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Where Have All the Patriots Gone?

Anyone who places politics over principle deserves exactly what they get. In the case of those who blindly supported George W. Bush throughout his candidacy, and offered him their unquestioning loyalty in his "war on terror," they got a leader who has no qualms about violating his oath of office in an attempt to become one of the most pragmatic presidents in recent history.

That's right. The man who solemnly swore before God and country to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States" is now leading the charge against the very principles upon which this nation was founded. Case in point, his desire to extend the current ban on "assault" weapons.

I'll be honest. I have never made any attempt to disguise the fact that I believe George W. Bush is leading us down a very perilous road. Since Dubya was handed the keys to the White House a little over two years ago, we have seen the size and scope of the federal government increase more than it ever did during Bill Clinton's eight-year reign. Are the so-called conservatives complaining? They haven't made a sound. One cannot help but wonder what has happened to all the "patriots" who were so vocal in their criticism of the Clinton administration.

Personally, I don't think they ever existed. A person who simply toes the party line is no patriot. Anyone can criticize the "other side" for one thing or another. What a refreshing breath of fresh air it would be to see someone actually take a leader of their own party to task for violating the fundamental tenets of limited government!

But such patriots are in short supply. The sad thing about it is that those backing the president's constitutionally incompatible positions on issues like education and gun control make no apologies for their unwavering support. Their reasons range from "We must slow government growth before it can be stopped" to "Compromise is all part of the political process."

I'm sorry, but there is no excuse for Bush's misguided attempts to...well, to do whatever it is he thinks he's doing for the nation. He has abused his position of power, and no one in the GOP seems to be willing to call him on it.

Naturally, the president isn't the only culprit. Congress is just as guilty as he is of treating the Constitution as a floor mat.

As individuals, I'm sure the bureaucrats in Washington are nice people. Collectively, however, they are despicable, pompous blowhards. While they may not be engaged in the systematic imprisonment and torture of political dissidents—at least not yet—what they are doing to the fabric of this nation is no less destructive. The road they are leading us down may be paved with good intentions, but we all know where it leads. It doesn't matter how quickly or slowly we move, the final destination is the same.



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