posted on Aug, 9 2005 @ 05:14 PM
As yet, we haven't lost most freedoms, just a few very important ones - such as privacy.
You are correct about the Patriot Act, and with Patriot Act II about to pass, 10 of the 14 directives of the act will be made permanent, and the
remaining four will be up for renewal in 10 years time. What this all means is that we, as Americans, are slowly and systematically having our rights
stripped from us. The only thing at the moment preventing a total federal government takeover is the restrictions placed on the President regarding
domestic troop usage. If we lose that, he will have all the authority in the world to force the citizenry into compliance with his every whim. It
wouldn't be noticible at first, though, and it would be played off as being "for the good of the people" just as the Patriot Act was, but
eventually, probably when it was too late to do anything, we'd all realize that we've become Winston Smith, living in fear of Big Brother watching
us constantly in our day to day lives.
Not all Totalitarian regimes take over by force. Remember, it's far more efficient (not to mention cheaper) to manipulate the people by words than
to take them by force... and right now, the sheeple are believing every word of it.