A year ago, dissent from the government was a virtue. People like Michael Moore, who were outspoken — and vulgar– against the President and his administration, were lauded as American heroes.

Now? Anyone who disagrees with the current administration is labeled an extremist, imbecile [that was the word used by Chris Matthews this evening about those attending town hall meetings], or trouble-maker.

What is more, citizens are being encouraged by the White House to report on their neighbors, coworkers, or relatives– anyone who disagrees with how the administration is handling health care can be reported to the White House:

There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care.  These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation.  Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to flag@whitehouse.gov.

That’s straight from the White House blog.

Sounds like something from a different place, a different time, a different regime.

The Founding Fathers are rolling in their graves.