Americans have been simply believing for some time now. We 've been believing the fairy tale of America as a shining star of salvation for the rest of the world. We 've been indulging in the childish fantasy that we, the chosen few, live in a democratic society governed by and dedicated to the rule of law. We 've long since surrendered our reason, embracing instead a blind faith in the myth of our inalienable liberties and freedoms, as well as our government 's protection thereof.
Just one of the many myth-exploding facts delicately ignored by Americans who prefer to wave flags and parrot simplistic slogans of national loyalty, is the fact that their government, their democratic representatives, spy on them unfettered by such niceties as a warrant or probable cause. Our dear President, apparently confusing his limited Constitutional powers with the divine right of kings, once again exploited the tragedy of 9/11 to eliminate those damnable obstructions to power democracies pose. Not content with the government 's virtually unfettered ability to tap the phone, search the home, or read the email of any suspected terrorist with the rubber-stamped approval of the secret and unappealable Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court President Bush vested himself with the power to monitor the phone calls of anyone sufficiently threatening to be classified as a terrorist or activist, civil libertarian or public librarian.
A listing of some of the domestic terror groups which so threaten national security that they were subjected to secret warrants may explain the President 's concerns. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Greenpeace. American-Arab Anti-Defamation League. Quakers. Vegans and tree-huggers. Egalitarians and pacifists. Scary stuff. If these groups were terrifying enough to deserve secret warrants, one can only imagine the heinous organizations that have infiltrated our blessed communities hellbent on the destruction of all that is good and pure which compelled Mr. Bush to take a red pen to the Constitution. The Boy Scouts of America. The American Association for the Deaf-Blind. The Washington Post. Democrats.
Americans, of course, will ignore the news of their vanishing liberties. Too engrossed by the latest reality show or shouting pundit, they 'll overlook the growing similarities between their society and those envisioned by Orwell and Zamyatin. To them, America much like Santa Claus, Jesus, or the Tooth Fairy is a simple matter of faith. Impervious to reason, true faith survives all assaults of fact and truth.
Such petty revelations cannot shake the faith of Americans in "America. " That Americans are not nearly as free as we self-righteously declare ourselves to be, does not diminish our belief in the "America " dramatized and romanticized for prime-time viewing. ( "We 're not a democracy, but we play one on television. ") That America admittedly spies upon and tortures those it arbitrarily and secretly deems dangerous or unsavory does not shake our faith in the "America " marketed by FOX News and pimped in our churches.
We Americans are children after all, and children need fantasies and fairy tales. So, who cares if Santa 's breath smells of cheap bourbon? As long as we keep getting things we want but don 't need or deserve, nothing else matters.