My 9/11/03 Thoughts

“I disagree with every word you are saying, but I will defend with my life your right to say it.” – Voltaire

“Those who give up liberty for the sake of security deserve neither liberty nor security.” – Ben Franklin

It’s the anniversary of September 11th today – if you didn’t remember, I’m certain someone will remind you. I just wanted to remind you of something also – the USA-PATRIOT Act was proposed less than a week after Sept. 11th, 2001 and was signed into law by Dubya on Oct.26, 2001 in the chaos of fear that gripped the nation. I’d ask you to read a bit about the impact of this bill today to remember what happens when you let your guard down for even one instant.

Even now, Ashcroft is touting the Patriot Act 2. This is the time when you might feel strongly about supporting it. Don’t. The government is going to play on your fear and your patriotism, a lesson learned from countless examples in history. Fear and Patriotism don’t make you an American – your Freedom does. Be ready to defend it.

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