Of course, it's important to remember that the United States has always been under threat and that there have been many un-American plots designed to yoke the populace to the government. Consider this flier produced in 1955 by the Keep America Committee:
I'll grant that insuring the uninsured - at doubtless considerable and as yet under-accounted for cost - must seem a tiny peril compared to the threat posed by fluoridated water, polio serum and, never forget, mental hygiene but I'd remind you that one can never be too careful.
Needless to say the left are just as happy to hop aboard the moral panic bandwagon as the right. But there isn't a moment at which, preserved in jelly, one may perceive the United States pure and unsullied. Times change and so do countries. This health bill may be a monster (or it may not!) but it's not going to lose the Republic.
*No, not Obama, Pelosi and Reid. Not this time! Or, perhaps, not yet...
[Thanks to BW for the tip]