I’ve spent much of this day thinking about Independence Day. Unlike most people in the U.S. who are here – for better or worse – by default, I’m here by choice. I’ve always admired the ideals of the United States, and the energy and dedication of their citizens working to achieve those lofty ideals.
As such, I’m saddened by the current state of affairs. While struggling to find the words to express my anger and sorrow, I ran across an article by Keith Olberman who put things much more succinctly than I could hope to do.
So let me just repeat what I consider the core of the article:
I accuse you, Mr. Bush, of lying this country into war.
I accuse you of fabricating in the minds of your own people, a false implied link between Saddam Hussein and 9/11.
I accuse you of firing the generals who told you that the plans for Iraq were disastrously insufficient.
I accuse you of causing in Iraq the needless deaths of 3,586 of our brothers and sons, and sisters and daughters, and friends and neighbors.
I accuse you of subverting the Constitution, not in some misguided but sincerely-motivated struggle to combat terrorists, but to stifle dissent.
I accuse you of fomenting fear among your own people, of creating the very terror you claim to have fought.
I accuse you of exploiting that unreasoning fear, the natural fear of your own people who just want to live their lives in peace, as a political tool to slander your critics and libel your opponents.
I accuse you of handing part of this Republic over to a Vice President who is without conscience, and letting him run roughshod over it.
And I accuse you now, Mr. Bush, of giving, through that Vice President, carte blanche to Mr. Libby, to help defame Ambassador Joseph Wilson by any means necessary, to lie to Grand Juries and Special Counsel and before a court, in order to protect the mechanisms and particulars of that defamation, with your guarantee that Libby would never see prison, and, in so doing, as Ambassador Wilson himself phrased it here last night, of becoming an accessory to the obstruction of justice.
Yes, it is perfectly possible that those accusations are wrong – but without letting justice take its course, without answering subpoenas for documents, without honestly answering inquiries, we will never know.
And since today is Independence Day, do yourself a favor and read the Declaration of Independence, or at the very least, this small part of it:
That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.