Oh, you know we’ve got to find a way
To bring some understanding here today Oh, what’s going on
What’s going on
Ya, what’s going on
Ah, what’s going on… Marvin Gaye 1971
Do you know what’s going on in this great country of ours? Do you really have any idea what America’s involved in? Many Americans don’t have a clue. Oh they think they do and can probably rattle off a laundry list of concerns which would most likely include things like the ongoing Afghan war which is now officially the longest war in U.S. history, the growing cold war with Russia, immigration, education, health care, the national debt, rising energy costs, the list goes on and on. But how much do “we the people” really know? What we read in the newspapers, magazines or the internet? What we are spoon fed by the talking heads on television news? Hell if that’s our only source of info then we’re terribly misinformed.
For instance you probably didn’t know that the U.S.military is currently involved in helping at least 74 nations worldwide. Assistance ranges from simply providing advisors and/or training, to supplying thousands of armed troops, air support, weapons and supplies. I knew our military presence in the world was extensive but I had no idea we were involved in 74 nations and that’s not including scores of other lesser known covert actions being carried out. But apparently they’ve all been deemed necessary by the powers that be in Washington.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There’s so much more going on. Take a long hard look around you. Do you really think this is the government our forefathers laid out for us? I don’t think so. They foresaw a small government with revolving door representatives from all walks of life, a people’s government, not a corporate sized government run by career criminals. Did I say criminals, I meant to say politicians.
Each of our elected officials took an Oath of Office in which they swore to protect our Constitution and safeguard our rights and the way of life it guarantees. Sadly it appears that today’s officials are more interested in attacking, bending and reshaping the Constitution rather than protecting or defending it. But the sad truth is Americans don’t seem to care. Oh there are a handful who do, but the majority have become terribly complaisant when it comes to our countries issues. They are content to look the other way and allow the government to carry on business as usual so long as these issues don’t disturb the merry little lives they’ve made for themselves. They refuse to see the damage our government has done to our safety and well-being. Unfortunately by the time they realize what’s going on, it will be too late.
Perhaps the worst abuse of power affecting each and everyone of us is the destruction of our 4th Amendment rights. The 4th Amendment was specifically written into the constitution to protect us from unreasonable search and seizures without probable cause, yet our this constitutional right is being abused by the FBI, CIA, NSA and other factions within the government.
Under the banner of ‘national security’ our rights are being trampled and crapped on by government agencies and there is little being done to prevent it. But on Maple Street in Anytown USA, life goes on without a care. As long as they and theirs are not affected they happily look the other way. Sadly they don’t realize that this 4th Amendment abuse is affecting us all. We are all under the microscope.
Since September 11, 2001 the National Security Agency has taken the war on terrorism to new heights. Obviously we all support the war on terrorism, but at what cost? Must giving up our constitutionally protected civil rights be the price we pay for victory? The methods employed by NSA in their fight against terrorism are unlawful and directly violate of our civil rights.
In 2008 Congress expanded the powers of NSA and they have conducted illegal surveillance, and illegally collected phone data and emails from tens of millions of unsuspecting Americans without probable cause ever since. They’ve blatantly broken privacy rules and overstepped their authority under the banner of national security. How can this be allowed to happen? The time has come for Congress to reel them back in. Congressional hearings and a full investigation of their operations need to take place now! Until such time, federal funding for the NSA should be seriously cut back and their powers limited. They are out of control! As is the government who condones such covert actions. The constitutional rights of the people shall not be denied!
And that my friends is “What’s going on”…