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17 September 2009 @ 02:16 pm
Take my rights, but hands off my bills!  
Jon Carroll recently quoted "a useful rant from reader Ray Welch"; this is phrased succinctly enough that I think it deserves greater distribution:
We live in a country where many people think it's great, even imperative, for the federal government to snoop on our phone calls, e-mail and library records, to deploy a private militia accountable to no one (Blackwater, or whatever it calls itself now), to give the president "unitary" powers during a state of perpetual war, to hold people under arrest indefinitely without charge and torture them in undisclosed locations, to search without a warrant (using so-called national security letters) and to disseminate internal propaganda, but bad, even evil, for the federal government to manage health care, because that might give it too much power, which it would abuse.

My government can detain me indefinitely without a warrant and turn me over to Blackwater to be tortured, and lie to my family about where I am, but a federal health care program - now that is verging on totalitarianism.
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
Essie: None of it Means a Damn Thingsentientcitizen on September 18th, 2009 03:15 am (UTC)
I'd love to say that this sort of stuff baffles and amuses me, but actually it's more like "nervous apprehension and stunned disbelief". Because while every American I've ever met as an individual was a wonderful human being, sometimes the mob mind down there scares the hell out of me. :(
michelel72: DS-Jon-Frightenedmichelel72 on September 18th, 2009 03:25 am (UTC)
You're not the only one. Depending on how you met the Americans you've met, I wonder if it's a matter of self-selection. Speaking very broadly, many of the folk who subscribe to this stuff don't tend to wander very far outside their specific neighborhoods and circles; Canada isn't demonized nearly so much as Mexico, but they're both still "foreign" and therefore suspect (drug importation from Canada of course exempted!). I don't meet these people in person, though I know there are some in my city and even in my workplace ....