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Bush, Soviet-style Dictator: Good Idea or the Greatest Idea?

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Here's a poll question Faux News will never ask: "How do you feel about promoting George W. Bush to 'dictator' and establishing a Soviet-era government complete with wire-tapping, government surveillance, extreme rendition, and paranoia?"

You can almost hear them report the fake numbers: "Thirty-five percent of respondents said that they favored promoting George W. Bush to 'dictator' and becoming slave to his will. Another 20 percent said they were unsure, while 45 percent thought it might be not the greatest idea."

While it's unlikely that Faux News will ask this poll question any time soon, there's certainly a reason why they should.

Russ Feingold wrote a compelling account of the way that this lame duck session could enact Soviet era, KGB-style "intelligence gathering."

"[H]ere's the worst of the worst - a bill to legalize the President's warrantless wiretapping program. The White House is desperate to enact this bill, which allows the government to spy on American citizens, on American soil, without a warrant." -- Huffington Post

The White House is DESPERATE to enact it. They're foaming at the mouth. "Ooh...ooh...ooh...we need to...we need control!" It's the latest manifestation of George Bush's uncontrollable need for despotism.

You show me 300 Americans who would consent to being wiretapped and watched by the government without their permission or knowledge, let alone 300 million. You show me 300 Americans who want the government watching them, spying on them, following them, building a file about them, and tailing them. You show me three thousand Americans who want to live in a Soviet-era society of perpetual paranoia because 20 terrorists killed 3,000 Americans five years ago.

Forty-four thousand Americans die in car accidents each see the President lobbying for smaller automobiles on the road? But we have to become a soviet-era KGB country because 3,000 people died on 9/11?

Something smells funny about this push for warrantless and limitless wiretapping. This goes beyond homeland security. Is the president rounding up stray nukes in Russia? No. Is he bulking up security at the ports? No. Why else would he want to spy on Americans?

I know I will never forget 9/11, but don't count me in when they're looking for people who support the advent of a Kremlin in America. I'd rather die a free man than live like a slave. I'd rather be smirking at a pair of terrorists sitting in the cockpit of a hijacked 737 moments before impact because I'm free than live like an ant on an ant farm for the Soviet-style dictator Bush.
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