Saturday

There Comes A Point...

There comes a point when you wake up one morning and realize that the future is here. However, it may not be the future you had hoped for or expected; in my case, no viable flying cars yet. The future I do see - which appears to be already here - is uncomfortably similar to that portrayed in the novel 1984 and similar stories of that ilk. We already have a form of Newspeak in the form of political correctness, and we are certainly closer to a form of Thought Police, in the form of the recently revealed NSA PRISM and Blarney surveillance programs. What's perhaps even more unsettling is that our political leaders seem to be embracing this and don't seem ready to really pull back on any of these programs.

President Obama recently remarked: "But I think it’s important to recognize that you can’t have 100% security, and also then have 100% privacy, and zero inconvenience. We’re gonna have to make some choices as a society."

Benjamin Franklin famously wrote: "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."

That's not a knock on President Obama in particular; the Patriot Act was introduced by President George W. Bush following the attacks of 9/11, and has been replenished since then. It just seems a shame that a country founded on a written Constitution such as we have, would allow itself to slouch into such a "quick fix" mindset as we seem to have done. 

Anyway, Stephen Colbert will set us straight....


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