Monday, February 13, 2006

The Madness of King George

'Led by White House propaganda czar Karl Rove, the Bush administration has launched an aggressive campaign claiming that the president's authorization of massive ongoing electronic surveillance of American citizens is the only appropriate response to 'a ruthless enemy.' Rove added that criticism of the President's policy comes from those who don't understand 'the nature of the threat and the gravity of the moment.' The Founding Fathers anticipated debates such as the one stemming from George W. Bush's illegal spying. Well acquainted with the excesses of mad monarchs named George and the excuses for tyranny peddled by their partisans, Benjamin Franklin warned, 'They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. James Madison understood how seductive the claims of national security could be, pointing out that wartime is 'the true nurse of executive aggrandizement.'
--from the lead editorial in the Feb. 13'th edition of The Nation.


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