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  •  We are in the bizarre position of inching closer (0+ / 0-)

    to a police state at the very same time when we are inching away from it.

    Oh, wait, that's just living in a democracy where one or more parties represent all of the forces of greed, hate, and delusion, and others try to oppose them. The alternative to which is living in an actual police state all the time.

    Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

    by Mokurai on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 10:28:21 PM PDT

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    •  and where are we now... balanced between? (0+ / 0-)

      or inching year by year in the wrong direction. Adding up the precedents and changes and comparing them to 40 years ago, 30, 20 and even 10 years ago... and it is not exactly reassuring...

      Like playing a tug of war there seems to be vigorous resistance from the guys on the good team but the other team is using a ratcheting capstan to keep incrementally gaining more and more ground... the net result is slowly but surely in the wrong direction.

      Like a river's flood plain or soil erosion on farmland or any other incremental process (human caused Global climate change?) nobody close to the everyday reality sees the longer term change and denial is easy... everything seems relatively static with yesterday, today and tomorrow, last year this year and next not too dissimilar.... But change is happening. Can we let constitutional and civil rights ebb away, weaken or become hollow against our will? Yes if it is done slowly enough. The boiling frog metaphor does apply.

      Pogo & Murphy's Law, every time. Also "Trust but verify" - St. Ronnie (hah...)

      by IreGyre on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 04:31:10 AM PDT

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