Why we MUST frame the illegal NSA wiretapping as "lawbreaking", not "spying on Americans"
Ben Franklin said, “Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”
Patrick Henry said, “Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!“
Daniel Webster said, “Who will show me any Constitutional injunction which makes it the duty of the American people to surrender everything valuable in life, and even life itself, not when the safety of their country and its liberties may demand the sacrifice, but whenever the purposes of an ambitious and mischievous government may require it?“
Unfortunately, these American patriots are long dead, and people like Beverly Ann Sharpf of Tualatin, Oregon, exemplifies the love of liberty and privacy and trust in Daddy Bush’s Fatherland Security many so-called “Americans” share. From her letter to the editor in today’s Oregonian:
As if you’d be spied on…
I’m kind of amused at the people in this country who are having a tizzy fit because they think President Bush is “spying” on them. They must hold themselves in such high esteem, believing that their conversations are so important that the government would take an interest in what they are saying.
As for me, I’m thrilled that our president is doing everything possible to keep me safe — which, by the way, is no more than other wartime presidents have done.
Yes, Bev, I’m sure you have nothing to fear. The government is probably not wiretapping your unlisted phone number of (503) ###-#### you use at your home at #### @@ %%%% Drive, Tualatin, Oregon, 97062, especially considering you’re a good little Christian lady who hates the ACLU and donated $45 to the Republican National Committee in 2004. And you shouldn’t worry at all about me being able to pull up all of that information plus your court records, attorney records, medical history, Social Security number, phone call logs, political and religious affiliations, names, addresses, and phone numbers of all your living relatives, credit cards numbers, and much, much more in ten minutes time using nothing but Google and $49.95 from my PayPal account… after all, I’m only 1/1,000,000,000,000th as powerful as the federal government you instinctively trust.
“It is only when the people become ignorant and corrupt, when they degenerate into a populace, that they are incapable of exercising their sovereignty. Let us, by all wise and constitutional measures, promote intelligence among the people, as the best means of preserving our liberties.“
“We cannot afford to differ on the question of honesty if we expect our republic permanently to endure. Honesty is not so much a credit as an absolute prerequisite to efficient service to the public. Unless a man is honest, we have no right to keep him in public life; it matters not how brilliant his capacity.”
Mrs. Sharpf, you deserve neither liberty nor safety. (You could use a decent HTML coder, though. Your redundant use of tags reads like the transcript of a Monty Python sketch.)