dreamed I saw Tom Ridge last night,
going through my things.
"Tom," I said, "Get out of here."
"I never stint," said he,
never been an Arab, Tom,
or played one on TV"
but Tom just kept right at his work,
"I can't neglect," said he,
Fourth Amendment, Tom," said I
mean a thing," said he.
"You have to give it up," he said,
"So we can keep you free Homeland Security."
Tom," I said, "I just don't see"
"You will in time," said he
"These black-bag jobs preserve your rights
That's how we keep you free,
won't you leave me a receipt?"
"No time for that," said he.
"We've two more break-ins on your street,
left untouched the silverware
And all the DVDs.
In sooth, the only thing he took
Was surplus liberty:
Joseph R. Stromberg [send
him mail] is the JoAnn B. Rothbard Historian in Residence at
the Ludwig von Mises Institute
and a columnist for Antiwar.com.
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