The end of the year, for Americans in the 21st century, should be a hopeful, joyous time. We travel great distances to give Thanks with our families, optimistically slap down the charge cards a few weeks later, to buy for family and friends special treats.
During this time, we sing out happily to all, friends and strangers alike, with "Merry Christmas", "Happy Thanksgiving", and other holiday greetings. If asked by a stranger, we are quite likely to open our wallets and our hearts, and hand over cash. Many Americans spend hours of their own time to give to strangers - gifts, food, clothes, and shelter.
I'm betting the Obama administration is counting on that. At this time of year, more than any other, we let our guard down. Expect more outrageous abuses of executive powers in the next month.
The question is, what will YOU do about it? So far, complaints to our Representatives and Senators haven't had much effect.