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MAD AS HELL: The New Look of "Freedom"

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“I will never relent in defending America, whatever it takes.”  - George Bush

“Whatever It Takes”is the new Bush rule of law. Get used to it.  It’s the only law in our Brave New World. No other laws are necessary.  It’s short and simple:  I will do whatever I damn well please, and you damn well better like it.  If you don’t, you are an unpatriotic obstructionist who is an enemy of America and of course, an enemy of God.

Tuesday night, we watched the law get put into action. Cindy Sheehan was invited to listen to the State of the Union address by a member of Congress from her home state of California. She accepted the invitation, showed her required ticket, and was escorted to her seat.  In the Brave New World, getting familiar with the new law is sometimes confusing. When it comes to attire, one must choose carefully and wisely.  Cindy had chosen poorly. She was wearing a black T-shirt with the big white numbers, 2,242 that reflected the number of the dead soldiers in Iraq on it. At that moment, our country was so threatened and so under attack it had to be defended! So Cindy got Whatever It Takes. She was removed by force, handcuffed, booked, and put in jail.  If only someone had told her freedom is on the march.

In our Brave New World, we’re not scared, because we’re free.

We’re free to have our phone conversations wiretapped.

We’re free to have our e-mails read and examined.

We’re free to have our library and book purchasing records tracked.

We’re free to have our bodies searched any time, any place, for any reason.                    

We’re free to have our religious services monitored.

We’re free to be put in a cage indefinitely without a trial.

We’re free to be locked up without being charged or being able to confront witnesses against us.

We’re free to be tortured.

We’re free to have our homes searched and possessions seized without probable cause.

We’re free to be watched and recorded by public surveillance cameras  every second of every day.

And the freedoms just keep on coming.  But in the Brave New World, with its singular rule of law, unless  federal Storm Troopers knock down the doors of your home and drag you off to the gulags, hell -  you’re free!  With liberty and justice for all, George W. Bush and a Republican-controlled government will make sure every  American will eventually get Whatever It Takes.

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