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Liberalism and America

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Message Michael Berglin

Liberalism and America


People who lean towards the far right are spewing out a number of insults against people who lean towards the left – everything from socialists, enemies of the state, to anti-American, etc.


Liberalism is not a bad word, for had it not been for the more liberal thinkers back in 1776, the United States never would have been born. Had the hard right prevailed, we’d still be British subjects. Our own revolution was based upon the idea of self government which was extremely liberal in its ideology.


Pundits who decry that liberalism is destroying this nation refuse to recognize the destructive perils of a far right government. Today, we now have laws that allow for wiretaps and closer scrutiny of our daily lives under the CIA, FBI, and Homeland Security. Our mail can be opened and read; our telephone conversations are listened into with impunity.


The far right really can not assert that they are trying to protect Americans from outside harm because of 9/11, for we have seen, Timothy McVeigh, an American right winger citizen, preformed a horrible act of terrorism. Perhaps, we are the ones being watched now rather than organizations composed of foreign nationals. I understand that the home grown terrorist bill is very close to being passed in congress and that means “we the people” are the chief suspect in the ambiguously written, and ill defined, crimes against the state.


The Far Right has given the United States signing statements that have usurped our Bill of Rights, and the Constitution which has been declared to be a “goddamn piece of paper” by our administration.


Many of the freedoms we had nine years ago are now fallen victims to a far right winged government.


However, to be fair and balanced, some Americans have become too radical advocating violent over throw of this government and death to minorities. The Southern Poverty Law Center notes that the membership in these far right organizations is growing. Not too long ago there as an attempt to organize an armed million man march on Washington, D.C. – a direct challenge to the US government. Perhaps internal surveillance and proactive measures by the government is appropriate as America becomes more polarized.


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