An Open Letter to Sen. Lamar Alexander

Senator Alexander,

For the most part, I would consider myself a life-long Republican. But the recent vote of both you and most of your Republican colleagues for the support of S 1867 proves to me that you are just as much of a disgrace to the Republican Party as the party has become to its principles of limited government. You were elected to protect our civil liberties, not to auction them off to the highest bidder under the guise of "keeping us safe."

How many times must Benjamin Franklin's famous quote, "they who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety" be reiterated before you will even consider the ideals that this country was founded upon? Perhaps you like to ignore the words of Thomas Jefferson who said, "The policy of the American government is to leave their citizens free, neither restraining nor aiding them in their pursuits." Once we go against the great freedom that has made our country thrive for so long, we turn our backs on the very thing that sets us apart from oppressive governments.

S 1867 states that the entire country is a war zone. Do you really think that you live in a war zone, Senator? Worst of all, the war that we are fighting is against an abstract noun, an idea, an action—there can be no end to this war. All citizen are potentially enemy combatants under this detention act that you support. S 1867 is the next step after the Patriot Act to nullify the liberties that are supposed to be protected by the Constitution. Now that you have the ability to indefinitely detain American citizens without trial, I wonder which shall be the next of our civil rights to fall.

With your support for increased spending, decreased civil liberties, and the continual devaluing of the American currency and way of life, I am further sickened by your support of S 1867. I just hope that Republicans do the right thing and demand your resignation.

Joseph King

Knoxville