What do you think is more important to you, your freedom or the stylishness of your shoes? In my experience, most Americans find the stylishness of their shoes to be more important than their freedom... even more important than whether or not their children and grandchildren will live in freedom.
The proof of what I just said is demonstrated by the amount of time, money, research, or discussion most people devote to the sustainability of their freedoms versus the amount of time, money, research, or discussion they devote to their shoes. I could say the same thing about their entertainment, their wine, their lawn, their car, their cosmetics, their favorite sports team, their choice of dessert, or just about any other aspect of their lives. When I say their freedom, I am talking about their basic human rights, their ability to know the truth about what's going on in the world, their ability to express themselves publicly or hear other enlightened people express themselves publicly.
And that is why we Americans have already lost most of our precious rights and freedoms and why we are well on our way to losing the rest of them.
You cannot make a call from your home or cell phone to another human being without the government being able to listen to and/or save your conversation for later review... who you talked to, what you said, where you were when you said it. The same is true for any text message, email, or attachment you might send or receive. Your privacy is gone. And that's true even if you are communicating with your attorney, doctor, lover or anyone else. Does the government care what you have to say or do? Probably not... unless you take issue with anything they say or do and begin to make a difference. Without privacy there is no real freedom and making a difference becomes a lot more difficult.
What I said above is also true for any person who seeks public office and is working with colleagues or supporters with the intention of changing this reality should they get elected... which means they probably have very little chance of ever getting elected since those in power who have access to that information respect no self-imposed ethical considerations or limitations on how to destroy someone else's credibility, their ability to be heard by a general audience, or their ability to interfere in any way with Big Brother's agenda.
The whistleblower Edward Snowden, with help from Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and others, has made an important breakthrough in bringing to light how most Americans and perhaps most of the first world's populations are currently living lives in a state of involuntary hypnosis or informational fog imposed by a U.S. government that has transformed itself into a criminal oligarchy whose intention it is literally to rule the world... yes literally.
In his just-published book, No Place to Hide, Glenn Greenwald lays out the approximate breadth, depth, structure, and efficacy of our government's plans and accomplishments to date. By doing so, he has given us the opportunity to lift ourselves out of this fog and regain our consciousness. But doing so is going to take a great effort for anyone who has the courage to face this reality, and seeks to return their lives to some semblance of objective sanity.
We have all been subjected to a kind of hypnotic trance state. This has been accomplished by a concerted effort on the part of our government and those who control our political processes to fill and inundate our lives with official lies and deceits of all kinds, magnified and enhanced by a manipulated and controlled mainstream media and assisted by our major institutions, which have been intimidated, cajoled, and blackmailed into compliance by the power and influence of those who control immense wealth.