You didn't think I'd let that metaphor go by without mention, did you?! The ship is us, the People. The drowning witch is our civil liberties--particularly the Fourth-Amendment-guaranteed freedom from unwarranted search and seizure, which government has somehow convinced Americans is a Bad Thing, a Bad Thing that must be drowned and done away with if we're to keep everyone safe from the Terrorists Hiding Behind Every Corner.
And with that thought...
Bon Weekend, Everyone.