How would a patriot act?

AlterNet
by Glenn Greenwald

05/11/06

In one sense, it is difficult to understand how the Bush administration has been able to embrace such radical theories of executive power, and to engage in such recognizably un-American conduct -- first in the shadows and now quite openly -- without prompting a far more intense backlash from the country than we have seen. That is because the Bush administration has in its arsenal one very potent weapon -- and one weapon only -- which it has repeatedly used: fear. ... For a different vision of our nation, we need only look to the founders, who embodied courage and resolve. Most of them were wealthy and educated, and enjoyed the privileges of a gentrified upbringing in the British Empire. But mere comfort and safety were not enough for them. What they lacked were the basic liberties that have now come to define America and that we now take for granted. Under the Bush administration, we have traveled as a nation from the towering heights defined by the courage of Patrick Henry (and other founding fathers) to a fearful basement where we are ready to give up our liberties and grant the government power without limits...

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