Not much has changed since then in terms of the tension and struggle between "we the people" and "we the government".
A few million more homes lost, jobs lost, and health care lost while more of the 700 bases in Afghanistan are being built as our states, counties, and cities fail.
Symbolic of the disdain despots tend to have against the people is this story about IRS:
Arriving at Harv's Metro Car Wash in midtown Wednesday afternoon were two dark-suited IRS agents demanding payment of delinquent taxes. "They were deadly serious, very aggressive, very condescending," says Harv's owner, Aaron Zeff.(Sacramento Bee). Meanwhile IRS allows billions of dollars to be hidden in foreign bank accounts by the one percenters, the warmongers who are plundering America.
The really odd part of this: The letter that was hand-delivered to Zeff's on-site manager showed the amount of money owed to the feds was ... 4 cents.
Two beloved presidents explained the struggle to wee the people, and make giant the Big Brother Government:
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone.(President, General Eisenhower). An earlier president detailed one mechanism MOMCOM uses to plunder the middle class and poor:
It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.
This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.
Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments is multiplied : and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force, of the people. The same malignant aspect in republicanism may be traced in the inequality of fortunes, and the opportunities of fraud, growing out of a state of war, and in the degeneracy of manners and of morals, engendered by both. No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare. Those truths are well established.(President James Madison). The mainstream media (MSM), Big Oil, and the Military are the "M" components of MOMCOM.
Their essential effort is to wee (continually minimize) the control of the people, while making government control over people big, Bigger, then BIGGEST.
The struggle is between attempts by the people to find a way to starve the monster, and attempts by MOMCOM to keep a big boot on the neck of the people, should the propaganda of the media fail to do the job of deceit.
The next post in this series is here.