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Monday, May 22, 2006

What he said.

GOP senator Pat Roberts' recent lame-ass defense of Dubya's assault on civil liberties — 'You have no civil liberties if you are dead' — sparked Robert Parry's these eloquent comments by Robert Parry on the stakes of trading liberty for safety.

Roberts's dictum echoed through the mainstream media where it was embraced as a pithy expression of homespun common sense. But the commentators missed how Roberts's preference for life over liberty was the antithesis of Henry's option of liberty or death.

Roberts's statement also represented a betrayal of two centuries of bravery by American patriots who gave their own lives so others could be free.

After all, it would follow logically that if "you have no civil liberties if you are dead," then all those Americans who died for liberty were basically fools. Roberts's adage reflects a self-centeredness, which would shame the millions of Americans who came before, putting principle and the interests of "posterity" ahead of themselves.

If Roberts is right, the Minutemen who died at Lexington Green and at Bunker Hill had no liberty; the African-Americans who enlisted in the Union Army and died in Civil War battles had no liberty; the GIs who died on the Normandy beaches or Marines who died at Iwo Jima had no liberty; Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights heroes who gave their lives had no liberty.

If Sen. Roberts is right, they had no liberties because they died in the fight for liberty. In Roberts's view — which apparently is the dominant opinion of the Bush administration and many of its supporters — personal safety for the individual tops the principles of freedom for the nation.

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