No Independence Day

This post, written by Taylor Marsh, originally appeared on Taylor

America wakes up in bondage today.

There's no other way to see it. A president and vice president have taken hold of the helm of this country and are dictating by fiat the very freedom and air that people are allowed to breathe, while holding themselves and their own above the law. We are led by the most un-American of men. Let there be no doubt. But in the wake of inaction and a Congress only equipped to hurl words, the question remains what will be done about it?

It's ironic to me that the quote Keith Olbermann used last night to begin his special comment were words I know so well. I used them in my one woman show two years ago, which revolved around John F. Kennedy. I used them to illustrate that Kennedy held the people's hopes and dreams, even for those who weren't Democrats. We've come along way since those days of J.F.K.
"I didn't vote for him," an American once said, "But he's my president, and I hope he does a good job."
That--on this eve of the 4th of July--is the essence of this democracy, in 17 words. And that is what President Bush threw away yesterday in commuting the sentence of Lewis "Scooter" Libby.
The man who said those 17 words--improbably enough--was the actor John Wayne. And Wayne, an ultra-conservative, said them, when he learned of the hair's-breadth election of John F. Kennedy instead of his personal favorite, Richard Nixon in 1960.
"I didn't vote for him but he's my president, and I hope he does a good job."
Olbermann: Bush, Cheney should resign
On this 4th of July, I. Scooter Libby may be free, but America is not. We the people are not. Most of the Senate certainly is not, tied down to some traditionalism that tacitly gives permission to the president's lawlessness, because raising the Capitol dome is judged unseemly. House Democrats are at least standing up and shouting loudly, holding hearings and investigations, even if some can't bring themselves to stand up and lose their jobs by doing their jobs, which is to preserve this republic at all costs, even your own. As for the Republicans in Congress, those Republicans, conservatives, as well as their right-wing pundits beyond who hail what Mr. Bush did in commuting Libby's sentence as action of the good. They are now pariahs of The Patriots fighting to take this country back. People like you and me.

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