The formula for maintaining a proper balance between freedom and security is simple: We keep the powerful secure by denying freedom to the powerless. When we say “security,” we mean steps taken to help the Euromerican upper middleclass sleep better at night. Whatever threatens them threatens America.
Most Euromericans lead lives free of strife and struggle with only the petty traumas of work and family to burden them. This leads to a softening of the moral backbone because prosperity is boring as hell. This is why your Eternal War of the Empty Policy is so important. War stimulates because it is the slasher flick of international politics.
This stimulation firms up the moral backbone as the public (our kind of public) rallies to battle the encroaching evil from the comfort of their climate-controlled family rooms where they are jerked off by the images on their 52” plasma TVs.
The public hates evil, but since they occupy a bland world of dulling ambiguity, they aren’t sure what evil is. So they look to the State to define it for them. This power to define evil gives the creative State an effective instrument of social control.
Were the public to develop a well-defined concept of Good and Evil, the State would be in deep shit. This is why religion is a potential danger. This “love God; love your neighbor” bullshit constitutes a potential threat to the State greater than the one posed by terrorism. This is why the State must neuter religion by reducing the God of universal love to a tribal god as in, “God Bless America.”
The belief that the epic battle between good and evil brings out the best in a nation is an old man’s demented dream whose appeal is that others do the dying for him.
A final word of advice: In public discourse, use words that are vague and amorphous. Set into motion a beehive of buzzwords moving so fast that analyzing them would be like trying to unravel a wad of cotton candy.