My column titled "What Handouts to Cut?" created a number of angry responses, and for the first time in my life, I had some, not much, sympathy for political cowardice. Most letters were from senior citizens angered by my suggestion that they were receiving handouts and those handouts be cut.

There is so much political spin, and so many numbers games being played, when it comes to medical care, that we have to go back to square one and the simplest common sense, in order to get some rational idea of what government-run medical care means. In particular, we need to examine the claim that the government can "bring down the cost of medical care."

I haven't come up with a name for my new political party yet, though I am working on a few possibilities: the Pizza Party, the Beer Party (We promise never to bring back Prohibition), the Pot Party (We promise to repeal Prohibition), the Tailgate Party (See our plank on Prohibition), the Midnight Party, and others. But I am preparing to throw my New Hampshire Fisher Cats baseball cap in the ring and declare my candidacy for President in 2012.

How did we get to the point where many people feel that the America they have known is being replaced by a very different kind of country, with not only different kinds of policies but very different values and ways of governing?

This is a story of oppression and atrocities, of a supposedly constitutional government mushrooming into dictatorship, of a once-free people shrugging at the coup so long as their wardens claim to keep them safe. It's a tragic tale in every way. And it just keeps getting worse.