I’ve noticed an interesting phenomenon lately: When I write blog posts about controversial issues from my constitutionalist-ic perspective, social media is suddenly quiet. I can hear the crickets and the wind….and nary a comment, rebuttal post, or anything other than the occasional “like” breaks the silence. Hmm…where is everyone? Maybe they’re just busy. Wait, no…I see constant posts about Kanye, Kardashian, the Royal Baby. WTH?
I have a theory, spawned from a conversation with a good friend of mine earlier today: People are afraid in a way that they were never before afraid. They are afraid to “like” something that resonates with them because they don’t want people to know they disagree with the liberal mass media. They’re afraid to speak up and speak out because, well, it’s just not worth the fall-out, and who knows? They could be the next target for the IRS or the Department of Justice, or NSA, for that matter. What’s interesting here is that they’re not simply afraid of public opinion: They’re afraid of their own government.
I don’t ever remember being afraid of my government growing up, or even in my twenties. I happily chatted away, participated in debate after glorious debate on social and economic policy, without concern as to whether “Big Brother” was watching me or not. To me, that was just a slogan from an Orwell novel and would NEVER be anything more than a work of fiction. The government would never impinge on my personal right to speak, to dissent, to criticize, right?! I certainly never worried about who was listening into my calls, who was reading, and targeting my social media posts, or if the federal government could erroneously instigate investigations against individuals that were acquitted of their alleged crimes in state courts (I mean, if they’re found not-guilty, then that should be the end, right?). But after chatting with my friend, I can see that the sentiment of “Big Brother’s Watching You” is no longer a catch-phrase from a novel written in the 1940’s.
It’s a sad time in our history, in my opinion. Sad that American citizens not only distrust this government, but feel that they cannot be themselves, should themselves not fall into the socialist, liberal media’s derision of what that identity should be. They feel that if they are not some seemingly downtrodden minority group and the recipient of fake sympathy by the liberal media, they have to present a false identity of who they are and what they believe in order to calm the savage Big Brother beast. Some of my acquaintances, in apology for who and what they are not, are truly apologetic for being who and what they are. Are we not all a minority in some way? Are not all Americans facing many of the same struggles – the economy, healthcare, parenthood, education, work, and relationships? Yet we continue to allow not only the socialist media conglomerates to burn us as the stake for who we are, we allow federal government representatives to dictate to us what we should believe, how we should identify ourselves, and to what extent our value systems are, well, valued.
Americans have stood by idly (or confused, at least) while their personal freedoms have been handed over to the federal government, piece by piece, in complex legislative moves through shady judicial practices by special-interest groups and corporations who have more power over legislation than the voters and citizens that make up this country. Americans’ rights are side-stepped and poo-pooed in the names of amnesty for illegal immigrants, so-called gun control, the mythological war on drugs, and the laughable affordable healthcare system. Yet…silence. Our finances have been imploded by big banks that have our elected officials in their pockets, our health care costs are astronomical yet doctors can’t make basic decisions on what’s medically necessary, and our food sources have been scientifically engineered making us sick and fat. Silence…..really?
How can ANYONE STAY SILENT??! I get so frustrated….Rolling Stone celebrates terrorists on its covers. The Department of Justice’s Holder promotes inappropriate investigations against a man that was rightfully acquitted in a terrible display of bad judgment by a State Attorney that should be disbarred for Malicious Prosecution. We are bombarded with sex all over the television, whether we pay for it or not. NBC edits police tapes to create racial uproars, and it works. Women are losing custody of their children in the family courts system due to a patriarchal back-handed effort by our government and lobbyists. And then I hear my tenth-grade history teacher in the back of my mind, “If it’s not in their backyard, people don’t care.” Oh dear God.
Our kids learn more about Keeping up with the Kardashians than civics, history, economics and how government works. Curriculum is based on federal testing standards for money when our constitution was pretty specific that the federal government has no place in public education. Yet…silence.
Are we brainwashed? What is this fear? Where did we develop such a deep-rooted complacency? I wait. I know you’re out there – and yes, maybe “Big Brother” is watching you. But if you choose fear over dissent, silence over education and inaction over action, Big Brother’s power will continue to grow and will remove your personal freedoms and rights piece by piece until you are a shell of the individual you once were. You will be a number. A “WE” – not an “I.” Take the time to READ your Constitution. WATCH a channel like C-SPAN (boring, yet HIGHLY informative and without media OPINION). LEARN your rights, and keep talking. You have the right to disagree (for now)…..use it while you still can.
I shake my head – or SMH, actually. I don’t subscribe to conspiracy theories, but I can’t help but notice this quiet and it makes me think. I feel so….LOUD and I want to yell out across the city. I feel like I’m stubborn but I will not be silenced. I won’t be convinced that I could be punished for having a viewpoint on current issues and I don’t care if my dissent is not Politically Correct. Don’t touch my guns. Don’t even THINK about legislating about my uterus. These are my babies, so trampling on my parental rights would be a lost cause for Big Brother…or whatever entity everyone is afraid of today.