Is the experiment of America over?
The 4th of July should be cancelled for lack of interest this year; well, if you remember at all that the day is about celebrating putting up a big middle finger to a king, a monarchy and that the fireworks aren't just pretty but a representation of actual bombs exploding.
Because most of America has lost all interest in the Declaration of Independence, and its follow up cousin, the Constitution of the United States.
The first American totally not interested in the Constitution appears to be President Barack Obama. He has continued the illegal and enormous overreach, the despicable spying ushered in after 9/11, disguised with the pretty words "Patriot Act" and all wrapped in the phrase "National Security."
But if the Constitution falls, and it is, then there's no nation to keep secure.
I feel betrayed. I watched with great joy as President Obama put his hand on a book he believes in and said "I Barrack Hussein Obama do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." That's an oath. A promise. And he simply hasn't done it. And what's worse, given his history and knowledge of it, he knows it. Notice we are not in the oath, our protection, our security, the NATION's security. Just protecting that document at all cost. Well, on that President Obama you get a big FAIL.
The Constitution is a living, breathing document that changes, as designed by Jefferson and so many others. But at this point, the Fourth Amendment has NOT been repealed, two-thirds of the states have not ratified said repeal, so it stands. It is the law. It is clear, concise and easy to understand. It is not complex.
It's a simple sentence, drafted by war-weary people who had just lived through a bloody and costly Revolutionary War. They knew about national security, they knew about threats, they even knew about terrorism, spying, all of it. The techniques may be new, the ideas aren't.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
I think it's safe to assume the founders would have included things like cellphone records, emails and DNA if they existed or were known about at the time, but the sentence is pretty clear. What's also clear is the "shall not be violated." There's no exception there, not except in matters of "national security" or "except under threat of terror," nothing. And they knew war, these weren't innocents.
And a warrant doesn't matter because any warrant that doesn't meet the muster of "...but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized" is an ILLEGAL WARRANT granted by a judge that again doesn't understand what "shall not be violated" means. That means you can't get the records of many because you are looking for one. You get the record(s) or the ability to invade one's privacy only with probable cause, and someone implicating the person or persons in wrong doing.
The problem is most Americans don't care, and if we don't they won't. I hear poll results about 40 percent or more Americans say go ahead, read my emails, just keep the boogey man from me. Fifty-six percent saying the phone taps are fine. Sixty-four percent of Democrats approving. What a bunch of scared little rabbits we've become, willing to give up anything for a sense of perceived safety and not willing to spill one drop of blood or even leave our air conditioned McBubbles to do anything but waddle in to WalMart (whose employees cost each community thousands in public assistance while the heirs to the Walton family control more wealth than the bottom 30 percent of America). Eighty percent of stocks are owned by the top 10 percent of America. We are living in an oligarchy with a Congress and Senate beholden to big business and not its people and have a president that has all but forgotten why he was elected and the document he took an oath to protect.
George W. Bush led an illegal invasion of Iraq so that China can now buy 55 percent of their oil in fields we still protect. Soldiers die and languish, still, in Afghanistan in the longest war in American history while China takes rare Earth minerals out of the North and a pipeline is built in the South. We are killing Americans without due process in drone attacks outside of the U.S. and one-quarter of all drone killings are people that shall forever be nameless, no clue who they are or why they had to die. Gitmo is still open. Yes, there's still more Black men in jail than in college, that there's been more pot raids in states where it's legal under Obama than Bush and the GLBT community still is fighting for equality, forget the education system failing more instead of being restored and the infrastructure is still literally falling down around us. But forget all that.
The very document(s) we covet have been destroyed, gutted, plundered and left for dead. George W. (not Osama) did a great job of terrorizing us, so now, we'll do anything to not be hurt. We are a disgrace as well.
On the fourth of July you'll celebrate. What? Let me refresh you for a moment:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
"...deriving their powers from the consent of the governed..." Ya, well, that's over. I don't consent to the things going on today. At all. I haven't now for 13 years minimum. Most of you don't, either, and no matter, we weren't even asked if wanted to give up our freedoms or privacy. They just did it and called it "Classified" and "National Security." How very Nixon. It's legal if a president (or FISA court) says so.
"...it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government..." Over half of us can barely vote, let alone overthrow anything. People stockpile guns but would never use them in a civil uprising against any government, let alone ours. They are misguided individuals that think the guns are for if the government tries to overtake them. Well, they've done it, without a shot fired.
Impossible to change things you say? Imagine what it felt like, a king, the biggest empire in the world, biggest army, navy, AN EMPIRE, and here you are with a musket in the hills of Virginia. Sure, I bet they all felt they could take on England. Ya, right. It was as impossible to them to fix their government or start a new one as it seems to everyone today. The difference? They were willing to risk their lives for it. We aren't. We won't even stop using cellphones or internet. If America had a choice, repeal the 4th Amendment or give up cellphones, that would be one dead amendment. Wait, it is.
We don't have the courage or the desire to change this mess. We'd rather say, no, we're fine with it. The Constitution? Haven't read it since high school. How sad.
Yet, walk up to someone on the street, anyone. Ask to see their phone, to read their email, to see who they've called. Chances are, they won't hand you, a stranger, their cell. Hell, most husbands or wives wouldn't. Yet we say sure NSA, go ahead.
So long as we are safe.
Well, America, we aren't safe, from ourselves. We have forgotten why we have a nation, because of the Constitution, and value that document about as much as we value 8-track tapes. Oh, those are so cute, they remind me of... but that's about it.
The biggest fear of the whisteblower was that we'll do nothing. Well, he should be afraid, very afraid. At a time when the ACLU has to sue the first African-American president, a Democrat no less, for civil rights violations, well, the insane truly are running the asylum.
The fact is President Obama should have to answer to an impeachment hearing. About the NSA, about the drones, and more. And no "national security" phrase acting like a get out of jail free card. I am not secure in my nation, particularly from his administration's prying eyes. It's so Bushtonian.
Our Constitution is being shredded before us while we do little. The economy crashed, and then only came back for one percent of the population. It's hard to be in America today, to pursue Life, Liberty or Happiness of any kind if you're not the one percent, and what's worse, without that document we aren't even really Americans any more. Congress won't stop the crimes, since by their votes they condone most of them. And we won't find ways to rise up en masse and make them pay attention because we've become people who think an American life is more important than the spirit of the Declaration or the saving of the Constitution.
It's a damned good thing Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Monroe and so many others didn't feel that way. By signing the Declaration they signed their own death warrants and by drafting the Constitution they brought their Revolution to a close to give us a brighter future. Ask yourself truly, would you die to protect your freedom? Nope, but you'd send someone else to do it, or just give it up.
We've let them down. Big time. And ourselves. The government does what we let it, and we've let it run amok just so we don't have to worry about harm when we're at Starbucks.
Stay home on the fourth. Or just call it a summer party. There's no spirit of Independence, there's no fiery love of a document like the Constitution that you're willing to risk all you and your family's lives and fortunes to hold sacred. The First Amendment is all but lost, the Second should be repealed and the Fourth is now lost, too. The Bill of Rights is now just a suggestion.
Well I suggest we either live up to who we are supposed to be as a nation or simply fold. Either way, if things keep up this way, the "turnkey dictatorship" that the whistleblower spoke of is already here.
We're more polarized and divided than ever. Our founding principals and documents are being trashed and forgotten and most want to just play along. We are the Divided States in the Americas, but we are no longer the United States of America. Religion, race, sexuality, geography, economics, so many things divide us. The Constitution was supposed to even the playing field, to give us instructions, guidelines, hard fast rules and to provide unity and uniformity of treatment of everyone even if everyone was different. And it's sole purpose was to make sure a tyrant never took over again, and that We, the People ran things. Well, how's that working out?
Congratulations terrorism, you won. You beat us. You made us become you. Rendition. Killing people from the sky, no trials, torture, waterboarding, spying on the people of the country domestically, databases of never ending information on everyone, hell, get arrested for jay walking and your DNA can now be put on file before any guilt proved. Airlines strip search us for no cause, no one has told them we are a danger, and we stand there and say more. People look at your phone records and who knows what other information and there's no riots, cities are not closed down, Verizon phones are not smashed outside their doors, AT&T, all of them. Nope. Intrude in all of my life, commit social rape, and we say that's fine. All to be safe.
Well, enjoy your safety. It only cost you your country.