reply to post by Frira
I am truly horrified, for the first time grant you, about the the serious attacks on freedom in this country. But first, before anyone thinks I'm a
bleeding heart liberal or a right wing conservative (because I am neither), let me give some background of myself.
I am 54 years old and I grew up in this country. I've been a nurse for 16 years - 8 of those years working in a nursing home. I've seen a lot of
suffering, both mental and physical. I've seen a lot of death.
I figure I'm pretty normal, patriotic to the point of tearing up when I hear the Star Spangled Banner. I think the US is the greatest country on
this earth. For now. I have for the longest time thought the problem with this country is that we give rights to people who don't deserve it.
What, let Nazis march? come on people, we all know they are up to no good, they would love to see anarchy, rioting, because they would get to do what
they want to do so bad - kill all the inferior people walking around. What, are we seriously letting Islamist groups TRAIN jihadists IN THIS COUNTRY?
Are we f------ crazy?
While I tend to feel there are too many people walking around that do not care the least about this country and its citizens, I have been in a
situation to see another side to the story. I try to be fair and not "stereotype" or believe all people of the same group all feel the same way.
On September 11, 2001, I was working at the Red Cross donation center in Nashville, TN. I was watching the TV news when the second plane hit. A
coworker turned to me and said, "We're going to be swamped." And she was right.
We had close to 2,000 donations on that first day-an unbelievable amount. People stood in line for hours just to donate one pint of blood. I worked 18
hour days for a week before getting time off to rest. I interviewed a lot of people that first week. I saw all colors of people, all races, all
nationalities were present that first day. ALL of them were shocked, disheartened, and disgusted at what had just occurred. Many students and
businessmen of Middle Eastern descent came in to donate. And I'm not stupid. I know a lot of people of Middle Eastern descent probably came in to
donate because they felt they had to PROVE to friends, coworkers that they felt as disgusted with 911 as the rest of us "real" Americans. I saw
fear in some of those face
In the quiet, small community I lived in there was a Middle Eastern man who had a local store/gas station that everybody liked. And in one day
everyone hated him to the point of vandalizing his place of business. I have never felt so torn - I believed HIS country or HIS fellow Islamists were
at fault, and I believed I could not really trust anyone of Middle Eastern descent again. At the same time, I knew this man and I liked him.
We can't have it both ways, people. It has to be freedom for all or freedom for none. And our president should have to follow the same laws he was
sworn to uphold. We have to make sure EVERYONE has the same rights and restrictions. Why do we have to say no to assassinations without charges,
without judicial involvement, without congressional consent, etc? Because the very thing that makes us great is also our greatest weakness. The
diversity of our citizens mean there will always be a difference of opinion on any matter, so we have to have laws in place to make sure everyone's
voice is heard and we ALL, even the president of the US, follow the SAME RULES REGARDLESS. Because if we allow anyone to deviate from what is law,
who is to say where that dividing line is?
Yes, I think that most if not all terrorists have a connection with Islam and Muslims. Do I think Obama should have followed the judicial processes
we have in place? Yes. As a matter of fact, I think he should have GUARANTEED those rights and INSISTED on them. Because I don't want to end up on
the wrong side of that dividing line. The only way to protect my rights is to fight for rights for all. We can't have it both ways..