Americans need to be vigilant to prevent erosion of basic rights

Posted: Tuesday, May 27, 2003

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is to be commended for unanimously enacting a resolution renouncing attempts by those in our federal government who seek to suspend our rights through the USA PATRIOT Act, the Homeland Security Act, the Draft Domestic Security En-hancement Act of 2003, and the various presidential executive orders issued through the present administration.

Members of the assembly and many members of the public deserve further commendation for becoming informed and educated about the extent of the encroachment on our rights and many spoke eloquently about the need to adopt policy that repudiates actions of the U.S. legislative branch and the executive branch that run counter to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

That said, the need for continuing vigilance is not diminished by passage of this resolution. Those factions complicit in a desire to dictate control over our citizens still retain powerful positions in all levels of our government. Their enduring desire to operate in increasing secrecy and their systematic erosion of basic checks and

balances built into our Constitution demonstrate the need of our vigilance and action.

In order to protect our rights, the dual tasks that remain will continue to be the need to educate and inform ourselves about the actions of those in our government who wish to abridge our rights and the necessity to publicly disavow and take decisive action to deny them their wishes. As a popular saying of these times goes, "If you're not abhorred by what's going on, you're just not informed."

An American government of the people, for the people and by the people will be regained if all of us will again get informed and involved.

Paul Zimmerman

Kasilof



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