This is in response to Stuart Greenberg’s letter (“Let Bush violate First Amendment all he wants,” Back Talk, Feb. 20). Patrick Henry, one of America’s founding fathers, said, “Give me liberty or give me death!” President Bush says, “Give me your liberty and I’ll keep you safe.”

While Republicans are selling unending fear and telling us not to worry about giving up our privacy and a few other pieces of the Bill of Rights, they don’t often mention that the “war on terror” will last indefinitely. And while Republicans are selling fear to the little guys, they’re selling power, tax breaks and big contracts to big business and the wealthy.

The use of unchecked presidential power in the service of big business and the wealthy is called fascism. Greenberg is apparently so afraid of terrorists that he doesn’t mind if the United States loses its soul. Personally, I prefer to live in “the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

David Sokal