At Zero Hedge by Tyler Durden --
“As I look at America today, I am not afraid to say that I am afraid.”—Former presidential advisor Bertram Gross
As history teaches us, if the people have little or no knowledge of the basics of government and their rights, those who wield governmental power inevitably wield it excessively. After all, a citizenry can only hold its government accountable if it knows when the government oversteps its bounds.
Precisely because Americans are easily distracted—because, as study
after study shows, they are clueless about their rights—because their
elected officials no longer represent them—because Americans have been
brainwashed into believing that their only duty as citizens is to
vote—because the citizenry has failed to hold government officials
accountable to abiding by the Constitution—because young people are no
longer being taught the fundamentals of the Constitution or the Bill of
Rights, resulting in citizens who don’t even know they have rights—and
because Americans continue to place their trust in politics to fix
what’s wrong with this country—the American governmental scheme is sliding ever closer towards a pervasive authoritarianism.