Almost immediately, Europe has shaken off its liberalism. It would be naïve not to expect a similar seismic upheaval of mindset in the U.S.
Therefore, organizations focused on ensuring rights in America will need much more than the usual support. Those include the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
Rights are bound to take a back seat to whatever can be framed as national security. And many items on agendas will now be configured just that way.
Obviously, initiatives for Edward Snowden to return home and receive a fair trial are going to lose their traction. The prevailing current common sense is that privacy, maybe a lot of it, will have to be traded off to protect against terrorist carnage on American soil.
And what about the legalities of torturing those suspected of colluding with America's enemies?
I recall a similar shift in ideology. It was during the recession of the early 1970s. The counterculture crowd turned in our beads, suited up, and ditched the rhetoric of the establishment as "pigs." We did what it took to get work.
So, based on that experience, I have a hunch Americans will allow to happen whatever is positioned and packaged as in the interest of national security. The ACLU, et al., should be assembling a group of powerful, influential, wealthy advocates. The arguments for human rights will be a hard sell. But unless there are buyers, America may look back to 2015 as the beginning of the dark age.