Stop blaming the teachers...
Stop having any interaction at all with government school teachers. They aren't to blame for anything. There's nothing they can do. About anything. Ever. So they're of no particular use to you.
If you care about them, you'll teach your own children. Or find a school or a teacher who works for you, answers to you, and can be held responsible by you.
When the poor start to starve...
Why wouldn't "the poor" decide to produce something instead of starving? Why do you think so little of "the poor"?
If you actually looked at a crowd of "the poor" in the US, you'd conclude they're not in danger of starving any time soon.
Keeping the masses reasonably well off...
In a free country, there wouldn't be "the masses", nor would anyone be "kept". Free people are individuals. They make their own choices.
Patents and Copyrights are for rich companies....not people.
How about if we call them "people who learned from their mistake and are determined not to repeat it"? If you want their help to actually build a better country for the future, you might start there.
And the rest of us actually want smaller, less powerful, less intrusive government.
Face it, you're a partisan hack and ignored the wrong-doing until "not your guy" ended up in office.
And now you're assisting your guy with his present-day wrongdoing -- not historical wrongs, but wrongs that are being committed right now and will be committed tomorrow and are planned for many tomorrows to come. And all those people you hate just announced their policy, and they're on the right side of the issue.
I did not say anything about that being "a justification" or "the purpose" of anything. The point is that terrorists are less of a threat now. Consider it a complete coincidence if you want. Consider it a mistake to take terrorism seriously in 2001 and 2002 if you want. None of that changes the point.
People who worried about terrorism in 2002 may see less reason be as worried about it now. Why shouldn't they change policy to reflect a new situation?
If you think the system is working, ask someone who's waiting for a prompt.