I have to thank the Obama administration for helping me become more informed about the constitution as it seems every day another issue arises that seems to be an obvious contradiction to the document.
The 4th Amendment states:
“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, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
We have the right to be free of “unreasonable” searches and seizures. So now we have this NSA and Prism scandal. The majority of people believe that taking our email, Facebook posts, etc., is very unreasonable. Before anyone starts in on me with the whole “it started under Bush” thing, I’ll just tell you that I didn’t like it then either.
I couldn’t believe so many cowards were willing to give up their freedoms and rights for a false sense of security. I say false sense of security because it seems like people think if we just make enough laws we can somehow legislate away death and no one will ever die again.
If the government and anti-gunners weren’t constantly telling people they’re too stupid to defend themselves, maybe they would quit feeling like victims who need all this fake security to protect their every move.
Bill O’Reilly says that Obama has an obligation to get up in front of the nation and explain what really happened. I don’t care whether Obama does or not because no matter what he says I won’t believe him.
You see, I believed him when he was running for office and said he would go through all these laws and get rid of any that infringed on our rights. And I naively believed him when he said he would go through any health care legislation line by line. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.
So, yes, shame on me. Since then he has stood up in front of our country and lied and lied. So there is absolutely nothing he could say that I would believe.
Don’t waste my time and don’t insult me anymore. Actually, the only thing he could say that I would believe would be, “Heck, yeah, I’m doing all this, simply because I can, ha ha, you idiots, and what exactly do you think you can do about it?” THAT I would believe.
The founders of the country put the 4th amendment in place for a reason, the same reason as the 2nd amendment. They had lived under tyranny. They truly knew what it was like. They could have left the 4th amendment out.
They could have said, “There are still enemies in our country, people sympathetic to the British, and we have to make sure we are all safe, so we retain the right to search your home and letters and anything we want in order to keep our new country safe.”
But they didn’t. So why do we think we can do all this “intelligence gathering” and hide behind the excuse of keeping the country safe?
It amuses me to think that oftentimes today our country is like a bunch of teenagers. As parents, we try to tell our teens that we experienced what they are wanting to experience and we know the consequences. We want to save them the heartache of doing what we did.
But the teens always act like we have no clue what we are talking about, that they are different than us, they are so much smarter than us, they know everything and we know nothing, and things will turn out differently for them.
And generation after generation, the same thing happens with the same consequences. As each generation ages they finally understand and admit their parents were right.
Our founding fathers have been telling us for over 200 years that they experienced tyranny and injustice and that they wrote the constitution in order to keep us from experiencing what they did. And we just keep ignoring them like teenagers ignoring their older wiser parents.
Things are different nowadays and those old farts just didn’t know what they’re talking about. Because we are different, we are smarter and we simply know it all.
Isn’t it time we quit acting like know-it-all teenagers and started behaving like mature adults? Adults who understand that those who experienced things that we have not were very knowledgeable and that their advice and wisdom never ages.
The 4th amendment is still as alive and as necessary today as it was 200 years ago. Let’s keep it that way.