Thursday, May 11, 2006

What happened to the Revolution?

Like anybody with a positive IQ and a knowledge of the Bill of Rights ought to be, I'm infuriated by the fact that the fourth Amendment has been being circumvented since 9/11 (and probably before.) But what infuriates me more is that millions of Americans have already decided that "this isn't so bad" and that "at least they didn't listen in on the conversations."

At the risk of sounding like a Communist, I have to ask - what happened to the Revolution?

Things "really weren't so bad" in 1776, either. Taxes, in perspective, weren't so bad - certainly no worse than "real" Britons were experiencing - and colonists had a considerable degree of autonomy. But that didn't matter - it was the principle of the injustices that mattered. Certainly there were some who decided that indeed it wasn't so bad as to necessitate rebellion. They were called Tories, and they became Canadians.

The Revolution, unlike most, established a government based on principle as well, which eventually became embodied in the Constitution. Now I've said before that not everything in the Constitution is good, but either way it's the law of the land, and it has been violated, albeit in a fairly circuitous fashion (mostly circuitous due to the antiquated wording of the Constitution, not due to its meaning).

And yet so many of you remain complacent. Some of you protested the Vietnam War in the 1960s. Some of you will say "Oh well, that's why I vote Democrat." Well, voting Democrat gets you nowhere.

Grow a pair and wake up.


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