Summary: What a wonderful week, bringing to even the most obtuse of Americans unmistakable evidence of our government’s growing power. These incidents are insignificant in themselves, more of the endless scandals that titillated members of America’s outer party (the proles don’t care about such things; the inner party knows their irrelevance). But they might give small pushes to help a few see the true state of America.
(1) The Tea Party discovered that the government will investigate even white conservatives! Watch their anti-reality screens glow as they deflect all evidence that it was routine low-level actions, not planned attack by the Black Pretender in the White House.
(2) Journalists discovered that the government has no friends, only subjects and targets. Even their supine support of the government — concealing secrets, spinning stories to their benefit, denying a voice to its opponents — gives them no immunity from government surveillance. Legal surveillance, due to the post-9/11 shredding of the 4th Amendment.
(3) During the five years posting warnings on the FM website, I have received many forms of replies saying Don’t worry; all is well. None say it in as few words as this tweet, which should be carved on the eventual memorial to the late great Constitution:
You placed the burden on active citizenship; but individuals may have little effect. Republic endures unbroken.
We cannot know what the author meant, but the words probably speak for the majority of Americans today. The words echo their feeling of powerlessness (their disinterest in collective action) plus a delusional unwillingness to see the results of our passivity.
Twitter is a direct line into the thought-stream of America, the neurons freely chatting with one another. Always interesting, often depressing, sometimes terrifyingly depressing.
This post is a follow-up to:
It is not too late. We need not disappoint them: