America has changed radically since September 11, 2001. Anyone who was born early enough to remember that day should easily be able to tell the differences, but many young people don’t realize the scary things that have happened in America since then. And, sadly, too many people who remember that day are clueless about what is really happening to our country.
In case you think that I’m just one crazy nutcase who thinks this, realize that many Americans agree with me, and John Whitehead of the Rutherford Institute recently wrote and article detailing the changes that he is particularly unhappy about. Whitehead writes,
Life in a post-9/11 America increasingly feels like an endless free fall down a rabbit hole into a terrifying, dystopian alternative reality in which the citizenry has no rights, the government is no friend to freedom, and everything we ever knew and loved about the values and principles that once made this country great has been turned on its head.
We’ve walked a strange and harrowing road since September 11, 2001, littered with the debris of our once-vaunted liberties.
We have gone from a nation that took great pride in being a model of a representative democracy to being a model of how to persuade the citizenry to march in lockstep with a police state.
What began with the passage of the USA Patriot Act in October 2001 has snowballed into the eradication of every vital safeguard against government overreach, corruption and abuse.
The citizenry’s unquestioning acquiescence to anything the government wants to do in exchange for the phantom promise of safety and security has resulted in a society where the nation is being locked down into a militarized, mechanized, hypersensitive, legalistic, self-righteous, goose-stepping antithesis of every principle upon which this nation was founded.
And the sad part is that Whitehead is right. This is exactly what is happening and a huge portion of our populace, blindly following what a mainstream media feeds them, supports this descent into a dystopian nightmare.
Fortunately, though, Whitehead does have some suggestions for how to improve the situation:
- Get educated.
- Get involved.
- Get organized (with other people).
- Be creative.
- Use the media (that’s what we are doing here).
- Start brushfires for freedom.
- Take action.
- Be forward-looking.
- Develop fortitude.
- Be selfless and sacrificial.
- Remain optimistic and keep hope alive.
Living in such bleak times can take away your sense of hope and will to fight, but there is hope if you have eyes to see. And all is not lost. If the Soviet empire fell because of their people sought independence, then there is hope that our country can return to the ideals of freedom, too.