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21Sep/070

Should Congress pass a bill giving retroactive immunity to President Bush for possible war crimes?

Two words: Absolutely not.

Sadly, this bill will pass through Congress easily. This Democratic-controlled Congress promised to stand up to the Bush administration. This Congress promised to restore rights promised by the American Constitution like Habeas Corpus, and also to stop the war in Iraq.

CongressThis Congress has been consistent in one thing - failing the American public. I'm a twenty-five year old living in America. I'm at that point in my life where I still have hope that the people we elect to govern us will actually listen to those who elected them. But I'm also at the point where I realize that this is just a child's dream.

Democrats and Republicans are basically the same party. And I'm only echoing the millions who have already realized this in the past. Luckily, they understand one thing : this generation's apathy.

My generation has grown up where neighbors kill one another, teachers molest students(Clark, LaFave, Holt, ...), police kill innocents, and political leaders are involved in all sorts of scandals ranging from solicitation of sex with minors to cocaine possession to war-profiteering.

It's no wonder that my generation fails to trust anyone of power without them first earning our trust. Any time my grandparents hear that a police officer has abused his power, they think it is fake news. This is the America that my generation accepts.

Fortunately for the small group who are graciously given the power to govern the people who give them this very power, they know my generation's flaw; we are a generation of dispirited people who spend more time talking about problems than actually doing something to solve the problem. With Bush's approval rating at roughly 30% and Congress's even lower at roughly 25%, people in this country should be standing up for their rights.

But we do nothing.

CongressWe know that if we vote for the Democrats or the Republicans, that we are voting for the same party. Luckily for them, we are more worried about trying to afford a house in the current bubble, paying off student loans, or trying to make a living to be afforded the opportunity to worry about our current government.

But my generation has reached its breaking point. We all know someone who has had to suffer in Iraq without an adequate defense. We all know someone who has survived through several "tours" of the Middle East. We all know someone who has been murdered in this war. We all know someone who has had to nickel-and-dime their lives to pay for a family member's operations. We all know people in poverty.

It's time for the Elected to realize who has elected them.

There was this book written a few years back by Tom Paine called "Common Sense." I'm not sure if people have heard about it, but there is this one passage that reads, "That there are men in all countries who get their living by war, and by keeping up the quarrels of Nations, is as shocking as it is true; but when those who are concerned in the government of a country make it their study to sow discord, and cultivate prejudices among Nations, it becomes the more unpardonable." In Common Sense, Paine wrote that the majority of colonists wanted a new America. They didn't want to live under fear of a King sending them to fight wars overseas in foreign countries. They didn't want a government that ruled every aspect of life; the smaller the government, the better. They laughed at Britain's government " a government set up without a system of checks and balances to keep the King from ruling without opposition.

In July of that year, Thomas Jefferson wrote, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, [...] That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, " That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, [...] and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. [...] The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States."

CongressSee, there were some guys way back when who grew intolerant of the practices performed in their country. These men actually stood up and opposed the controlling powers. They fought wars, not by invading another nation, but by defending their homeland. These men were born and raised in a country which was then ruled by tyrants adamant on sending the troops to unending wars overseas, levying undue taxes, and taking advantage of the "working man." Even France understood that you can only bend the working man so much before he snaps.

The current Congress which promised a new era of peace and hope has delivered nothing but disappointment. Habeas Corpus, the Great Writ, the very cornerstone of Western law has not only been suspended but dismissed readmission by the Senate by more than 50%. This writ used to mean something. It used to mean that you could question why you were arrested and being put on trial. Now, it means nothing.

Luckily for our leaders, my generation has been known to do nothing. We'll talk to our friends about how corrupt our government is, we'll send emails to each other about how much we distrust our elected leaders, we'll blog to our heart's content, but we won't do anything.

This is changing.

My generation, roughly 30% of the voting public, is beginning to stand up. Sadly, few we have elected are standing up. We've realized this. My generation's distrust of people in power is actually becoming consequential. We only trust people who have earned our trust.

And, aside from a few outstanding individuals, we have lost all hope in our elected officials.

But we're being heard.


I'm urging everyone.

Write to your Congressman.

It sounds difficult, but it's amazingly easy nowadays. Click here to find your Representative. Congress has the power to impeach a president. Just click your state, type in a zip code, and tell your Congressman a message. If you want, feel free to copy and paste my message.

It literally takes seconds to change the world.