Those rugged individualists in the GOP have spent the last decade trying to build an interventionist Daddy state to monitor and control all aspects of our lives, in the name of fighting terrorism and family values, (and, allegedly, original intent). Looking back on the unmitigated cultural and political disaster that is contemporary conservatism, for my money one of the most revealing comments was Republican Senator John Cornyn, who said:
None of your civil liberties matter much after you’re dead.
As conservative icon Patrick Henry, one of the original intenders, said:
Give me liberty or give me death.
Whom do you believe?