With the federal government’s massive program of systematic spying on American citizens now exposed, President Obama assures us that we continue to be subjected to only a “modest” invasion of privacy, which is necessary to keep us “safe” from terrorists. From Yahoo News:
But “there are some trade-offs,” Obama said. “You can’t have 100 percent security and also then have 100 percent privacy, and zero inconvenience. We’re going to have to make some choices as a society.”
If the cost of “100 percent privacy” is the acceptance of less than “100 percent security” (even if it’s well less than 100 percent), that’s a price Americans must willingly pay, or spit on our own heritage.
Of course (and unfortunately), Benjamin Franklin is not president. The occupier of the highest office in the land is instead telling us to accept, to quote the Yahoo News article, “‘modest encroachments on privacy’ in the name of security.”
Some might argue that even that this “modest encroachment” terminology itself is offensively dishonest–that any such encroachment by the government is inherently redolent of the oligarchic arrogance of a third world junta.
Seattle Gun Rights Examiner Dave Workman noted last week that the vast domestic spying campaign vindicates the concerns of gun owners, as we are told to accept more and more intrusive monitoring and regulation of gun purchases. Very true, but that’s only part of the story.
This newest debacle, coming as it does close on the heels of allegations of other serious abuses perpetrated by the Obama administration, is enough to raise serious questions about the very legitimacy of this government. Why should we trust a government–our public servants–so clearly incapable of trusting us? Why should we feel compelled to obey laws promulgated and administered by a government so freely willing to itself defy its own laws?
When, as Thomas Jefferson said, “Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the citizenry,” why should we tolerate an administration that demands to know about every email sent and received by we the people, when that same administration illegally refuses to comply with a valid subpoena of its own communications, pursuant to a bona fide investigation into yet another atrocity perpetrated by the same administration?
And now, we are asked to tolerate a “modest encroachment on our privacy.” Here’s a question for you, Mr. President. How would you like the American people to engage in some “modest” application of our “regime change rifles”?
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