"The first people totalitarians destroy or silence
are men of ideas and free minds."
Isaiah Berlin
(1909-1997) Russian-British social and political theorist, philosopher, historian
Liberty, 1981
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 -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US      
 -- Joe, Rochester, MI      
So be it.here I am.Come silence me.
 -- CAP     
    The USAPATRIOT Act provides that the Attorney General and the Secretary of State the unilateral power to designate domestic groups, including political and religious organizations, as "terrorist organizations." (Section 411- look it up). . Remember that this legislation was first drafted in 1998 before crying "BUSH" and you'll realize that the seeds of federal totalitarianism are rooted firmly in the nourishing power of the Washington D.C. bureaucracy. There is no difference between the results of Democrat policy and Republican policy; both result in more federal power and less individual freedom.
     -- Bill the Libertarian, Sarasota, FL     
    Right on Bill.
     -- jim k, austin     
    Every administration is responsible for the deteriorating state of our freedoms and liberties.
    They are no longer "our" government.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    It is not just the government doing this. When one stands alone as Ron Paul did and still does, the voters call him "radical" and "out of date."
     -- cal, l     
    If Ron Paul was out of date, then so were our founders. Paul aligns himself with those who established America - Obama is working hard to make America un-American
     -- BMW, Andrews     
    The real battle is within.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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