Friday, April 25, 2003

A Government with no boundaries

I almost burst out laughing when I read Bush's comments today on CNN concerning Iraq. (See "Bush recounts decision to go after Saddam" on the lead page at CNN.com)

"What I would like to see is a government where church and state are separated," he said. This from the man who's done more to blur those boundaries here than anyone else in decades! Give me a break!

Meanwhile, the Dixie Chicks have it right. They're fighting back against the rampant "political correctness" (and I could go on about how that's a misnomer for an addictive system) that has been infecting the country over the last few years. I'm appalled at the blatant censorship by radio stations around the country. All they really did was demonstrate that too many Americans have only a shallow understanding of their own political ideals.

I'm also appalled but not surprised at Ashcroft's ruling that illegal immigrants can be held indefinitely if there are national security concerns. I can agree with holding someone until it is proven or disproven that they are a national security threat, but the idea of holding anyone indefinitely without due process grants too much power to the government. It completely obliterates any obligation by the US to prove its case, allowing for an absolute abuse of power by simply citing national security concerns.

Once government has grabbed a little power it didn't have before, it sets itself up to take the next small step that trades away civil liberties. Nearly always, the death of freedom happens in increments; and once governments gain power, they almost never relinquish it unless overthrown.