Brad Messer Commentary
Friday, December 19, 2003


USA is Poor Role Model

Do as I say, not as I do. That's what we say when we want other people to do stuff, but we don't do it our own selves.

Take free speech. Reuters reports from Iraq that the people of Tikrit have been given fair warning: any anti-US or anti-coalition demonstration WILL BE FIRED ON.

I'm guessing that gives Iraqis a warm, fuzzy feeling about us.

Here's another example: the rule of law. We tell the rest of the world that democracy is hot stuff, that they should want to have democracies in their own second-rate little countries.

Then we lock up an American citizen, in America, and hold him 18 months without charges, without reasonable access to an attorney.

This country is sacrificing our Constitutional guarantees at home, while telling the whole world to do as we say, not as we do.

Free expression. Rule of law. It is a shame. We should be a good example, but we are a poor one.

Brad Messer— commentary, KTSA.





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