The first time I realized that the US’s dometic freedom was not guaranteed was during the Iran Contra hearings in the 1980s when the Bush/Reagan stoolie Oliver North talked about proposals to suspend the constitution in times of crises (it is amazing that Richard Nixon was hung to dry for Watergate but that Reagan and Bush skirted through the Iran Contra situation with barely a mark — that is true and corruptible power). But somehow I still beieved our elections were mostly honest.
But watching the George Bush and Al Gore election battle in Florida in 2000, the governor election in the state of Washington a few years later where mysterious votes were found and votes were mysteriously rled ineligible and three different election counts produced different results, and the all the reports of election fraud in Hilary Clinton’s march towards the White House has taught me that what I thought was an honest and free election/process (with flaws, of course) is as corrupt and maleable as some of very Third World Countries we claim are rife with election fraud. When it comes to power and the access to power, there are a certain percentage of human beings who are actually wired to stop at nothing to get it, including corrupting the process of the most powerful country in the world. Uncle Sam is as vulnerable as any of them, I’m afraid 😦 It is up to us Commonors to stand up against those in power, to protect the common good.