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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
michelel72: DS-Jon-Headdeskmichelel72 on September 19th, 2009 02:00 am (UTC)
Amen. You know, my internet stalker called me a 'liberal fascist' and started bringing in the Nazis back when I posted a brief note about my pleasure that the attempt to amend the Massachusetts constitution to forbid gay marriage failed. I mocked and mocked as I user-blocked. (The icing? Stalker turned out to be my brother ... who claims he helped his now-wife against her own internet stalker. We're ... not close.)
lyrstzha: Riverwtf: maryavatarlyrstzha on September 19th, 2009 06:15 am (UTC)
Liberal fascist---there's another one that makes me want to do bloody violence while explaining that randomly stringing together words that frighten you does not actually create meaningful phrases. Not even if you throw in bonus Nazis on top.

And whoa, your brother? True, I know most stalkers have some personal connection to their stalkees, and that's definitely a connection, but damn.