Right-wing politicians' behavior un-American

Letter to the editor

Posted: Monday, May 16, 2005

I am a United States citizen, born and mostly bred here. Having spent some of my formative years in Colombia during the beginnings of the civil war there during the late 1960s and early 1970s, I think I have a pretty good understanding of what freedom and the democratic process means, and what's happening now in the form of judicial attacks isn't it.

The premises upon which this country were founded are being threatened in the form of a Republican majority that wants to take us back to being under the thumb of a reigning monarch. In the last couple of years I have watched with mounting horror as our elected officials have trampled on our rights to privacy, workers' rights, women's rights, and a fair judicial system, to name a few.

I have lived in a country where freedom of speech was not a right but a grave danger, where the right amount of money could get the payer the court ruling he wanted, where military law ruled and vigilantes roamed the streets. That was Colombia, where the same civil war that started when I lived there is still going on, more than 30 years later. Even as a child I could see that what the United States had was the gold standard for a free nation.

Now I see the same thing happening here in the form of right wing politicians threatening our judges, religious fundamentalists making outrageous statements such as Pat Robertson's remark that judges pose a worse threat than the Sept. 11 terrorists, such as Tom Delay stating that the judges in the Schiavo case would have to "pay for their behavior."

Frightening. Is this really the direction we want our country heading in?

I don't. Talk about un-American. This smacks of it.

Julie Rehfeld


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