In recent months, maybe years, I've become increasingly despondent about the state of our government. Our constitution seems to be in tatters. This administration has used fear to oppress it's own people and steal away their constitutional freedoms. This administration has made it clear that no law can stand in their way when it comes to fighting the "war on terror." Any American citizen can now be arrested and imprisoned for life without charge or trialall they have to do is claim you're an enemy combatant and your rights simply vanish. No, they haven't done this yet, but that's no comfort. They can and it's only a matter of time. For a while it will be reserved for obvious native born terroristsmonsters for whom no tears will be shed and whose public trial would threaten national security. Eventually, we'll become accustomed to thisswift justice. Then the government will begin expanding the list of those deemed threats to include political activists, unkind journalists, whistleblowers, and anyone else who itches them wrong. They'll be a few unfavorable op-eds by brave souls, but we'll convince ourselves it's for our own safety. Whatever administration is in power will indefinitely postpone future elections until it becomes "safe." And tada, we're living in a totalitarian state (run by Evangelical Christianists to be sure). And we'll have approved it every step of the wayright up to the point of no return.
But all hope is not lost. Maybe a superhero will rise out of the ashes of Guantanamo to start a true revolution. Maybe the proletariat will rally to defeat their own government and restore fear to it's proper home:
Citizens should not fear their governments. Governments should fear their citizens. V
I confess, at the end of V for Vendetta when Parliament blows up, I had to hold back a few tearsI was so overcome with hope for our own time. Here's hoping the electorate wakes up soon.