By Marilyn Chandler McEntyre
I recently used the word "totalitarian" in a conversation to describe the direction our government is going and met with the objection that this characterization was "ludicrous." Is the use of the word "totalitarian" ludicrous? Consider the following list of actions.
--The PATRIOT Act, which was rammed through Congress after 9/11 without even the chance for Congressmen to read it.
Each one of these has contributed to eroding the accountability of American leaders and the protections the Constitution affords citizens and others.
I don't think I'm paranoid. I don't think it's "ludicrous" at least to imagine that what has happened in so many other countries by similar means couldn't happen here---too much power in too few hands with too few checks and too much in-group collaboration (especially in those countries where power is held and media controlled by a very few with intersecting interests). Jefferson, Franklin, and Adams all issued strenuous warnings about exactly that kind of erosion of accountability. That was part of their wisdom.
I am distressed that so many of us can fall into such chronic complacency about our privileges, protections, and the functionality of our processes. The myths and the facts get harder to sort out as the media fall under the control of fewer and fewer corporations who have vested interests in the war machine.
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