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BUSH ADMINISTRATION DISPLAYS UTTER DISRESPECT FOR RULE OF LAW

The outrageous intervention by President Bush and his administration into the end-of-life decisions made for Terri Schiavo again illustrates the utter disrespect Bush holds for the rule of law, the U.S. Constitution, individual liberties and states' rights.

This administration has repeatedly shown it will allow no law or system of government to prevent it from imposing its religion-based dogma and agenda on our country. Time and again Republican leaders change or ignore legal and institutional obstacles to their will. Separation of church and state and a free and independent press are being extinguished.

Had past presidential administrations treated our Constitution and laws with so little respect and regard as Bush has in seeking to impose his vision on the world, the United States would not have survived as a nation or as a force for good in the world. In its hostility to science and manipulation of media and truth, the Bush administration is rapidly dismantling the centuries-old foundations of our democracy.

Randy Klaiman

Buffalo