This is a bit hokey, but I was walking down Constitution Avenue yesterday when I found myself noticing an inscription on the National Archives building that read: "Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty." Coming on the day that a terrible surveillance bill got over forty votes in the Senate, it struck me as incredibly sad. We're compromising important parts of the meaning of America.
Fortunately, it seems that Chris Dodd's moves paid off and the bill has been pulled until the New Year. We'll see what happens then.
UPDATE: Of course I mean that the terrible bill got over seventy votes, not "over forty" (except in the sense that seventy is greater than forty).
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Matthew Yglesias is a former writer and editor at The Atlantic.