I was born in the late 50's, and without divulging all the family dysfunction, I had a foretaste of this "freedom in exchange for safety" mentality long before it became fashionable in America. I grew up listening to how scary the world was and since I was 5 when President Kennedy was assassinated, it seemed believable . . . for a time, but not for long. Once I got to school and found out other kids could leave their own backyard and return home safely and show up for school the next day, I began to question the paranoia. I had the sense or fear to not question it aloud, but the disregard of fear took root and has blossomed into courage through the years. Now, at 60, I read headlines and realize our "public servants" are not serving "we the people" and the media is simply using emotional manipulation to keep Americans at odds with each other and all stirred up.
The government shutdown was over the lack of funding for "the wall." Then our Representatives spent a week working on a bill they knew would not pass to resolve the issue! Considering the tax dollars that pay the House of Representatives, shouldn't they spend their time more productively? In crunching a few numbers, it would seem they cost us nearly 3M dollars in salaries, drafting a bill they knew would die. A week on a bill they know won't pass seems to be a case of "time NOT well spent!" How is that serving the people who elected them? Why is this acceptable? Now, there is talk about declaring a "National Emergency." I have a few words of my own regarding "National Emergency."