A month after Sept. 11, 2001, Dick Cheney described the wide open fields that were placed in the U.S. state's hands:
"one of the things that's changed so much since September 11th is the extent to which people do trust the government, big shift, and value it, and have higher expectations for what we can do."The American public didn't have to react that way, but it did.
Ron Paul tried to warn again, and again, and again, prior to 9/11, that America's foreign policy could someday come back to bite us here at home.
After that tragic day did sadly occur, the Neocons and the U.S. government received (as Dick Cheney said) an amazing amount of trust and belief in what they could do. Ron Paul again tried to warn against the actions that the U.S. government would be taking. No dice...war fever and the seeking of revenge would seize the day.
Now, here we are just 12 years later....
American public opinion has changed. Bloomberg is out today with a national poll that says 68% say that the government is on the wrong track. A few days ago, Gallup released a poll showing that American belief that government is too powerful is at record levels.
But this is 12 years later....Dick & The Gang took the huge opening and crammed in as much as they possibly could.
First the failures in Afghanistan & Iraq, which cost taxpayers a literal fortune:
We now get a good fondling when traveling on an airplane:
The NSA is spying on our every move:
Even without abuse, the thought of our lives being a big Matrix for the government to know everything about each of us, should be chilling!
How could so much nastiness happen in such a short period of time?
Trust....that's all that was needed for the surveillance state freight train to plow through.
Fortunately, opinions are changing, but now we have to struggle with all the baggage! Rolling it back will not be easy. There's plenty of big money and crony corporations who like the new setup. Check out the stock prices for Lockheed Martin & Boeing. Life couldn't be better!
The tag-team of Crony Corporations & The State won't just roll over.
Public opposition will have to be massive to start peeling away the layers that have been piled on over the last 12 years.
It can be done, as the thwarted U.S. attack on Syria proves. We're gonna need a lot more of that!
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