We did it by using gmail instead of using end to end encryption, which in retrospect was absolutely insane.
We did it by voting partisan, by falling for the whole, partisan politics, fake, "lesser of two evils" scam.
We did it by sitting back as the use of security tools to do our jobs became, in the eyes of our government, impetus to surreptitiously monitor us, and became criminalized.
We did it by continuing to patronize companies that cave to unconstitutionally and illegally yield to secret warrants.
And now we're too far into it to do much about it, but try and calmly make excuses for what's happened, least we come off as some sort of whackjob conspiracy theorists.
We did it to ourselves by valuing money, our careers, our own personal security, over our freedom, over our privacy. We've gone to great lengths to redefine what freedom and privacy in the Electronic Age IS. Because, you know, things are so much better now because of the tech we love so much.
We are living in very interesting times, indeed.