Dear Editor,

I was wondering when we would get to this, but it's here. President Bush said before the United Nations (an illegal band of usurping violators of the laws of nations) that:

"We must speak the truth about terror. Let us never tolerate outrageous conspiracy theories concerning the attacks of September the 11th; malicious lies that attempt to shift the blame away from the terrorists, themselves, away from the guilty. To inflame ethnic hatred is to advance the cause of terror."

This statement has many seeds of tyranny and violation of the laws of liberty planted within it. The first seed is the conversion of a theory into a malicious lie! Theories are not lies or truth. Theories may one day turn out to be true or false but a theory is just that, until proven otherwise. Theories are the result of free thought and the right of free speech. Bush should not be allowed to turn free thought and expression thereof into automatic lies that cannot be tolerated. Is this the firm compassion I voted for in November 2000 -- Theories out Intolerance in?


The second seed is to suggest that the automatic motive of thinking and expression is to inflame ethnic hatred. What in a theory of a potential conspiracy would automatically have to do with ethnic hatred? Is Bush now saying that only those who hate Jews or Arabs could think that some of them or a totally different group could act in concert to harm Americans? So now thinkers hate ethnic groups! Are we really this scared of terrorism? Are we going to institute the thought police at home to fight terrorism?

The third and most damaging seed is the alliance President Bush is making with those that think about any possibility or conspiracy with those that inflict death and destruction upon the innocent. This seed will permit the shallow citizen to justify the imprisonment and punishment of those who think deeply and fully. Thinkers are terrorists now? We cannot permit Bush to ally free thought with terrorism.

Is President Bush trying to tell me that Jews and Arabs don't whip-up tons of programming, theories, speculations and justifications to advance their respective causes in America? I get it, foreigners and ethnic groups can plot and scheme but Americans can't even think about them doing it, much less do it ourselves! Can we really safely assume that all conversation about the potential of conspiracy in the world of politics and government is made to advance the cause of terror? If anything it is the reverse! It is to alert all citizens to think deeply about everything that happens in their lives. This right the forefathers knew was critical to the protection of the liberties of the people of the United States. It is listed as amendment number one in the U.S. Constitution:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or the press ; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."


President Bush is suggesting that the whole world, including America, should abridge the freedom of speech? You can now exercise freedom of speech, but just don't say certain things? You newspaper people better get on the stick about this! This is serious stuff! Now this, my friends is our PATRIOTIC DUTY if I have ever seen it in my lifetime, to resist the encroachment upon thought and the expression of it. All veterans better be thinking about what their service meant to our elected servants.

Sincerely Yours,

Ronald F. Avery