No longer America

Tyler Murphy

A few days ago a report was released by National Intelligence Agency. The report is an official estimate of the level of success generated by the government’s current efforts to halt terrorism. It had mixed findings, but overall it was a blow to the administration. Basically some things are a little better and some things are a lot worse. Since Bush has taken office, we have sacrificed more rights in the last decade than any other in United States history. The United States of America now believes in the following ideals: Torturing a human being is acceptable to a a point, holding one indefinitely without trial, opening mail, tapping phone conversations and censorship of the press. The only stipulation being you must be a terrorist or a national security threat in order to be treated as such. Currently there is no official requirements or definition of what eligibility for such status would be. We are all eligible and the only part of discretion is in the hands of secret police agencies (CIA, NSA, FBI, etc.) If one is found to be classified as such, you will never have be notified as to why or for what. Despite our efforts and sacrifices, not many people and now not even the government would argue we are becoming safer. The only argument one could make is that our threats come from different sources than they did five years ago. We are becoming or have become a police state. Benjamin Franklin once said, “They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security.” I wonder what he might say about those who give up liberty for nothing.
I have more respect for our founding fathers than perhaps for any other human beings in history. The declaration of independence is one of the greatest works ever written by man and I would die for any of the ideals held with in that document. I am impressed still today by the truth of their words uttered over 300 years ago and further impressed that the American public fails so poorly to understand the notions their freedom is founded upon. This judgment I draw based on the condition of our current government and its positions implied by it both morally and politically. Refuse as we might it is our responsibility to monitor our government and actively participate in it for the better of all man kind. In our modern world of globalization we can no longer ordain the moralities of America only serve Americans. Either what we hold to be good and true is actually good and true for all people or we are no better than any other society on this planet. Hope started in America and in America it still lives, we have the greatest opportunity the world has ever been given, pray we do not fail it.
A few quotes
“I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.” – Thomas Jefferson
“I have recently been examining all the known superstitions of the world, and do not find in our particular superstition (Christianity) one redeeming feature. They are all alike founded on fables and mythology.” -Thomas Jefferson.
“As Mankind becomes more liberal, they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protections of civil government. I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberality.” – George Washington
“The World is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.” Thomas Paine
“Time makes more converts than reason.” – Thomas Paine