Conflict of values

Posted: Tuesday, December 10, 2002

The president and the Congress are accountable to the people of America. We the people don't have to ask them to be accountable. They were elected by us. They represent Americans. Accountable equates with responsibilities, and those responsibilities include defending the principles and values up on which this country is founded. It is in the Constitution.

Our president is acting responsibly. George Bush and his administration have been making deliberate moves. They haven't let their natural desires to immediately strike back override their responsibility to govern. It has been 15 months since Sept. 11, 2001. Fifteen months since America was attacked, 15 months since my high school friend lost her daughter on American Airlines Flight 11, 15 months since families across our country were torn apart.

Andrea Doll (Empire, Dec. 8) suggests that America brought this attack on its self. Should America feel guilty for living in the land of the free? I think not. I chose to live here because of the freedoms afforded by our Constitution. What is being played out is a conflict of values and beliefs. If America doesn't understand what it believes then we will be overrun. We are subject to terrorism because the "other guy" doesn't like us, what we believe, and how we live in the United States of America.

Gary Hayden


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