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One thing’s clear: The polarizing politics of nationalizing one-sixth of our country’s economy won’t easily dissipate. If the president isn’t careful, he could alienate even Democratic allies at the state and local levels, all facing excruciatingly tight budget woes, and none too eager to swallow more problems in the name of party loyalty.

Many are beginning to wonder whether the passage of health care has signaled the opening of Pandora’s box in a rapid move toward socialism and government control over their lives.

Will government eventually determine what books are read in schools? What you eat? Where you live? What car you drive? Whom you marry? What you watch on TV?

Are we finally witnessing the nullification of American life and the end of the greatest economic and military might ever known to man? What a sad and pathetic way for our once-great nation to be remembered in the history books.

c “The Armstrong Williams Show” is broadcast on XM Satellite’s Power 169 channel from 9 to 10 p.m. weeknights.