WHEN A MAN PLACES HIS HAND ON THE BIBLE
- by Carl F. Worden
Ladies & gentlemen:
When a man places his left hand on the Bible, and
raises his right hand to swear to God almighty that he will uphold
and defend the Constitution of the Unites States, he had better do
I think they demand he use both hands while swearing
that oath so one hand can't be hidden behind his back with the fingers
But George W. Bush figuratively did just that when
he was sworn in as President of the United States.
I received an enormous number of e-mails from readers
asking what can be done about this president's complete disregard
for constitutional protections, particularly those most fundamental
rights given a United States citizen accused of a crime. This, in
response to my article, "The Padilla Test Run", wherein
I addressed the arrest and imprisonment of Jose Padilla aka, "Abdullah
al Muhajir", who is being held in a military brig and whose basic
rights as a United States citizen have been denied by a unilateral
and dictatorial action through Mr. Bush's executive order to treat
Padilla as an "enemy combatant", rather than a citizen who
is alleged to have conspired to commit treason.
I thought about this for two days, and I think I have
the answer: Demand the impeachment of President George W. Bush.
Nothing would get through to this president's walnut-sized
brain faster than a massive call for his impeachment through every
local representative's and senator's office. This president is so
cocky and full of himself from all those popularity polls, that a
massive and sudden call for his impeachment over the Padilla matter
would bring him up short, and perhaps even back to reality.
Former President Clinton was arguably the most despicable
character ever to grace the White House, but this president eclipses
even that man. While Clinton couldn't keep his zipper shut and lied
about it, George W. Bush has pushed the envelope of outrage to the
point of bursting. If a president denies the most basic, fundamental
civil rights to just one American citizen, he has denied those same
rights to all 300 million of us. All we have to remember is that he
just hasn't had time to get around to everybody else yet -- and that
means you and me.
So if you value your freedom and your basic civil
rights as a citizen, write your local senators and congressmen, and
demand they immediately call for the impeachment of George W. Bush
on the basis that he has blatantly violated his sacred oath, and in
so doing, he has committed high treason against the citizens of the
United States of America in the Padilla matter.
If you want to see an attitude adjustment, write that
letter and send a copy to your local newspaper.
Carl F. Worden