9.17.2004

Fear of a black hat

This is what liberals are afraid of when they rail against the Patriot Act. The current course that Putin has taken in Russia are what many "Leftys" fear could happen here. A terrorist attack as prelude to loss of the Freedoms essential to Democracy.

It is worth noting that so far in the US we have lost little if any of our freedoms (this is my perspective anyway). The movement away from democratic principles in Russia should serve as an important object lesson. The ACLU should take note what the loss of freedom really looks like. Conservatives, on the other hand, need to view this as a reminder that reasonable measures to safe-guard democracy can quickly become serious incursions on our liberties.

Simply: Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean that they aren’t out to get you.

Cheers