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Time to check in on the faulty governing of the Bush administration.

RICHARD AMRHINE
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Date published: 6/19/2005

By RICHARD AMRHINE

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It's the U.S. government's responsibility to keep us safe, but to accomplish that without compromising the personal freedoms that set us apart. Big Brother isn't welcome here, but no matter how the president tries to justify it, that is what he wants.

What he also wants is Big Moral Brother, a compass that always points toward the GOP conservative wing's view of things. The president approves of the precedent the government set by taking sides in the case of Terry Schiavo, the Florida woman who was allowed to die after subsisting for 16 years in a vegetative state. But about 80 percent of Americans, no matter where they stood on the issue, think government should have kept its nose out of it.

The same holds true for embryonic stem-cell research. Large majorities of Americans, up to 70 percent, want the research to proceed based on the promise--not the guarantee--that it could hold the key to various maladies and diseases from which actual living people suffer.

Has the president taken that information to heart? Probably not, because he believes that God is on his party's side. That is irrational and preposterous, but some Americans seem to buy it.

The abolitionist, suffragist, and early women's rights advocate Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906) put it this way:

"I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires."

Too bad she is unavailable for interviews.

RICHARD AMRHINE is a writer and editor with The Free Lance-Star.


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