This has nothing to do with liberals or conservatives (many of both of them want to violate the constitution), but just plain stupidity.
I don't want to disagree with you, but I feel I have to...
It's not stupidity, we are simply led to believe it is, and most Americans accept that deception without question.
It's actually very finely-crafted manipulation, across the aisle, across the branches, and across the board.
Elected officials are supposed to listen to their constituents, but over time this has devolved into "listen to the constituents who provide the most money for the election campaign". And who are those constituents? SIG's and PAC's (most of which are formed and funded by large corporations/multi-nationals), and those controlling the upper percentage of the country's wealth, all who have a specific agenda about what they want to see happen/continue to happen in/to this country and its people.
They are all selling one thing... they simply sell fear. Fear with your morning/evening news, fear in your newspaper, fear in your commercials. Keep the populace in fear and we can sell/tell/convince them of anything we want. And every person that buys into the fear becomes another sheep in the flock.
When is the last time you heard a speech, from any politician, that didn't say, "This [inset any negative-leaning subject you care to] is threatening the people of [input your city/county/state/America here], and only I have the plan on how to fix it."? And yet you never hear what that plan is or how the politician plans to implement it. It just sort of fades away, being looked at in a committee, etc.
Those of us that think critically enough (/.'ers tend to fall into this group) about what we hear/read/see, and actually dissect the verbiage/message/context get an accurate picture of what's being fed to the entire country piecemeal.
Until we, as a nation, expose the fear-mongers and the politician financed by them, for what they really are, we deserve everything that happens to us.
Maybe I'm simply preaching to the choir here, but I had to get this off my chest.
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For some reason, I immediately put that to B-52 music, with Kate blaring out the words.
The absence of labels [in ECL] is probably a good thing. -- T. Cheatham