It has not been long since much of the country professed outrage over the Patriot Act. Especially the piece of it dealing with wiretaps – or government eaves dropping. Collecting and maintaining information on those of us who are not terrorists or criminals. Loss of privacy for all of us was determined necessary collateral damage – we had to forfeit some freedom to ensure security. Is that not somewhat of an oxymoron? Moronic at least. And, Americans are always naïve enough to think that government will never abuse the freedom we give up.
It was a Republican presidency at the time so the liberal and media outrage was on queue. Not that political party matters. Progressivism rules Washington. I remember writing that we should be as concerned about Google. Maxine Waters, another glittering jewel of intellect, was boasting on the Roland Martin radio program the other day that, “The president has put in place an organization that contains the kind of database that no one has ever seen before in life. That’s going to be very, very powerful. That database will have information about everything on every individual in ways that it’s never been done before.” I feel more secure now. Do you?
The same people had their drawers in a wad because the terrorist killers, combatants, held at Guantanamo might not be afforded the same level of due process guaranteed American citizens. Now, however, they are not too concerned that the President and his Attorney General have decided that execution orders can now be written for American citizens without the benefit of due process. Got to love those drones. Do you know they are making them very small now? About the size of your hand. If you see a toy-like helicopter zipping around the neighborhood and there is no kid nearby with the controls, you might want to take cover lest it fly up and shoot you in the face with a hollow point. We standby, some of us cheeringly, and forfeit more of our freedom and protections in the name of what? Security? Now that it has started, where does executing American citizens without the due process of law end?
Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.” – Benjamin Franklin
My freedom is your freedom. Everyone does not see it that way. Jim Carrey, clown, posted to his Twitter account “Any1 who would run out and buy an assault rifle after the Newtown massacre has very little in the body or soul worth protecting.” Well Jimmy, I suppose you and I have differing views on whom and what we should protect. First, stick to being a clown because you are good at that. Knowing weapons, no so much. There are no assault rifles for the general public to purchase. None of them will fire a burst or on full automatic. No Jimmy, these are rifles cosmetically altered to look, not function like, military assault rifles. The 2nd Amendment is a right that I imagine you can live without. Millions who did not survive in Stalin’s Russia, Hitler’s Germany, Mao’s China, Pol Pot’s Cambodia, etc. might wonder about such thinking.
Maybe you should question why the federal government (not the Department of Defense) is buying up so much ammunition. Is it because of the President’s proclamation that, “We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.” I do not like to make this comparison because it makes me a little ill to my stomach, but read up on why Hitler created the Waffen SS, the armed wing of the Nazi party. Scary times they are Jimmy.
The young men and women who serve in our armed forces might argue with you that every body and soul just like every freedom and guaranteed right is worth protecting. Even the body and soul of a misguided clown. America needs its clowns.
Today, you might not care about the freedom to keep and bear arms. You may cheer taking it away. You may not care about the freedom of religion and prefer to see it put into our now empty closet. But tomorrow when they come after a freedom you do cherish, like getting on to your twitter account and speaking your mind, how will you feel then? Not to worry Jimmy, millions of us will not stand by and let you forfeit freedom nor will we go quietly while you cheer its demise.