It's a slow poisoning that robs our freedom

Published: Friday, January 6, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 5, 2006 at 10:16 p.m.
Many years ago I read something about how to become immune to poison (I think it had something to do with the Renaissance period).
The idea was that if one imbibed very small amounts of a commonly used poison on a daily basis, then one would not die if someone decided to give that poison to you.
I thought about this strange idea recently when I learned that we the people have been spied upon by the National Security Administration according to an order by President Bush.
I was appalled to learn of this latest in a series of malfeasance. But what surprised me was the attitude of the general public.
There have been a few letters in The Gainesville Sun deploring the implications of this latest revelation, but I wonder if people truly realize the significance.
Our freedoms as set forth in the Bill of Rights are being dismantled and virtually destroyed. Our country is slowly devolving into some other form - totalitarian, fascist or dictatorial. When Bush says that he wants Iraq to have a democratic form of government, I wonder what he means? What is his definition of democracy?
A long list of corruption and lies has been visited upon us by this administration. With each new revelation of abuse of power we have become immune to the poisonous news.
If you care about our country and our freedoms please contact your congressional representatives (Sen. Mel Martinez, Sen. Bill Nelson, Rep. Corrine Brown, or Rep. Cliff Stearns) to express your concern about being spied on.
Joyce Dewsbury, Gainesville

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