Ms. Parker, I couldn't agree more with what you've written. It reminds me of something I heard in a pulpit:
"How do you boil a frog? Well, you don't drop him into a pot of boiling water: he has enough sense to hop right out of it. You put him in cold water, let him get fat and comfortable; then you turn up the heat slowly letting him get used to the rising heat, and he'll soon be fit for consumption."
This also reminds me of what Kruschev said at the UN once: "We will bury you." Along about that time, he said a very important thing that many have forgotten (I paraphrase): "We will overcome you from within." Cannot anyone see this happening today? The heat is being turned up on the American way of life.