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Stifling Liberty: Not Just For Democrats Anymore

PoliticsI just received a lovely e-mail from Robert Byrd excoriating the Administration for stifling our individual liberties and running roughshod over the Constitution.

In my long career serving this nation, I have witnessed war and peace. I have seen turmoil at home and danger abroad. I have known statesman and scoundrels alike.

Yet never have I been as concerned for the fate of American liberty as I am today.

Since ascending to power in 2001, the Bush administration has waged an unrelenting assault on the Constitution of the United States while being aided and abetted every step of the way by a supine Republican congress.

He should be outraged. There was a time in this country when stomping on individual freedom was the exclusive purview of Democrats. The constant assault on our second amendment rights, the right to smoke in public, and the right to say the Pledge of Allegiance without fear of religious attack are just a few examples of Democrats around the country executing this great responsibility.

But then a funny thing happened. The Republicans decided that they could abuse the power of Congress just as easily, but do it for slightly more important reasons. For instance, they can spy on people within our country who may be plotting to kill their fellow citizens. So they took swift action and immediately began to invade our privacy the way the Democrats did.

Well, I guess this has upset the great cuatdecagenarian Senator. He burst forth from the great state of RobertByrdville to send me his e-mail. prompting two great philosophical questions. First, does anyone really believe that Byrd knows what e-mail is, let alone how to use it? Second, why are these Republicans so audacious to believe that they can act just as irresponsibly as Democrats?

Written by Michael Turk