I don't lock my luggage anymore, for US domestic travel at least.
"Sorry officer, no idea what that might be. I didn't put it in there, and I didn't leave it alone until I handed it to the airline agent. How many people did you say handled my bag before you found it?"
I also don't check anything of any value, but then, I never have.
"The amount of headache CA creates for the rest of the country is not worth any net gain. There is a reason very few are trying to prevent CA from seceding. I dont live there and would gladly donate to their cause. Happy to see them go."
Yup. Because all those shipping ports with direct access to the Pacific, including being a major shipping lane for good to and from Asia, are just a tremendous drag on the US Economy.
Nothing bad at all would happen to the US economy if the US were to lose direct access to those ports.
Not being involved with either the US, Russian or Chinese governments, I can only speculate, but enhanced economic and military dominance jump to mind as obvious candidates. Enhanced long-term control over natural resources, globally speaking, is another candidate.
All 3 of which become easier for them to accomplish if the US role in world affairs is diminished.
Again, this is all speculative and opinion, and therefore easily shredded.
Yeah, and this is why the US is going to get our asses handed to us in the next 20-50 years: As a society we're functionally incapable of looking more than a couple years out, strategically speaking.
China and Russia are playing long games with the US, and the US hasn't figured that out.
Tactically, having a "friendly" US president is moderately useful.
Strategically speaking, the US beginning taking action to withdraw from the international community and begin the voluntary process of alienating its Allies and Neighbors is absolutely priceless to Russia and China.
And you're welcome to feel that way. I won't say that you're wrong to be upset about those things, but it's important to understand that fear & anger are tightly coupled emotions in the human brain, and it's pretty common for anger to be a direct response to fear.
I'm a sucker for quotes, so I'll channel Yoda on this one: “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering."
There's a lot more wisdom in that than most people realize.
The US, as a society, has been hearing a constant refrain of "the world is an ugly, scary place, and anyone who isn't a true American wants to kill you in a horrific fashion. Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid" from mass media for at least a couple of decades now. Sometimes it's subtle, sometimes it's overt, but it's been pretty much continuous.
That a large number of people are legitimately terrified and feel a strong desire for someone, anyone, to protect them at any cost shouldn't be a surprise.