Letter to the Editor: Public should express views on national issues

Dear Editor,

After Sept. 11, 2001, many Americans began their "rally 'round the flag" movement, lighting candles, vigorously waving the American flag and wiping away tears in an effort to wipe out terrorism. The majority of the world grieved with us and expressed their support for President Bush's "war on terror". Today many world powers are expressing their opinions in disagreement for President Bush's plans to go to war with Iraq and our torrid flag waving has been reduced to a mere flutter, amidst confusion and disenchantment. On Sept. 24, 2002 the Dow closed at its lowest figure of the year, a year that is almost to a close. Yet, according to a CNN poll, Americans feel that the war with Iraq is a more important issue than our faltering economy.

The results of this poll show how the Bush administration has pushed the war with Iraq to the forefront, causing those who will refuse to form political opinions of their own, to place the economy second, drop their American flags and grasp their battle-axes. However, under President Bush more than a million new families have dropped below the poverty line and the median household income has decreased. In all fairness though, war is good business. Maybe Bush is trying to pull America out of it's own problems by making trouble elsewhere. Don't mess with Texas. In fact, Hussein's stockpile has decreased since the Gulf War in 1991.

The Bush Administration continues to push for a war with Iraq even in defiance of other nations. For example, German Chancellor Schroeder recently won his election by taking a stance against America's plans of a war with Iraq. Please recall that after Sept.11, 2001, Germany announced their condolences and support for President Bush. The biggest problem with all this is that Americans have ignored their most important patriotic duty: to run their government, for the people and by the people. It is the responsibility of all Americans to ensure that their government follows the instructions (these are not suggestions) of the American people. We as citizens have an obligation to only allow the government to act in ways we deem acceptable.

Nearly two weeks ago, Indiana University President Miles Brand said that if the U.S. went to war with Iraq at that moment he expected some 600 students to turn out in protest. Could President Brownell say the same? How many Cardinals would turn out in support? We as Americans cannot stand idly by as our chief political leader makes choices on his own accord, without the support of not only the U.N. and foreign leaders, but Congress and the American public as well.

Ross R. Fields


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