Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Why George Bush went to Kansas State University

For those of you who don't know Kansas... please note:

There's a simple reason why George W. chose Kansas State and the small town of Manhattan, Kansas, as the place to defend his domestic spying program. If he had given the speech at the University of Kansas in Lawrence where I live, he would have been met by thousands of protesters and booed out of town.

Even in this reddest of red states, there are MANY people who are furious about his presidency and about this latest turn of events. Don't let the media convince you that all of Kansas was sitting happily in the audience yesterday lapping up the president's cute little jokes.

So many things worry me about the current state of affairs, but here's one that's keeping me up at nights: In an effort to cover his rear, our beloved president and administration are now flying around the country CAMPAIGNING on a platform that denies the importance of the Bill of Rights.

In other words, George is working overtime to convince everyone that, in this particular case, law enforcement doesn't need a judge's approval to invade an American's privacy. If he succeeds, will people then become convinced that warrants are never important? What rights will we have left? And why did he think it was impossible to convince a compliant, agreeable court that his wiretaps were legal? Who was he/is he spying on?

Meanwhile, many Americans are as worried as I am. Note the results of a poll reported today in USA Today. The USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll shows 51 percent of Americans said the administration was wrong to intercept conversations involving a party inside the USA without a warrant and 58 percent said they support the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate the program.

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