Wire tapping, e-mail monitoring, social media monitoring, this is all new stuff within the last few years. I know when I was a kid the only invasion of privacy was when your mom picked up the phone in the kitchen and listened to your conversation. Well, apparently those days are gone, firstly, because landlines are few and far between and everyone has a cell phone; secondly, because the least of your problems is what your mother overhears and what our government overhears. For me this is not a problem. I never say anything within the course of a conversation that would be incriminating or get me in trouble, so if the National Security Agency wants to tap my line and listen to me talk about my split times in my last race ... have at it! But I understand the basic principal of government spying makes people uncomfortable.
At any given point in time for no reason and entirely unprovoked I’ll crack a joke. That joke could be serious in nature and sometimes even on the edge of good and poor taste. It could be politically charged or even grim in nature. Case in point -- in the early ‘90s I made a joke about someone being crazy enough to walk in to the basement of the World Trade Center and make the "II" a "I" in New York’s skyline. I made the comment years before it happened and only made it to be dramatic and to emphasize that the person I was talking about was truly bananas and needed a checkup from the neck up. But don’t think for one instant that the person I was talking to that day didn’t call me and ask if "So and so" had anything to do with it! But imagine if I said that two years ago and I did via text messaging? Well, all of a sudden my life could change. What was said to be funny within the confines of a conversation that was in context can quickly become incriminating in a hurry.
So, where I honestly don’t care about what people hear me say, I have to say the contrary is also true -- I kind of care because I say a lot in the name of being funny and I have a typical New York delivery that’s built to shock. So sometimes, if taken out of context of the conversation, it would sound really bad. But what can you do, right? I mean, they’re the government; they do what they want, when they want and being the good little sheeple that we are, we keep electing them because we’re too busy having our civil rights violated to stand up and take notice.
There you have it. At the end of the day it’s all our fault. I’m not sure who’s pushing the wiretapping and e-mail tracing agenda (if you think it’s the President, I would argue that you’re wrong). But it’s up to you to make it stop if it bothers you. If not, then keep voting without questioning. But then you can’t really be upset.
Let’s take a different approach to this argument. You have an army of Americans that’s 313.9 million strong and you are waging war with 535 soldiers that are greatly divided. Who should win? Easy, right? I mean, the numbers are overwhelming favorites for the 313.9 million to win, and the 313.9 million would most likely not even suffer a causality. But this is not the case, because the 100 senators and 435 representatives we have constantly don’t act on our behalf or listen to what the majority wants. I’m not blaming them all, mind you, because majority rules inside the Beltway, too. But when you have a nation of people that is willing to complain about their privacy but does nothing to change it short of Tweeting or Facebooking about it, then frankly you deserve what you get! What the Hell is Up With that?