These are exciting times we live in. This is going to be an exciting new year. Who would have thought that in 2006 Americans today would be facing the same choices that were presented to our founding fathers. Think about how this Administration seems to go out of its way to trample even some of the most basic rights of a free society. From masquerading government propaganda as local news segments to torturing prisoners to illegal wiretapping to lying a nation into war the runaway Bush administration is presenting the American people with two choices, tyranny or liberty. Despite the long odds, I feel that liberty will, eventually, win out.
This is not an issue of Left and Right. That is why Republicans like John Sununu can quote Ben Franklin on the floor of the Senate: "Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." The neoconservatives currently in power are a minority within their own party and their anti-democratic imperialism is finally being perceived as a threat to all of us, not only to the Left and the Center but now also to old-fashioned laissez-faire Republicans and Libertarians. Even conservative New York Times columnist David Brooks thinks it might be a good idea if the Democrats win back one of the houses of government in the midterms.
In 2006 we all need to band together, save the Republic and drive the neocons into the sea.
I am convinced that the internet will help us win. An out there friend of mine, Norman,
cornered me at a birthday party and laid on me his latest theory. He had read mine and all the other posts on the Yellowcake scandal and he was sure that together we would eventually zero in on the ugly truth. He contends that with all the professional and amateur investigative reporters out there instantly sharing information over the web the collective becomes, in effect, a dizzyingly powerful bio-supercomputer. Never before in history have so many had so much access to so much information. At any given moment thousands of people all over the world are working the same problem from different angles. It may sound like science fiction but in fact we already see the incredible strength in numbers in other "open source" endeavors like Linux or Wikipedia.
The Bush administration counted on an uninformed electorate and a gutted investigative MSM. What they didn't count on was the power of the individual and a T-mobile hotspot.