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Bush's paranoia denies freedom


During the American Revolution, the British government called us traitors and terrorists. We certainly weren't terrorists, but the founders of the United States were traitors to England. Two of my blood relatives, who were soldiers in George Washington's army, died at Valley Forge in the winter of 1777, and in that context, I am proud that the blood of traitors runs through my veins.

Since Sept. 11, 2001, fear and paranoia have driven our government policy. George Bush is probably the most paranoid president in the history of our country. Like Esau of the Old Testament, President Bush has been willing — even eager — to sell our birthright of freedom and justice for all for a bowl of soup he calls security.

Larry Brown


Constitution forbids usurpation


For days now, reports have filtered out regarding President Bush spying on American citizens without a warrant. This news is a prime example of why it is so important for people to remember the United States of America is not a democracy. We are a Constitutional Republic, which means the Constitution is the supreme law of the land.

According to this document, any powers not expressly given to the federal government are forbidden it. Nowhere does it grant the resident of the White House the authority, for any reason, to circumvent the Bill of Rights. By that same token, the Constitution gives Congress neither the authority to vote away our rights, nor the power to delegate its authority to others, such as when it voted to hand all war-making decisions to the president.

No matter how many of our rights the federal government takes from us, it cannot guarantee our safety. And, no offense meant, but anyone who says it can is either a liar or a fool.

When I was a child, tales of domestic spying, as well as torture and secret evidence used in secret courts against people who were secretly snatched off the streets, were the type of stories used to show us just how bad it was in the Soviet Union. Who would have dreamed that 40 years later, I would hear members of my own government defend these very tactics? I beg the fourth estate, especially THE DECATUR DAILY, to stand up and say, "No more" while they still can.

Joey Bennich


Bush-haters undermine military


I guess in my last letter to the editor, I didn't make my point clear enough, if the ensuing spate of responses is any indication.

I am not defending war, or even this president, even though I am a Republican. I am against war, and President Bush is a big boy. He can take care of himself.

My problem is that the Democratic left and the liberal news media have taken their hatred of this president to alarming heights, and it is undermining the morale of our military. Can you imagine being in Iraq, doing your job, and hearing Howard Dean ranting, "We cannot win this war"? Well, that would inspire me to "be all I can be."

This is what happened to all our soldiers in Vietnam, and I'm darned if it happens again.

The biggest compliment I received for my letter was from a Vietnam Veteran and his wife. They loved it. 'Nuff said!

And no, Mr. White, that would have been Mr. Clinton during his tenure in the White House. He "scored" on many fronts.

Pamela H. Milligan


Evolution requires starting point


Re: front page, Dec. 21.

The evolutionists need something for a starting point.

For something to evolve, there must first be a something.

Who or what made the something?

Jane Bradford


Illegal aliens threaten future


Illegals are taking over the city of Decatur. They have no regard for our rules of safety on our highways and most do not even have a driver license or insurance. Our schools are being overrun with children who cannot speak English and the taxpayers have to pay for extra personnel to interpret the English language, which results in extra burdens on them.

Many of the local populace believe their voices are not being heard in Washington. They cannot understand why the Immigration and Naturalization Service is not enforcing the laws when illegals are caught committing crimes. We need a law in this country that would keep illegals from ever being able to become a citizen of the United States once they are caught entering the country illegally. This might help to deter the flood of illegals and cut down on the crime rate.

It would be a shame if our children and grandchildren could not have a secure future in our great state that believes in enforcing the rules of law written by our forefathers.

Charles Turner


U.S. border needs a fence


This letter regards the Lupian case. Only in America would the Immigration and Naturalization Service say it is too busy to deal with an illegal Mexican immigrant who broke state law by driving under the influence and federal law by being in this country in the first place. In almost any other country, such a person would be sent home expeditiously in the best-case scenario, or would rot in jail until authorities dealt with the person in the worst-case scenario. As a country, we might as well send a message advertising for illegals from anywhere to show up and set up camp, telling them to do as they please while they are here. Not that I am saying we are sending a message to the contrary at the moment.

We must not react to this outcome with the apathy that has put us in this predicament in the first place. We must flood our senators' and representatives' offices with letters of justified outrage regarding the overall immigration situation in this country. We must demand that the birthright citizenship law be retracted, so illegals will no longer be able to have a child here and be eligible for citizenship. We must demand there be, at the very least, a limitation on the public services illegals and their families can receive. We must fight until armed forces are put on our border to help guard the impenetrable fence that should be constructed. We must quit caring who gets their feelings hurt, or who gets offended that we want our borders protected. I have never seen that as an issue.

If we do not do these things, the United States of America will become nothing more than a cesspool. Carmen Callahan


INS must enforce immigration laws


All evidence indicates the acquittal of Arturo Lupian was unquestionably the correct action, regarding wrongful death charges. And it is assumed appropriate DUI penalties were satisfied by time already served.

However, the lack of charges by the INS regarding his illegal alien status is pitifully wrong. This is continuing flagrant evidence of the irresponsible "blind eye" approach to illegal aliens practiced by the federal government as dictated by King Bush and his cohorts.

Only a few days ago, Bush announced, from one side of his mouth, all efforts would be made to correct the illegal alien situation. More spin and lies from one who publicly stated and has shown he is above any law with which he disagrees.

It is Congress' responsibility to ensure all U.S. and international law, including immigration, be enforced as intended. When is Congress going to fulfill this responsibility?

James L. Nix


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