Blame is hardly the appropriate term. I came back to watch you, as I find you to be endlessly fascinating in a kitchy sort of way - somewhat like watching that sixth rerun of Green Acres - you know you shouldn't be there's that part of you that just can't believe it can get that bad.
In your case, of course, it does.
Sorry to temporarily hijack the thread but some things just have to be said.
The founding fathers recognized the real danger to a government such as ours (I mean all us Americans) is from within. As long as the balance of powers remains essentially equal. We have had 20 years of fairly concerted attempts to unbalance things. IMO Reagan and Bush 1 were worse than Clinton but he did nothing (that I remember) to reverse the erosion of rights and growth of government power.
Ashcroft and Bush have gone much further by using national security as an argument against judicial or legislative oversight.
There concerns may be heartfelt and as sincere as they are capable of (however misguide and evil I think they are). To a nation addicted to instant gratification, with a minimal sense of history and 'People' magazine view of government, they have a ready audience.
I have some hope that the progressives and libertarians will merge into a credible political force to challenge the trend.
However, for those in fair of strict construction, I could make a fairly good argument that the current catering to the rich and big business at the expense of the great unwashed masses (economically, politically and legally) can trace it roots back to the founders.
Like many Americans, the current powers that be didn't finish the book after they read the parts they liked. Or maybe they used the Cliff notes version.
The really great thing about being cynical is that there's constant validation to be found with minimal effort.