If government could be trusted to not abuse its power, the spying mess wouldn’t be a concern. The problem is that government is nothing more than a group of humans and humans are corrupted by power and their desire to “do what’s best” for the people even when what’s best really is only their own self interest.
Try getting those pushing spying to allow us to see all of their communications as long as they wish to see all of ours and see how that goes.
We shall see if this changes anything. Beyond the always looming concern of nuclear weapons, there is also the very real and frustrating fact of Iranian weapons ending up fighting American troops in Afghanistan and Israeli troops and civilians in Israel. My best guess is that even if this guy turns out to be more civilized to the west, other groups within the government and military won’t stop the supply of weapons. Pakistan is a good example of such regimes talking out both sides of their mouth. On one hand saying the are partners with the US, and on the other, launching attacks against Americans from within their borders.
Today the family and I went down to Helen Georgia to pick up my wallet (that I had lost while tubing last Saturday). Of course we decided that since we had to make the trip anyway, we might as well do some more tubing. No sense in letting a 4 hour round trip go to waste.
For whatever reason it was much more crowded this week than last. I’ve never been to Helen before last week, so I don’t know if this is normal warm weather crowds or not. I do know that the down isn’t nearly big enough for all of the people who were there today. When we left the parking lot of the tubing place there was a car waiting on us to leave so they could get a spot. I don’t mean to get a good spot, I mean to get a spot at all. When we got to the main highway coming into town a couple of blocks away, there was a line of traffic a mile long to get into an area of town where it’s much smaller than a mile long. I don’t know the history of the town, but it’s very much a German theme throughout. It looks really nice but as I said it’s entirely too small for the number of visitors that they had today.
If you’ve never been tubing down a river, this is an interesting experience. It’s nothing like what I had envisioned based on my experiences from my younger days growing up in south Alabama. We had actual tire tubes that I don’t know if you can even get anymore. Also, the river at Helen is the Chattahoochee River and it is COLD. It is also in a very rocky area that’s nothing like the lower parts of the river down below Lake Eufaula, Alabama where my friends and I used to go water skiing and knee boarding.
Last week I tried to get out of the river with my son and one of his friends just before one of the larger rapids in the area. That was a bad idea. I ended up banged up and bruised not to mention losing my wallet. It was found later in the day after I’d already left. Some nice person turned it in without taking a single dollar of my small stash of cash. I had already canceled my credit cards, of course, but it was very nice that someone turned it in intact. They turned it in to a tubing company who called me the next day. They got my number from one of my business cards that was in the walled. It was all in a plastic bag so nothing got wet.
This brought to mind the question of people and their morality. I wonder how many people on that river that day would have done as this person did and turn it in, untouched. What percentage of people who enjoy this type of entertainment would feel bound to turn it in like this? What percentage would simply take it with them and keep whatever they could get out of it? In turn, what percentage of people in a different environment like say Disney World would do the same? It’s just something that I thought about. I think that since different people attend different types of events, you could pretty well guess how they would handle this. For instance, I would guess that the percentage of people at an Occupy Wall Street who would turn it in, untouched is about the same percentage of people at a Tea Party rally that would keep it for themselves. I think that kinda sums up the kind of people that you would see at each type of rally, don’t you?
If you’re surprised you haven’t been paying attention. The PRISM program isn’t the first of its kind, though it probably provides the easiest access than its predecessors. Have you ever heard of Carnivore? It was a lot more difficult to use since in the earliest versions you had to actually have the hardware physically installed at the ISP.
Next came NarusInsight which AT&T apparently helped the FBI connect to the Internet to monitor us. I’m sure that there are many more that are up and running and dozens more in development. The world is full of bad guys and that makes it easy for people in power to justify their actions in the name of security. You don’t have to look far to find reminders of Obama’s grandiose speeches condemning what he’s now calling necessary for the security of Americans.
The Bill of Rights is being completely ignored by the government these days and few people raising a ruckus about it. Why? They don’t see how it affects them. Ignoring your rights goes against how American government is supposed to operate. The Constitution and Bill of Rights lay out specific restrictions that are there to prevent this kind of thing because the founders had seen what happens when government becomes too powerful.
The key thing to note here is that as long as people in great numbers don’t demand strict following of the Constitution and Bill of Rights, the government will continue to ignore them. Doesn’t is scare you that the government can just ignore the rules set for for its governance? If it doesn’t you should do a lot of study of history and what happens when government becomes too powerful.
A governments power comes from the people who give it that power. The only way that we have to restrict that power is the power to vote, yet the majority of people never vote and those who do are now more interested in what the elected officials will give them than allowing them the freedom to do for themselves. People are far too dependent on government which gives the government too much power. Add that to the fact that it is not sustainable for so many to be taking from the shortening list of those who are earning.
News flash! New “rich” people are made every day not by mooching off others but instead by earning their own way. You are only the victim of your own decisions. If you don’t like where you are, stop making bad decisions and blaming someone else for it. Think before you leap.
Obama is again trying to put the same union cronies back in permanent control of the NLRB. Fox guarding the hen house again and he knows that he can probably get it through. Sad that our nation has fallen so far down under Obama. The real problem is that so many are getting freebies paid for by the rest of us that they are simply polling and voting themselves money.
I don’t know about you but it scares the crap out of me that the government of the United States was able to get away with doing this. A basic protection guaranteed in the Bill of Rights was being simply ignored. Think about it. You, an American citizen could be arrested and kept in prison for the rest of your life without ever having the benefit of a trial!