Now that the impeachment and trial proceedings against President Donald Trump are over, it's worth reviewing whether, as some predecited, the whole mess posed a grave threat to the function of government, and the republic itself.
You may have heard of the so-called "Doomsday Clock," a rhetorical device created during the Cold War by atomic scientists to warn about the dangers of nuclear war. The clock is still a thing -- its hands moving each year slightly closer to what, we are told, is "midnight," and the end of the human race (it's currently about two minutes to midnight, if you're wondering).
Governments love collecting data on you. Some of it is necessary -- say, in order to receive federal benefits. But other types of data collection veer into violations of privacy -- not to mention piracy.