Just hours to go before Dubya’s annual State of the Union love-in. Anyone want to open a book on the number of times the word “freedom” will appear in the transcript?
Update, 18:36: Twenty-one times.
Meanwhile, a survey of 100,000 US high school students found that one third say the first amendment goes too far in allowing freedom of speech, assembly, press and worship. Half of these kids believe that newspapers shouldn’t be allowed to print stories which haven’t been approved by the government and three quarters reckon that flag burning is a crime. (BBC story)
If these kids are tomorrow’s congressmen, senators and presidents, then tomorrow’s United States is starting to look a lot like today’s North Korea.