Friday, December 22, 2006

Those "Oldies but Goodies..."

While cleaning up my files, I stumbled upon the below piece from January, 2004, from another turning point in our history, which is timely in an eerie sort of way:

Cheney and Clan--- Regime Change
Whether we agree with the war in Iraq or not, the soldiers have nothing to do with our going over there. Halliburton, Dick Cheney, and the reincarnation of “contract for America” (i.e. oil contracts) are what are behind this fiasco.

It’s sad that even one drop of blood has been shed to make the fat cats even fatter. The only thing sadder is the thought that some people still don’t know where their bread is buttered. Working people, in this country, who vote Republican vote for Cheney, Halliburton, and those interests that keep wealth squarely in the hands of the upper 1% of the population.

This administration has consistently put the rights of the unborn over those of the living. A vote for Bush/Cheney is a vote to return to the days when serfs slaved away for the lords of the manor. Can we afford four more years that take us back 400 more? Can we afford to show the same contempt for posterity that infects the tribe currently running Washington, D.C. I think not. I think too much blood has already been shed to keep the class system firmly in place in a nation founded on opportunity. I think too many lives have already been lost, and are being lost daily, to preserve and protect those civil liberties, and first amendment rights, John Ashcroft and George W. Bush are now working sedulously to jeopardize at best, if not eliminate.

If the Constitution becomes a victim of conspicuous consumption like an outdated software program, the service of those soldiers who have fought, and continue to fight, to protect and preserve those liberties at the heart of democracy have been violated. As
citizens of this great nation, we need to show the same disdain for those who violate our first amendment rights as we do for those who rape our children; to do otherwise is to make a mockery of our political system, and our system of jurisprudence.

This is no time for political banter or diatribe. This is the time to act, and act swiftly, before the notion of a representative democracy becomes an anachronism. Never before, in our history, have the lines of demarcation been more pronounced. Never before have the stakes been higher. If Thomas Jefferson was right, and to maintain a democracy would require a revolution every twenty years, then it’s time for regime change in Washington. It’s time to make our votes count again, and to vote Cheney and clan, and their “Patriot Act” out; to do otherwise will look, to generations hence, like an act of sedition.

Jayne Lyn Stahl
January 24, 2004
Los Angeles, California