Bush can't be trusted
Published: Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 12:10 a.m.
Letter writer Jan Ronald Quinn said, "Please stop the insanity of saying the president is spying on Americans. Unless you are talking to terrorists overseas you are not being listened to." I wonder how he knows that for a fact. This is a covert program and I doubt he has access to the details.
He is accepting, without question, what Bush is saying. Perhaps Quinn is too young to recall when Richard Nixon told us, "I am not a crook." Perhaps he has forgotten that Bush, for whatever reason, told us there were WMDs in Iraq, and that Iraq had ties to the 9-11 disaster. Presidents don't always tell the truth, and Bush's statements are not always factual.
I certainly hope Quinn is correct, but the potential for abuse of power was the reason for the constitutional checks and balances, and they have worked well through many wars since 1776. Why should we scrap them for this war?
Quinn blesses our president for his actions, but I wonder how he would feel if unsupervised phone tapping becomes the norm in the U.S. and the next president is Hillary Clinton. Would he be as enthusiastic if she too wanted to spy "just on terrorists" at her whim? I doubt he would.
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