By linking issues of gun control to the vague notions of "terrorism" and "reasonable suspicion", Democrats and Republicans have demonstrated that they are willing to accept the status quo of labeling thousands of Americans as "suspected terrorists."
If America does have a consensus that we're all basically OK with the concept of governmental blacklists, and that we further approve of curtailing constitutional rights for people on such lists, then it should be relatively easy to get the necessary votes in Congress and the statehouses.
I don't know how it happened. Or even, really, what happened. Or what it means. Someone in the U.S. government who specializes in finding terrorists seems to have found me and laid a heavy hand on my bank account.
There is not much courage these days in the Halls of Congress. While faux-moderates worry that someone could accidentally lose their right to buy a gun, they call for stripping citizenship for the very same potentially accidental terrorists.
The Republican Party may have dodged a bullet when the FBI announced it had no plans, "at this time," to put the party on its Terrorist Watch List. But some members are none too happy about the slight.
In a stunning admission on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano compared the nation's terrorist watch list to the once-popular social networking site, MySpace.