Monday, July 12, 2004

Neither liberty nor security

To my knowledge--and the six of you who read this page are free to correct me if I'm wrong--this nation has never postponed a presidential election. The United States held a presidential election during a civil war. Yet because of unspecified threats of terrorist attacks, the Department of Homeland Security is considering provisions for postponing the November election. It strikes me as odd that the administration and its defenders called it appeasement when Spain, led by a new government following the Madrid train bombing, withdrew its troops from Iraq. But the mere specter of another attack on U.S. soil has this administration--which came to office under dubious circumstances, and has profaned our constitutional protections--considering surrendering to fear our most basic exercise of freedom.

If people choose, out of fear, to stay home on Election Day, that is their right. But it should be their right to choose. Either this president and his administration believes in a free society and representative government, or he does not. As our president would remind the world, there is no longer any middle ground.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Propaganda from our own government is all.

7:48 AM

Blogger eli said...

seven people.

10:32 AM

Blogger Jonathan Potts said...

Welcome. Soon we'll be able to field a baseball team.

12:22 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe we can get someone to build us a new ballpark?!

3:08 PM

Blogger Dave Conti said...

Put mw in coach...

Hey, Jon. Enjoy the blog. We have to get that much-discussed dinner sometime.

Here's what I can't quite grasp in regards to the possible election delay. A terrorist attack on U.S. soil near the election would work in the current administration's favor. The machine has been trying to portray Bush as a wartime president since the nose cone on Flight 93 found the grassy area in Shanksville. If America is "under attack" again, the pressure will be to rally around our leader. I remember learning in Ms. Gallagher's history class a decade ago that someone once said "You can't change horses midstream" during war.

Al-Quaeda can't possibly think that another September attack will force Bush from office. And they can't possibly want four more years, unless Michael Moore is right about the Bush family - Bin Laden - Saudi royal family connections. So why even start contemplating an election delay?

Unless this, and Tom Ridge's newser last week and reports that they may raise the alert level are all part of a plan to divert my attention from the fact that I only have $45.14 in my checking account and tommorow I will have to choose between a trip to Giant Eagle and the Sunoco.

10:11 PM

Blogger Jonathan Potts said...

Hey, Dave, thanks for reading and the kind words. It's been too long since I've seen you.

I don't know how likely it is that al Quada (sp?) really wants to disrupt the election. Quite frankly, I'm not sure they really care who is president, though I'd also say that I think George W. Bush has probably been a great recruiting poster for these guys.

I hate to be trite and cliched and say that if we postpone the election, the terrorists have won, but...

12:41 AM


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