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Bush is merely the culmination of a trend that began a half century ago upon the conclusion of the World War II, and with the beginning of the US/Soviet conflict.

Lets just take the past century

 - US gets involved in WWI, mass persecution of pacifists and German Americans, on a far greater scale in both numbers and severity than anything going on today.

  • US freaks out about left wing radicalism after WWI, mass persecution of leftists on a far greater scale in both numbers and severity than anything going on today

  • US gets involved in WWII, mass persecution of Japanese Americans on a far greater scale in both numbers and severity than anything going on today

  • US freaks out about communism after WWII, mass persecution of anyone remotely associated with communism on a far greater scale in both numbers and severity than anything going on today but less than in the previous instances.

  • US faces mass political turmoil in the late sixties, somewhat more surveillance and persecution of opponents than today.

No police state, at least as its commonly understood - we're talking stuff on the order of Germany in the seventies or France under de Gaulle, at worst.  What's going on today is worrying, it should be fought and denounced, but hyperbole is not helpful. This is the left wing equivalent of Al Qaeda (or whatever the enemy de jour is) equals Hitler/Nazi Germany.  
by MarekNYC on Wed May 17th, 2006 at 03:52:48 PM EST

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