Unintended Consequences: A perverse effect contrary to what was originally intended (when an intended solution makes a problem worse), such as when a policy has a perverse incentive that causes actions opposite to what was intended.
Has legislative fear mongering caused us to give away our freedoms? Has anyone noticed politicians, especially conservative extremists, pushing xenophobia?
Are we really going back to “if you look or sound different you are the enemy?”
In creating DHS and subsequently empowering ICE, we have planted the seed of our own Stasi, our very own secret police… Better hang on to your papers citizen, or you might be deported…
Back when we were facing off against the Sino/Soviet “threat” we were fighting against forces of repression, authoritarian groups that violated basic human rights, that strong armed populations into compliance.
The thing that we all knew, but couldn’t believe would happen is that we might become the thing that we opposed.