After the terrorist attack on the United States in New York City on September 11, 2001, over a decade ago, the states’ populations came together in a kind of unity I had never experienced, being of a young enough age to have never been involved in any kind of foreign- much less domestic- war. The attacks on that sunny morning in September shocked an entire population into a state of awareness for each other that was intense and somehow thrilling; however, this heightened state of acknowledgement soon turned into simply an increased awareness OF each other, rather than for.
That began innocently enough, with everyone in a state of fear over another attack. Then, it was easy to convince most citizens that it should be necessary to encroach further into the privacy of all citizens. Their own trust in their personal safety had been effectively shattered. Score- terror tactics.
Is it a wonder why American citizens balk at the idea of their government terrorizing its own attackers (enhanced interrogations controversy), in spite of themselves.
Yet the explanation is simple, and it is encouraging. A certain percentage are trying very hard to remain ethical creatures of intelligence. Some of our people are remembering the United States of America and those things for which it stands, despite that their homeland is tread upon by resident enemies, and that some of these have been successful in tearing down it’s beloved structure and in killing thousands of its citizens. While it is difficult to put any stock in a trust of no torture (WHO can be trusted these days?), it should still be the preferred idea that no land’s government should resort to severe tactics of physical or mental anguish of captives. There still need to be leaders in the realm of peace and good will in operation.
My realization of our crisis status as a cohesive people of the United States and as a suffering economy did not come until much later than I would have preferred. The problems seem all too obvious, with no citizen holding many punches. Poor people are tired of being poor, especially since they’re only becoming poorer AND their opportunity to step up has essentially been removed, referring to the all but gone middle class option. Granted that the middle class scenario is an yin and yang of opportunity as the global market develops. What need be remembered is the disparity of income increase between the middle class and the famed 1% that has occurred in the US since 1980.
Part of the mid-classers’ experience today is a more fundamental problem than mere money alone. Much of this group’s self-worth and value is their willingness, desire, education and skilled experience involved in the innovations and operations of the world. Yet, right along with the money, also go a hundred small freedoms, according to the 99%.
class values tend to emphasize independence, adherence to intrinsic standards, valuing innovation and respecting non-conformity. Politically more active than other demographics, college educated middle class professionals are…
Add to this the losses of freedom that are sitting on the scruples of America at any given time:
Safer airport passing that has come as far as multiple accusations of inappropriate touching, looting and peering.
Loss of freedom from being held without charge
Loss of legal representation rights
We celebrate May Day today- and simultaneously Law Day also.