[ Friday, January 09, 2004 ]
VIDAL GORE FOR PRESIDENT!
"We are talking about despotism. I have read not only the first PATRIOT Act but also the second one, which has not yet been totally made public nor approved by Congress and to which there is already great resistance. An American citizen can be fingered as a terrorist, and with what proof? No proof. All you need is the word of the attorney general or maybe the president himself. You can then be locked up without access to a lawyer, and then tried by military tribunal and even executed. Or, in a brand-new wrinkle, you can be exiled, stripped of your citizenship and packed off to another place not even organized as a country ? like Tierra del Fuego or some rock in the Pacific. All of this is in the USA PATRIOT Act. The Founding Fathers would have found this to be despotism in spades. And they would have hanged anybody who tried to get this through the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. Hanged
"If we use old-fashioned paper ballots and have them counted in the precinct where they are cast, he will be swept from office. He?s made every error you can. He?s wrecked the economy. Unemployment is up. People can?t find jobs. Poverty is up. It?s a total mess. How does he make such a mess? Well, he is plainly very stupid. But the people around him are not. They want to stay in power."
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