This is my one and only political, totally off subject post, and it’s damn important.
In my youth I was a heavily proactive individual, when the bridges got washed out in my neighborhood I made up maps to help the wayward tourists find their way, I’ve donated my time to Habitat for humanity, built community parks, worked as a special need’s teacher’s assistant, volunteered for Al Gore’s 2000 presidential bid, and then I did a stint in the US military. To some extent I am disenfranchised with my government, specifically I think Capital Hill should be renamed Imperial Hill but at the same time the US democratic foundation isn’t completely dead yet.
After the attacks of 9/11, opportunistic and deeply self serving people set the US on a dead end course to destruction. One of the things done while the country was numb and fearful was deploy the Patriot Act, a bill purported to make America safer and prevent future terrorist attacks. The truth isn’t really close in how the Patriot Act has been used ( http://www.aclu.org/national-security/aclu-releases-comprehensive-report-patriot-act-abuses ), instead eroding constitution rights and making it easier for the greedy to ransack the country under the guise of national security.
For anyone naive enough to believe the latest anti-piracy internet bill won’t be abused, well I’d like to talk to you about a fantastic Real estate propspect for a bridge connecting Manhatten island. Please contact your representative ( if you are a US Citzen ). Those who sacrifice their freedom for security deserve neither.