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The End of Dark Days

In Politics on January 20, 2009 at 3:15 pm

Today marks my return to my blog after a significant time lapse. During this period there have been times when I wondered if I was a lone voice crying out in the wilderness. Today marks the end of eight years tenure in the White House of a man who has brought shame and disgrace to the American people. With little regard for common decency and the common man, George Bush and his cohorts have ridden rough-shod over the rules and rights that have been in place for generations and much further back into history.

A sovereign country with a freely elected government that represents the true will of the people has the right to put in place fair laws for the governance of them. It has a right to stand alongside other free societies and to hold their head high proudly as a representative of the will of its people on the global stage. Sadly, for the greater part of his eight years in office, George Bush chose an agenda that has done nothing but bring disgrace to a free nation. He had no right to be there, no right to place his hand on his heart while “God Bless, America” played, and has done so much damage to the reputation of America as a just and free society.

The list of his malfeasance’s is long and troublesome. As you read this you should reflect on a few of these. With disregard for international laws, to which the government he purported to represent had placed their signature, proposals, and agreement, he ruled in a climate of terror. I will not enter into any conspiracy theories or discourse regarding the origins of this but it is sufficient to say that the events of 9/11 were the starting ground for control by instilling fear in the populace. This with disregard to; the Constitution of the United States, the intent of the founding fathers, the signatories of the Declaration of Independence, and countless American and international laws.

While declaring a ‘War on Terror’ his actions have been terror and fear bringing. False imprisonment, torture, countless deaths, and a shattered economy. Remember that there are still people detained as you read this. Fear still casts its shadow across the lives of many people.

With the inauguration of Barack Obama in a few hours there is the promise of Hope, the promise of a return to common decency, the promise of rebuilding from the ruins of the nation. I hope that the new government is able to restore America to its former standing in the world. It is a tough, long, and arduous task that awaits them.

There has been the admittance of torture by the former administration and there are clearly many things broken that need mending. People should be freed, intrusive laws revoked, the rights of people restored, and the rule of law restored. I am sure that there will be many who will say “forget the past”, “let us move forward”, and other conciliatory comments. For the new occupants of the White House it is important for them to show that they stand by and respect the laws of the government and the people they represent. There are many people who need to be impeached, prosecuted, tried, and jailed according to the law. The first of these should be George Bush. For Obama and his administration to have credibility they need to ensure faith in the rule of law is restored by enforcing them.

Regardless of their politics. Regardless of their promises. Regardless of what transpires. I wish them well. It will be a tough job.

On this, his last day, it is interesting to note one of George Bush’s remarks:

‘I hope you leave here and walk out and say “What did he say?”‘

Shame on you George. You have disgraced America. Hopefully Barack Obama will restore its reputation in the world. I wish him well.

Government of the people, by the people, for the people.

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