© copyright 2007 Betsy L. Angert
For years I have wondered, is this a case of collective Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome? What compels Americans? What distracts civilians and Congress? Why were we, are we, willing to forfeit the rights the founding fathers gave us, particularly the right to privacy?
I surmise the occurrences on September 11, 2001 were a shock to the citizens of this country. We thought ourselves safe, isolated, and insulated. Then, people witnessed their ominous Towers fall, and together we, they, took a leap of faith. We decided to believe in a false leader. A man that maintained a record of incompetence throughout his life was allowed to continue causing calamity worldwide. Americans allowed their President to change the conversation. George W. Bush, a man that was selected for the post of Commander-In-Chief by the Supreme Court, not by the people, assumed a posture, and demonstrated his strength. Frightened beyond belief, we as a nation adopted the fears of a former President's favorite son. Mister Bush cautioned, 'Terrorism is all around us.' With thanks to him, and his war in Iraq, now it is!
Nevertheless, in 2001, captured by angst, the citizens of the United States of America believed. Congress trusted. Thus, they passed ridiculous laws in the name of patriotism. These regulations are more threatening than the terrorists ever were. The Patriot Act looms large in the lives of citizens. Yet, most walk around unaware of how their government now spies on them, legally and illegally, until today.