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John Ashcroft

2001-12-07 15:24:48+00 by TC 9 comments

I've come a long way in accepting Bush as our president and found value in having an angry texan in the whitehouse but this guy really scares me. If he could just declare martial law, this country would be a hell of a lot more easy to protect

"To those who scare peace-loving people with phantoms of lost liberty, my message is this: your tactics only aid terrorists."

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#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:33:34+00 by: Dan Lyke

Giggle. Funny to see that we were both saying the same thing simultaneously...

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:33:34+00 by: Dan Lyke

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:33:34+00 by: TC

WOW! Dan and I live about 40 miles apart and haven't talked in a couple days and we both post how anoyed we are at Ashcroft within seconds of each other (cue twilight zone music).

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:33:34+00 by: TC

Uh oh! now with the new faster super duper box watch Todd & Dan treat flutterby like ICQ. <grins>

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:33:34+00 by: Dan Lyke

It's worth going and reading a Nixon speechwriter, Safire on how the administration policies are being counterproductive.

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:33:34+00 by: ziffle

Actually they should declare war and then declare martial law.

There is a need to protect the country at this time. But it will pass, and what will we have left? A bunch of liberty reducing laws, inconsistent with a constitution of a free people.

Instead if they declared war, and martial law, they could respond to this emrgency now, and then declare the war over and none of our freedoms would be infringed. Emergencies exist, but they are not the normal state of life.

This non-war-non-peace grayness is the worst.

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:33:34+00 by: Diane Reese

I heard a snippet on NPR this morning, of Sen. Maria Cantwell quizzing Ashcroft about who was going to "watch the watchers". Ashcroft replied that she reminded him of a cartoon [which made my blood boil immediately] about a child sitting on Santa's knee, with Santa saying, "I know when you've been sleeping, I know when you're awake.." and the child saying, "Who are you, John Ashcroft?" Ashcroft then chuckled as if he were proud of that [he probably is], and Cantwell calmly replied that not all Americans find that funny.

Oh. I just did something weird. I just told you what my almost-15-year-old replied, then I erased it so I wouldn't get him or us in trouble. Self-protection by self-censorship. It's beginning to feel a lot like Taliban...

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:33:35+00 by: Dan Lyke

Diane: Yep, that Cantwell exchange was completely terrifying. Ashcroft is behaving for all the world like he believes God is on his side, and only the infidels would disagree with him.

Ziffle, I agree. Either hiss or get off the plot, but this in-between shit gives us all the reason in the world to suspect that terrorism is the shield for the hidden agenda. Especially given that exchange between Cantwell and Ashcroft.

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:33:36+00 by: Dan Lyke

To: president@whitehouse.gov
Subject: Fire Ashcroft!

Yesterday, in an exchange with Senator Maria Cantwell, U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft recounted, almost with glee, of a cartoon of a child sitting on Santa's knee, with Santa saying "I know when you've been sleeping, I know when you're awake.." and the child saying, "Who are you, John Ashcroft?"

If our Attorney General thinks this is funny, or this that this is in any way indicative of how public policy and the US Department of Justice should be handled, then he has shown himself completely unfit to hold the office, and a bigger threat to the freedoms that we, as Americans, hold dear, than the reprehensible individuals who planned the attacks on September 11th.

Please, Mr. President, as a Citizen of the United States, I'm asking you to remove John Ashcroft from his post before he causes more damage to our great nation.

Thank you.

Dan Lyke