The Purest Political Opinions Of John – - -
I have been thinking about all this news I have been hearing lately concerning the National Security Agency surveillance on Americans and I am torn between being grateful the government is looking out for us by trying to intercept threats and some nagging question that keeps popping up in the back of my head which asks, “Is the government somehow afraid of its citizens and is that some of the reason for the tight surveillance I have been reading and hearing about?”
Is it possible that some people with the reins of power in our government have started to think Americans can’t be trusted? Is that what all the “eyes-on” is about? Is that even a remote possibility? If so – - what could have possibly triggered such a response? Could it have been something to do with all that “Occupy Wall Street” stuff I was hearing about a couple of years ago – - – or is it something else? Is it something that actually happened or something that came close to happening or something that someone is simply afraid might happen someday? Is it any of this or all of it or – - none of it at all?
I am aware of a few radical right-twads who maintain some pretty vocal little blogs out there on the Internet who are all full of what I consider to be some really expansive – - and highly imaginative – - and totally paranoid conspiracy theories – - things they keep on predicting are going to befall America – - but things that are always in a future tense – - and things that any sane person would automatically refuse to believe could ever happen here in America – - unless something went drastically wrong – - which there is absolutely no sign of.
I understand some of the need for surveillance by the government in times such as those in which we live because it seems to me there are some threats out there.
I keep thinking about that young man in England who was reportedly murdered in broad daylight in the midst of lots of people – - by some who have been described as terrorists – - in broad daylight, mind you – - blatantly – - coldly – - boldly – - and this story still sends shivers up my spine and makes me keep a wary eye even when I go somewhere as supposedly safe and benign as a shopping mall.
Yeah – - I watch over my shoulder.
I can begin to understand now why there are some folks who are so insistent on packing their armory with them whenever they go anywhere.
I think they hear about this kind of stuff and it scares the crap out of them – - and sometimes I don’t blame them – - it is scary to think about!
Personally I prefer a large – angry dog to a firearm but I do have problems concealing the dog under my sweat shirt sometimes – - and I cannot afford a Huey Gunship or an armored tank.
So in one way I am grateful someone is “out there” keeping an eye on things. I wouldn’t be above wanting my own personal drone if I thought it would protect me from strangers who might want to do me in for no other than some strange political reason.
God! It gets creepy sometimes in my opinion!
But another question keeps haunting me too – - – “Is all the government surveillance the kind of stuff that might cause some kind of difficulty with the Constitution or our democratic way of running the Republic? Is it approaching “Orwellian” or anything quite as scary or drastic as that? I want to think it isn’t! I have been able to trust my government for all these years and I am pretty certain I can keep on trusting it because as far as I can tell it has done me more good over the years than it has harm – - – In fact I can’t remember a time when my government caused me any difficulties – - – but there is some apparent paranoia going on now in some circles – - and I don’t have a clue as to what it is all about. I do know it is discomforting sometimes.
I keep reading articles by some who I think are probably jerks where they are complaining that America might be turning into an oppressive state of some kind – - real scary stuff sometimes if you tend to be the type who listens to everything without doing much questioning.
America hasn’t started to oppress me yet as far as I can tell.
I still get up in the morning and go to the grocery store and I don’t see any Blackhawk helicopters following me – - I don’t see any strange-looking guys in dark clothing peering at me out of limousine windows and I certainly as Hell haven’t been stopped and asked who I am, where I am going, what I am doing or – - neither have I been asked to produce identifying documents by anyone in uniform – - with a massive amount of firepower – - none of this has happened to me and I am confident I would at least have been strip searched or something if we were living in an oppressive state like some of the a-wads I have been reading about have been saying.
Yeah – - I don’t even get strip searched! Damn the luck! Bring on the oppressors!
Just kidding there folks – - just kidding – - for the most part anyway!
Rather than fearing anything the Fed might be doing – - I am more likely to fear some of the things some of the states have been doing – - things like oppressive voter suppression tactics and things designed to rob women of the right to their own bodies – - and all those kind of typically right wing things that have been going on in some of the places where Re-pubic-cans or radical Righties have managed to entrench themselves into positions where they control all the wheels that turn in their respective governments.
That is the kind of stuff that scares the Be-Jesus out of me – - not anything the Fed is doing right now.
My opinion is that if you want to see how far tyranny and oppression can reach their evil claws into the hearts – minds – souls and lives of American Citizens all you really have to do is take a close look at what some of those right wing state governments are doing during the wee hours of the morning behind closed doors – - without citizen input – - without citizen participation – - and more times than not I think – - without the average citizen having even the remotest idea of what their sneaky legislators have done while they snoozed the night away.
Bending over and grabbing ankles in some of those places might just become the official sport if voters don’t wise up pretty soon.
In my book folks – - that kind of shit is the beginning of oppression and tyranny – - not the electronic snooping by The Fed who is doing what the taxpayers are paying them to do – - everything in their power to keep us safe from terror.
When I hear stories of how widespread and deep the surveillance of Americans by their government is alleged to go – - I am reminded that there are literally billions and billions of pieces of information flying through the electronic ether on any given day and the logistical demands required for the government to look closely at all of that information is beyond the imagination and in my opinion totally an impossible undertaking.
In order for a government as big as ours is to effectively snoop into the private affairs of each and every citizen it would require a government infinitely bigger than the population of the country itself – - – and I am certain – - in my own heart – - that there aren’t all that many FBI guys or CIA operatives who are interested in listening to me sing beddy-bye songs to my pet birdies or who get off on listening to my bedtime sounds.
Geez, people! Give me a effin break here!
Some of these claims I am hearing about government snooping and the potential it might have for the destruction of my way of life seem to me to be way over the top and way out in left field sometimes and I am thinking such claims can only be coming from someone or some bunch who thinks they have some kind of ax to grind with our duly elected government.
Finally let me make a note to the nerd-wollingers on the dissident side of things about their expressed fears – - brain farts is what I like to call them – - that the agencies involved in the alleged snooping have somehow bypassed the Constitution in order to do their surveillance activities.
I think that would be a totally bullshit argument because the way I read The Constitution – - it gives the Fed “full authority” to protect the citizens of the United States and as I read into the sacred document I do not find a particularized list of ways and means that this is to be accomplished much beyond the maintenance of an appropriate militia.
I don’t think the Founding Fathers had much stomach for limiting the Fed from doing electronic surveillance in order to protect the citizens – - I don’t see it mentioned anywhere - – - does anybody else who might be tuned in here right now?
Look here, folks – - I am not an expert on government or on surveillance or on spying or on anything like that – - and I don’t pretend to be an expert – - and I don’t want to be an expert. I am just a little hick Liberal with an opinion blog who sometimes thinks that a lot of people who should know better might get a little too paranoid about what goes on around them – - without what I would consider much of a reason except what someone else might have said at one time or another – - and I sure as Hell don’t think this stuff is going to keep me awake at night and it certainly isn’t going to mess up my 4th of July celebration.
If anyone out there with a head on their shoulders wishes to chime in on this – - – unless it is some Right Wing Troll – - – in which case I will hit the “spam” button faster than a pig can rub its rear end on a corn shuck – - then feel free because – - comment are open for moderation.
Have a great Holiday folks!
Posted by John Liming on July 4, 2013