One of the most glaring incongruities of the Bush presidency is the frequent complaint that other societies lack “openness” or “transparency.” While we clamor for others to open their societies, we close ours.
Consider the debate over border security or the controversy created by an openly gay bishop or soldier.
Secretive government agencies eavesdrop on our communications, delve into our financial records and kick in our doors without knocking.
Whenever the press exposes these secret programs, the administration calls for the leakers to be punished and the press to be squelched.
Our policies, attitudes and actions are not consistent with those of a society or an administration that values openness and transparency.
President Clinton envisioned building a bridge to the 21st century. President Bush is busy building walls. We must be vigilant to guard against any further erosion of our freedoms. The freedom and democracy that we cherish and extol the virtues of to the rest of the world is ours to lose.