It was a great country we had here once. But every day, in so many ways, we're losing every one of the liberties the founders bequeathed to us. We are in the process of building the same system the Europeans have: A system where the limits to acceptable political debate are severely circumscribed, and political elites make every possible decision they can, while granting us an increasingly meaningless fiction of democracy. And this is happening, by the way, uncer a Republican administration. McCain-Feingold was sponsored primarily by a Republican senator, passed into law by a Republican President, and upheld by a Supreme Court whose justices were primarily appointed by Republicans. So much for Republicans being the party of "Smaller government". So much for Ronald Reagan's "Government isn't the solution to the problem; Government is the problem". No, now it's "When people is hurting, government must act." That's the regime under George Bush's "compassionate conservatism". ...No shit! Where have you been? By the way, democracy is a fiction of freedom.