front of the Federal Building in the heart of downtown Kalamazoo,
pedestal had the Bill of Rights posted onto it. Now they are missing.
emblematic of where this country is going, given our government's
recent wrangle over the debt ceiling (something most Americans never
heard of), the undeclared wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya,
right-wing attacks on unions, immigrants, public schools--not to mention
the protection of the richest one percent of Americans at the sacrifice
of the other 99 percent..
2003 during the beginning of the war with Iraq, a local civil liberties
lawyer stood at this monument and pointed out each Amendments that had
been dismissed by the Bush administration. Now, as we prepare to
recognize the tenth anniversary of September 11, we seem to have lost
all of them.
Olga Bonfiglio is a Huffington Post contributor and author of Heroes of a Different Stripe: How One Town Responded to the War in Iraq. She has written for several magazines and newspapers on the subjects of food, social justice and religion. She (more...