Socialism/The Cold War was the worst thing to happen to the United States. It made living in fear acceptable. The Era of Emergency Powers has coddled us into believing that our leaders will protect us and have our best interest at heart. We've relieved our self of any responsibility to look after our own well being. We are The Nanny State. I've become so furious with the attitude everyday, well educated Americans have about the role of government, often regardless of political affiliation. I struggle to think of an event in our country's history that has had a more negative and lasting effect.