Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Enough Impugning of My Patriotism!

FRANK J. RANELLI
Wednesday, November 21, 2007


I become totally incensed when someone impugns my patriotism or calls me un-American simply because I disagree -- as do presently the vast majority of other Americans -- with this President and his policies. I am tired of the Orwellian and jingoistic rally cries from the obsequious radical right, just as much as I am weary of the “win the next election at all costs” from the Nancy Pelosi parade of political incompetence.

We, as a nation, are more divided and have less tolerance as a society for dissent, or even open discussion, than any time in my existence. The dangers at home in this nation, conflagrated by false-flag fears and sometimes-inane demagoguery, are far greater perils than amorphous Islamic terrorists are.

We have, and have had, terrorist organizations right here in the United States for many, many years. The KKK and Neo-Nazi groups, just as abortion clinic bombers, all represent forms of terrorism. In my view, we cannot barricade our way into elected despotism, out of unfounded fear, in order to be fooled into a sense of utter safety and still be a free nation. Freedom is not slavery to our tenuous emotions or submission to unmitigated and unchecked authority.

As a final point, it would all be mere loquacious fodder (and maybe humorous) if not for the fact that human beings, whether America or not, or senselessly dying. Victory can only be defined now by admitting we were either flatly wrong, or executed things after Sept. 11, 2001, as a whole nation with gross incompetence and are guilty of foolish and deadly arrogance. Acting out in fear, sans rational thought and consideration, is always lethal and foolhardy.

Either we can start to be intellectually honest as a nation, and admit that George W. Bush has been a dreadful President for everyone - and the polls clearly show this is the mood of the public - or we can continue these obtuse machinations and obfuscations of the honest truth. The simple, undeniable truth is that the Bush presidency is a failed presidency with horrendous, grisly costs to our country and the world at large.

America, in the interest of the rule of law and the common welfare of this nation, must unite and stand up to this imperial President and do the right thing: We forced him to resign. It’s not only the prudent things to do; it’s the patriotic thing to do.

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