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All eyes on John Ashcroft
"They say you can't legislate morality.
Well, you certainly can"
By Justin Taylor
Wow. Yet another political commentary. I don't do these much because I so often
feel inept when it comes to writing about our political society. But today, I'm going
to make an exception. No, this isn't a tabloid, and
I'm not going to touch Jesse Jackson. Get over it, I
am, however, going to chat on the subject of one
Mr. John Ashcroft.
Maybe I don't get the concept of appointing someone as our nation's chief lawyer
and enforcer of Federal and Civil rights laws. It would seem to me that it would
have to be a person beyond reproach. A person with neither, "spot nor wrinkle" on
his social and political rap sheet.
Simply put, John Ashcroft isn't it. I've been reading a few magazine articles relat-
ed to this subject, and proponents of Ashcroft continue to say that it is ridiculous to
think that his personal views would affect his judgement as Attorney General. They
say it's a slap in the (face for judgements to be made based upon his past decisions.
Now, I'm not exactly a rocket scientist, but how is a person supposed to discern
which person to appoint, if not for the person's past political decisions? This is how
things are done. You look at people's record. If they work well for us, or prove well
for our political system, we approve. If he falls short of the credentials and proves
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too big for his britches, we let them sit there on the floor and cry. Sp£™1 10 lhE 1-T*C
Ashcroft has voted against desegregation laws, environmental
issues and even AIDS research. Why would an intelligent man like "Dub-ya"
attempt to appoint Ashcroft into this position? He seemed to have been a good
friend to his daddy. Family ties rim, stroiig round .these here parts.
In fact, opposing John Ashcroft seems to be the new fad these days. Want to see
more? Take a look at www.opposeAshcroft.com, the website dedicated to getting
this guy away from any source of power. According to CNN, he's stated that his
role as Attorney General would be different than that of a senator. And he's right.
Now he would have more power, Look at who's opposing this guy : The Sierra
Club, The NAACP, Planned Parenthood and many others. It's like the-powers-that
-be are combining to try and take this guy out. Vote wise, the Senate seems to be
split regarding the subject.
Oddly enough, the polls are predicting this guy to vvin, in spite of all the opposi-
tion mounted against him. It seems a person only needs to have deep pockets - or
friends with deep pockets, to galvanize a surge of approval. If you have conserva-
tive, established big business behind you, anything is possible.
As of yesterday, Ashcroft's appointment was pushed back due to-his needing ,to
respond to roughly 126 hand-written questions by prominent senators. As always,
I'm just waiting to see how it all is going to go down, wrong or right.
There are some of the more recent excuses for wars and covert actions. The
United States fought a war in Vietnam to preserve democracy, freedom and to
stop North Vietnamese agression. The United States intervened in El Savador,
Guatemala and Nicaragua to prevent these countries from becoming puppets of
Cuba, which in turn was a puppet of the Soviet Union. The United States bombed
Yugoslavia to stop ethnic cleansing and help the Kosovar Albanians. The tiny
island of Grenada was invaded to protect American students there. Panama was
invaded to apprehend a drug dealer. The United States is intervening in Columbia
to stop drug trafficking.
Each of these statements is a blatant lie and much more destructive lies than Ex-
President Clinton's lies about sex because these wars and covert actions cause
much suffering and death, the U.S. media will accept these lies as gospel truths
every time and then reason from these unproven assumptions. They will not
investigate and spend hours and hours of TV time on the subject like they have on
Clinton and Monica Lewinsky. Why? These Eire lies in defense of U.S. foreign poli-
cy and U.S. foreign policy protects the interests of large corporations like those
that control the media.
All of the interventions I have mentioned were done to ensure that ability of
American capitalists to exploit the land, labor and natural resources of other coun-
tries and ensure that no successful example of socialist development is allowed to
occur anywhere because it is a threat to this world corporate dominations, as epit-
omized now by NAFTA, GATT and the World Trade Organization.
This is a process which has been occurring for five hundred years in the Third
World and is called imperialism, although the U.S. media denies its existence. It
did not end with the end of colonialism, but can be seen in the horrible conditions
in sweatshops all over the world.
The immense brutality in Columbia and U.S. involvement is not to stop drugs,
but to stop socialism and ensure the safety of U.S. corporate investment in that
country. As citizens of the United States, we have an obligation to pressure-the
government to stop the atrocities being committed in Columbia.
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Noting the moment - Hail to the chief
By Keri Pritchard
1965 Graduate of Purdue University
BS in Chemistry
-Give me a quote!—-
A university professor set an examination question in which he asked
( "What is the difference between ignorance and apathy?" The professor
had to give an A+ to a student who answered: "I don't know and I don't care/'
"We cannot but pity the boy who has never fired a gun;
he is no more humane, while his education has been sadly neglected/'
Alright, I'll admit it: I cry like a baby
ing historical events. As I sat in front of
my television last Saturday watching
the inauguration of our forty-third pres-
ident, George Walker Bush, my eyes
welled with tears of mixed emotions.
Oh, how I want to believe that every-
thing will be alright under this new
administration. I want to believe that
he will indeed do his best to serve and
protect our country and look out for the
welfare of "Middle America," but I just
Let's face the facts: historically, few
people from Middle America have been
invited to the "Grand ol' Party."
Even though our illustrious former
governor has been dubbed a uniter and
not a divider, I am still skeptical of his
ability to unite our political parties or
build a, "single nation of justice and
This skepticism is derived from living
in a family whose very livelihood
depends on which party is in the White
House and controls congress.
When one party historically sides in v
your favor on issues concerning
whether you will be able to provide
your family with their basic needs, a
loyalty to that party is formed. It's the
only logical choice. Why would a voter
select someone that they knew would
not look out for their best interest to
represent them in government? They
Year after year we peacefully allow
new leaders to take office. We give them
the opportunity to try their hand at run-
ning the show, It is amazing to me how
easily the power of our country changes
hands. With the simple swearing of an
oath, one man accept the most powerful
office in the world while another gra-
ciously steps aside.
It takes a mere thirty seconds for the
transfer of power to occur. Isn't
America great? Where else in the world
can you find a peaceful changing of the
Despite the fact that President
Clinton's morality can be compared to
that of the fleas that carried the Bubonic
Plague, his term in office produced
respectable results. I wish him luck as a
private citizen and would like to say
goodbye and thank you.
I wish our new president all of the
confidence and competence he will
need during his term of service. For the
sake of the nation, I hope he does a stel-
lar job. Afterall, the entire country is
depending on him.
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