Letter to White House RE: Putting Aside Differences
Dear President Bush,
It was with great relief I heard you say these words tonight:
“Winning this war will require the determined efforts of a unified country. So we must put aside our differences, and work together to meet the test that history has given us. We will defeat our enemies, we will protect our people, and we will lead the 21st century into a shining age of human liberty.”
I am so glad you have finally decided to put aside your plans to reshape the Middle East and fight terrorism with war; treat your own citizens as enemies by spying without warrant, detaining indefinitely, or exiling; ignore the will of the people and the restraints of the Constitution by setting the Executive Office above the other branches; chastising those who disagree with certain decisions you make by suggesting they support terrorism or are opposed to American freedom.
As a proud American, I have to say those were insurmountable obstacles to my unity with your position, since being unified meant abandoning the very essence of what makes one an American, i.e. a devotion to: the system of government created by the Constitution; the fundamental principles of the Bill of Rights; diplomacy, cooperation, respect and strength in foreign policy to foster diplomacy, cooperation and respect from foreign nations; tolerance and even encouragement for dissent and argument.
I have lived too long with the freedoms and privileges my ancestors fought to give me to throw it all away on a little "temporary security." "Live free or die" is in my blood, and I will not surrender it for a foreign invader or a President of the United States.
So it is with a sense of great pride that I accept your offer to reaffirm the principles of the Constitution and Bill of Rights, to unify once again with the American people and fight our enemies sensibly and legally.
With all due respect,