At 02:35 PM 05/27/2003 -0500, you wrote:
For a looooong time, I have perused and mused as I read John Redelfs' thoughts on conspiricy theories. You see, I grew up with a dad who spoke very much the way John does, and so, as progeny often will, I intentionally went opposite in my thinking from where my dad was.
See, I had this altruistic view of our government, that they wouldn't intentionally do things that would harm us. My dad must have read one too many books etc. etc.
Now-- ever since 9/11 I feel that our government has been doing its darndest to, not gently erode the constitution, but to take massive chunks of our freedoms under the thinly guised pretense of protecting us. This has bothered me for some time, and I get uneasy everytime I hear people say "I understand why they need to search my body for hidden weapons. . .blah blah blah [or should I say baaa baaa baaa]."
Tonight, though, came the straw. Under the provisions of the Patriot Act (sounds so. . .patriotic!) the feds can, at will, check out what you are reading and checking out at your library!! This includes not only books, but ANYTHING you've read on the Internet. Of course, "they" say that it is only used for suspected terrorists etc., but come on!! The news also reported that they can find out what you've been buying at the book stores as well--under the provisions of the Patriot Act.
Our founding fathers must be having fits as they watch the masses accept this with nothing more than a shrug of the shoulders and a quick "Oh well."
Does anyone else see this or feel the same way? Or do I need to get a prescription for Prozac?
your cynical sis in Mishawaka val
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