Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Back off Buddy

"Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country.....It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country. In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth, whether about the president or anyone else"
Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President

I'm tired of people accusing me or anyone else for that matter when they happen to say something contrary to what our current President supports. I refuse to be brainwashed. I do not support this "war" in Iraq. I clearly do not recall Congress actually declaring war on Iraq, or any country/nation/government for that matter. Of all the reasons the Administration gave for invading Iraq very few seem to have been true. So people, if you are blindly going to accuse me of being unpatriotic, then do not get offended if I recite the quote above to you. May I also point out that President Bush claims that Theodore Roosevelt is a favored President. Perhaps he should read more.

Of course I believe that the Administration's favoring of Theodore Roosevelt as a internationalist president has taken us in a direction that is turning out to not be ideal. It was TR that said "Warlike intervention by civilized powers would contribute directly to the peace of the world."

If you insist on taking the path of TR and forcing imperialism on the rest of the world at least have the decency to admit to the truth and take responsibility for your actions. Don't tell me this is the Christian/democratic thing to do, to invade a country, kill people and wreck havoc. That is a misguided answer.

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