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July 16, 2013

Do you trust the government?

(Continued)

George Orwell was way too correct with his book “1984” only it took it a tad longer to come about than he had anticipated. Now we are at a cross roads. Are we, the electorate and tax payer, willing to forgo all our freedoms, those freedoms our forefathers fought and died for? Some of those items the government has pressed on us are good, many others not so much so. Many are now items people feel are their right, they depend on them. They are something that indeed makes life better, but at what cost? Do we have to allow the governments to poke their noses into our private life? Personally, I do not care for that at all.

Just where does the line start between privacy and needed intrusion on that privacy? The thing that really worries me is that our government happens to be the ones doing that intrusion. This is the same people who run the IRS who have blatantly targeted those the administration classify as their enemies, Tea party, Freedom, and other like words in their name. The possibility of this being used by political aspirants rather than intelligence people to me is the biggest question. Is it worth the loss of privacy to allow this or should we take another look at what is being done , how it is being done and see if some restraint and safety plans could be implemented. And probably most important, just how much are you and I willing to allow those bureaucrats to intrude on our private lives? Also, just how much is needed for the intelligence people to do their job, which is to protect us all.

How much of what is remaining of the Constitution are we wiling to set aside for the safety we like and have had in the past? The Constitution has been so eviscerated by the courts in recent years and so much has been misintrepertated I think we need to go back and take a good long look at what we are now looking at. So many judicial interpretations of the Constitution and so much judicial tinkering with what is meant in the Constitution has been done we seem to be run by the courts, not our Constitution. Rather than looking at the political leanings of those who are to be appointed to the Supreme Court we need to look at how they understand and interpret the Constitution. We need strict interpretation of the Constitution, not liberal or conservative interpretation by those Justices of the Supreme Court. We also need less tinkering with the court by the political people and feelings of those people in our government. It seems it is now much more important to being appointed to the court just what your political thoughts are not how you interpret the Constitution.

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