January 27, 2005

By Doug Newman

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The headline on USA Today’s web site said, “Bush: Tyranny’s End a Major Commitment.”

Cool, man!

I'm down with that.

Bring it on!

Does "tyranny’s end" mean:

I could go on for hours. I know I have left a lot of things out.

I know, I know. It could be worse in America. I can write this without fear of imprisonment. And there are no death camps. At least not yet.

But it could be a whole lot better, too.

It took from 1776 to 1976 – 200 years -- for the federal budget to grow from zero to $500 billion. The federal budget has grown by $500 billion – none of it necessary -- in Dubya’s first four years. (For those of you in Rio Linda, that is $500 billion bigger than Bill Clinton's last budget.) Our economy is as highly regulated as any economy in Western Europe the we deride as "socialist." All the departments and programs that Bush groupies once said they hated are bigger, costlier and more intrusive than ever. America -- "the land of the free" -- haas the world’s highest incarceration rate. America’s bobsled ride toward full-blown dictatorship shows no signs of reversing course.

If Dubya’s first four years are any indicator, tyranny’s end won’t happen any time soon.

Of course, it all depends on your definition of tyranny’s end.

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Freely Speaking: Essays by Doug Newman