Considering Joe Klein’s declaration that sharply worded criticism (such as the use of the word “regime” to describe the current administration) constitutes near-sedition, perhaps it’s time to recall Winston Churchill. This is from a speech he gave in 1945 in opposition to England’s domestic Labor Party:
No Socialist Government conducting the entire life and industry of the country could afford to allow free, sharp, or violently-worded expressions of public discontent. They would have to fall back on some form of Gestapo, no doubt very humanely directed in the first instance. And this would nip opinion in the bud; it would stop criticism as it reared its head, and it would gather all the power to the supreme party and the party leaders, rising like stately pinnacles above their vast bureaucracies of Civil servants, no longer servants and no longer civil. And where would the ordinary simple folk – the common people, as they like to call them in America – where would they be, once this mighty organism had got them in its grip?