- Jackson man to cast electoral vote for Trump; others trying to dissuade him (11/29/16)51
- Man killed by vehicle had been charged with domestic assault (11/30/16)
- Hotel chain president: City should regulate short-term lodging (11/27/16)16
- Former Cape council member dies, remembered as 'wonderful public servant' (11/29/16)1
- Woman accused in three robberies disguised herself as man (11/29/16)5
- Thankful people: Marble Hill woman been through much and remains thankful (11/24/16)
- Officers: Delta man dies during domestic dispute (11/28/16)1
- Business notebook: New store shows faith in Scott City district (11/28/16)
- Missouri chamber to honor Cape's John Mehner (11/30/16)5
- Light Christmas: Thousands gather to view Parade of Lights (11/28/16)5
We should never concede liberties
To the editor:
Admission by the Bush administration that it has engaged in domestic eavesdropping by monitoring U.S. citizens' telephone conversations had resulted in a lame defense by the president's right-wing allies. They defend the president by declaring, "If they have nothing to hide, they shouldn't fear the government." This rationale is both naive and dangerous. The only thing that separates a democracy from a dictatorship is a private citizen's relationship to his government.
Many German Jews supported Hitler's rise to power. They were willing to give up their civil liberties. Failure by the German people to identify and act brought disaster. Americans should never concede or allow their constitutional rights to be compromised. One can only wonder the extent of the protest by the right wing if Bill Clinton were still president.
Americans should demand this question be answered by their president: If the administration has nothing to hid, why should it fear review by either the judicial or legislative branches of government? It's called checks and balances, and it's provided in the U.S. Constitution.
I suspect the administration's actions are illegal and impeachable. We do, however, face a dilemma. Do we replace the puppet with the puppeteer?
PAUL J. ALLEE, Jackson