I know by writing this some of you are going to be shaking your heads and saying, “I knew Neal couldn’t stop writing.” If you are among those doing so you misunderstood my last article. I never meant to imply that I was never going to write again. Instead I was simply trying to say that I am sick and tired of repeating myself when it comes to explaining our Constitution and Bill of Rights. It was never my intention to do all your thinking for you. What I had hoped was that I could provide you with enough motivation to kick start your own thinking and you would continue researching the Constitution and Bill of Rights on your own. Seeing as how that wasn’t happening, for the most part anyway, I decided to stop writing about those two subjects. But I never meant to imply that I was not going to write again, it is in my blood and will be until the day I draw my last breath.
Now let’s get down to business.
I was at work last night and one of my co-workers, who knows I am into conspiracy theories and such, told me that his brother had told him that the government is compiling a database of all people who hate America. Seeing as how this happened on my first break I had the whole night to stew on this issue before I could get home and research it for myself. This is what I found…
According to what I found the government had given $1 million to the National Science Foundation to create an algorithm which could detect hate speech and misinformation on Twitter. I read three articles on the program, codenamed Truthy, and they all stated, “Truthy uses a sophisticated combination of text and data mining, social network analysis, and complex networks models,” the website adds. “To train our algorithms, we leverage crowdsourcing: we rely on users like you to flag injections of forged grass-roots activity. Therefore, click on the Truthy button when you see a suspicious meme!”
Although this was not as malevolent sounding as my friend made it sound, it still caused me to lay awake until almost 5 a.m. this morning thinking about the implications. People do not realize the extent to which they are monitored and if they did they might truly be concerned. The truth is they have no privacy…the Fourth Amendment is almost entirely no applicable to them anymore. There phone conversations are all monitored and certain words or phrases are automatically triggers for computer systems in the NSA to pay closer attention to that individual. The same goes for Facebook posts, Google searches and even your purchases on Amazon or other online shopping websites.
In the movie the Dark Knight Rises there is a scene where the Catwoman, Selina Kyle, is dancing with Bruce Wayne and she tells him, “Any twelve-year old with a cell phone could find out what you did. Everything we do is collated and quantified. Everything sticks.” There is more truth to that than people realize. With this Truthy program the government has just one more tool, one more algorithm by which they can detect who may or may not pose a threat to ‘government.’
Which brings me to another movie scene. If any of you have seen the latest Captain America film, The Winter Soldier, you will recall the part when SHIELD launches those floating aircraft carriers and HYDRA has installed that computer algorithm which would detect and target anyone who is, and in the future might possibly pose a threat.
That is my concern with all this. These programs are creating these huge databases of all our activities to predict patterns of behavior for each and every one of us. By what we look at on the internet, to what we write about on Facebook and say in our phone conversations, the government is trying to put together a list of people who pose a threat to its existence.
My problem with all this is not so much those who truly hate America, (but I’ll get to that too), but those who love America but hate the direction our government is taking it. There is a quote by author H. L. Mencken that you really need to think about before I continue. Mencken once wrote, “The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naive and usually idiotic. He is, more likely, one who likes his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than that rest of us when he sees it debauched. He is not a bad citizen turning to crime; he is a good citizen driven to despair.”
You do not have to love your government to be considered a patriot. Our Founders loved America and the promises it provided them, but they despised the tyranny imposed upon them by their existing government; the English Crown and Parliament. The same can be said about today’s patriots who are unhappy, and very concerned, about the direction our government is taking this country. It is not that we hate America, we are just unhappy with our government.
These databases that are being created cannot distinguish between those who love America and hate the direction our government is taking us, and those who truly hate America. In fact, I don’t think the government really cares that they can’t. I think they want to know who doesn’t like them and wants to keep tabs on us because we pose the greatest threat to its plans and goals for a one world government. So they want to know who we are, and what we are talking about.
This is my big concern with programs such as Truthy, and all the data mining the NSA is doing on each of us. Just look at what our government is doing to our service men and women who return from tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan; they are labeling them as unfit to own firearms due to PTSD, or they are classifying them as potential terrorists because of their thoughts on the wars they served in. We send these young men and women off to fight for our supposed freedom, and then when they come home we target their rights and label them as enemies of the state? There is something inherently wrong when the government does that. And if you think it is not doing the same to you and I then you are a fool.
The government has become this huge monstrous bureaucracy whose only concern is for its own survival. Anyone who questions its actions, or opposes its policies is identified and tracked; being labeled a potential domestic terrorist. Now go back and read that Mencken quote and think about what I have just said. This should concern you, in fact it should scare the hell out of you!
One last comment before I move on. In 1798 President John Adams signed into law the Alien and Sedition Acts which made it a crime to publish articles with anti government sentiments. Lincoln took similar actions during the Civil War as well. But getting back to what Adams did, there were those who viewed this as a big step towards tyranny; among them Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. Jefferson was serving as the Vice President under Adams at the time, and still he wrote the Kentucky Resolutions in opposition to Adams signing these laws. In his resolutions Jefferson states, “Resolved, That the several States composing the United States of America, are not united on the principle of unlimited submission to their General Government . . . . and that whensoever the General Government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force. . . . ”
Jefferson was considered a great man, a Founding Father, Secretary of State, Ambassador to France, and President of the United States. Needless to say he was considered a patriot and loved America. Yet he spoke out against the actions of his president, and his government. Had programs such as Truthy, and the NSA data mining been in existence back in 1789 Jefferson would have been flagged as a possible domestic terrorist. Think about that.
All that being said, there are people in this country who have no business being here. When I was growing up there was a saying that I used to hear all the time, “America, love it or leave it.” You don’t hear that too often these days as it is not politically correct to say such things. But that doesn’t make it any less valid. You should not be in this country if your loyalty lies elsewhere.
In 1917, after serving as President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt wrote something entitled The Children of the Crucible, wherein he stated, “From the melting pot of life in this free land all men and woman of all nations who come hither emerge as Americans and nothing else. They must have renounced completely and without reserve all allegiance to the land from which they or their forefathers came. And it is a binding duty on every citizen of this country in every important crisis to act solidly with all his fellow Americans, having regard only to the honor and interest of America, treating every other nation purely on its conduct in that crisis, without reference to his ancestral predilections or antipathies. If he does not act, he is false to the teachings and lives of Washington and Lincoln; he is not entitled to any part or lot in our country and he should be sent out of it.”
Can you imagine a Barack Obama saying something like that? Neither can I. I’m sorry if my language offends anyone, but if you want to come to America you had better love the country for its freedom and opportunity, or get the fuck out!
America doesn’t need, or want, people who come here with their hands out looking for benefits from the moment they arrive. How many illegal aliens come into this country with a pregnant spouse, who the moment that child is born sign up for Food Stamps, Welfare, and all the other benefits that child entitles them to? I’m sorry, but that is wrong, and I can’t stomach it. I have petitioned my wife’s sister in the Philippines and have waited almost 12 years now for her to be granted a visa to come here legally. In the process of filing that petition I had to sign an affidavit which stated I would provide for her and that she would not become a burden upon society. Why should illegal aliens be any different?
Then there are the Muslims that come to this country. Now there may be moderate Muslims who come here only to live and work in the land of the free. But there are also those who come here and preach hatred against America; the Great Satan. They hate our way of life and want to see Islam expand into a global religion with Sharia Law being the fundamental law that all people adhere to…or be killed if they don’t.
We don’t need people like that in this country and they should be deported back to wherever it is they came from. Sure there is religious freedom in this country, but you are free to believe what you want…up to the point that your belief begins to interfere with my beliefs. Then your actions have violated my rights and you have broken a fundamental natural law, that of being free to worship as you please.
You people reading this have no idea the threat that Islam poses for America. You really need to do some research on what happens to apostates of Islam in countries ruled by Sharia Law. You really need to see some of the images of people who have been caught with a Bible and had their hands shredded. THAT is coming to America if we don’t take a stand against the threat that Islam poses to our way of life.
Islam is all about the religion dictating law. If something goes against their religious beliefs it is a crime. How about all you sports fans who sit back and drink beer on Sundays glued to your football games. How would you like it to have that beer taken away from you? But under Sharia Law alcohol is prohibited. Sharia Law is all about control and goes against everything our country stands for, primarily freedom of speech and of action. Under Sharia there is no freedom unless that freedom is to rob and kill infidels.
Our immigration laws have changed much over the course of our nation’s history. Sure much of it has been for the betterment of America, but some of it has been detrimental. Our Founders would never have allowed people to emigrate to America who openly hate our way of life. We need to get back to that way of thinking and put that politically correct idea of tolerance into the garbage where it belongs.
If you want to come to this country to live you had better do so because you love the freedom it provides you, not for the benefits it provides you, or for a chance to spread your anti freedom religious beliefs.
I remember back in 1984 when Lee Greenwood wrote and sang that song God Bless the USA. He came to Kwang Ju Air Base Korea while I was stationed there and sang that song for us. There wasn’t a dry eye in the audience afterwards. That is what has been lost in America today, the belief that we are free to speak our minds, even if it means opposing the actions of our government.
You know, Theodore Roosevelt also said, “To announce that there must be no criticism of the president… is morally treasonable to the American public.” That is our right, to speak out against the actions of our government, and to take an active role in demanding that it adhere to the principles it was founded upon. When our government begins monitoring our phone calls, Facebook posts, and Twitter tweets and then begins profiling us as potential threats, that freedom is all but gone.
I love this country. I have sworn an oath to support and defend the Constitution, not the government. When that government begins profiling me because I actively speak out against it then I begin to get mad. I also get mad when the people of this country sit back and let things like what I have just spoken about happen without the slightest concern.
So, in closing I’d like to take a moment to post the chorus to Mr. Greenwoods song for you all to think about. Although I’m not so sure we’re as free as we once were, the sentiments still apply.
I’m proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free.
And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.
And I’d gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today.
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land God bless the U.S.A.