Is it just me, or is the US becoming more and more like Orwell's 1984 every single day? If you don't recall or haven't read it, the nations of 1984 are constantly at war with each other, and the only reason for it (and there's no way of knowing if the other nations actually exist in the book) is because it keeps the people focused on what their leaders want them to focus on. Here we have wars against poor countries that we have no way of winning, since those countries don't really have any "targets" worth attacking. So these "wars" go on and on and on with no progress, while we, as a nation, band together and support our leaders and ignore any questioning into the basis for that war. We also have a push for ID cards from those same leaders. In 1984, the citizens are tracked relentlessly and watched closely by their leaders. How far off will GPS-embedded ID cards be??? I'd also make a comment about how in 1984, the leaders are constantly reducing the breadth of language, removing words that aren't absolutely necessary (i.e. excellent was removed and replaced with "double-plus good"), but aside from W's vocabulary being at about the 12th grade level, I haven't seen any evidence for this just yet... Comments are welcome...the political discussions here have been really good lately.