In America, there is an unfortunate fear and instant hatred for other people’s opinions, and I am not entirely sure why this has come to be. Our power structure, since the founding of the nation in 1776, has become strangely perverted and disgustingly fickle.
When the country was founded much of the technology that exists today was not even a thought, obviously. Bits and pieces of legislation revolving around such technology have been since added to the United States constitution, but I cannot say that all such additions have been entirely appropriate or constitutional.
From a political and theological standpoint, the Constitution is perfect. You may disagree with me, but it has sincerely worked out for a long damn time, capitalistically speaking. As a strong, fundamental capitalist, I am of course a fan of the Constitution.
When it doesn’t work out, well, maybe someone is breaking the law. Capitalism may not be as “fair” as socialism or communism, for example, but if exercised perfectly, all men and women are certainly created equal and are supposed to be given equal opportunities.
Power structure should not be an issue, but since it is, I will tell you this much: when the Constitution was written, each branch of the government was given checks and balances in order to ensure that no one person could possess too much power.
Of course, our president has broken such checks and balances loads of times, as did many presidents before him, but the public, ignorant of too many of the statutes within the document, do not know any different. The American system used to be perfect, but now it is not.
First of all, it is difficult to apply modern technological advances to the law, since through technology almost anything is possible. As an example, a child in Pennsylvania is facing a felony charge because he recorded the bullying he faced on an iPad. Sounds completely ridiculous, right?
One reason why the American system is flawed is because some people wind up in jail for some of the dumbest reasons possible. If a law did not exist saying that this sort of recording is wiretapping, we would be A-okay.
But we aren’t. Some pretty brainless someone decided to charge this kid, not to mention someone actually passed such a bill into law. Morally, this is depressing. The kid was defending himself when apparently no one else would.
Though I do not believe anarchy is the answer, I do not think a police state is what the people of the United States really want. Take a look at Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union under Vladimir Lenin or Joseph Stalin and it won’t be hard to see why the United States does not want a police state.
We, at times, value our “protection” more than our rights, which is not the founding principal of this nation. The 15-year-old being charged with a felony in Pennsylvania is a good example: why on Earth would he be guilty of such a bogus crime? Because the additions we have made to the Constitution need to be re-evaluated, that’s why.
I do apologize if I have left you with hatred for me, so I am going to leave you with this Winston Churchill quote to ponder in the spirit of World War II political dynamics: “Show me a young conservative and I’ll show you someone with no heart. Show me an old liberal and I’ll show you someone with no brains.”