I'm getting so fucking tired of smelly hippies talk about how the Patriot Act, or traffic-monitoring cameras are going to usher in some sort of theocratic totalitarian state, but in 2006, real theocratic totalitarian states exist all over the middle east, and they don't give a flying fuck.
"So this is how a Democracy ends. With thunderous applause." Bullshit. Nine times out of ten Democracies are replaced by dictatorships with bullets in the head.