January 5, 2006


Practicing patriot (Letters to the Editor, Village Voice)

Re James Ridgeway's "Bush Impeachment Not Out of the Question" [Mondo Washington, December 21, 2005, villagevoice .com]: What is wrong with you people? There are people in this country, both U.S. citizens and foreign nationals, who would like nothing more than to see this country taken over and our infrastructure broken. Get your heads out of the sand and quit talking about impeaching Bush and hamstringing our country. They can wiretap my phone anytime—I have nothing to be ashamed of. If you are trying to undermine our government or promote a terrorist attack, then you deserve to be caught and prosecuted. I don't care about the rights of terrorists; if they break the law, arrest them, give them a fair trial, and lock them up.

Nancy Crichton
St. Louis Park, Minnesota

Giving us the title of the next liberal must-read--What's the Matter with St. Louis Park, MN?

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 5, 2006 10:23 AM

And Al Franken can write it--it's his home town (and Thomas Friedman's too).

Posted by: Brian (MN) at January 5, 2006 10:27 AM

Maybe we should start a website where people could waive their right to have the government get a warrant before "searching" their emails, telephone calls and cell phone conversations, so long as the government does so without physically entering or listening in on their houses, cars, offices, etc.

It would prove something to someone, although given the libertarian bent of the web it could well fail.

Posted by: David Cohen at January 5, 2006 10:30 AM

Can we torch anyone who doesn't sign up?

Posted by: oj at January 5, 2006 10:46 AM

Re the letter writer's "I don't care about the rights of terrorists; if they break the law, arrest them, give them a fair trial, and lock them up."

This is the misguided, Officer Friendly, police-action mindset that hobbled the Clinton Administration.

The issue in the Imperial Japanese Navy's attack on Pearl Harbor was not lawbreaking. It was war. Like military assailants, terrorists don't need to be arrested, tried, and locked up. They need to be indentified, preempted, disrupted, and, with any luck, violently disassembled in the process.

Posted by: Axel Kassel at January 5, 2006 12:29 PM

Axel - if she said kill them and bury them in pigskin, would her letter have been printed?

Posted by: Sandy P at January 5, 2006 4:08 PM

Axel: It's a start. Think of all the things the Left has implemented through incrementalism, and then consider where a person like this could be lead next...

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at January 5, 2006 10:55 PM