Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither, and lose both.
-- Benjamin Franklin

From “Talking Points Memo”

This from Josh Marshall’s Talking Points Memo, one of the best political blogs:

So on exporting democracy …

1. President encourages supporters to accuse newspaper reporters of treason: check.

2. President mandates systematic use of torture: check.

3. President routinely asserts right to ignore laws passed by Congress: check.

What am I missing?

Actually, I think it’s more one of those trick questions. Like, we’re not exporting ‘democracy’ but our democracy. So, as we send it to them, we lose ours.

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