At this juncture of our republic's history, it's interesting to ponder a few lines from James Madison and consider just how far the current "conservatives" have diverged from those who designed the Constitution:
Of all the enemies of public liberty, war is perhaps the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies. From these proceed debts and taxes. And armies, debts and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the dominion of the few.... No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.
If the so-called War on Terror doesn't count as "continual warfare" producing "debts and taxes," somebody please tell me what does. I think the "neocons" need to take the "con" out of their moniker and just call themselves "neos."
Or consider this from ol' Ben Franklin:
Those who give up essential liberties for temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
What would Franklin have to say about the so-called Patriot Act, ducktape, and daily color-coded "terror" alert warnings?
And can you guess who said the following?
Everybody's worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there's a really easy way: stop participating in it.