President Bush is no student of history

Published: Friday, January 6, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 5, 2006 at 10:21 p.m.
It has become clear that George W. Bush is not a student of American, let alone world history.
When he was drafting the so-called Patriot Act, pushing for its permanent renewal, or busy spying on American citizens without warrant, he certainly wasn't mindful of the immortal words of one of our founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin: "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."
Regardless of whether or not any terrorist plots were uncovered, if the rights of any citizen were usurped by Bush's self-proclaimed "executive authority" then the enemies of liberty, and everything the Constitution and Bill of Rights stands for, have won. We have allowed our own president to strike a blow at the fabric of the United States of America far more destructive than that of the despicable perpetrators of 9-11.
William Eyerly, High Springs

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