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  •  i disagree - they just can't be bothered (7+ / 0-)

    worried about paying the bills and getting healthcare.

    keeping people worried about food and shelter is an excellent way to make sure they couldn't care less about "freedom".

    big badda boom : GRB 090423

    by squarewheel on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 11:43:11 AM PDT

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    •  I'd argue it's both. After 9/11, mostly fear that (4+ / 0-)
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      was manipulated by the Bush fascists again and again. After Hurricane Katrina, that started to wear off, and people slowly started coming around some. But then the Great Recession hit, and the Teabaggers rose to virulently opposed anything their mythical Kenyan Anti-Christ Black Guy in the White House wanted to do -- including govern.

      So, yeah, ever since many people are, as you rightly note, too exhausted financially and emotionally to make abstract, seemingly distant issues of civil liberties all that much of a priority. And so it has continued, in part. But events like Boston serve up red meat to the Military/Intel Industrial Complex, and keep justifying unjustifiable amounts of spending and erosion of the Bill of Rights.

      Which is why we're in such big trouble. Unless there's some kind of leverage exercised against the complicit and compliant Congresscritters, they will respond to those who write the biggest checks, and ignore the minority of us who have the time, energy, or knowledge to oppose this shit. It will largely be the political/policy tree falling in the forest, with no one to hear.

      "Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob." -- Franklin D. Roosevelt

      by Kombema on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 12:20:57 PM PDT

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