Digby has a tremendous post up this morning that just crystallizes what the seamy underside of Bush's War on Terror has done to the Rule of Law and our standing in the world -- to say nothing of my shame in the actions of this government.
Go read it and be sick to your stomach. I'm not blockquoting, because it needs to be read in its entirety.
Early on, the favorite argument of those on the Right or those in power liked to say, "if we change our lifestyle (or the way we live, etc.) then the terrorists will have won." Because we'd be selling out what it is to be free and American. Digby doesn't actually say "the terrorists have won", but you cannot read his post and come to any other conclusion. The actions of this President and his cabal of paranoid psychopaths have turned this country into something from Orwell or Cold War Soviet Union, or worse. Worse because it is happening before our very eyes and the citizens of this country choose not to know or care about it, or actually support it. At least in the Soviet Union, everyone knew you could get snatched up and sent to Siberia. We now have policies in place that are more insidious because they are, in fact, the same practices if not worse, yet everyone is in complete denial about it.
Don't worry, keep shopping, and make sure you drive your fucking SUV. Doing anything else would be un-American and would be surrendering to the terrorists... Meanwhile the maniacs running this country have become every bit as bad as the leaders of the countries we site as "tyrannical." Exactly what Osama bin Laden actually wanted, not keeping me away from Best Buy.