Sunday, May 4, 2008

Congress Is Not Representing The Will Of The People

From We need "people's impeachment hearings" across U.S. by Howard Zinn:

The Declaration of Independence, revered as a document, ignored as a guide to action, needs to be read from pulpits and podiums, on street corners and radio stations, throughout the nation. Its words, forgotten for more than two centuries, need to become a call to action for the first time since it was read aloud to crowds in the early days of the American Revolution: "Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it and institute new government."

The "ends" referred to in the Declaration are the equal right of all to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

True, no government in the history of the nation has been completely faithful to those ends. But no past government has so casually ignored the will of the people, affirmed the right of the president to ignore the Constitution, even to set aside laws passed by Congress.

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