All of this would be totally different if we really were in a time of war. Like, real war, not Iraq/Afghanistan kind of war. I mean all-out WWII style war, where there really is an evil threat standing on the doorstep that has to be pushed back. But we are not truly at war, not in that traditional sense, and haven't been in decades. We are at war in the made-up sense. And so by extension, mentioning our adversaries, or harkening to threats to our sovereignty, national security, etc etc, ...all the doublespeak rings false.
At one time, for a very brief period, it seemed like Al Qaeda was capable of inflicting great pain on the USA, but now, that is a lie; they are as capable of mass destruction as the Tsarnarevs were with their pressure-cooker bombs made of pulverized fireworks. Sure, it was destruction, but it wasn't airplanes and buildings.
So, the buildup and massive expenditure of resources on security, on its face rings false. Simply in a budgetary sense. A common-sense view of how things are generally going; is the expenditure on "security" proportional to the times? No, it isn't.
Add to that false ring an appreciation of the scope and magnitude of our real problems in the USA. What are our actual problems? Stuff that hits us in the face, that we hate thinking about?
Cancer. Heart disease. Obesity. Smoking. Public safety, such as road accidents and gun murders. Addictions to drugs and alcohol. Joblessness and uncertain economics. Poor mental health.
Those are pretty much the top things that really hurt. There are others, but this is a broad brush stroke.
Meanwhile, half of us protest attention to these real problems. Half of the USA has been told to, and truly hates Obamacare, even though it means increased coverage and access to adequate care. Not even a giant leap forward, just a baby step towards better health care. And yet, we resist.
And meanwhile, while we are protesting getting incrementally better health care, very small numbers of people control vast resources - hundreds of billions of dollars worth - that are devoted entirely to surveillance and warfare, both internal and external, real or imagined.
Our leaders have truly big-F Failed. They are not to be trusted.