Reinvigorated Militias

Counting my chickens before they hatch, I'm going to go out on a limb and say that by this time next year a swath of the political right will realize the horrific thing they have given birth to by supporting President Bush's expansion of Executive Authority. Revoking Habeas Corpus for American citizens renders all other rights moot, for you cannot exercise them from jail. As Churchill said, holding a man without charge or trial "is the foundation of all tyranny."

Remember the Militias from the 90s? Remember how those rugged individualists stockpiled weapons and acted all menacing? Remember how it all culminated with the most deadly terrorist attack on American soil to that point - the bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma by a small group of right wing zealots.

They will be back. Here's hoping the first thing they agitate for is the impeachment of George W. Bush. That's the only way they'll be able to win their liberty back for themselves. Barring that we'll have to rely on Obama being the rarest of Presidents - one who diminishes the power of his office.

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