Singing like a caged bird

Tuesday, March 23, 2004


Today the Congressional 9/11 Hearings began. It is also the 229th Anniversary of Patrick Henry's famous "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" speech given to the Virginia House of Delegates.

It really strikes me as some kind of cosmic connection that the opening of the 9/11 public hearings falls on that anniversary.

Henry's opening two paragraphs dealt with finding the truth, even if the truth is painful. Wouldn't the following be nice to have emanate from our fearless leader's mouth (and heart) at this time in our history:

"No man thinks more highly than I do of the patriotism, as well as abilities, of the very worthy gentlemen who have just addressed the house. But different men often see the same subject in different lights; and, therefore, I hope it will not be thought disrespectful to those gentlemen if, entertaining as I do opinions of a character very opposite to theirs, I shall speak forth my sentiments freely and without reserve. This is no time for ceremony. The question before the house is one of awful moment to this country. For my own part, I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery; and in proportion to the magnitude of the subject ought to be the freedom of the debate. It is only in this way that we can hope to arrive at the truth, and fulfill the great responsibility which we hold to God and our country. Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the Majesty of Heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings.
Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the numbers of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth, to know the worst, and to provide for it."

I think perhaps Richard Clarke may have been adhering to these thoughts when he wrote his book "Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror" . Then again maybe he just wants to sell his book? I think not and hope not!


Sheik Ahmed Yassin, a founder and spiritual leader of Hamas was killed in an Israeli air strike Monday. Hamas has threatened to retaliate against Israel and the United States. I think this bodes of a dark, evil cloud descending upon our nation. Is this the legacy that Bush will leave the American people? Have we lost our way by not following the rule of law and our policy against preemptive strikes and not condemning this act?


To continue the political slant in today's all politics blog....China is going Nowhere in its march to more democracy. And their treatment of Tibet is even worse!


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