The Crooks and Liars web site on March 17, 2007, posted a clip from Bill Maher's show, Real Time, which aired on March 16, 2007 on HBO. It is well worth watching. He deals with our loss of civil rights under the Bush Administration.
Maher: And finally, new rule: liberals must stop saying President Bush hasn't asked Americans to sacrifice for the War on Terror. On the contrary, he's asked us to sacrifice something enormous: Our civil rights.
So when it comes to sacrifice, don't kid yourself–you *have* given up a lot! You've given up faith in your government's honesty, the good will of people overseas, and 6/10 of the Bill of Rights. Here's what you've sacrificed: search and seizure, warrents, self incrimination, trial by jury, cruel and unusual punishment. Here's what you have left: handguns, religion, and they can't make you quarter a British soldier.
I am starting a new category on my blog with this post which I am calling "Either laugh or cry" which will deal with political satire. It seems that the level of civil discourse has degenerated to the state of disinformation and argumentum ad hominem so that no reasonable conversation can occur and the only appropriate response is mockery and satire.
Bill Maher's clip is well worth watching. To access the Crooks and Liars web site where it is located, click on the link below.