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Actually, I think there's a picture of that editorial if you look up "hyperbole" in the dictionary; stunts like this are never going to win the Democrats any votes that they wouldn't have had already. A waste of time and postage that could be spent getting a real message out. (Note: Claiming that the NSA is spying on Americans for political purposes does nothing other than denigrate the dedicated public servants who make up the NSA and have sworn to follow the law, and it will bite anyone who tries to attack them in a political campaign in the butt... you don't think the Repugs aren't waiting to spring that on the Dems this fall? You'll see Dems backtracking away from their statements everywhere -- "We didn't mean that...) Just my opinion...

Julie in Boise

I have to disagree, Bubblehead - at least on the idea that Democrats are denigrating the NSA employees. Dems (and a few Reublicans) are questioning Bush's unconstitutional power grabs in ordering the wiretaps, but I don't hear people criticizing the NSA employees who actually have to carry out the orders.

It's the same thing with Iraq: I question the policies that sent our men and women there, but I'll never blame the troops for those misbegotten policies.

Unlike Republicans, most Dems don't blame the little guys for what's wrong in the world. We go straight to the top, where those who claim power have the responsibility to wield it wisely.


They might not be, but their words can easily be twisted by their opponents to make it seem like they are: when Rep. Lewis of Georgia says (http://www.wsws.org/articles/2005/dec2005/bush-d21.shtml; the coding for hyperlinks didn't work) that the new wiretaps remind him of Vietnam-era wiretaps, which did spy on political opponents, that's in effect saying he believes the NSA isn't following the laws that have come into effect since then.

There are good arguments to be made against these wiretaps, but claiming that it has parallels with "1984" will make moderate voters yawn and tune any following messages out, and IMHO makes the people making these arguments appear foolish. If one believes that the current threat of terrorism doesn't rise to the level that such wiretaps are required, then make that argument... (and without going into too much detail, there are technical reasons why the mid-70s law doesn't work with new communications infrastructure.) Just saying, in effect, that "if we allow these, we'll soon have cages filled with rats put on our heads" doesn't really pass for intelligent political debate, from where I'm standing.


I see now... one doesn't have to put the hypertext stuff in for the hyperlinks; your blog is very user friendly!

Julie in Boise

The best way to include a link, if you have only one, is to paste it into the URL line. Then if people click your name, they'll be directed there. Of course, I can understand if you don't want your name associated with the World Socialist Web Site.


The biggest argument against this in my opinion is that very few people have read '1984,' including, I'll wager, our esteemed congresspeople. Among the hoi polloi in the hinterlands, the book title doesn't have much resonance. Sure, people have a vague association between the book and government intrusion into our private lives, but if they aren't already outraged as hell, sending a book to the Capitol isn't going to help.

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