Steve Jones - Editor (8/3/2008)
My concern is that power without limits, without recourse, without timeframes, without the need to show justifications, is very open to abuse.
That almost sounded like the text in the Declaration of Independence. 😉 Has our current regime become like the country we rebelled against over 200 years ago? Yikes!
That's the whole point. Your ancestors fought for a number of basic rights and made them the pillars of their (your) society. The US has been promoting these values around the world for a long time, and many millions of people have profited from this, which is something we're all thankful for. Unfortunately, the outside view has become more and more reserved in recent years because of the hypocritcal state the US is currently in: Using force to shape the world as it sees fit, claiming to be the sole super power and moral leader, but at the same time with total disregard for the constitutional rights of its own citizens. That just doesn't seem right, and it's saddening, because I'd like to see a great US again, one that people can rightly look up to.
Let me add that I know that I've been generalizing, and that many Americans are also concerned, but it seems pretty clear that this is the direction things are moving in, and that's very worrying.