- Marble Hill fires entire sewer department (8/23/16)4
- Witness says he saw man shoot Domorlo McCaster (8/19/16)2
- Students move into new fraternity housing at Southeast Missouri State University (8/18/16)2
- Southeast imposes 'interim suspension' of Sigma Nu fraternity over vandalism incident (8/19/16)21
- Ex-Southeast student gets probation for placing homemade sex video on porn site without woman's knowledge (8/24/16)11
- The Chrome Queens (8/21/16)2
- Pitmasters to descend on Arena Park for Cape BBQ Fest (8/19/16)2
- Logan's Roadhouse in Cape not closing; Ruby Tuesday fate still unknown (8/17/16)
- Local private school dreams bigger, plans for new building at Sprigg and Lexington (8/22/16)
- Gender-neutral restrooms now available at Southeast (8/18/16)38
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