...and again in 2000 and again more recently. Americans too young to have lived through the Depression, World War II or the Korean War have consistently gone along with those who would sell them a smug sense of material comfort in exchange for their freedoms. Two quotes come to mind:
"They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security" - Benjamin Franklin
"Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it" - George Santayana
What goes around may well come around, but that will be scant comfort to the multitude of generations who will have to fight their forefathers' battles all over again, courtesy of our self-centered laziness.