Twelve Years Later...
...politically, we've seen the rise and enshrinement of the Permanent Bipartisan Fusion Party, a hereditary caste of politicians from both "sides" of the aisle who are in complete agreement on the objectives of electoral office (personal enrichment and the arbitrary exercise of power) and disagree only around the margins. Bush, Clinton -- what difference, at this point, does it make?
... with Obamacare on the verge of implementation -- something everyone agrees will be an utter disaster -- a strangely impotent GOP shows absolutely no inclination to stop it. Because, in fact, they don't want to.
... unaccountable agencies, such as the EPA, effectively make law via "regulations" designed to throttle private enterprise; in the words of the Declaration of Independence, the federal government "has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance."
... we've become of nation of lawyers, not men. So much so that --
... the people of California were told by the chief justice of the Supreme Court that they had no legal standing to defend an amendment they proposed and made part of their own state constitution.
Now ask yourself: who's winning the war on America that began twelve years ago today?