Tuesday, December 27, 2005
Interesting. This is written by an American, about American affairs, for a Canadian audience.
A U.S. view: So this is how democracy dies
This is the land of the free and the home of the brave? This is the “democracy” we're killing people to spread around the world?
>by Keith Gottschalk
December 27, 2005
Sorry to interrupt what has been a very entertaining election season in Canada this holiday period, but I regret to inform you that your neighbour's house is on fire.
As reported by Ron Hutcheson of the Knight Ridder new service on Tuesday: A defiant President Bush said he didn't need explicit permission from Congress or the courts to establish a secret domestic surveillance program to eavesdrop on suspected terrorists.
“We've got to be fast on our feet, quick to detect and prevent,” said Bush. “Do I have the legal authority to do so? The answer is, absolutely.”
What this means, I'm afraid, is that a dictatorship is being born on your southern border.
Nothing much to say about this. Go read it; it's good, if depressing. Or rather, read it, print it out, and the next time you encounter someone wringing their hands because they've mistaken Canadian dislike of George W. Bush for anti-Americanism, roll it up and paddle them with it until they stop. It's the only way they'll learn.