Even Conservatives Starting to Fear Bush’s Power Grab

As people worldwide commemorate the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, it’s not just liberals and Democrats worried about President Bush’s policies and the direction that he’s leading the United States.

A libertarian think tank that once was the darling of Reagan-era Republicans recently issued a report warning American citizens about the doublespeak used by the Bush administration to justify the expansion of governmental powers allegedly to fight the “War on Terror.”

In Doublespeak and the War on Terrorism, the Cato Institute argues that government officials are deliberately changing the definitions of terms such as “freedom” and “security” so they can misrepresent or obscure their actions to expand their power.

“One can certainly argue that the al-Qaeda terrorist network represents a dangerous new threat to the American homeland — and that government officials require new powers to combat that threat,” Cato’s report says. “But it is doublespeak to use the terms ‘freedom’ and ‘power’ as if they were interchangeable. Who could credibly argue that the repeal of the Bill of Rights would represent the ‘advancement of freedom?’ ”

Such a statement sounds like it was written by the American Civil Liberties Union, but no one can accuse the Cato Institute of being left-wing.

This is the same organization, after all, that opposes most government subsidies, supports abolishing the minimum wage and the partial privatization of the Social Security system, pushes for a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution and disagrees that global warming is occurring due to human activity.

Remaining consistent with its core principles, however, Cato also opposes the Iraq War and the U.S.A. Patriot Act, supports reforming illegal drug policies and wants to abolish all trade barriers.

Founded in 1977, Washington, D.C.-based Cato tries to influence public policy based on what it describes as “traditional American principles” such as limited government, individual liberty, free markets and peace.

Cato’s 16-page report outlines numerous questionable policies and tactics employed by the federal government since the Sept. 11 attacks. It concludes:

“The American people must recognize these odious tactics for what they are and remain vigilant about our Constitution and individual liberty. Too many people seem to think that the Constitution will automatically check the government from overstepping its authority and running amok. That simply is not true.

“The Constitution is incapable of enforcing itself. The ultimate limit on the power of government has always been the patience of the people. As Judge Learned Hand warned many years ago, ‘Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; (if) it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it.’”

— Kevin Osborne

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3 Comments on “Even Conservatives Starting to Fear Bush’s Power Grab”

  1. Brendan Says:

    At last Americans are waking up to this administrations agenda. They are destroying this nation one step at a time. Welfare for the rich greedy corporations, reverse robin hood taz schemes, destroying the enviroment, dismanteling unions and workers protections, destroying health care, waging war on the middle class and an unprecedented power grab. It is well past time for them to go.

  2. elephant in the house Says:

    I think the elephant in the house is beginning to smell. The “war for civilization” implies that one must be “civilized” to begin with and I don’t think the current administration falls into this category.

    The Bush’s history of raping/abusing 70% of the world’s natural resources, ignoring the Kurds call for help and the Aids epidemic 20 years ago, and using the votes of born-again/ pro-lifers while disrespecting the sanctity of life around the world is just the tip of the iceburg. Everything good reflected in our “civilization” has been turned into a money fueled war machine by the Bush family and all those who support them.

    A civilization that values consumerism fueled by blood thirsty economy over any human life in my opinion makes primitive life look pretty good.

  3. Maverick Chabot ... Says:

    You must be referring to that commercial where former-conservative Steve “Maverick” Chabot is wearing his “dissident-suit.”

    The only problem is that under his “maverick” suit somewhere is branded a big fat “2w4W” for Washington Whore 4 W.


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