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Ashcroft must be stopped
By E.E. (Bo) Edwards
President's Column columns.
Since becoming Attorney General, John Ashcroft has waged a campaign of
secrecy, intimidation, and coercion to transfer power from the
Legislative and Judicial Branches to his own office. His efforts to
expand and solidify this power are now accelerating. He must be stopped.
If Ashcroft continues to successfully browbeat those attempting to slow
his attack on our Constitution, the damage may be beyond repair, and the
In short, Ashcroft has orchestrated the elimination of fundamental
rights, the chilling of political speech and dissent, the severe
constraint of our judiciary’s independence, an increase in our
overflowing prison population, and a blatant disregard for states’
rights. He is attacking the very laws that protect us from the potential
— and often real — tyranny of the federal government.
Our constitutional system of government is too successful and too
precious to be subverted and permanently disfigured by
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