15 October 2005

Elections - Today Is Constitution Day In Iraq

As I am writing this, it is 11:38 am in Iraq. Millions of Iraqis will be risking life and limb to cast their vote to accept or reject their form of national government. Let's face it campers, this document is what will define Iraq. Just as our Constitution is supposed to define the United States (when not prostituted by activist judges in the federal judiciary), the Iraqi Constitution will define them as a free people. On January 30th, when John Kerry was on television promising to release his military records, Iraq was voting. Voting in numbers which would shame American turnouts. Millions took a very real risk to their safety and lives to make their voice heard. And they did so with a small Sunni turnout. This time, Sunnis are going to be voting by all indication. And the pride of the Iraqis will be shown with purple fingers once again. They do so because for the first time in their lives they have the opportunity to participate in their government. A pride in the ability to do something that we as Americans have had since birth. A right that many of us ignore. A right which is truly more than a right, but a responsibility. We should all pay attention to the Iraqi people. And understand that they have a sense of responsibility. That they value this right which they have be denied for decades. We should be ashamed that it takes a nation of oppressed people to show us what a privilege it is to be able to be heard. And just to note, John Kerry still hasn't released his unedited military records. Iraq has since he made his promise, held a national election to establish a Constitutional Government and leadership, drafted a Constitution which is being voted on today, is making progress in rebuilding their infrastructure, and is on the path of true freedom. All while John Kerry's military records sit in a dusty warehouse. Come on Senator, you are the one who wants to be President. You are the one who is demanding disclosure from others while you hide your past. Free the records. Learn a lesson from the Iraqi people.
Blogger's 1st Amendment Pledge If the FEC makes rules that limit my First Amendment right to express my opinion on core political issues, I will not obey those rules. Gribbit is a contributing writer at Stop The ACLU and the co-founder and administrator of Stop The ACLU BlogBurst.

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