But being reality-challenged is starting to go beyond the satire that brings it into sharp focus, and is beginning to indicate a fundamental change to the very fabric of the United States of America. According to CNN,
So how would you feel if police were allowed to stop people at random and ask for your I.D.? Well, that's what we wanted to find out in a new CNN/"USA Today"/Gallup poll for our "Security Watch" series "Safe at Home." Well, about 50 percent of you are in favor of just that. Our CNN/"USA Today"/Gallup poll also shows that about two-thirds of you favor the idea of all Americans carrying a national I.D. card.Ten years ago, carrying a national I.D. card, and being asked to produce it on demand by a police officer with no justifiable cause would be considered unthinkable. Before the Reagan era, such a notion would be inextricably linked with Soviet-style communism.
Yes, things have changed. However, the most profound changes are the structural changes in what defines a society or culture that most people do not notice until it is too late, when they look back and say, "Holy shit! When did that happen?"
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