Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Saskatchewan, Canada
I've been watching you.....
Been an outside observer of the Great American Dream for a long time - I live in Canada, but that is largely irrelevant, therefore I'll keep my views on your health care debacle private.
However, I see long term changes that you may be too close to notice.....
Twenty years ago, pre-internet, pre-9:11, your country was the free-est in the world, hands down, by far.
With 9:11 came the excuse to clamp down on citizens rights (not an opinion, just a fact).
Twenty years on, I see mass email interception (not just US citizens - most of the world's email is intercepted and scanned by the NSA)
I see camps (on foreign soil, just to keep it looking legal, though how it's legal by any definition eludes me) for the indefinite detention without trial of anybody, US or alien, the CIA/Military sees as a threat.
I see murder of US citizens without any kind of warrant or consultation.
I see a war run as simply 'a military operation' - you are at war America, as you have been almost constantly for these past fifty years, yet it barely even makes the evening news, does it?
I'm seeing war-speak changing the way news is reported - official policy is that anyone killed by a drone strike is called a terrorist, regardless of their involvement. If the explosion kills them, they were guilty terrorists, whole wedding parties of guilty terrorists.
I'm seeing the slow encroachment of the TSA mindset, why does the Pueblo Colorado police chief need a tank? Or water cannons? Or microwave crowd dispersers? You do the math...
I observe police in Texas using millions of dollars worth of drones - of course they are just for a/saving money on patrols b/patrolling remote border sections c/only carrying cameras to gather evidence d/staking out drug houses......sure, sure, relax they won't be armed with Hellfire missiles or gatling guns....(oh, they are, "well those criminals deserve the death penalty anyway, so I'm all for it")
Just the thin end of the wedge, citizens, nobody minds when the thin end appears....
I'm just an observer, don't really give a rat's ass what happens to your precious Constitution, but I feel like YOU should.
The cherry on the top of this pile'o'steaming propoganda is the choice you have for your next president - Coke or Pepsi, america - make your choice and pretend you still have your rights. (I'm pretty sure that the 8th amendment, 9th, 1st are going quickly, the 4th/5th/6th are LONG gone!)
You still have personal guns, but they won't help when the Hellfire comes, 'terrorist!'