Here is a wonderful essay by Dr. Paul Craig Roberts:
To answer the question that is the title, we have to know of what the US consists. Is it an ethnic group, a collection of buildings and resources, a land mass with boundaries, or is it the Constitution. Clearly what differentiates the US from other countries is the US Constitution. The Constitution defines us as a people. Without the Constitution we would be a different country. Therefore, to lose the Constitution is to lose the country.
Does the Constitution still exist? Let us examine the document and come to a conclusion.
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Historically, a government that can, without due process, throw a citizen into a dungeon or summarily execute him is considered to be a tyranny, not a democracy. By any historical definition, the United States today is a tyranny.
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Our Bill of Rights has been gutted by the National Security State. And in spite of all the spying and other violations of our liberties, we are no safer than we were before.
Dr. Roberts is being too kind when he calls us insouciant, as he often does. A better description of us would be just plain stupid.