I understand that election time is when all the polemics and rhetoric are at their height, but really, is this all that necessary? This comes from Democratic Florida candidate for House Frank J. Gonzales:

People,
This is no longer the United States of America as we used to know it. This is NOT the “home of the free”. Do not be surprised when government thugs abuse their authority. After all, once government abuse is authorized, as Bush has seen fit to do by eliminating Habeas Corpus, which dates back to 1215 in the Magna Carta, and which was codified in the Bill of Rights, they’re not abusing authority anymore. They’re just abusing you, and NO ONE will be there to help you.
This is what every apathetic American richly deserves, and what every partisan apparatchik has visited on our heads. This is a direct result of the “us vs. them” idiocy of the 2-party system, and much the reason why the founders of this country rejected political parties. They knew it would lead to the dumbing down and ridiculous oversimplification of economics, history and other important issues in exchange for “fast-food” mentalities of lazy people fed to them by opportunist politicians.
In Florida’s District 21, the choice before you is clear: help me to win this race in District 21 to take the battle for our civil liberties to a shrill climax on Capitol Hill, or prepare for the irreversible downward spiral of this once great nation.

America has not lost it’s writ of habeus corpus. If you’re a terrorist, or a foreign national, you have. But then, if you were a terrorist or criminal foreign national, you never had American civil rights in the first place.

Granted, I don’t agree with this policy, but I think it’s counter-productive to hollar at the wind like this about it. Ever heard the story of the boy who cried wolf?

‘Nuff said.

/rizzn