Collins' comments
by Kelly Collins

I am still traveling. I took Amtrak from Newport News Virginia to Meridian, Connecticut.

The train goes through the bad sections of town; the junkyards; the industrial sections, and the slums.

In Washington D.C. I expected something different. This is the house of our government. But, the trash was there also.

Within two blocks of the Senate and Congressional office buildings there was the ordinary corruption of any other city. The junked autos, the wine and beer bottles.

It struck me that the City of D.C. was doing the same thing the government was doing. Keeping the front clean, and pushing the corruption out of sight.

In some places there were trees between the buildings and the piles of garbage I saw.

Our government is doing the same.

Out front every thing is nice, clean and showing off its best side; while behind the screen of trees, is its corruption.

To quote, “Power Corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

For some time now the move has been to take the power of this nation out of the hands of “WE the People” and put it in the hands of government on every level.

The Patriot Act gives the government powers that are being challenged by the ACLU.

I learned this when I was up in arms about the ACLU.

In the 1950s, the House Un-American Activities Committee was doing things to personal freedoms that was clearly unconstitutional; and we saw how long that took to be eradicated.

The Patriot Act and its Enhancement bill have given the Homeland Security Agency powers that are clearly unconstitutional.

How much damage will it do before its powers are checked?

I encourage you to read “1984” by George Orwell.

Then read the speeches of George Bush, and the Patriot act for yourself.

It will chill you to the bone.

Where do we go from here? I honestly don’t know.

What do you think?