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  •  Agreed. We'll have to (2+ / 0-)
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    . . . team up with them if we're to have any hope of reining in the security state. But right now the bottom line is that the votes aren't there. The Democratic leadership has completely abdicated on the issue of civil liberty, thus ceding the argument to the right-wing "libertarians" - who are a minority within the Republican Party but whom the party is happy to use cynically for window dressing in order to brand themselves as the party of "individual liberty". The Democrats stopped defending civil liberty about 20-21 years ago, after learning the hard way over & over again that it's a political loser. They're too scared of being labeled "soft on crime", "soft on drugs", & now "soft on terrorism".

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