The problem, of course, is that luck will not save us. The people dealing the cards--the politicians, the corporations, the judges, the prosecutors, the police, the bureaucrats, the military, the media, etc.--have only one prevailing concern, and that is to maintain their power and control over the country and us. As long as they are dealing the cards, the deck will always be stacked in their favor.
We're in trouble, folks.
We have relinquished control of our government to overlords who care nothing for our rights, our dignity or our humanity, and now we're saddled with an authoritarian regime that is deaf to our cries, dumb to our troubles, blind to our needs, and accountable to no one.
Even revelations of wrongdoing amount to little in the way of changes for the better.
For instance, after six years of investigation, 6,000 written pages and $40 million to write a report that will not be released to the public in its entirety, the U.S. Senate has finally concluded that the CIA lied about its torture tactics, failed to acquire any life-saving intelligence, and was more brutal and extensive than previously admitted. This is no revelation. It's a costly sleight of hand intended to distract us from the fact that nothing has changed. We're still a military empire waging endless wars against shadowy enemies, all the while fattening the wallets of the defense contractors for whom war is money.
Same goes for the government's surveillance programs, which are just as invasive as ever. In fact, at President Obama's urging, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court just quietly reauthorized the National Security Agency's surveillance of phone records.
Police misconduct and brutality have been dominating the news headlines for months now, but don't expect any change for the better. In fact, with Obama's blessing, police departments continue to make themselves battle ready with weapons and gear created for the military. Police shootings of unarmed citizens continue with alarming regularity. And grand juries, little more than puppets controlled by state prosecutors, continue to legitimize the police state by absolving police of any wrongdoing.