Monday, August 10, 2009


Forty years ago we were taught that George Orwell’s novel 1984 was fiction. Today this may no longer be true. As the government methodically expands its power and ability to pry into every aspect of our lives, we are dangerously close to making his vision a reality. There is little privacy left to us as the government now stands on our doorstep ready to put a lens into the keyhole, to make sure we are not inside smoking, paddling our children, or perhaps even praying to the wrong God.
Remember when you could make a phone call that wasn’t being, “recorded for quality assurance?” Can you recall the last time you went to a store that wasn’t filming your every move? Now when you go to the airport you can be eye scanned, fingerprinted and x-rayed right down to that little mole on your thigh. Mom’s old adage that you should always wear clean underwear really matters now.
Politicians continue to make more laws allowing this unending invasion into the privacy of individual citizens, while refusing to consider making any laws limiting their power, or their time in office. They continue to ignore the safeguards already provided in the Constitution by the Founding Fathers. Instead they use as their ploy, the nonsensical notion that it is a “Living Document” which can be formed and molded based on their whims and needs, instead of what it was intended to be, namely a firm set of rules by which to run a nation.
All of this while too many Americans are content to sit idly by preferring to bicker over which political party is better and which career politician is bringing in the most pork for them. Now that we have developed a mindset and a generation of citizens who are so totally dependent on government “doing” everything for them we have become like the oysters following the walrus. Expect these losses of liberty and freedom to continue and look for Orwell’s book to be moved to the non-fiction shelf, right next to, “The Fall of the Roman Empire.”

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