Wednesday, September 17, 2008

It's Constitution Day in the US

And George W Bush has issued a proclamation:
Americans are united by the ideals of equal justice, limited government, and the rule of law. On Constitution Day and Citizenship Day and during Constitution Week, we remember the vision and determination of the Framers to build a free society, and we celebrate the historical document they created to achieve that goal.
Vision. Right. Except they never saw Bush coming, did they?
The Constitution forged the American creed of liberty and equality and has lifted the lives of countless individuals. Whether they are citizens by birth or by oath, Americans share a great tradition of enjoying liberty protected by a constitutional government of their choosing.
Unless the US Supreme Court chooses it for you.
I encourage Federal, State, and local officials, as well as leaders of civic, social, and educational organizations, to conduct ceremonies and programs that celebrate our Constitution and reaffirm our rights and responsibilities as citizens of this great Nation.
And please, just ignore the illegal wiretaps on your phones, the interception of your email, the No-Fly lists, the firemen taking notes about a book they saw on your coffee table while supposedly checking your smoke detectors and the suspension of Habeus Corpus in cases where it becomes inconvenient.

Today, (and for the rest of the week), Bush wants you to decorate the town, maybe even have a parade. Just ignore this.
The problem on Wall Street won't only affect small businesses and investors. It will also effect state, county and city governments. Its not uncommon for them to borrow money as well.
Maybe have a bake sale or something.

Welcome to the America George Bush made for you. Where the Constitution was an inconvenience to be ignored, major corporations are sucking of your tax-teat and you're retirement funds are sitting in the offshore bank accounts of former CEOs who, after their failing companies boards led them to the door, received massive "severance" packages.

Perhaps you could go window shopping.

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