The Constitution Should Not Be Conditional Based Upon Technology

I run into people, liberals and (perhaps most regrettably) conservatives, who shrug their shoulders when I my voice concern over unconstitutional government spying on things such as email, Facebook accounts, Twitter accounts, phone calls, text messages, Skype interactions, and other electronic forms of communications. For some inexplicable reason, they don’t seem very concerned since it’s all based upon electronics.

However, when I ask them if they’d be OK with a federal agent demanding to sit down with them and their best friend as they share coffee and conversation at a Panera restaurant, they all say it would not be acceptable.

If I ask them if they’d be OK with a federal agent opening every piece of mail they send just to see if there’s anything interesting written inside, they all say it would not be acceptable.

When I ask if it would be ok to have federal agents barge into their houses and listen to every conversation between the members of their family, they all say it would not be acceptable.

After asking if they would be offended to find a federal agent in the back seat of their car, listening to their cell phone conversations, they all say it would not be acceptable.

When I ask the same individuals to explain how those three examples are different from the current invasions of privacy we are experiencing, they all wake up and realize there really isn’t any difference.  But when I then ask them what they’re going to do about it, the typical responses are things like, “there’s nothing I can do about”, “it is what it is”, and “it’s not right but I can’t give up my cell phone or my Internet”.

The Constitution memorializes our inherent rights. The Constitution does not carve out unwritten exceptions to those rights.  The Constitution does not have waivers for certain types of technologies.

Tell me in your comments . . . what makes so many people not care when the government spying is done “electronically” and not “in person”?

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8 responses

  1. Reblogged this on Talon's Point and commented:
    Logic is so simple yet most people fail to apply logic. Well done Diva

  2. A comfortable frog in a pot of water doesn’t realize that it’s about to die when the temperature is turned up slowly… old analogy, but amazingly appropriate. LIVs have no clue of what’s just around the corner; neither did the Germans.

  3. I think it has a lot to do with one particular point made in the Declaration of Independence: “… 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,..”

    I wonder where in that continuum we are as a people. When will it be that we have had enough and insist that it be stopped?

  4. I find many who have the attitude “So what? I haven’t anything to hide”…
    they just don’t get it.

  5. They don’t understand technology is my guess.

  6. Unless we control the forces (liberal or conservative) who are destroying our constitutional rights, we are seeing the final stages of turning a shining light of freedom into a prototypical police state.

  7. If the Constitution was meant to be interpreted then they would not have included Article V.

  8. The reason why so many people think there is nothing they can do is because they have all been convinced that you can’t fight city hall. How many times have we all heard that one. It’s a cop out. It’s a cowards way of running from the fight instead of toward it like a Marine. American’s are soft and have been turned into mindless robots. They’re too concerned with reality TV or which crime show to watch, and of course starring at that all important device. Why would anyone subject their brain to negativity after working all day.

    Technology makes people stupid not smart. It’s not suppose to replace thinking or learning. It was meant to be a tool like a hammer. You use it when you need to then walk away and live like a human is meant to. God gave us a brain and the ability to think and to know the difference between right and wrong and good and evil. God gave us the ability to choose. Life is a series of many choices we make from the time we’re old enough to walk and talk. God does not mess with free will. Man does.

    God gives man rights. Man takes them away.

    American’s have lost their spines. They are afraid of everything even their own shadows. That is exactly what the government wants. It’s time we wake up, dust ourselves off, read the bible, the constitution, pray then organize then plan then what we really need is a “respectful rebellion”.

    Take a stand together as one nation and make your voices loud and clear. Because if we’re not willing to do that then we will parish and the world will be in darkness for one thousand years. Did you know that divine providence is mentioned 82 times in our founding documents? Translated: God wanted America to happen

    God Bless America and Long Live The Republic Of The United States

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