Now that all the fun and games of the 4th of July celebration are behind us it is time to think about the other 4th. That would be the 4th amendment.
The actual text of the amendment, part of the Bill of Rights, is simple: “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.”
I’d like to point out here that the Bill of Rights was added specifically to deal with government abuses as stated in the preamble: “… in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its [the Constitution’s] powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution.”
No one has come forward with a warrant to justify the surveillance of our phone calls and mail, and who knows what else, which the government has engaged in for perhaps years. None of us can feel secure in our persons if our government can monitor our activities in secret. It has nothing to do with whether or not we have anything to hide – it is the principal of the matter. Our government is supposed to represent us, not spy on us.
The greatest tragedy of 9/11 might be the slow disintegration of the very foundation of our government. Too many anti-American actions have been taken by our government under the guise of “national security.” I’m not talking about the inconvenient things like being scanned at the airport – I’m talking about our mail being scanned, our phone calls being monitored, people being imprisoned with no assumption of innocence and no charges – let alone no trial.
Sadly the rally to “Restore the 4th” brought out only a fraction of the people who rallied over money during the Occupy movement. We have our priorities wrong. Our freedoms are the most valuable asset each of us owns. Are we ready to relinquish those to politicians?
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