Obama defends the Constitution

There’s still a bit of hope that not every American politician has lost sight of the importance of their founding document, the Constitution. Barack Obama went on the offensive, criticizing the GOP for a comment Sarah Palin made about him in a speech:

“Al-Qaeda terrorists still plot to inflict catastrophic harm on America and he’s worried that someone won’t read them their rights.”

Obama stated that habeus corpus was “the foundation of Anglo-American law”, and emphasized it’s the right of every human being to know why they are being charged, and to go through due process.

Since the attacks of 9/11, the Republican party has convinced Americans that the right of law is a strategic weakness that their ‘enemies’ will exploit to no end. Their efforts have been directed at the complete erosion of the very rights many have died fighting for, all for the perceived perception of safety.

What is sad is how complacent most American citizens have been regarding the destruction of such highly praised values. Fear has gotten the best of many, and there are individuals that would rather live in a police state than run the risk of another terrorist attack. The irony, of course, is the very people meant to protect you become your oppressors; as you place more trust and responsibility in their hands, so is it abused. The Founding Fathers – themselves witness to such repression – knew all too well the effect power has on individuals. They set about creating a system where such abuses would be impossible.

It’s refreshing to see that a presidential candidate has decided pursuing terrorists should not erode the values that still make America the country it is. In the past 7 years it has been difficult for me as a Canadian to view the destruction of these values and not feel as though the world was losing something important. I can only hope my neighbors to the south reclaim their country from the very people who are so intent on destroying it.

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