Shame on everyone for approving this. I have been against the idea of not voting or voting third party, but it is incredibly hard to support Brown or Obama after this (not to mention a lot of other authoritarian bullshit). I don't like being assumed to always vote Dem because I have no other choice. That's what the Repubs do to the religious right.
Other people have other viewpoints on this that I find worthy as well. That by being loyal to the repubs, the religious right have gotten far. However, Romney is still being pushed on them over more truely socially conservative fundaloons.
On New Year's eve, a time when no one is paying much attention to politics, president Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act. This was a bill that funded the US military for the rest of the fiscal year. But within that legislation was a provision that allows the US government to indefinitely detain without trial even US citizens, by making the entire world, including the US, part of the 'battlefield' which means that anyone can be picked up anywhere and declared to be an enemy combatant and thus stripped of their rights. The administration claims it has the right to indefinitely detain anyone that they, and they alone, assert is 'at war with the United States', whatever that means. This continues the whittling away at habeas corpus, one of the bedrock protections of individual liberty.
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Angry that the crazies are taking over?
Be part of the solution, not part of the problem.
All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. -Attributed to Edmund Burke*
*(precise quote disputed)