It saddens me to see so-called Republicans in other threads defending government excess, invasion of privacy, massive deficit spending, pork-barrel projects and curtailment of our individual rights, all in the name of "freedom." My gosh, what a twisted perversion of the word "freedom." Whatever happened to our good old fashioned Republican values? Small government, leave people alone, right to privacy (i.e., no massive data bases on regular people), balanced budget, pay down our debts, respect for the individuals and their rights, frugal spending of taxpayers' funds. How in the world can some of these alleged Republicans defend any of the unbridled spending bills Congress has passed? Real Republicans need to take back the party for the individual people and their right to freedom. Our party and government should not be the personal piggy bank for fatcats, period. The GOP will see a grass-roots revolution for control. The government's role is simple: Provide national security and then leave us alone. We can manage by ourselves, thank you very much.