There is much I could say, but Keith Olbermann says it much more eloquently than I think I could manage at this point.
Read this: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15321167/
Consider what Mr. Olbermann is saying. Take a step back from partisan rhetoric and think about what Bush and the Republicans have allowed to happen at this point. Strangely, the adage ‘Monsters we are, lest monsters we become’ comes to mind–or the Franklin attributed quote that Olbermann references.
Yes, laws can be repealed. Yes, the voice of the citizens of the Republic can shout down the privileged who have taken the reins of the Republic to use for their own means. But how much can be done when we stand but a few simple steps away from a military dictatorship? The Second Amendment is a wonderful thing, but honestly how much good does it do us now with the changes in technology if the Military is willing to stand by and simply be a tool for those who would see our civil liberties stripped away in the interests of “protecting” us?
With all sincerity, Mr. President, Senators, and Representatives, if this is the type of protection you have to offer me, you can keep it. I don’t want to be wrapped in a security blanket to the point that I can’t move without violating its confines. I don’t want to be put into a pen and told to stay there for my own good. What is for my own good is up to me to decide, not you or anyone else.
We’re currently living in a political system where the lesser of two evils is the best viable choice we have. As much as I hate to say, I believe this was the final tipping balance for me on where the “lesser” now rests.