I received a message from a “conservative” blogger with whom I exchange occasional e-mails. He supported Bush in the recent spying revelations. Here is what I wrote:
When President Bush says he is only using this capability to monitor “the enemy” is he talking about the same enemy as so many of your colleagues (even inside the White House itself) talk about when they say that Democrats like me are committing treason, aiding the enemy, undermining the war effort, hoping the terrorists win, hating America etc.? Is THAT the enemy he has the NSA monitoring? Perhaps you can understand why some of us aren’t reassured when we hear that “the enemy” is the only target of this. Perhaps we would not be so distrustful if President Bush were to condemn such talk as divisive – at a time when he should be working to bring the country together – rather than send his Vice President to appear on the Limbaugh show or on the same stage as Ann Coulter.
So, seeing as how the Drudge Report has a piece up today mocking Senator Reid for supporting the President after 9/11, we would be much, much happier knowing that there is at least some accountability and oversight in place here – warrants and notification of the Democrats as well as Republicans who lead the House and Senate – besides just asking us to accept the word of the great “uniter, not a divider” President.
I’m sorry if this sounds harsh, but I was listening to Limbaugh this morning. One would think he would be more interested in fighting terrorists than the half of America that I am in.
Please go read this (be patient, it’s Blogger so it can be really slow to come up), and then tell me I shouldn’t be nervous about what is happening. I wrote it in February, but it sure applies to what is happening today. Here is how it ends,
American democracy was built on a system of checks and balances, and mechanisms of oversight and accountability. But the checks and balances and oversight and accountability are being removed. There is no Congressional oversight of this administration, the Justice Department does not investigate its crimes, the Federalist Society judges block all attempts to enforce the laws and the new media is no longer functional. The military acts as an arm of The Party and The Party is firmly in control of the State. The system of controls and protections that was carefully built over the last two centuries was put in place for reasons, by people who learned the lessons of history. I can not think of a time in history when a society left itself so wide open to tyranny from its leadership without it occurring.