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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

They hate us for our freedoms

That notorious terrorist organization Al Republicans, that is. A couple of quotes from two neanderthal senators:
I don't agree with the libertarians. I want my security first. I'll deal with all the details after that.
-- Senator Trent Lott (R-MS)
None of your civil liberties matter much after you're dead.
-- Senator John Cornyn (R-TX).

Senator Feingold (D-WI) replied to Cornyn quoting Patrick Henry: "Give me liberty or give me death." The founding fathers seem to agree with Feingold in general. There is that Bill of Rights thing, for example, and Benjamin Franklin's famous quote: "Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both."

I know that the Repugs could turn the argument around, but it strikes me as bizarre that they have supported a war in Iraq that has destroyed pretty much all security, claiming that it will lead to liberty in the end. But one hour of shock and awe four years ago and they're ready to let Bush become Saddam to "protect" us. And while he hasn't done so yet, he is certainly claiming the same unfettered authority that Saddam had.