Well, two enemies. The first is Mitt Romney. But that's a subject for another day.
America's worst enemy is the Republican party itself. Paid for by transnational corporations and secured by troops, it is the very antithesis of a healthy American political party. Instead, it has become a kind of Al Qaeda with full access to America, to our economy, and to what used to be our government.
... A few of the activists with the Coalition to March on the RNC, which is expected to take place later today in Tampa, rain or shine. And it looks like there is plenty of rain. Protesters will likely encounter the same heavy police presence as those who protested Sunday, though they never reached the Tampa Bay Times Forum, which is hosting the convention. The building is barricaded off by concrete walls and barbed wire. Meanwhile, thousands of law enforcement officers from the local police and sheriff departments, as well as the National Guard, are patrolling the streets near the RNC, in an area being called the "Green Zone." ...Democracy Now!
... En route I befriended a French photographer covering the RNC for a Paris-based newspaper. I never got his name. He was in search of protesters too, and had seen them the previous day. To get from the trolly stop to the side of downtown where we believed the protesters to be we used our credentials to enter the secure zone, which looks like a scene from a Call of Duty game. It's as if Tampa was already hit by a massive terrorist attack and is in lock-down. On roads approaching the restricted area Tampa police officers direct traffic elsewhere. Groups of police on horseback trot regularly by. Other squads pedal around on bicycles. Closer still are concrete barricades, national guardsmen in military fatigues carrying assault weapons, Secret Service agents, SWAT teams in what I can only describe as combat pajamas, golf carts that look as though they were manufactured by Hummer, a surfeit of orange cones, and various "ACME Barricades" products. "Yesterday I was walking on the wrong side of a fence and an officer told me if I didn't want to get shot by a sniper I should go on the other side," the photographer said. ...
... Consider this. Want to carry a concealed handgun to a crowded movie theater? The Republican Party will defend your right to do so. But credentialed journalists traversing a random block in downtown Tampa several blocks from the GOP convention, with scores of police officers and tons of concrete barriers still separating them from the delegates? Apparently that's too much of a security risk. ...Conor Friedsdorf, The Atlantic