We haven't degenerated so far down as the USA yet - but we are headed down that path to oblivion.
Our facist Prime Minister is spending billions of our dollars on war planes.
Also he is going to build lots of new prisons - this despite the fact that our crime rate is actually going down. He figures we will need themn because he does not believe in rehabilitation and his way is to lock all criminals up and keep them locked up forever.
However, we are just as dumb here as the folks in the USA. I could barely believe it when you re-elected GWB for the second time, and now we have gone and done the same think with the crook we had up here.
You are right about the fear. Keep the people in fear and they will do whatever they are told.
On the ^positive side, here is an opportunity for the saying that 'the darkest hour is just before dawn' to come true.
Back to my gardening "Error does not become Truth because it is widely accepted; Truth does not become error, even when it stands alone"
edited for spelling