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Upholding Principles of Democracy

Our President should listen to his own words!

“As governments fight the enemies of democracy, they must uphold the principles of democracy.”

-President George W. Bush, appropriately expressing concern over the recent efforts by Russian President Vladimir Putin to centralize power.

LawnBoy presented a well researched article on this topic a couple of days ago in this column.

But what struck me was the irony of the President's words, when the freedoms removed by the USA PATRIOT Act and subsequent actions by our government, presumably in the name of protecting freedom, could easily evoke the exact same words from its critics. Granted those are not as sweeping as the powers Putin is grabbing, but I had a TV on in the background when I first heard that quote, and did a veritable double-take, because I hadn't been paying attention to know the context.

Furthering the analogy to Putin and Breslan, it seems that using a tragic act of terror, 9/11, as an excuse for all manner of actions from government secrecy to preemptive war is the modus operandi of the Bush administration.

Posted by Walker Willingham at September 19, 2004 4:00 AM