Interesting interview with Gore Vidal over the current state of politics. He compares the current political climate to despotism caused by rampant corruption. He makes a lot of good points. The fact that elections are won by the candidate with the most cash and the patriot act are cited in his analysis.
I agree with all of his analysis, but not with his outlook. Actually, I take that back – I do agree with his outlook unless something drastically changes. I guess I try to be more optimistic.
It still amazes me that people haven’t started reacting recently. I think if people actually took the time to figure out what is in the patriot act – that any citizen can be held without cause or access to a lawyer, indefinitely – I think things would be different. It’s sad that people don’t care about politics anymore unless something comes and kicks them directly in their own lives. Politicians know this and push through things that people don’t notice until it’s too late.
The patriot act asks us to put too much trust in the federal government. It gives them a power they can blatantly use against anyone and they are asking “average citizens” to trust that it won’t get used against them. Yeah Right. Do we learn nothing from history?