"America is at that awkward stage.
It's too late to work within the system,
but too early to shoot the bastards.
On the road to tyranny, we've gone so far
that polite political action is about as
useless as a miniskirt in a convent."
"101 Things To Do 'Til The Revolution"
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 -- Anonymous      
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 -- Mike, Norwalk     
    After visiting Washington, DC this summer I am so disgusted with both sides of the aisle. I think Claire has hit the nail on the head. We have a government that exists to feed itself. The key is continued growth, wherever and for whatever reason, growing the size of your piece of the taxpayer pie is essential. We never cut programs, we just cut their growth.
     -- Thom Pantazi, Jacksonville, Florida     
     -- Joe, Rochester, MI      
     -- E Archer, NYC      
    I moderately disagree on both points: It is not really too early to shoot some bastards. And it is not too late to work within the system. But I like her expression. Most people are not willing to stand up to the system. And most people are not ready to shoot. There is prevalent treasonous behavior on the part of many political representatives that could warrant a few shots.
     -- David L. Rosenthal     
    Bravo to this quote and Bravo to you David.
     -- Anonymous     
    If it is too late to work within this system, then the control freak Radical Religious Right and Governing Oil Powers (GOP) have won and the rest of us should only be shot to put us out of our misery of this horrible fate we have allowed to befall us...
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US     
    When Ms. Wolfe wrote these words, it was perhaps too early to shoot the bastards. No longer. Now it may very well be too late. In any case, what restrains the shooters is not a lack of outrage or courage, but a desire for peace that the government masters utterly lack. "all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government"
     -- Anonymous, Hardyville     
    Having personally suffered government tyranny we named our web site http://users3.ev1.net/~vjg/ "america's courts of injustice-AMERICAN HOLOCAUST" . We pray that Americans will wake up, and join Revolutionary Colition Party to take back our dear country from the puppeteers. Vincent and Sophie Germano
     -- Vincent Germano, Kingwood     
    The US military can't win a war against an insurgency in Iraq. Does anyone think they could put down a home-grown insurgency? Read, Aim, Fire!
     -- Thomas Paine, Amerika     
    The problem with working"within the system" is this. We get all worked up at election time, try to get the good guys elected, and even if we do, nothing changes. Every administration spends more than the last one and we go deeper in debt and into socialism. If we expect government to make our lives better we are barking up the wrong tree.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
    Nothing will change as long as our "leaders" maintain their status as Federal Reserve Puppets. What a bunch of spineless immoral parasites they truly are...End the Fed!
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    The 'A' from Reston, I like your acronym - I'll have to use that ;-) Your reference to the control freak Radical Religious Right is only the fascist side of the Socialist Coin. The control freak Radical Religious Left (such as you often here espouse) is the communist side of that same Socialist Coin. It is that Coin, in its entirety - allowing no other currency, that is the topic of the above quote. Like Augustus of Rome previous, the current Right and Left build their theocracy to secure their heterogeneous empire.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
     -- Rita, Richland      
     -- Bill, is here      
     -- Roland, Bonner's Ferry      
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