I am a liberal. A title my husband throws at me daily since he is a conservative. I cannot tell you how many times we have argued about the different political views we hold. And we probably will argue again. Unless we can keep to the “don’t talk to each other about politics” rule we put into place.
That being said, I’m going to rant here.
First, if you think America has EVER been free you haven’t been to history class, EVER. We grant the illusion of freedom when it’s convenient. We may have our “rights” written on a piece of paper from a few hundred years ago but it never has been nor will be able to promise true freedom.
And we don’t WANT it to. Too much freedom – the kind people are clamouring for, the kind people seem willing to KILL for – is not freedom. It’s anarchy. And when YOUR freedom is impinged upon you scream for the government to protect YOU squashing someone else’s freedoms.
With freedom comes great responsibility and understanding. Tolerance and patience. And knowing that to be “free” as we call it we MUST give up the notion of RIGHTS.
Everyone seems to be bashing our President for supposedly infringing on our “freedoms”. Open your eyes people – the government of the United States of America has ALWAYS spied on, kept track of, invaded the privacy of the American people. In this day and age of technology we can not deny that information that can be at your fingertips in a blink of an eye can not only be good but also used against you. There has to be a way to keep this country safe from those who wish to do it harm – both foreign AND domestic. And in the wake of terrorism, both foreign and domestic, we CANNOT ASSUME someone is just “spouting off” “ranting” “blowing off steam”. All it takes is one slip up, one “nah, I’m sure that person wasn’t serious when they said they wanted to blow up that building”, for another tragedy to happen. And to assume only foreign people want to do harm to America is not only stupid but history has proven otherwise – time and time again.
Many spout off that the President made this promise and that promise. But until you sit in his chair, until you know what he knows, until you have to make the decisions he makes, you CANNOT say you would have done anything different. There are many secrets that office has held since it was created. Many things, I am sure, that if the American public knew about would make us afraid to sleep at night, go out in the day, turn our car on, eat our food. Things that I’m sure weigh heavily not only on the current President but past ones too. Secrets that literally turn their hair grey.
All for the good of our country.
Whether you like it or not, secrets ARE necessary. Scanning our phone calls, emails, blogs, texts, et al ARE necessary. The American public being in the dark about it IS necessary. It is necessary to protect not only our lives but our freedoms we cling to like a blanket. The freedoms we enjoy day to day.
Think about that when you want more discloser. The more we know the less protected we are. It has always been that way. It will always be that way. If you want anarchy then you will understand loss of freedom. If you want the government out of your life then don’t call on them when you think you NEED them. You can’t have it both ways. You never could. And it would never work to try.
Secrets are secrets because they protect something. And sometimes the secrets you want to know so badly can do you more harm than good.
I would rather have my government keep it’s secrets and I enjoy my freedoms than put everyone at risk by disclosing all those secrets not only to the American public but all our enemies, foreign and domestic. And believe me people, there are just as many domestic enemies as foreign.
I, for one, want to know they are being watched.