I'm of the mind to adopt "give me liberty or give me death" as my personal motto. If I have to kowtow to a bunch of childish Republican panic artists who have deluded themselves into believing that fighting radical Islam requires turning America into a police state, then it's just not worth it.
Patrick Henry's phrase is also a good one to adopt as a personal motto, although I tend to prefer Malcom X's more blunt take on that phrase: "the ballot or the bullet." Allowing yourself to be dominated by fear - of what the neighbors or Republicans or over-inflated media pundits might say - is just plain and simply lame. There is no point in trying to impress or win over the right wing in this country, as I can sum up the likelihood of that happening in four words: It will never happen. Fight 'em or refuse to engage in a dialog with them, but never give in. That works as a personal approach and it would work as a partisan approach.
Happy New Year y'all. Catch you on the flipside.