Of a “sudden”, times have changed, or as
9/11, IMHO was “…the point of the wedge…”. Prior to 9/11, the tyranny of Govt. was a seeming distant threat.
Post 9/11, it is an accepted reality.
But, post 9/11 Govt. is not a “threat”, but rather a security blanket. (Be advised…all a security blanket provides is ‘fabric in the nose’..”)
We are no longer the “…land of the free and the home of the brave…”.
Serfdom has a new cosmetic/new advocates, and as the frog in the boiling kettle, we are comfortable.