It's been a matter of faith the past five years that the passing of time would let us, the People of the United States of America, get some distance from the 9/11 events. We thought that the fear and anger that drove our excessive rejection of basic civil liberties law would ebb enough that We the People could return to sober common-sense and again embrace our constitutionally embedded individual rights. Now it seems that the loud, relentless, lying Right Wing Authoritarian propaganda machine has permanently neutered our political leaders. It seems that we, as a nation, are going along - some willingly, others absent awareness - with ceding our First, Fourth, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendment protections to an Executive Branch totalitarian power-grab in the guise of "National Security."
I wonder how we will feel looking back five years from now, asking ourselves - maybe our children or grandchildren asking - what we were doing while Bush took away our freedom and destroyed the very nature of our national being.