I used to think suggesting that the United States might be slipping into dictatorship was over the top; but now I’m not so sure.
I’m not one of the people who think Bush may refuse to leave office in January of 2009. That’s not how I see freedom dying in America.
Freedom won’t die here in one dramatic explosion, with people waking up to find tanks in the streets: that won’t happen if for no other reason than that many of the people serving in those tanks would refuse to go along. No, if freedom dies here, it will die slowly, one inch at a time, or perhaps more accurately one compromise at a time. And under Bush that process is well under way.
It’s the insidiousness that will do us in. It will be like a garden that’s slowly overtaken by weeds. Viewed day to day, nothing dramatic is apparent, it’s only over time that the garden is completely made over and ultimately destroyed. Then one morning you get up, pour yourself a cup of coffee, step out onto your porch and say, “Jesus, when did all this happen?!”
But by then it may be too late.
That’s my take, anyway, what’s yours?
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