Have you been paying attention to the news lately? Have you seen where your rights are being flushed down the toilet on a daily basis? I feel like we were safe for a few moments after 9/11. The government started to look into conversations and into computers where they had never poked their noses before.
Don’t get me wrong. As you read on, you’ll see that I don’t like people snooping on me because, in the end, I want my privacy respected. But at the beginning of all of this, I thought it was OK.
Like many of you, I wanted terrorists caught by any means possible.
I wanted those punks who wanted to destroy America to be found. If that meant wiretapping and all sorts of other ways of spying on our people, then so be it.
The problem is that something went wrong — very wrong.
See, it turns out that the government really liked looking into our lives. Who doesn’t like spying or snooping on someone else, right? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten a better deal when negotiating by having “insider information.”
But the government doing it en masse was a bit of a switch for me.
I think we all saw it coming, the snooping and the lack of privacy; but we chose to ignore it because, for a bit, we all thought it made us safer. Now, it’s gone too far.
At what point do we realize we no longer have the basic freedom to keep our private life private?
Let me give you an example: drones.
A couple of my friends got speeding tickets because of these pieces of metal that fly through the air. They literally patrol most major highways now with the planes and place a couple of cops in one spot a few miles down the road from them to pull you over when you get to them.
I bet people were shocked when they get nabbed for speeding. Were they wrong for speeding? Yes. But is it right for the government to be flying remote-controlled planes over your head to determine where you are and what you’re doing at all times? Hell, no.
These things are patrolling neighborhoods now; they’re not only watching you when you drive, but also when you sleep and, heck, even when you wake up.
Do law enforcement agencies have a right to do this? Sure. They’re the authorities and, according to the authorities, they can say and do whatever they want to do.
I’m sure the conversation goes something like this:
Leader 1: Hey, do you think it’s OK for us to take away citizens’ privacy so that we can feel safer?
Leader 2: Of course!
Leader 1: Good thing. I was about to worry that we were doing something wrong.
Leader 2: No, no. It’s OK to take away people’s rights because we’re in charge and what we say goes.
And then they increase the level of monitoring on you and your family.
If you live in San Antonio, you know exactly what I’m talking about.
Students at John Jay High School have been asked to carry ID cards that have an radio-frequency identification (RFID) chip in them so that the administration can track them. Can someone please explain to me the purpose of tracking students inside a school? Why in the world would the principle need to know where every student is at all times?
And where does the tracking end? Does it end after school or do they follow the students’ positioning at the movies or the mall or when they go to sleep as well?
Is there someone in a control room saying, “Oh, look. Billy is at the soda machine. Now, where’s he going? The bathroom. Well, dispatch hall monitors after him to herd him in to his chemistry class. It looks like he’s taking too much time out there and messing around”?
The best part about all of this is what happens when the students refuse to get one of these chips stuck to them? Do they lose their right to vote for homecoming queen?
Now, I know what you’re saying: So what? It’s just homecoming voting. But think about this (and before I say this, I’m no conspiracy guy; I base my opinions off facts, not fiction): Doesn’t that sound like something that could happen to our Nation?
Look where America is going with voting. You are now required by law in many States to have a government-issued identification card in order to vote. That seems fair. I don’t want someone elected by dead people and animals like they generally are in the city of Chicago. But think about it: What if the government suddenly added RFID tracking chips to your identification cards (by the way, they’re already in your passports) and required you to carry them with you at all times?
If you didn’t want to carry the cards, guess what? You lose your right to choose the leaders who are making the rules to extinguish your privacy.
It’s happening, folks. Your rights are being taken away right in front of your eyes. You can’t stop it, either.
Your government-issued identification cards will allow the authorities to see where you are at all times. Then, what’s next?
The authorities in America are turning into Santa Claus. (They give lots of presents to their friends and to people who don’t deserve them, but that’s an entirely different piece.) Just like Santa:
They see you when you’re sleeping.
They know when you’re awake.
They know if you’ve been bad or good.
So be good, for goodness’ sake.
Friends, this is no holiday jingle. Your privacy is gone. And now is the time to do something about it.
Protect yourself now, before you lose what little you have left.