"...as all history informs us, there has been in every State & Kingdom a constant kind of warfare between the governing & governed: the one striving to obtain more for its support, and the other to pay less. And this has alone occasioned great convulsions, actual civil wars, ending either in dethroning of the Princes, or enslaving of the people. Generally indeed the ruling power carries its point, the revenues of princes constantly increasing, and we see that they are never satisfied, but always in want of more. The more the people are discontented with the oppression of taxes; the greater need the prince has of money to distribute among his partisans and pay the troops that are to suppress all resistance, and enable him to plunder at pleasure. There is scarce a king in a hundred who would not, if he could, follow the example of Pharaoh, get first all the peoples money, then all their lands, and then make them and their children servants for ever." ~ Benjamin Franklin
On Privacy Rights
Isn't it fascinating how a clever propagandist can spin almost any topic to their advantage? Isn't it amazing to watch so many people fall for the manipulation? Faced with the increasingly invasive / unconstitutional actions of our Federal government, the apologists for Soviet style "security" triumphantly ask: "If you haven't done anything wrong, why do you care?" With that question they're making a clear statement: "Only criminals desire (and benefit from) a right to privacy." However, as is often the case with propaganda, the exact opposite is true. History has demonstrated that only criminals seek (and benefit from) a right to violate the rights of others. In short, the correct question isn't: "If you haven't done anything wrong, why do you care?" Rather, it is: "If I haven't done anything wrong, what right do you have?" In asking our question, we too make a clear statement: "Your actions are a violation of the law (both natural and constitutional) and as a law abiding citizen I have a right (if not an obligation) to resist you." As Americans, we can scream until we're blue in the face that "we are a nation of laws" and as such "nobody is above the law" -but if we do not hold those who violate the law accountable; our words mean nothing, our laws mean nothing, our Constitution and Bill of Rights mean nothing. "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 . . . ." Let me be blunt: Anyone who seeks to violate our rights under the Constitution is both a criminal and an enemy of America. It makes no difference what label they wrap themselves in, what position they hold, or what justification they produce for their actions. If we're going to save this country from the greatest threat it has ever faced, we've first got to correctly identify what that threat is. Oddly enough, we can look to the wisdom of our founding fathers for a hint: "In questions of power, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief with the chains of the Constitution-" If we have any illusions about "defending freedom" in the world, we ought to realize our most important work starts right here at home. As Americans, we'd be well served to bring our own criminals to justice before marching off in search of somebody else's. The world too would be a safer place. The ball is in our court.