i would add that nothing has changed. this country still has slaves, poor, sick, imprisoned, abused, etc, etc, etc. we just hide it better and ignore it when its seen. in fact, most people like it this way.
the biggest crime against the people of this country to come along recently was the hate crime legislation. thought crimes. 1984. it was the stuff of fiction but actually it has always been a reality. there are people who hate me and who would punish me for my thoughts. thats the curse of getting better physically - i have to live here longer.