [a people to life] under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."

The young men and women who are now parked in the desert sands of Iraq, appear to have been subjected to deceit by the Bush Administration.
One of the first Executive Orders signed by our President after declaring the War on Terrorism was to deny our young service men and women their much needed and deserved high deployment overtime pay. As our young troops and their families deal with the hardships of deployment for years on end, they won't get the overtime pay that they were promised and counted on getting.
In addition to that, we still have over 160,000 veterans from the George Bush's Daddy's Gulf War who have not been adequately treated for their ailments and toxic exposures when they were sent to fight in 1991. And moreover, as a result of several complaints and lawsuits filed against the government by our veterans of the First Gulf War, health screenings were supposed to be given to each and every soldier currently being sent to Iraq. This time to avoid the excuse that the health conditions were pre-existent. These health screenings were put in place by law to protect our soldiers in the theatre of battle.

But then when we look at the homeless veterans of Bush's Daddy's Gulf War, we shouldn't be surprised at any of the broken promises made to our young men and women of the military.
However, we should be outraged at this Administration's failure to keep its promises.
The next issue is even why are they over there? We've read the reports that their families want them home now.

It is clear that this Administration of Bush, Cheney, Powell, Rumsfeld, and Rice has failed to protect, preserve, and promote the fundamental rights of the American people. Indeed, it tramples them and makes our lives more insecure.
In 1776 it was King George III whose rule consisted of a long train of abuses and usurpations that amounted to absolute despotism. Today, after having suffered through George Bush the Father, we are now forced to endure George Bush the Son.
Who among us will place their John Hancock on a declaration that now we must, under the most arduous of circumstances, begin that great effort to remove George Bush from office because his administration has become abusive and utterly despotic?
I sign my name in full confidence that now is our time.

Cynthia McKinney served in congress from 1992 to 2002. This is the text of her July 12, 2003 speech to Independent Progressive Politics Network University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Weekend Edition Features for July 12/13, 2003

... The Bush Administration and the criminally complicit media drones have done everything in their power to discredit McKinney, one of the few voices who has called
Cheney on the fact that both Halliburton and Dyncorp are involved in the sex slave trade (with children).

This independence day let's be free at last - arrest Bush, Cheney, and the sorry lot of scapegoating cowards who placed them in office. Then roll back all appointments made by this corrupt, sordid gang of thugs and dead enders.


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