"Gentlemen, you see that in the anarchy in which we live, society manages much as before. Take care, if our disputes last too long, that the people do not come to think that they can very easily do without us." – Benjamin Franklin, to the Constitutional Convention of 1787
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Since this IS "The Coalition of the Obvious", it is perhaps timely and incumbent upon us all to consider the "state" of things around us. i.e. -- ponder the Obvious! And, the not-so-obvious...
To get your gears moving, I'd like to direct you to read this bloggers attempt at grokking the implications of the government "shutdown", and in fact, what role governments play in "serving the people":
This is a wide ranging subject, but as you go through your day you might think about the usefulness of the monstrosity of the millstone hanging on every American's neck. It is Obvious that this Thing has grown into a monster. It is a parasite that now drains most of the population's positive energy, wealth, and spirit. What parts of it could just go away, and humanity would be better off? This is an important question to ask yourself. Do an A/B comparison and write down what is good about it, and what is bad about it. Your list will probably be very lop-sided.
What is IT good for?
What justifies ITS existence in IT"S present form, or some other efficient model?
Can you pare this Thing down to a bare bones version where it actually benefited humanity?
Is it not self evident that if anything required complete transparency to the people it is supposed to serve, it would be this Thing?
And isn't it Obvious that a population would require and demand that ALL representatives, employees, public servants if-you-will -- MUST BE honest, truthful, upstanding, morally responsible individuals?
What have We got?
Here's one bloggers opinion. I expect there are many others who hold similar views...http://www.rumormillnews.com/cgi-bin/forum.cgi?read=288620
Shouldn't they be held to the "highest" standards?
And if any surveillance was truly needed to protect, serve, and secure The People, said surveillance should be focused on the machinery and those operating the machinery of governance. No?
May we continually reflect upon how our world works and doesn't work "for us". It is not our individual goals to become drones, and live worthless lives. "America" used to be the habitation of "dreamers" and freedom lovers. Look closely at what IT has become?
Any positive changes you can imagine first must start in your head and be held in your heart.