On April 9, in a post called “Hypothetical,” I posted a hypothetical news article about the US government spying on Americans’ web usage and compiling a database on over 96 percent of us. People were kind enough to give their responses, from which I have taken selections here…
Greta: Really, it doesnâ€™t bother me if it protects my family.
Don: It sounds reasonably ok to me…Al: Iâ€™d be absolutely appalled if I discovered that my government had such a program.
Chris: Doesnâ€™t bother me one bit.
Dale: Perhaps the threat to America is not government versus the people but the military vs Congress vs Supreme Court vs the Executive Branch, etc., etc.
Meg: Ben Franklin was right. If you trade liberty for security, you get neither.
Bless you Meg and Al, and you too Dale for doing your own thinking. I’m concerned and alarmed that Greta, Don and Chris would be willing to go along with it.
My hypothetical was inspired by an article about Communist China.
BEIJING (Reuters) – China has recorded details of more than 96 percent of its population on a police database, state media reported on Friday, supplementing Internet and other state-sanctioned surveillance.
To make the American version, I had to change the words a bit. But it’s essentially the same article, a Communist Chinese program imposed on the US.
You might think the program is evil in China because they have an evil government, but OK in America because we can trust St. George … or because Americans inherently love liberty and would never misuse such a program.
Well, my view is that evil is as evil does, and the Constitution was set up to limit government power specifically so that we don’t slide down the slope into totalitarianism in pursuit of a little temporary security.
I’m aghast that there is such a strong tendency in America to surrender our rights.
Greta, Don, and Chris — Hail your new leader: