March 6, 2014
I’m not at all sure why Americans are upset with recent news “leaks” revealing that “we the people” are being monitored by our own government.
Wow – this government is listening to our conversations, checking the things we say or put into print on social media, and checking our emails and texts. I personally don’t care at all – for nothing I say on social media or my supposed secure email and texting will ever put me at risk or reveal my “confidential” life. Now there must be a reason for my lack of fear, there is and it is this: I’m not dumb enough to advertise my bank account numbers, the stuff that needs to be kept confidential, the anger and angst in life, or advertise when I’m not home for a few weeks.
Social media information, that which is open to the public about your life, that you elect to share, for me is limited to the joys and beauty of gardening, my grandchildren and the wonder of family. I don’t express my political or religious views/opinions for all to see. Why not? Because I could care less about anyone’s political or religious view-points, especially when they are negative or targeted at tearing others down. Hell, if you don’t like Obama – don’t. Simply doesn’t mean much to me or anyone else. And please don’t waste my time telling me because I go to Church A and not Church B I’m “goin’ to spend eternity in Hell”. We simply don’t need the ignorance and illiteracy of others attempting to “bend” the lives of others.
That said, I believe our government has the right and justified purpose for checking all social media, email, and even – in cases where justified – phone conversations. If we can stop one bombing, one suicide killing, and discover secrets that kill – let’s do it. And, wow, we spy on other countries. Sheesh, like England, Germany, Brazil, and Russia don’t spy on us – of course they do, they always have and they always will. Is it not a governmental responsibility to take care of its people, to protect them from the ignorance and anger of those that surround them? Of course it is! Let’s hope they keep working hard and intercept the illiteracy and ignorance of hate and anger.
With my freedom comes the necessity of responsibility – responsibility and respect for me and others. It was 1969, and I was heading south on the New Jersey Turnpike. Looking up at the rear-view mirror I noticed several State Police cars with lights flashing heading my way. One came directly up behind me, one stayed close to my left side and one passed, pulled in front and began to slow down. I was panicked, scared and not sure what was happening. I pulled over and began to get out of my 1969 GTO. The officer behind me called out, “get back into your car and put your hands on the steering wheel.” I did, he approached while the other two officers stayed behind their car doors – weapons pulled an aimed at me.
Took only several minutes until the officer said to me, “Sorry young man, a car matching yours was involved with an armed robbery, left the scene and headed south on the turnpike – it’s obvious we have the wrong car.” He signaled the other officers, they got back into their cars and sped off – leaving me relieved and in dire need of a bathroom. These men and women of honor, our police officers – have every right to stop those they suspect are a danger to the public that surrounds them.