History repeats itself in bitterness of two parties
Not since the Civil War has such bitterness existed in both church and state throughout America as has been created by the invasion of Iraq.
Subsequent to President Bush's ultimatum of "You are either with me or against me," the voice of opposition has been squelched in the media as well as the halls of Congress.
With the enactment of Bush's Patriot Act it is unknown to what extent our freedom of expression has been, and will be ... exploited.
History repeats itself if one looks at the period during the naval war between America and France from 1797-1800 and compares to the present state of affairs.
Back then, as today, the differences of opinion between the two parties in Congress became so bitter up to the point that the Federalists, in control at the time, passed The Sedition Act of 1798.
The Sedition Act seriously undermined the Bill of Rights. In effect, it made it a criminal offense to criticize the government or any public official.
Many politicians, editors, printers and even ministers were arrested and jailed. Whether the charges against those individuals were true or false was of no relevance as the judges were controlled by the administration.
It is most fortunate for our modern day celebrities that the Sedition Act was repealed. Jefferson's triumph in the 1801 election was a crucial victory for American democracy as it made certain that the federal government would belong to the people, and not be limited to the power of a small elite group of elected officials.
If the Sedition Act was considered so unconstitutional that it was repealed, it seems logical that the Patriot Act is likewise unconstitutional.