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  •  It's true that it's an important development (15+ / 0-)

    and the fact that attitudes have shifted this much despite the fact that there was a terrorist attack on US soil in Boston less than three months ago, makes it hugely more significant.

    The thing is, as much as I feel relief that Americans are finally coming around after more than a decade of 9/11 shock, I also feel that there will now be a media campaign of renewed fearmongering, etc.  The government can't do a lot of the things they've been accustomed to doing without a sufficiently fearful populace.  The country has literally and figuratively been in a state of emergency since then, and in a state of war as well.  

    Not only that, the amount of money that the people have allowed to be spent on national security is still at Bush levels, twice what they were under Clinton, and Bush and Obama still steam forward with the neoliberal-neocon long term goals of austerity for the people and obscene levels of expenditure for war, cybersecurity and homeland security.  It's not sustainable. But there are a hell of a lot of people who want it to stay that way.

    "Justice is a commodity"

    by joanneleon on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 10:53:23 AM PDT

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