Amendment is in danger
Published: Tuesday, January 11, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 10, 2005 at 11:08 p.m.
It explains why the shameful episodes in Iraqi and Guantanamo prisons are not anomalies, but are products of national policy.
None of this was unknowable in November 2004. How then was President Bush re-elected instead of repudiated in shame? The answer is the First Amendment has failed us.
During the 20th century, big media sold the notion that freedom of speech was its bailiwick to safeguard "for all of us." A few dominating voices squelched the multitude of small ones.
Commercialization took over. Local newspapers and TV stations rolled into conglomerates that care most for the dollar and less for free speech. Their rulers are governed by the same motivations that drive Bush: power and money.
America has never been free of nazification urges. It is a ubiquitous companion of power. Until now, the restraining force of the United States Constitution has been America's genius.
The Bush administration's disrespect for the Constitution and its eagerness to undermine its fetters are our direst threats.
Big media has failed to sound the alarm. What's left of the little voices is disregarded. The First Amendment itself is in danger.
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