“The poorest man may in his cottage bid defiance to all the forces of the Crown. It may be frail; its roof may shake; the wind may blow through it; the rain may enter; but the King of England may not enter; all his force dares not cross the threshold of the ruined tenement.” If society has regressed to where power alone is sufficient for government action, we have a police state. If power alone is sufficient, our lives are in jeopardy if we pique a police officer.
This is highly amusing. It’s a quicktime video from “The Daily Show.” It’s fun to watch politicians squirm… but distressing to know that they get away with it.
Again from the radio today, was the phrase “necessary” security, and how now, with 9-11 so “far” in our past, we regard “necessary” security measures as an extreme inconvenience. The question is, what exactly IS necessary security?
I was listening to a recording of the vice president talking about the “overwhelming” evidence of links between Saddam Hussein and Al-queda. I was reminded of the Cuban missile crisis and the phrase “incontrovertible” evidence of soviet missiles in Cuba.