The public should be able to address the government

Published: Monday, May 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, April 30, 2006 at 10:48 p.m.
The contradictions within the Bush regime are never-ending.
In an empty bow to human rights, President Bush scolded China's President Hu about China's antagonism to freedoms of assembly and speech for its citizens. Within moments, Bush apologized to Hu for the noisy protests of a woman who opposes China's policies of religious repression.
Bush assured Hu that the woman would be arrested. She was. So much for the right to speak and address government for redress of grievances in the Bush version of America!
The heralded ex-military cries for Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld to resign are another example. This red herring has thrown the people off the scent of the responsible culprit. Under the Constitution, the president is the commander-in-chief of the military forces, not the secretary of defense. The president alone is answerable for initiating the Iraq fiasco, for the Abu Ghraib outrage, for the ongoing human rights disaster in Guantanamo Bay, and for the mishandling of the tragic war.
The revolt of the ex-generals is somewhat reminiscent of the flight of Nazi generals from the wreckage of the Third Reich at the close of World War II. A mismanaged floating ship is seldom abandoned by officers who profit from its mismanagement. A sinking ship invites mutiny. We can only hope that it is Bush who is sinking, and not the ship of state that he presently heads.
Joe Little, Gainesville

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