Well, the risks of today are quite a bit more extreme than when this American Experiment began. And in turn security is a different animal today than it was back then. Not that we as a people should become desensitized to the shift in the balance of privacy and security, but context and the reality of the global political environment can't be ignored either.

I think exposure/awareness and the resulting debate are important especially for the long term. But I still think there are short term issues that need to be dealt with now so they're out of the way and can't distract from the long term. Right now, it's flipped, and we're letting a broader and more future-centric issue distract us from things that need to be and can be fixed now. Jobs and economic wellness today, please and accountability a wee bit later and permanently thereafter.