1) Freedom of Speech
Paul Hackett spoke on these ideals today, at a home here in our small town. I was there to hear him, as was Boni. We missed you BP!
They form the bedrock of our country, the backbone of our beliefs. They are why people came to our shores in an unending stream long before we were a Superpower.
And they are the four freedoms that have been most reduced by this administration and are most under attack.
Paul said he went to Iraq, volunteered to return to his "second family" of the Marines after ten years' absence because of another ideal. One his father taught him. "For to those whom much is given, much is expected." He had a lot, this country had given him a lot, so he wanted to give back.
I haven't heard that lately from the heads of the oil companies, or Haliburten enumeries.
Now Paul says he wants to give back again. He's running for Senator in Ohio, against the incumbant. Because he's looking at his children, and worried where this country is going.
Freedom of speech has been attacked by the administration The IRS threatning to take away a church's tax-exempt status because the had a sermon that was anti-war. The administration visciously attacks those that speak out against them, most notably leaking Valerie Plame's name to Robert Novak for a write up in his column, at every public Presidential event a refusal to let in the public, except for those vetted as pro-Bush, Democrats are accused of threatening America if they disagree or criticize the adminsitration...like yesterday suggesting they are "undermining the war effort" (I thought he was doing that all by himself) ...the list goes on and on.
Freedom of and from religion. One of the reasons the constitution is a sacred and unique document. That it is part of Ammendment 1 is noteworthy, as it's all about expression, speech, religion, nothing prohibiting the free expression thereof. Like in Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, for exmpale. There are reaons Theocracy's are bad ideas. And this administration is bringing religion into the legislature, attempting to add on a "no abortion" amendment to a UN document about human rights, intervening in a family's life and death struggle with Terri Schiavo, making marriage rights ana election issue, Bill Frist downloading himself live to "just-us-Sunday" and implying the liberals are at war with America.
Woops - the liberals made America. These freedoms were considered very risque before their day and a lot of people died for them, jsut to make sure that he can now take them for granted. (Remember, the illustrious majority leader just came out saying how upset he was that the leak came out about the existence of CIA secret jails around the world, no that they DID exist, unobserved, most likely a human rights violation, but that the leak occured. They voted to go forward with this, but not to look again at prewar inteligence on Iraq).
Freedom from Fear. Protect the country, protect our shores. If we go to war, attack the right country. If youwe're stuck there, handle it well. Try not to generate new enemies every day. The publice says the country does not feel safer.
Freedom from want. The right to be able to feed your family, find work, have a strong economy, fiscal sensibility in government, a gofernment that supports the job market with incentives, that supports corporations to keep jobs in America. It's not a complicated concept. It's not happning here.
Freedom of Speech
It's why Paul Hackett is running for Senator. It's the core belief of the Democratic party.
They are the Four reason to vote Democrat.
Paul Hackett for U.S. Senate.