Leftofcenter Wrote: You can't get upset over every little atrocity or you'll be banging your head against the wall all day long. Obama picked the man he thinks will best further his policies just as Al Capone picked Frank Nitti to be his enforcer. In the old country ( the USA ) these policies would have caused a stir, but now they are just everyday occurences.( drones, assassinations, wire taps etc. ) And as Ronald "Dopey Dildock " Reagan used to say...."You ain't seen nothing yet." If they can get away with what they've already pulled off there's no stopping them now. Just remember.... This is still a free country as long as you do exacttly what you're told.
jaredsxtn Wrote: I'm quite sure that we're on the same page Left, but just have a different way of looking at things. We as a country have opened up a Pandora's box that we may not be able to close. The Supreme Court has sat idly by, besides their ruling that the Military Tribunals unconstitutional, this entire decade with regards to Presidential powers and the use of force. In fact, the Supreme Court and Congress have sat idly by for decades as the President has accumulated more and more power of the nations armed forces.
With regards to our world policing--I could not agree with you more. It is very hard to turn back now and I agree with you that we might just have to get used to this new reality. I do not see America just having a change of heart one day and deciding that they don't see the need for our hundreds of military bases around the world anymore. Those are there to stay whether we like it or not. I'm a firm proponent of reducing our footprint around the world and letting countries decide for themselves how they like to govern without our government peering over their shoulders and threatening retaliatory measures if they don't tow the line.
I'm not as doom and gloom as many would think about everything though. We are spied on all the time by private companies wanting to know where we shop, what we read, what we eat, etc. I don't really see much of a difference with a low level government employee doing the same thing. Am I saying I agree with it? Absolutely not. Not at all. All I'm saying is that American's have allowed their government to do this to them and now we get the government that we deserve. The dumbing down of our society will have irreparable consequences on our society. American's lack of historical knowledge and lack of interest in *ACTIVE* participation in our government is what has led us down this road. Plenty of people vote every two to four years, but that's all. People like you and I, and others on this site, are vastly outnumbered in this country. So many Americans willfully accept what their government tells them and I have a feeling it is going to get far worse before it gets any better.
And with regards to the Blackhawk helicopter story--It wasn't just Miami, but Houston and Los Angelas as well. Now, that scares the living hell out of me and I don't really know what else to say other than that.