George Washington once observed, "Government is not reason: It is not eloquence, it is Force. ... like fire it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master."
So, nineteen days BEFORE a court hearing, 130 federal agents reportedly under direct orders from the President of the United States and his sycophant Attorney General, forcibly kidnapped a 6-year-old boy. I'm not sure whether it is coincidence, irony, or subtlety or accident that the date of this latest abuse of power under the color of authority occurred on the birthday of Vladimir Lenin? The choice of a religious weekend exacerbates the obvious insult and injury.
Thomas Jefferson once noted, "The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first." We didn't listen to you, Tom. It is the very people who have been elected by the people and sworn an oath to "preserve and protect the constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic" that have now become the domestic enemies of the very document that empowers them.
This picture of a 6-year-old boy being pulled from his closet hiding space at gunpoint epitomizes the attitude and arrogance of the Clinton/Reno dynamic duo. THIS is what the Clinton/Gore administration does when faced with a court ruling with which they disapprove. Why this? Why now? Why not wait for the court hearing May 11?
The framers in their wisdom specifically created a republic with three branches of government. The three co-equal branches of government were designed specifically to protect against abuse of power and tyranny.
Since this melodrama began in the wake of tragedy, I have repeatedly suggested that (in my opinion) with the possible exception of young Elain's immediate care giver (the cousin), no one really cares a bit about the plight of this young tragic hero. Elian has been used by Castro, by the Miami Cuban community, by Janet Reno, Bill Clinton, and the ravenous mainstream media as a target of opportunity to be exploited for a variety of personal, professional and political gains. The conduct of just near everyone is sufficient to gag a maggot.
The duplicity of the administration has been, and continues to be epic in scope. Reno's posturing about "rule of law" is akin to an Ionesco play. My frequent observation about "people who don't like to be confused with facts which contradict their preconceived opinions" defines the Reno "in"-Justice Department.
Frank Zappa was right. He said, "Here we live in a country that has a fabulous Constitution and all these guarantees, a contract between the citizens and the government -- nobody knows what's in it. It's one of the best-kept secrets. And so, if you don't know what your rights are, how can you stand up for them? And furthermore, if you don't know what is in that document, how can you care if someone is shredding it?"
Shredding the Constitution and Bill of Rights seems to be the prime objective and standing operating procedure for Clinton/Gore/Albright/Reno et al. Ayn Rand was right when she said "We are fast approaching the state of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the state of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force."
Wait a minute ... what was it Washington said? (yeah, you can look back to the beginning) "Government is not reason ... it is FORCE." William Pitt observed in 1783 that "Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves." But there wasn't a "necessity" for this government sanctioned kidnapping. There was no real, perceived, or even promulgated "necessity" for the Holy Saturday raid in Miami.
I am embarrassed for our country. I am appalled by our government's inability to maintain even the fiction of legitimacy. I am deeply offended at the unbridled arrogance and patronizing lies that are polluting the body politic.
this has turned into a litany of wise comments from folks wiser than I
have, I'll close with one more from a contemporary American philosopher.
P.J. O'Rourke correctly observed that "Giving money and power to the government
is like giving car keys and whisky to teenage boys." The results are inevitable,
except those teenage boys may avoid probable tragedy as a function of luck
and reflexes. The government's luck is slowly running out, and their reflex,
whether knee-jerk, or just plain "jerk" have, can and will inevitably result
in something bad.