We have changed. The United States has changed -- for the worse, for the worst. We are not the same country I grew up in in the 1950s; we have morphed into an evil, suspicious country that has adopted unfortunate presumptions that have changed the very nature of the United States, its government and its people.
As early as the mid-1990s, I could fly to Frankfurt, Germany, with a German friend and when we landed, my German friend went to Customs, while I went to the Auslander line (for foreigners). But the reverse was not true. When my German friend and I flew to the United States, something changed. Both of us were ordered to an "immigration control" line, as if we were both foreigners? Why? Because the United States had -- overnight -- created a "presumption" that every person who emptied an international flight was an "applicant" for entry into the United States.
All of a sudden, Customs was not good enough for "us" (i.e., those born and raised in the United States). All of a sudden "we" were now considered "not U.S. citizens" until we proved to the satisfaction of an immigration officer (who has no legal jurisdiction over U.S. citizens, by the way) that we "are" U.S. citizens.
It gets worse.
The United States government now has a presumption that "we" are all terrorists.
I am not kidding. Think about it. When you go to an airport to get on a domestic or international flight, you are searched. Why? Because "our" federal government -- which no longer has our best interests at heart -- has adopted a "presumption" that you are a terrorist until you have been thoroughly searched.
A renegade federal government must be opposed when it seeks to usurp rights guaranteed to citizens of the United States by the United States Constitution and federal law.
Something is wrong with this picture. Am I nuts, or are these presumptions counter to everything we hold dear as a nation?