"Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it."--Philosopher George Santayana
Stay alert, America.
This is not the time to drop our guards, even for a moment.
Nothing has changed since the election to alter the immediate and very real dangers of roadside strip searches, government surveillance, biometric databases, citizens being treated like terrorists, imprisonments for criticizing the government, national ID cards, SWAT-team raids, censorship, forcible blood draws and DNA extractions, private prisons, weaponized drones, red-light cameras, tasers, active-shooter drills, police misconduct and government corruption.
Time alone will tell whether those who put their hopes in a political savior will find that trust rewarded or betrayed.
Personally, I'm not holding my breath.
I've been down this road before.
I've studied history.
I know what comes next.
It's early days yet, but President-elect Trump--like his predecessors--has already begun to dial back many of the campaign promises that pledged to reform a broken system of government.
The candidate who railed against big government and vowed to "drain the swamp" of lobbyists and special-interest donors has already given lobbyists, corporate donors and members of the governmental elite starring roles in his new administration.
America, you've been played.
This is what happens when you play politics with matters of life, death and liberty.
You lose every time.
Unfortunately, in this instance, we all lose because of the deluded hypocrisy of the left and the right, both of which sanctioned the expansion of the police state as long as it was their party at the helm.
For the past eight years, the left--stridently outspoken and adversarial while George W. Bush was president--under Obama has been unusually quiet about things like torture, endless wars, drone strikes, executive orders, government overreach and fascism.