Obama says Americans can't have "100 percent security and 100 percent privacy".
This is obviously a false choice and an admission that he knowingly violates the rights of U.S. citizens.
Obama, like Bush before him, claims his most important job is to keep the American people safe. Not true. His job is to uphold and defend the Constitution which guarantees the privacy of all citizens but makes no mention of "safety" or "security". In fact, if war must be waged to defend America, that power rests with the Congress. The president then directs that war.
Okay, enough with the lesson. Everyone knows that this president, as well as the previous ones, violated the Constitution. The question is, do enough people care?
Judging by recent polls, at least half of Americans are so afraid of terrorists that they are okay with the government snooping on all of their communications and financial and health records. While the majority might say that domestic surveillance by the government is OK "within limits," it merely shows how susceptible most people are to the propaganda that there is some middle ground to be attained.
Middle ground and compromise are just fine in most areas of politics, but Constitutional principles are non-negotiable. These principles are there precisely so that the scale isn't a sliding one where more oppression is acceptable during certain times, then presumably returns back to some state of "normal" when the "threat" has passed.
Let's keep in mind that the threat of terrorism is designed to never pass; and the threat from a government using this threat to increase its control over the population is as guaranteed as the sun rising and setting.
The 'Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave'? What a joke. People who would seek compromise on the essential principles upon which the country was founded are a sad excuse for Americans.
Americans, by majority or by government officials, don't possess the power to take away the rights guaranteed to individuals under the Constitution no matter how afraid they are.
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