Some folks think ths day marks the end of the American ideal. Both houses of Congress have now passed a bill that lets George Bush declare any human being on this planet a terrorist, imprison and torture any human being on this planet, deny them access to the evidence against them, deny them their day in court, and remove them from within the borders of this country never to be seen again, should he so desire.
Tonight, at football fields all over America people will stand up, take off their hats, face the flag of the United States of America and join their voices in asking this question:
O say, can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro' the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watch'd, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof thro' the night that our flag was still there.
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
Why ask? Don't we have our answer? One man is now above the law and you'r constitutional protections exist only until he, George W. Bush, decides to take them away.
Land of the Free? Not anymore!
Home of the Brave? Remains to be seen. Anybody who votes for a Republican ever again (though several democrats joined in this incerdible and disgraceful vote) does not have the courage required of freedom.
Tonight as we sing together...How many of us will understand that the answer to our question, as of today...Is No?