Letters to the Editor

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

September 12, 2004

Our Constitution should be respected

Sept. 17 is Constitution Day and the beginning of Constitution Week. Westminster Mayor Kevin Dayhoff is issuing a proclamation that will remind citizens of the importance of this historic day.

Especially important is Amendment I in the Bill of Rights (the first 10 amendments to the Constitution) which states, "The Powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution nor prohibited by it to the States are reserved to the States respectively or to the people."

The President and all other government officials take an oath to "preserve and protect" the U.S. Constitution.

As former Chief Justice of Alabama Roy Moore, has stated, "The major political parties in this nation right now are not concentrating on the Constitution because so many have lost sight of what the Constitution is all about. It's about God and it's all about restriction of power, not the obtaining of power."

Everyone should certainly be concerned about the education of their children. The national scholastic scores in the public schools dropped off after the U.S. Department of Education was created. Where in the Constitution does it state that our government has the power to create a Department of Education? The same goes for the Department of Energy, Environment, and a myriad of other agencies. Where in the Constitution does it state that there must be a "separation of church and state"?

Who has the sole power to declare war? Article I section 8 states that the U.S. Congress has the power to declare war, not an international body such as the corrupt United Nations.

When we disobey the rules, we find ourselves in trouble. Our leaders are not obeying the rulebook, the Constitution, and we are in deep trouble.

As Thomas Jefferson said, "Put not your trust in the goodness of man but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution."

Ruth Shriver

Westminster

13 reasons to vote against George W.

In response to Cal Thomas' contribution to The Sun, I'm stating why I hate George W. Bush. Let me count the ways.

1. In the 2000 election, thousands of voters were turned away in Florida from the ballot box, due to discrepancies in the registered voter log. (His brother Jeb is governor of Florida).

2. In George W.'s State of the Union speech, preparing the nation for the Iraq conflict, he said, " ... Remember 9/11 ... .", purposefully connecting Iraq and that horrible terrorist action. He knew Saddam had nothing to do with Osama Bin Laden, who is funded by Saudi money.

3. In the three days following the 9/11 tragedy, the only planes authorized to leave the country carried Saudi officials and Bin Laden's family members.

4. The Patriot Act was passed; the most intrusive, government-based legislation that strips all privacy rights from any and every individual in the U.S.

You only have to "be suspected" of subversive anti-government acts, (without any evidence) to be detained. And you won't be allowed access to a phone, a lawyer, or any contact with the outside world.

5. The Homeland Security Act was also passed, which includes a little-known passage stating that the President, or his chief health officer, can direct every citizen to be inoculated as a precaution or to be immunized against a biological threat. The military or police force can ... be used to complete this directive.

6. The Guantanamo Bay Camp was built by Halliburton (Vice President Cheney was chief executive officer from 1995 to 1999). It was built in Cuba because "enemy combatants" could be imprisoned as long as deemed necessary by the U.S. without being formally charged. Since the prisoners are not "prisoners of war", the Geneva Convention not the U.S. Constitution can protect them.

7. George W.'s regime side-stepped NATO, and the actual rules of military engagement, in its haste to bomb Iraq. There are several "rules" that have to apply before NATO will authorize a war. One is the recognition of an "imminent threat," which Iraq was not at that time.

NATO was created as an alliance between many countries after WWII, so superpowers and lesser countries wouldn't arbitrarily declare war on each other.

8. President Bush was quoted as saying Jesus is his No. 1 influence in his life. Hypocrite! Jesus would never condone dropping 3,000+ bombs in the first 24 hours. Bush's weapons of mass destruction killed military personnel, as well as innocent civilians, and cats and dogs, too.

9. George's regime has an atrocious environmental record. The Clean Air Act was gutted, to make it easier for coal-fired plants to comply. Forestry management was turned over to the lumber industry, and they want to cut down ancient trees in the Tongass National Forest because they're worth more as furniture.

His cronies scoffed at the idea of "global warming," although the Pentagon released research this year, pointing out the truth of the matter.

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