2006-02-02 / Letters to the Editor

More on Constitution

Gentlemen, I beseech you to understand that my response to Mr. Clifford’s whining essay blaming our government for the failures of humanity and purporting indignant support of people that have sworn to destroy all non-believers of Islamic fundamentalism was not an assault on our Constitution. I spent 24 prime years of my life defending our Constitution and the liberties guaranteed the inhabitants of this nation, the United States of America. I assure you that I do not believe that any American is above that Constitution.

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquillity(sic), provide for the common defence(sic), promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

The above signifies a distinct concept to guarantee the security of this nation and our freedom. Those words are not lost to me, nor is the fact that sacrifices were made and continue to be required of the governed to ensure realization of such noble goals. The men who sponsored our independence and freedom from tyranny sacrificed more than most Americans realize. They lost their families, their homes, everything. Many died for the cause of liberty . . . our liberty. Is that in your curriculum?

For that reason, our forefathers painstakingly drafted the most perfect doctrine for self-government evidenced in the chronicles of mankind. Unfortunately, too many of us have lost sight that their intention was to provide a blanket of liberty to protect the law-abiding people of this nation from tyrannical rule. I am certain that this document was never intended to become a curtain for the tribulations of humanity to hide behind to devise tactics and instruments to vanquish those it righteously serves. Liberty cannot survive without security.

I do not support illegal transgressions against any law-abiding citizen by our government. “Let the President spy” was a personal statement meaning I have nothing to hide. Wiretapping against any individual requires a warrant. Scanning the airwaves for specific phrases and terminology as a measure to protect the citizens of this nation does not constitute wiretapping. No individual’s rights are compromised. Consider this: When using the Internet, there are private organizations monitoring every site visited. Is that legal? You have to buy their spy-ware product to stop them.

Recent history supports an opinion that a pandemic of malevolence is sweeping across the globe — terrorism, an evil that our forefathers had never foreseen and therefore never made any distinct provisions to thwart. None on this planet are safe. Yes! Our forefathers were old powder wigged gentlemen forging the promise of a new land of opportunity and absolute freedom. I firmly believe that if they had foresight of what is happening in our world, they might have prudently added provisions to deal with such a situation within the articles of the Constitution. They certainly covered every aspect for the world in which they lived.

I met a person recently who actually believes the attacks on 9/11 were carried out by the U.S. military. I’m sure there must be more. For them, the thought that people living in their neighborhood, shopping in their supermarket, or dining in a local restaurant could be planning the next attack on our nation is illusory. I find that alarming, at the least.

Neither of you seem too concerned about the absolute menace facing mankind. Terrorists are enemies of humanity. They sacrifice their own children. They willingly murder members of their own families in their attempt to deny the Islamic people the experience of those extraordinary concepts penned into our Constitution.

These terrorists realize that in order to achieve their goals of dominance and enslavement of Islam, they must also deny us that freedom for which our forefathers fought, sacrificed, and died. Would you like to revisit 9/11? Our brave young men and women sacrifice daily not only to defend our Constitution, but to share the dream of those historic notions with people escaping the grasp of tyranny today.

Thomas J. Bembenek,

U.S. Navy retired,


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