This article was first published on this website in June 2014. It has been edited for re-publication.
Americans, including Southerners, like to imagine themselves as moderates, middle-of-the-roaders who are not radical in either political direction, reasonable and responsible people who obey the law and don’t cause trouble. Because of this, it is difficult to convince them that standing in the middle of the road sometimes can be dangerous. And staying in the middle, being reasonable, and not causing the powers-that-be any trouble is exactly what . . . well, the powers-that-be want. However, those who have dared look behind the manufactured (and false) news headlines know that all is not well with the regime. For those who will indeed see things as they are—the USA Patriot Act, drones, the federalization and militarization of law enforcement, the TSA, Homeland Security, etc., etc.—they are left to wonder whether they live in the reincarnation of Stalin’s USSR rather than in the good old land of the free and home of the brave. As they say, ignorance is bliss, and we are a blissful society if nothing else.
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