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The Real Patriots

February 20, 2007

Bob Herbert of the New York Times yesterday wrote an Op-Ed Piece called the Real Patirots. The original link is provided, however you have to have a paid subscription to the New York Times in order to read it. The website also has posted a copy of the article in order to educate the public.Senator Chriss Dodd

What Mr. C. really liked about the article is that it talks about two individuals who should be considered real American patriots. Frederick A. O. Schwarz Jr. and Senator Chris Dodd. Each is fighting the good fight by trying to reverse the actions of the Bushtard administration. Schwartz has just published a book called ““Unchecked and Unbalanced: Presidential Power in a Time of Terror” and Dodd is a Connecticut Democrat who is running for president. He is introducing legislation to undo many of the human rights abuses propagated by the Bushtard administration.
Frederick A.O. Schwartz Jr.

The Real Patriots
By Bob Herbert
The New York Times

The question is not so much whether a Republican or a Democrat takes the White House in the next election; it’s whether the American people can take back their country.

..George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, operating behind the mammoth fig leaf of national security, took this theoretical absurdity to heart and put it into widespread practice.

“For the first time in American history, the executive branch claims authority under the Constitution to set aside laws permanently – including prohibitions on torture and warrantless eavesdropping on Americans. A frightening idea decisively rejected at America’s birth – that a president, like a king, can do no wrong – has reemerged to justify torture and indefinite presidential detention.”

Undermining checks and balances here at home and acting unilaterally abroad have made us less safe, said Mr. Schwarz. Some of the actions the U.S. has taken “have so hurt our reputation,” he said, “that Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo Bay have become in many eyes more the symbol of America than the Statue of Liberty.”

Senator Dodd said this corrosion of the rule of law has been tolerated primarily because “people have been frightened.” As he put it, in an atmosphere of crisis, “the temptation to succumb to the demagoguery of these things is strong.”

The senator and Mr. Schwarz, in their different ways, are among the many quiet patriots who are spreading the word that the very meaning of the United States, the whole point of this fragile experiment in representative democracy, will be lost if the nation’s ironclad commitment to the rule of law is allowed to unravel.

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  1. February 20, 2007 4:51 pm

    One more reason to like Schwartz: his father, Frederick A. O. Schwartz, SR, founded what is probably the greatest toy store on earth: FAO Schwartz, in NYC.

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