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March 04, 2004
Do you know where your Constitution is?

On March 4, 1789, the Constitution of the United States of America went into effect.

This week, after being held incommunicado for almost two years, "suspected enemy combatant Jose Padilla" finally gets to see a lawyer, but not everyone being held is going to be that lucky.

All over the country, people are arguing over legalizing discrimination.

"Torture-lite" is becoming an accepted way of doing business for our intelligence agencies.

The rule of law is a fine thing, isn't it?

Our reputation as the shining beacon of hope for human rights and equality is a bit tarnished these days, and we don't get the respect we used to.

Maybe it's just that I don't feel well, but I'm not impressed with us these days.

(By the way, on March 10, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell placed the world's first telephone call. He dialed up his assistant in the next room, proving once and for all that there is nothing a man won't do to avoid actually getting up off the couch and making his own stupid sandwich.)

Posted by AnneZook at 09:25 AM