“Homeland”?

Right after 911, when America started to be referred to as the “Homeland”, I had a suspicion things were changing. “Homeland” I thought. When has America ever been called a “Homeland” before? To me, it harkened back to the “old country” days of the Russian “Motherland” and the German “Fatherland”. I see it now as proto-fascist move to romanticize America and use that to pull our heartstrings and get us to go along with creeping new restrictions on our freedoms. We now have the Patriot Act, the Department of Homeland Security and power to assassinate anyone at will who is believed to be against the security of the “Homeland”. Words have power and when we accept them into our consciousness we can be manipulated like puppets on a string.

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