"Those who flee oppression oft' flee to oppression of their own" should come to mind as America celebrates Independence Day .
Happy July 4th to all of our American friends!
It may be time for celebration, but it is also time for thoughtful reflection. How and why was America built? Everybody knows that America the Beautiful was founded by people seeking Independence; people fleeing oppression from European political systems, repressive taxation, stifling political dogma characterized by an agenda driven by monarchies and the self-entitled, the rich, the devious, and the corrupt.
It is little surprise that American leaders, movers and shakers, the self-entitled, the Power, the glorious rich and the deviously corrupt are building the same empires in the "new world", the "thirteen struggling Colonies" now come the most powerful nation in the world. As they do so, the subtle, at times blatant removal of rights from individuals is always justified by those doing so with the "best of intentions".
Since 9/11 one of the issues seemingly becoming more prevalent and a bone of contention is that rights and freedoms have been reduced under the guise of "security" and protection" .
The growing spectre of leadership paranoia is displayed with increasing levels of surveillance, paranoia expressed loudly with "Eye in the sky", street cams, and the use of electronic technology capable of monitoring hundreds of millions of electronic transmissions simultaneously. Millions of telephone calls can be monitored without law, without permission, and without reason; the whereabouts of anyone on earth can literally be determined with electronic monitoring, face-identification technology and Google Earth. If no "boogie-man" exists, create one. Any excuse to garner power.
The far-reaching tentacles of paranoia extend even to individual key-strokes carefully applied on keyboards; senior citizens exploring the world and sending Email to their grandchildren at the blazing rate of 15 words per minute are worthy of watching.
Are such evil keystrokes perceived to be a serious threat to the official status quo of the rich and powerful and their dogma of corrupt power and corporate greed? Let's figure that one out somehow, because I think it approaches the realm of the sublime.
What does this trend say about "freedom" in North America? The noose is tightening on the expression of freedom world-wide. There is no place left to run to. NO place remains on earth that one may flee to in a bid to escape oppression.
Should the population of the United States of America remain silent as babies and grandmothers alike are "patted down" in airports ? Should the population of ANY country remain apathetic and silent until all backs are against the wall and there is nothing left available BUT to fight savagely with tooth and nail ?
At the infamous G20 Summit in Canada, demonstrators were "kettled",--- meaning locked up en masse and detained without cause, without being charged with any crime, -- simply because the "Riot-equipped" police force present COULD use that UGLY method to inspire FEAR in the hearts of demonstrators, trouble-inciters and innocent alike.
The message was "We can take away your freedom arbitrarily, if WE decide to do so".
Is that process acceptable? NO. It is a direct affront on the rights and freedoms of law-abiding citizens. It is government gone mad, far exceeding any mandate to govern.
What has "civilization" in North America become ? A police state? Riot police willfully doing as they wish simply because the "government" allows, even encourages them to do so? Shall we control the masses with fear? What is YOUR government doing?
Excuse us, but freedom-loving people have no intention of accepting that kind of arbitrary treatment with silence or open arms; thinking people will not accept any arbitrary reduction of rights and freedoms or abuse of power.
At Incoming Bytes we encourage freedom-loving people everywhere to be aware of the direction your leadership is taking and speak up. Freedom is under attack --and there is no longer any place to run. Apathy is not an option. Think about it as you celebrate your Happy Independence Day !
That's my opinion and I'm sticking to it.