On Democracy

I spent my early childhood during the Depression and World War II. The internment of Japanese Americans certainly was a blow against the basic  concept of a democratic society and many today cite the war as justification for depriving American citizens of their basic human rights. But, there is a difference between violations of the Constitution in 1942 and the current explaining away of the rights of citizens in 2013. The internment decision was not a unanimous view of Franklin Roosevelt’s Cabinet. Almost half the Cabinet argued against this violation of the Bill of Rights. Today, there is group think and once the president argues for a rationale that violates our Constitution, all become good Nazis and join in his decision.

We no longer have a Cabinet which contains individuals who refuse to accept the President’s decision if it violates our laws. Members of Congress go along with whoever is the president once the magic words of “national security” are uttered. Few in leadership roles place the Constitution as the center of their public responsibility.

I, along with millions, entered the US Armed Forces. We took an oath to obey and protect the Constitution, and to oppose the president if he violates that document. Barack Obama has violated the Constitution. Period.

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