Shades of Gray

Posted in Constitution, General, United States of America by Wayland Abernathy III on March 2, 2012

Big Brother is watching. George Orwell says "Hi."

America is supposedly the “land of the free and home of the brave.” What happens when the land of the free isn’t so free anymore? The government is swiping our freedoms right from under our feet and we are oblivious to it. Everyone deserves the right to privacy. We cannot continue to let our country suffer like this.

The recently introduced Stop All Piracy Acts bill (SOPA) is one of the many ways the government is attempting to constrain our nation. The legislation, set aside by President Barack Obama and the Congress, was a thinly veiled attempt to censor everything we do on the Internet. The Protect IP Act (PIPA), a Senate companion bill, also set aside for now, was the first attempt at censorship. If you’re not concerned yet, how about being constantly watched and recorded? Yes, “Big Brother” is watching. A new street light currently in testing is equipped with surveillance cameras, government broadcasting, and it is interactive. For example, if you litter, the street light will bark at you. There are no private conversations – the government is always watching.

Even with all of these crackdowns, you would expect to have your body to yourself, right? Think again. The government wants to see you naked. If you have been to the airport lately, the “backscatter” scanners have been installed in dozens of  airports around the country. These scanners capture pictures of you as you innocuously walk through. These pictures are so revealing – see naked – many news stations would not air the photos.

Government agents can attach GPS trackers to your car without you even knowing about it. The Government can listen to anything you say, and hold it against you as well. (Remind you of any Socialist or Communist regimes? Just spreading the fun around to everyone, aren’t they?) Anything you say, can and will be held against you. There are many more examples I could give of our freedoms being taken. I just don’t want to get that depressed at the moment. Check out just a little bit for yourself.

Do you feel safe in this country anymore? Do you feel free? I believe that the government should not have this much power and control over us. I also believe the Founders fought to prohibit just this type of government over-reach into the lives of United States citizens. Do you really believe that the government knows best? Is trying to censor us, really letting us be free? Current policies that infringe and outright destroy civil liberties provide all of us with a chilling vision of what a communist country looks like from the inside.

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U.S. Constitution – Old and Terse? Really?

Posted in Constitution, SCOTUS by Wayland Abernathy III on February 19, 2012

Paula Priesse posted a thought-provoking bit of news on her Facebook page today.

I thought about laughing, but then I know that won’t do any good. I thought about crying, but there isn’t much I can do about the loss of common sense in our country. I thought about sending off a tersely worded message to Mr. Liptak, but that just did not feel right (no pun intended) to me. Here I sit, clicking away on the keyboard, feeling better about things with every word that shows up on the monitor in front of me.

After checking out what Adam Liptak had to say I realize that some folks will not be happy until they can re-write the ‘square’ Constitution and make it fit into a ’round’ hole. If the Obama administration could re-write the Constitution (or seek an edit through appointees to the U.S. Supreme Court) they would be in heaven. Our Congress seems hellbent on making the Constitution fit their laws, instead of using the Constitution as the backbone of any and all legislation being thrust down upon the good folks of this country.

If there is something in the Constitution that bothers you, work to amend the offensive wording. If that seems too difficult for you, sorry. There is a reason that our founding document has lasted so long. It actually is difficult to change the Constitution on a whim. Thank God for that. This country would have ceased to exist some time ago if amendments could be made to satisfy any and all requests. I view this as a protection of the people from the very elected officials that swore an oath to uphold the ideals within the Constitution.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the Supreme Court seems to agree that the U.S. Constitution is an old fuddy-duddy. “I would not look to the United States Constitution if I were drafting a constitution in the year 2012,” she said. She recommended, instead, the South African Constitution, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms or the European Convention on Human Rights

For those folks that espouse looking to other “newer, sexier and more powerful” Constitutions, I humbly suggest moving to your new country and immersing yourself in their laws. Have fun with it. Live your dream.

Don’t force me to live your dream with you.

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