Last week, Congress eliminated the right of habeas corpus for non-citizens accused of being “enemy combatants,” and, in the same piece of legislation in which they eliminated this, basically permitted the torture of suspected terrorists. This country, quite simply, is out of control, and I don’t even know what to say on this point. This is one of those times where I do truly feel ashamed to be American. “You have no civil liberties if you’re dead,” squawked the NY Daily News, another newspaper that worships Bush because he’s all terra terra terra all the time. There’s another saying that I think is more apt: “Better to die on our feet than live on our knees.” If the Constitution continues to be shredded in this matter, we are in a very real sense “dead already”; all it would take at that point is for a terrorist to just finish the job.
On September 11, 2001, 2,700 innocent people died. It was a horrible day. Yet this nation has gone through a civil war, two world wars, two wars against the British, and wars in Southeast Asia – wars with a higher death toll than that – and somehow managed, up until now, to keep its head on its shoulders. To paraphrase Captain Picard as he described a con artist, “She so thoroughly played on your fears that your people were all but ready to surrender to her.” This country’s collective ignorance, sloth and stupidity has given it, alas, no better than what it deserves. But those who care at all about “getting busy living” instead of “getting busy dying” have been screwed to at the treshold of being beyond the point of recognition.
I weep, and pray, for us.