posted on May, 27 2009 @ 03:01 PM
When Bush violated every single Amendment in the Bill of Rights and people protested, they were considered terrorists. There were those who said that
the laws Bush passed were necessary in order to protect our country from additional terrorists attacks and if you didn't agree with those laws you
were most likely a terrorist at worst or terrorist sympathizer at best.
Quote from John Ashcroft:
"To those who scare peace-loving people with phantoms of lost liberty … your tactics only aid terrorists, for they erode our national unity and …
give ammunition to America’s enemies.”
The above quote set the tone for many pundits, commentators, and politicians who blindly followed Bush in whatever he did. They regurgitated these
words in one form or another over and over again telling those they were referring to, to "Shut up and be a patriot. Let us take your rights or the
terrorists will surely win if not."
The PATRIOT Act allows the gov't to come into our homes at anytime under the suspicion of acts of terrorism alone, arrest us, throw us in a secret
prison without being charged with anything, we can be tortured, refused representation, denied the right to face our accuser or see the evidence
The FISA Act lets the gov't surveille anyone they want. They just have to SAY your a possible terrorist with no evidence to back it up.
My point is this--Where were all these people that are crying fowl and brazenly condemning the gov't when Bush was wiping his butt with the
constitution after signing these bills into law?
Don't get me wrong--I agree with these people that something needs to be done and it needs to be done yesterday. I fully understand their
frustrations and fears. I think they are justified in their reactions to the atrocities that have been bestowed upon the American people.
I DON'T CARE which president is doing it. I don't care if you're a conservative, liberal, independent, anarchist or what-have-you. I want to know
why, when the federal gov't during the years of 2001-2008 was systematically turning America into something COMPLETELY OPPOSITE of what it is
supposed to be, these same people that are condemning the current administration for taking away the rights that have already been taken away didn't
say anything then?
Why is it suddenly that starting in January of 2009 up until now, May of 2009 are these people suddenly so upset that our constitution has been
defiled? Why are they now claiming they are being treated as unpatriotic when these same people were calling people terrorist lovers from
Let me be clear: I did not support the Bush administration, and I do not support the Obama administration.
If these same people that were calling others terrorists during the past 8 years had been reacting the way they are now, I'm am about 98% positive
that the gov't would not have gotten away with what it has gotten away with.
It makes me so furious that people have been more concerned with partisanship and purposely disagreeing with those who don't share every single
opinion that they do in the interest of proving how right they think they are.
It makes me so furious that I was (embarrassingly) yelling at a radio show host through radio, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN THE LAST 8 YEARS?!!!"
And now, in the past 5 months we've had these same people crying fowl. Crying that they are being attacked for loving America and everything she
I would like to ask, "How does it feel?", but I wont' because I know and it sucks! I also won't say, "Now your getting what you deserve",
because they aren't. No one deserves to be crucified for loving their freedom. No one deserves ridicule for demanding our gov't adhere to the
constitution they swore to uphold.
But they, those on EVERY SIDE, do deserve to be called a hypocrite.
On the flip side of the coin, why are the people who were so mad at Bush the last 8 years now looking at Obama with admiration in there eyes when he
clearly has no intention whatsoever of undoing all the harm Bush did. He is not going to declare these laws unconstitutional because HE VOTED FOR
THEM! Why can't people see that?
It's like, now that Obama is in office, the fact that these laws are still in place and still being implemented means that they can just sit back and
relax now. As if we suddenly have all of our freedoms back.
Please notice that I am upset at both sides. Please refrain from turning this into a "well those stupid conservatives/liberals..." type of
Edit to add: When I say "you people" I don't strictly mean ATS'ers.
[edit on 27-5-2009 by nunya13]