When President Bush pushed through the Patriot Act and again when it was extended, it didn’t matter how many of us were screaming “No”, because enough of you supported or overlooked his actions that it went through.
We have lost thousands of American lives, supposedly for “our freedom”, yet our “freedom” is the very thing you seem to keep handing over on a silver platter with every one of their dying breaths.
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I do not blame the politicians. Instead, I blame you, the lazy, complacent American and also the so-called “Patriot” who is so bitter and raving they make the entire collective of concerned citizens look like loons, which only makes the lazy and complacent assholes more lazy and complacent. And forget about any chance of reaching across any party platform and finding a receptive ear.
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We are not free. America is no longer a free country. There is nothing you do that cannot be known if the government wants to know it, and if they don’t like it — whatever it is, they can detain you indefinitely. Get it? No trial, no judge, no checks and balances. With technology, anything — including “evidence” can be manufactured, just like the fear that you have spent nearly 12 long years faithfully swallowing in the name of God or Country or both.
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Whose country is this? Is it yours? I know for certain it’s mine, but sadly, it has been a very long time since I have felt any pride in ownership.