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Need to return to the Constitution
July 23, 2013 - Jim Smith
With the most recent revelation the federal government is scanning all of our mail as it goes through the U.S. Postal system, the differences between the U.S. in 2013 and a totalitarian government are becoming less and less obvious.
Historically, totalitarian governments always claim all restrictions on personal freedom and their spying on citizens are to protect the public from evil-doers and protect the security of the homeland.
At this point with the U.S. tapping our telephones, monitoring our emails, monitoring our Internet usage and now monitoring our snailmail, let's hope the government soon begins to remember we are a nation of laws and starts reading the U.S. Constitution, not merely putting its own spin on it.
Is a comparison between the U.S. and a totalitarian government over the top? I sure hope so.
While I personally don't give a darn what the government monitors of my communications since they are going to have some pretty boring reading and listening, the concept of the loss of personal freedom and privacy does more than bother me.
The Constitution, as I grew up reading, studying and believing in, has been hacked away little by little by both Republicans and Democrats since 2001, all in the name of national security.
With both houses of Congress under Democratic control, President Obama had the perfect time to get the nation back within the limits established by the Constitution. Instead he rolled along with the misinterpretation of it and even expanded the attack on personal freedom and privacy.
While I want to be safe and have our nation safe, I also want the return to the Constitution as it was written, not as self-serving politicians wish to interpret it..
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