The internet was formerly heralded as an “unprecedented tool of liberation and democratization”. That internet … is dead!
It was hijacked and is now a tool for the indiscriminate and global surveillance of you by the United States and much of the rest of the world. The premise that our government is of, by, and for the people has cancer. With its demise came a serious blow to the natural liberty of citizens in the United States. Citizens had no say in this sacrifice of their liberty at the altar of “security”.
As Benjamin Franklin warned so long ago, “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Abraham Lincoln, too, understood the inestimable value of our precious liberty. He directed the brutal war that we had to win to save this young nation and the new liberty nursed within its borders. It cost Lincoln and our nation the blood of 620,000 lives. He understood that the preceding one hundred years of slavery, the ultimate contradiction to liberty, preceded this Great War and must end. He said, “Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves.”
Surveillance Drones & Liberty
Perhaps this is why the hair on the back of Americans’ necks stands up when they hear that government and police may be flying Drones (Unmanned Aerial Systems-UAS) overhead. Perhaps this partly explains the national reaction we are witnessing against Drones and the protection of privacy. Drones are exceedingly capable flying spy machines! They will be abused and misused by our government to steal more of our precious liberty if we allow it. Drones will rank up there with the telephone and the internet as technology that can be used to destroy our liberty.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. At one time the government and the police needed a warrant before invading our privacy. They couldn’t tap our phones or internet or email without first obtaining a warrant from the independent third branch of government, the judiciary. They needed good reason or the Judge, our guardian of personal liberty and property, would refuse. They had to show they had “just cause” to invade the target’s space. The citizen was protected from “government” whose very nature is to grow and take from the governed. As it grows the only possible result is a great sucking sound of our liberty being swept away.
Protecting Our Liberty and Property
This loss of privacy can be avoided, but only if citizens are politically informed, meaningfully engaged, and do the hard work of pushing back against the incessant attempts of “government” to take liberty. Part of that work is being informed about issues and voting. Vote this week! But before you do, consider your liberty. Which candidate most respects your liberty? Stop voting because of what they promise to “give”. With every “gift” from “government” is a “taking” of property and a loss of liberty. Vote for them because they promise to protect your liberty.
Governments age-old ploy is “let us take a little of your freedom to preserve your safety”. Don’t be fooled! History faithfully informs all who will listen. James Madison, the Father of our Constitution said, “The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.” John Adams, who authored the Declaration of Independence with Thomas Jefferson warned, “A Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.”
Once lost, Liberty is gone. Look around the world and be thankful that some measure of our liberty is intact. Guard it with your vote.