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Yep, I know I promised. But few, if any, are reading this anyway, so this rant is probably just for me. Release.

George Santayana said, Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. I think of the days when I lived in a VW van and my generation protested the Vietnam war. And I recall some of the poets of our era, like Crosby, Stills, and Nash:

You who are on the road
Must have a code that you can live by
And so become yourself
Because the past is just a good bye

Teach your children well
Their father’s hell did slowly go by
And feed them on your dreams

And you of tender years
Can’t know the fears that your elders grew by
And so please help them with your youth
They seek the truth before they can die

Teach your parents well
Their children’s hell will slowly go by
And feed them on your dreams
… *

These days, we’re going through a horrid NSA screening of our phone calls, our emails, our online files, our very lives. All in the name of our government protecting us (itself) from terrorism. One Congresscritter even suggested that any citizen may become a terrorist, and so the surveillance is justified.

And, yes, I hear the old refrain, If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear.

A President who espoused against such government behavior, now pursues it in ways that exceed those of a previous President whom he so sternly criticized. Truth in advertising?

And the courts are complicit in all this mess. The courts acquiesce to keep hearings of relevant issues secret, and have ceded obvious violations of the Amendments. Our nation is no longer a world leader in internet freedom.

Ben Franklin said, They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

Disappointing. We live in dangerous times. …the past is just a goodbye. Dang!

* Graham Nash, Teach Your Children