I said I wasn’t going to do it. I was not going to talk politics in this blog. But I can’t stand it, I’ve got to. It’ll be brief, I promise. If someday I ever run for office this could come back to haunt me. (Ha! I’m way too emotional to run for office, confrontation makes me cry.) Anyway, excuse the brief sideshow.
I’ve got a cranky, teething baby who is only sleeping in my arms. So, I’m holding her, and I decide to kill some time on google news and catch up on the news (duh). (I like google news because you get it from multiple sources of various political leanings.) So I was reading about the cell phone record monitoring and I just can’t keep my mouth shut anymore. I have my 22 loyal readers to vent to, so here goes.
One little, two little, three little scandals, four little, five little, six little scandals….What the “heck” (replace with exclamatory word of choice) is going on here? They (NSA) admit they are/were monitoring the the cell calls we make. They’re tracking e-mails and internet use. The IRS can’t produce receipts for its expenses (ironic, how would the IRS proceed if you couldn’t produce your receipts?) and the IRS spends tax payer dollars on hotel rooms that cost per night as much as my family’s entire budget for 3 months. The IRS is targeting/harassing specific political groups. American citizens were attacked with drones rather than being given their constitutional right for due process. Then there’s the he said she said over Benghazi. Its scandal after scandal after scandal and it reeks of years and years of the quiet erosion of the rights granted to every American citizen via the Constitution.
Why are we not rioting in the streets over this? Seriously! We’re being lied to, spied on, and stolen from. The Constitution might as well be toilet paper. It’d actually probably get more attention as toilet paper when people curiously wondered why there was writing on the little square of paper they were about to use to wipe their rear-end.
What country are my poor kids going to be left with? This is ludicrous.
I had a very liberal social studies teacher when I was in high school. Ms. Fallis. I say “liberal” because, if you’ve gotten this far you’ve probably realized I lean towards the right. But even so, it was in her class that I began to appreciate the uniqueness of this country. I remember her talking about how special this country was and that very few other places on this earth could experience peaceful transition of power every four years. I remember her showing us the video of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and emotionally emphasizing the idea that a single individual could slow down even the most corrupt political machine, at least for a time. I still love that movie. She used these things to illustrate the brilliance of our founding fathers. And I still have perhaps a romanticized notion, but also a great deal of respect, for the work those men did in creating this nation. They did all they could to protect YOU AND ME, the future citizens of this nation, from a corrupt government that would lie, and steal, and misuse power for their own personal gain. The problem is, whenever life got hard and things got scary, we said “Save me! Take these freedoms away. I don’t care, as long as you protect me and give me what I need.” Every time you get protection, you give up a little freedom. That’s just the way it is. We’ve allowed this (and by this I mean that laundry list of scandals previously mentioned) to happen. We should be ashamed. And we should act to stop it now, if it can be stopped.
Ok, so that was significantly more than I intended to say. You can now return to your regularly scheduled programing.