Printer Friendly

John Ashcroft.

I respond to the September 1 letter defending Attorney General John Ashcroft against much justified criticism for the government's post-September 11, 2001, power grab. Unlike the author, I cannot accept the government's very successful conversion of the United States into a police state that would be the envy of the dictatorships of history. The attempt to justify Mr. Ashcroft's conduct by saying that history has seen worse is no argument at all. Society is supposed to evolve and we, as civilized people, are supposed to learn from our mistakes. Should we attempt to justify, minimize, or otherwise explain away the recent slaughters of Rwanda or Bosnia by claiming that Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin killed more people?

History does not look favorably on the examples of totalitarianism uses to defend Mr. Ashcroft. Roosevelt's detention of Japanese-Americans has subsequently been discredited and was always widely considered to be illegal. The legality of Lincoln's suspension of habeas corpus during the Civil War is also questionable. So specious are these claims regarding Mr. Ashcroft's poorly titled liberalism that I am surprised the writer did not also raise John Adams' use of the Alien and Sedition acts as additional support.

The masses may look favorably for now on the very real erosion of civil liberties in our modern United States for any number of reasons. I do not. Apologists aside, our civil liberties are under assault in the so-called terrorism war. Any attempt to spin the Patriot Act's provisions into benefits forgets that the government, as exemplified by the cited events, frequently oversteps its bounds and is not to be trusted by those who truly love liberty.

Michael H. Galex

Coral Gables
COPYRIGHT 2003 Florida Bar
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2003 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Title Annotation:Letters
Author:Galex, Michael H.
Publication:Florida Bar News
Date:Oct 1, 2003
Words:278
Previous Article:Year of the child.
Next Article:Lawyer regulation.


Related Articles
Benefits Committee Supports Women's Pension Law.
ACTION ALERT Contacts Needed to U.S. Senators on Ashcroft Nomination and McCain-Feingold Bill to Restrict Free Speech About Politicians.
National Farmers Union.
LETTERS LOG.
Letters in the Editor's Mailbag.
ASHCROFT OUT OF STEP RIGHT-WINGER'S PAST PROVES HE'S WRONG FOR OUR FUTURE.
Tackling terrorism. (OAS).
Operation Snoops.
Letters in the Editor's Mailbag.
Ashcroft, a liberal?

Terms of use | Copyright © 2018 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters